Why Do Volunteers Write Better Code?
Oct 07, 2011, 12:03 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Why do volunteers write better code? One word: Dilbert. It's
not that devs who work for big companies have inferior skills--
it's all the roadblocks businesses put in the way of the people who
care about the work: the marketers, the useless in-the-way
managers, and the corporate goals which are so often antithetical
to releasing quality products that customers like, and all the
time- and talent-wasters that make corporate America more like
adult daycare. I've held various jobs in my life, and I've worked
for myself, and let me tell you working for other people has, with
two exceptions, been unrewarding and frustrating. Life is too short
to work only for a paycheck, and as long as I have any other
options I'm going to take them.
"There are but two companies I ever worked for (I'm over 50 so
that covers some ground!) that weren't complete wastes of my time
and abilities. The first one was American Building Maintenance, lo
so many years ago. ABM is a janitorial company, and unlike most
management jobs there is no way for a janitor to get away with
slacking and incompetence, because it's obvious when the work is
not done. "