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How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

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run the fuck away
Most of my time at my new job is supposed to be "billable". This means things like touching up documentation or refactoring code for better maintainability have to be squeezed into other projects. Since this is my first week, however, I'm not expected to have any billable time. So I'm touching up documentation.

This is really nice- it makes it easy to feel like I accomplished something. That's hard to do in the first few days at a new job. I actually have a useful realistic task to perform. I've got a few others- like being the guinea pig for Visual Studio 2005. Now, I've used it before (unlike most of my co-workers), but I've never really used it with applications like this ancient classic ASP app. Theoretically, it might become a DotNet app someday, but this goes back to billable time- that's not going to add features or functionality, therefore it doesn't matter.

It's going to be a very different experience for me, but the app I'm babysitting is definitely an interesting challenge. It's a contract-management/facility-operations-management tool- long story short, it governs everything on Earth in regards to the manufacturing operation. These contracts are exceedingly complex- the app I'm working on isn't an application itself- it's an application host. The actual contracts are the "programs". It's huge. Massive even.

//It doesn't help that every time someone finds out what app I'm going to be working on they frown or apologize.
  • well, if it's such a pain in the ass program, I'm betting no one would notice if you spent a few min updating the docs and included it in the time spent to implement x. I've never worked in that sorta environment, but they did try to pound into us at uni that updating the documentation was part off the task.

    • It's hit or miss, but I did win that argument a bit. Originally, this whole week was going to be training, but since I was actually doing real work, we made some of it billable.

      Keeping the docs up-to-date is definitely covered, but replacing missing documentation seems to be a low priority.

      This app is basically the "Break in the Newbie" app. Nobody likes maintaining it, but it touches on every area of the business. Thus making it good newbie food to learn on.

      I had fantasies of getting some leeway to refactor stuff for maintainability, but... no. On new development, sure, but not here.
    • That is to say, not on THIS project. I'll be joining other projects once I've been here awhile.
  • Is *this* the ASP-of-doom you talked about in your next post? I see where the abstraction-to-the-max thing might *conceivably* make sense.
    • No- it's still entirely overdone. The main problem is that the originator of the project had a vision of selling the components out to other places. This vision never came to be.

      There's no reason- no reason at all- to store as much information about individual screens in the database. New screens are rarely added, and it would be easier to just use HTML templates, instead of storing all that crap in the DB. The query templates do make a little sense- users have a pretty powerful query tool they can use as a result, but the same thing could have been accomplished with ad-hoc queries and some smart stored procedures.
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