HHC 2013 observations/Programming

Richard richard1941 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 27 11:13:55 PDT 2013

Eric, you misunderstand the mission of HR!    They are not there to put
people into jobs.   They have several missions:
(1) Prevent all applicants from being hired.
(2) Prevent the manager who needs help from getting it.
(3) Assure that all employees other than the insider core are fired before
vesting in any retirement plan.

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On Behalf Of Eric Rechlin
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:40 AM
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Subject: Re: HHC 2013 observations/Programming

Hi Richard,

> The idea is to start with the source code for a program that works, 
> and change one little detail at a time until you morph it into what you
> Along the way, you learn to program.  Even if you never saw the 
> language before.
> Please do not disclose this idea to human resource people; they say 
> that you cannot program unless you have ten years programming 
> experience  with the exact tools and language that management imposes 
> on you, and on the exact problem that they are trying to solve.

That's exactly how my company works.  We hire people with zero programming
experience, put them through a 4 week training course, and then have them
write code.  Most often, we suggest taking some existing code, copying it,
and modifying it until it does what they want.  This is a pretty common
thing.  I think the HR people you are familiar with are not very


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