When I started out as a wee programmer back in the 1980s, “Hungarian Notation” was all the rage. Invented by Charles Simonyi (a Hungarian guy!), it espoused a naming convention for variables that included the intent (or kind, or type) for that variable. Unfortunately, the semantic meaning of type is overloaded, and many developers assumed it meant “data type.” So, you had variables that were clearly string variables called strFirstName or clearly integer variables called intCount. In a type-safe compiled language, this is redundant, but many Microsoft devs, myself included, blindly followed the pattern because we learned it, and it made sense on the surface.
We all get stressed... In this blog post, Noah Heldman talks about his personal experience with stress at work, and the tools he has used to significantly reduce and effectively manage it, with a focus on the benefits we get from stress (yes, you read that right), and the costs.
A business that can’t grow is a business that won’t survive. Some company owners put off hiring new employees as long as possible to maintain operating costs, while others pounce on the first opportunity at hiring top talent. It’s crucial to strike a balance between these two methods; you don’t want to jump the gun and hire someone who will not work out in the long run, but you also don’t want to be too conservative in your hiring and miss out on a potentially amazing new team member.