Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth

It's been a demotivating few months at The Job lately, what with the Google rejection, and sundry other depressing events of the new cow-orker variety.

But today I got a snootful of it.  One senior colleague explained today in a meeting that the feature that I was supposed to pull into my server 2 years ago, that would solve all my performance problems, in fact will not solve them as it is currently written, but requires more work to do what it was promised to do 2 years ago.

In the meantime, every time the performance issue was discussed in conversations where this colleague was around, this feature was touted, and my lack of action was wondered at.  Nevermind that changes to the core handling of a major process is not taken lightly; nor is it attempted when customers are getting bi-weekly update releases that cannot fail to work.  I was an idiot for not pulling this feature into my code immediately.

So the tip for developers is this - never lie to your colleagues about what you code can do for them.  If it is not complete, or plain wrong, shut up about it.