The smartest person in the room

You don’t need to be a genius to find yourself in a situation where you are the smartest person in the room. This can be a result of your getting hired for a specific project requiring your specialized skill set that few other people have. This can also be because you are the last surviving original developer on some specialize module requiring a specialized skill … Continue reading The smartest person in the room

What Every College Computer Science Freshman Should Know

In a few weeks new college freshmen will begin their classes. Some of them will choose to pursue a degree in Computer Science. Over the course of the four years in college they will be surrounded by like minded people who are at least as smart as they are and are just as interested in computers. When they enter the job market they will compete … Continue reading What Every College Computer Science Freshman Should Know

Attracting STEM Graduates to Traditional Enterprise IT

Techcrunch reports: If 17-year-old Google is at all worried that it’s losing its mojo, it should find some new data highly reassuring. According to a survey of 19,000 students across 340 universities around the world, Google is still their top choice when asked where they’d want to work. Their other top picks, in descending order: Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon … Continue reading Attracting STEM Graduates to Traditional Enterprise IT

Software Engineering and Domain Area Expertise

When I was in college taking freshman year chemistry I wanted to have a leg up on my finals. Chemistry wasn’t my thing, but I wasn’t horrible at it. I was getting Bs and Cs. So, I set out to write a program for my TI-92 graphing calculator that could look up chemical elements from periodic table, draw orbitals, and balance chemical equations. I called … Continue reading Software Engineering and Domain Area Expertise

Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea

Photography is my hobby and my favorite store for supplies is B&H. They are owned and operated by an Orthodox Jewish family. Today happens to be Shabbat and they are closed from Friday afternoon till Saturday evening. Sometimes they are closed for days at a time during Jewish holidays as well. Yet, they have a loyal following of customers who will patiently wait to place … Continue reading Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea