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Mr. Muskrat (4572)

Mr. Muskrat
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I'm married with 2 girls. I work as a full time Perl programmer for a Land Mobile Radio company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

I am enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online working towards a Bachelor of Science in photography.

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Journal of Mr. Muskrat (4572)

Saturday February 07, 2004
12:00 PM

CafePress job

[ #17267 ]

I was checking out the store at CafePress when I noticed that they are hiring. So I thought I'd read up on the Senior Software Engineer position.

All the times that I've browsed through the products at CafePress, I've never once really noticed that they were using ASP. It's funny because it's right there in the URL. Although "We use IIS / SQL Server / ASP.NET with VB.Net." sticks out a little more than the aspx in the URL does.

Anyway, I read the entire thing. "Development in VB.Net is not a requirement, but the ability to learn it in less than a week is." Yes, I have the ability, it's the desire to do so that I lack.

I found it very ironic that in the expectations they list "You understand Object Oriented programming and can identify good code from bad." So ironic in fact that I sent them an email:

I meet all of the expectations listed for a Senior Software Engineer. As a matter of fact, the expectation that I feel best qualifies me is: "You understand Object Oriented programming and can identify good code from bad." I truly excel at recognizing bad code.
I am so glad you listed the platform you use and more importantly, the language that your company codes with, namely VB.Net. Why does it matter? Because anything written in VB.Net is bad code, therefore I refuse to apply.

Good day,
Matthew Musgrove

To which I receive an automated reply:

Thank you for your interest in employment with In the next week, we will be reviewing your qualifications and experience. If a position is available that appears to be a fit, we will contact you within 2 weeks. If you have not heard from us by the end of that period, please be assured that your records will be retained. Should a position open that matches your qualifications we will contact you.


It says that they will retain my records. Do they really keep any and all emails sent to that address? Seems unlikely with the rise of the worms...

And by sending the message, what does this say about me?

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  • VB.NET is actually not that bad. Head and shoulders above VB6 as a matter of fact. It is a shame that when people complain that Perl is a read only language that we JAPH's are quick to respond "Not so" yet do the same to another language.
    • You are so right. That does sound very arrogant on my part. I know that they will simply read it and move on to the next message but I regret sending it now.

      I learned and used VB4. It was bad. Real bad. I've also seen the changes up to VB6. I admit that I have not seen VB.NET yet but I don't plan on it either. Anything that requires a twenty-something megabyte download in order to run a small executable cannot be good.

      Microsoft has left a bad taste in my mouth with the totally unbearable "operating

  • You are just the average Perl snob, which is what I am trying to become. I program in VB6 on occassion and it isn't terrible but it isn't Perl, for sure.

    Not to start any boring M$-knocking, but what irritates me about them is their 'we know better than you what you want' attitude. And they learn so damn slowly.