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tinman (2063)

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tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..

He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.

Journal of tinman (2063)

Wednesday November 27, 2002
04:02 AM

several months later...

[ #9170 ]

Hmm, the short version: got a client in Malaysia, only, the marketing drones (and some management types) promised to deliver something that we'd never heard of before.. typical.. Unfortunately, ppl knew I was familiar with Tk, so they made the obvious (err.. not to me) connection that I could do Tcl programming too.. on a voice enabled router, no less.. YIKES.. (oh, and all this in 2 weeks)..

So, the mission, should I be press ganged into accepting it, was: implement a complete IVR scripting solution and the Oracle forms and Radius server scripts that go with it in 14 working days..

Well, it worked.. sorta.. only the 2 weeks of development was dwarfed by 2 months worth of bug fixes, unsurprisingly..

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  • So, the mission, should I be press ganged into accepting it, ...

    If (or as soon as) you accept, it becomes your problem, not theirs. And at the moment this is very much their problem. If you make it yours, they're relieved of having to learn not to do crazy things like this again.

    Recommendation: Ignore the deadline for the moment, and sketch out a plan and preliminary schedule. I assume it'll come out to much more than 14 days. Marketing is going to freak (and will probably accuse you of not being a team

  • I said I couldnt do it, I was given a "try your best, it doesnt matter if it bombs out".. like McConnell said, developers are usually lousy negotiators compared to marketing ppl, so I decided to do it anyway..

    In the end, looking back, its nothing that I would ever want to repeat.. it was scary hours (and I had the distinction of actually falling asleep in the elevator, on my way back to the hotel room :D, after 4 straight days of coding.. (yeah, and true to form I had to look around for Egyptiologists (sp?