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So little actual software development in software engineering roles

To me VC =3D Viet Cong.
Agreed. I have not done much software development lately. But, we do
have some going on at our Toronto office.

On 01/09/2011 11:01 PM, Mark Woodward wrote:
> I have been looking around for positions having had my last project=20
> canceled. I'm so tired, it seems like "software development" is more=20
> "software integration" these days. Maybe I'm old and washed up. I don't=
> know, but jeez, I LOVE writing software. I mean, I love it. Problems=20
> wake me up in the middle of the night with rapturous solutions. I mean,=
> seriously, I don't care what kind of software I'm writing, just be=20
> something that does something.
> In the past few years, I've kept in touch with various high profile=20
> colleagues, hoping against hope that something interesting would show=20
> up. Sadly, no.
> Venture Capitalists should no longer have the initials VC, it should be=
> more like "vC." I know times are tough, but the whole VC deal is=20
> supposed to help you develop a product. The new deal is that you more o=
> less have to have it developed. Worse than that, it needs to be fully=20
> buzzword compliant. While this is not an entirely new thing, it has=20
> become much worse.
> Then, don't get me started on cloud computing. I mean, really, "cloud" =

> computing. Talk about a buzzword. OMG then there's SaaS! None of these =

> things are rocket science, and in many ways, they offer really powerful=
> solutions to previously difficult or expensive problems, but not=20
> everything NEEDS to be cloud based. SaaS is a billing model, not an=20
> architecture, just ask skype.
> Lastly, for various reasons, I'm a generalist. That means I have a=20
> pretty wide exposure with some really deep experience in a few areas=20
> like low level C/C++ and OS stuff (Windows, Linux, BSD). I could write =
> book on the various programming issues: threads, processes,=20
> synchronization, memory management, I/O, DMA, compilers, algorithms,=20
> pseudo-AI expert systems, databases, SQL variations, optimizations, and=
> on and on.

Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at>
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