There are lots of other neighborhoods, too: There are people who write code for embedded computers smaller than your thumb. There are people who write…

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This time you stop yourself. You don’t want your inquiry to be met by a patronizing sigh of impatience or another explanation about ship dates,…

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At this stage in the meeting, you like to look supplicants in the eye and say, OK, you’ve given me a date and a budget….

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Next year, you’ll burn a little under a barrel of cash on Oracle. One barrel isn’t that bad. But it’s never one barrel. Is this…

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In some mysterious way, he outranks you. Not within the company, not in restaurant reservations, not around lawyers. Still: He strokes his short beard; his…

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This man makes a third less than you, and his education ended with a B.S. from a large, perfectly fine state university. But he has…

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You consult a spreadsheet and remind him that the Oracle contract was renewed a few months ago. So, no, actually, at least for now, you’ll…

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Those are all terms you’ve heard. You’ve read the first parts of the Wikipedia pages and a book on software project estimation. It made some…

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Salespeople stomp around your office, sighing like theater students, telling you how embarrassed they are by the site. Nothing works right on mobile. Orders are…

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She tells you the old code is spaghetti and your systems are straining as a result. That the third-party services you use, and pay for…

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