What have you tried?

If youíre a developer and youíre about to ask another developer a tech

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What have you tried?

Posted 01 June 2009 - 06:25 AM

http://mattgemmell.c...-have-you-tried

If youíre a developer and youíre about to ask another developer a technical question (on a forum, via email, on a chat channel, or in person), youíd better be ready to answer the question ďWhat have you tried?Ē

This of course isnít specific to software developers, but thatís my field and itís thus the area in which Iím most familiar with the issue which motivated me to write this. Iím (sadly) quite sure that it applies to your own industry too, whatever that might be.

The thing is, thereís a disease in the software development world; a sort of sickness. Itís an unusual sickness in that itís often not something you acquire once you actually join the industry (like greying hair, caffeine addiction and an ulcer), but rather itís something that new recruits already have when they arrive.

Now, a quick clarification before I continue: when I say ďnew recruitsĒ, I donít just mean graduates and other young people. There are those who will say that this sickness is a product of modern western education systems, and that things were perhaps better back in the day. Maybe thatís true and maybe itís not, but Iím not qualified to say and that isnít the position Iím putting forward here anyway. The illness Iím talking about seems to apply to both young and old alike.

The illness, of course, is a flawed approach to solving problems.

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Re: What have you tried?

Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:52 AM

Way to shamelessly plug your blog. :angry:
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Re: What have you tried?

Posted 01 June 2009 - 08:10 AM

Way too much text in one spot. Can someone give me a short summary, preferrably in lolspeak lol
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Re: What have you tried?

Posted 01 June 2009 - 08:24 AM

Guy #1: "I can haz codez?"

Guy #2: "Has j00 tried anyfing else first?"

Guy #1: "I dunno."

Guy #2: "I cannot help j00, l0zer."
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 09:04 AM

ok lol
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Re: What have you tried?

Posted 01 June 2009 - 02:13 PM

Needless to say, I was expecting a discussion about $ÄX..

*Xtremly disappointed*
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 02:37 PM

I think the problem is not the educational system, but business. Specifically, Big Business, which doesn't want to pay its taxes, pay to clean up after itself, or pay its employees a living wage, which of course would include health care.

What has all this got to do with some guy asking for the solution instead of help finding it? Everything. In today's economic climate, and I mean the last twenty years or so, not just the current melt down, everyone wants to buy low and sell high. Get it cheap, and try to convince some poor sucker to pay through the nose for it after you've done as little as possible to improve upon it. That of course is exactly what the guy is trying to do: get the solution as quickly and cheaply as possible, sell it, and move on to the next item. Quality doesn't matter. Improving yourself doesn't matter. Nothing matters but the fast buck.

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