The Story Of The Fraudulent Coder

The article “The Story Of The Fraudulent Coder” is about a Developer who tried to mentor an aspiring programming. The mentee in the end was only worried about just getting by using “Copy & Paste” skills instead of putting in the hard work learning to program.

It was pretty good article. I told my wife, a non-tech, the highlights of the article. She was on the edge of seat listening to the details. My wife said it sounded like one of those made for TV movies.


EDIT: Updated article link.


Now that was a fine glass of schadenfreude.

There’s a book by a freestyle jazz pianist, Kenny Werner, called Effortless Mastery. The whole point of the book is that if you love doing something, then getting good at it is not really hard work. This is what confuses me about “Bryan” - why go through all this effort to cheat your way into a job doing something you obviously don’t even like?

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Yes, I know what you mean. Besides general sharing, I wanted to give a warning to fellow Campers who try to short-cut the learning process.

It reminds of a situation. I had a colleague’s group that hired a new Developer. Within two weeks it was found out the person lied on his application about having Classic ASP programming experience. He said he figured he would be able to pick it on the job since he knew another programming language. However, it was determined the person was lacking in so many technical areas eventually he was terminated.

I don’t understand why anyone would risk adding a black mark to their professional reputation. An industries world is small. Eventually, you will meet others who have worked with or supervised someone else. Like the old cliche “Don’t burn your bridges”.

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I’ve actually had people push me to do this for my own resume. This is a surefire way to have a bad time at an interview.

At work. besides ASP.Net MVC development there are potential projects using Ruby on Rails. These are not little projects, but huge internal enterprise applications. We build some using ASP.Net MVC.

My supervisor thinks it will only take about 6-months to get up-to-speed on ROR. I keep telling him it would be longer. There are so many little things that will also need to be learned like package management (NuGet vs NPM), testing, security scanning, heroku management, linux administration, etc.

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