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    CV achievements in an Agile world

    I'm just brushing up my CV in anticipation of finding a new contract and it's got me thinking about something. It's often said that a contract CV should focus on highlighting specific and measurable...
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    I can't help but feel this is a sockie, but... ...

    I can't help but feel this is a sockie, but...

    Traditional contractor wisdom would suggest that you get your work done in the manner least likely to antagonise the permies around you and whoever...
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    addresses

    addresses
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    It sounds like you're in danger of falling into a...

    It sounds like you're in danger of falling into a position of conflict with this permanent member of staff. At the risk of stating the obvious, have you tried having a gentle chat with him to discuss...
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    It's unlikely that you'll move directly from your...

    It's unlikely that you'll move directly from your current line of work into a contract software development role.

    As a contractor, there's an implied expectation from both clients and recruiters...
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    It's sometimes difficult to tell if people on...

    It's sometimes difficult to tell if people on this board are taking the p*ss. :smile

    Thankfully they pay well above market rate for the local area so I don't feel compelled to make any demands on...
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    I was just looking to establish if the concept of...

    I was just looking to establish if the concept of an "Easter furlough" (or a furlough at any other non-Christmas time of year) was an emerging trend and something to watch out for. It feels a bit...
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    Developer for large media company (no prizes for...

    Developer for large media company (no prizes for guessing which one I'm sorry).



    It's always cold up North anyway. I quite like enforced time off to be honest - guilt-free quality time with the...
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    Easter furlough at ClientCo

    I've just been notified that ClientCo intend to impose a 2 week Easter furlough on all contractors. I understand furloughs are common around Christmas, but this is new. It's a good thing they pay...
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    At the risk of sounding antagonistic, are you...

    At the risk of sounding antagonistic, are you just sitting around waiting for the phone to ring?

    My perception is that the whole arena of recruitment is changing quickly. The days of uploading...
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    Being "just a developer" in this DevOps era

    I'm in the relatively fortunate position of having managed to secure well paid contract work for most of the previous 11 years as a backend PHP developer.

    However, I'm noticing a trend in recent...
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    If you're planning to just "broach the subject"...

    If you're planning to just "broach the subject" (i.e. ask nicely) with the agency, they will almost certainly turn the request down, probably accompanied by a predictably canned answer as to why a...
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    I'd say that benchmarking the OP's rate would...

    I'd say that benchmarking the OP's rate would require us to establish whether they're doing mostly development or mostly architecture work. I hear a lot of developers describing themselves as...
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    I think this is one for NLUK to deal with.

    I think this is one for NLUK to deal with.
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    I'd suggest that you wait until you're 5-6 weeks...

    I'd suggest that you wait until you're 5-6 weeks away from renewal, and start looking for opportunities elsewhere. If you get any tempting offers, accept them and move on. If you don't get offered...
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    If I understand you correctly, I'd rather be on...

    If I understand you correctly, I'd rather be on my way home than in the office gossiping about the renewal prospects of those who have left for the day!

    But this is getting a little OT.
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    Not sure I understand you.

    Not sure I understand you.
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    I'm really strict about time in and out of work -...

    I'm really strict about time in and out of work - 99% of the time I do the contractual hours and no more.

    I tend to find that the contractors that get binned are the ones who deliver services of a...
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    I'm not sure that it's about being greedy. Does...

    I'm not sure that it's about being greedy. Does your idea of working 6 months a year take into account the need to plan for retirement? I've recently hit 40 and it's been something of a wake up call...
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    For what it's worth, my current clientco has two...

    For what it's worth, my current clientco has two part time contractors on site who work three days a week of their own choosing. Both contractors started full time and negotiated a part-time...
  21. The manager at my current client of nearly 4...

    The manager at my current client of nearly 4 years pulled me into an meeting room last month and offered me two options - either go permanent immediately or leave at the end of the week (and the end...
  22. Thread: Cyclists

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    No such problem around here. They all cycle on...

    No such problem around here.

    They all cycle on the pavement.

    :tantrum::tantrum::tantrum:
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    OK admittedly the mortgage is a couple of hundred...

    OK admittedly the mortgage is a couple of hundred quid cheaper a month but everything else seems more expensive...
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    Are you saying that the cost of living has...

    Are you saying that the cost of living has reduced during the recession? I can't say I've noticed!
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    If the country is in recession...

    ...then why are all the bathroom fitters booked up solid for the next 2-3 months?

    :mad
  26. Thread: RAV4 Woes

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    Could be gear linkage rather than the gearbox...

    Could be gear linkage rather than the gearbox itself - this is a much less severe problem as I understand it.

    Disclaimer: I know very little about cars!
  27. Thread: NorthernLadUK

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    Thundercats!

    Thundercats!
  28. Mal, I'm not sure if your comments are entirely...

    Mal, I'm not sure if your comments are entirely fair.

    I imagine the most successful contractors from a financial perspective are those that firstly have the right skills and experience, and...
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    To answer your questions in the order presented:...

    To answer your questions in the order presented:

    1) Most people writing SQL wouldn't prefix each column name with the full table name - it would make the query unnecessarily long. It's therefore...
  30. Thread: Solar panels

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    I'm not sure of the circumstances in which your...

    I'm not sure of the circumstances in which your mother made the purchase. If it came about as a result of a salesman visit, she's well within her rights to cancel, even if she arranged the visit...
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    It must be several years since you gained 'loads...

    It must be several years since you gained 'loads of experience' with mySQL - the InnoDB transactional engine has been around for ages and has full support for foreign keys and other 'modern' database...
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    Here's how I would do it: 1) Take a complex...

    Here's how I would do it:

    1) Take a complex PHP project that I've put together for a client at some point in the last 2 years.
    2) Spend 3-6 months of my spare time rewriting the project in Java,...
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    It looks like you're in a position that most...

    It looks like you're in a position that most buyers of the last five years can only dream of. I'm not surprised that you're satisfied with your lot.
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    Not sure if I've got the wrong end of the stick...

    Not sure if I've got the wrong end of the stick here, but have you tried the...


    --skip-extended-insert

    ...option to insert one row per line?

    The table structure should sit on multiple...
  35. Only if it wants to access SMB shares on the...

    Only if it wants to access SMB shares on the Windows box.
    Samba won't be necessary for the purpose of allowing the linux box to access the internet via the Windows box.
  36. Thread: Valentines

    by chicane
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    Poll: It doesn't have to cost money! Or so Mrs chicane...

    It doesn't have to cost money! Or so Mrs chicane tells me anyway. One day I'll test the theory.
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    If only I could establish whether or not that was...

    If only I could establish whether or not that was the case with the client in question - they're a startup that hasn't yet started trading. Unfortunately, they won't even respond to any attempts to...
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    Thank you for your polite suggestion - I shall...

    Thank you for your polite suggestion - I shall do. :o
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    Does this apply to a limited company claiming...

    Does this apply to a limited company claiming from a limited company though? I thought it was for individuals against individuals or individuals against companies only?
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    The joys of chasing payment

    A client that has been avoiding my calls relating to an invoice issued almost 18 months ago accidentally picked up my call this morning. He must have realised his mistake at the last minute - this is...
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    He makes it sound like having a load of money...

    He makes it sound like having a load of money means that you have to live a lavish and materialistic lifestyle.

    It might be a bit naive to say this, but what's wrong with just living a 'normal'...
  42. Thread: JT sacked ...

    by chicane
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    John Terry I imagine. See the news.

    John Terry I imagine. See the news.
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    3 pages max. Can you honestly say that what you...

    3 pages max. Can you honestly say that what you were doing in 2000 is that relevant to the work you're doing nowadays?

    My CV covers no more than the last 5 years of work in detail, but clearly...
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    yawn

    yawn
  45. Thread: Ubuntu...

    by chicane
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    Where's the 'yawn' smiley? Linux has kept me in...

    Where's the 'yawn' smiley? Linux has kept me in contract for the last 3 years. :banana:
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    I usually respond with "I'm taking a pretty...

    I usually respond with "I'm taking a pretty casual approach to finding work at the moment, I've got 100 grand in the bank if times become tough".

    That normally shuts them up. Even though it's...
  47. Thread: MySQL Basics

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    I suspect that's the case. I imagine that you can...

    I suspect that's the case. I imagine that you can choose from the 'Community Server' (with limited support from the community) or some kind of "corporate edition" where they charge you a squillion...
  48. Thread: MySQL Basics

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    Hmm... MySQL themselves seem to think mysql.exe...

    Hmm... MySQL themselves seem to think mysql.exe should be in: "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.0\bin\":

    http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/installation-layouts.html

    If not, you might...
  49. Thread: MySQL Basics

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    The proper command util is called 'mysql': ...

    The proper command util is called 'mysql':



    ######@########:~$ mysql -u(username) -p(password)


    On a normal mysql installation, it should live in the mysql binary directory - something...
  50. Thread: MySQL Basics

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    This probably won't help you much - but it works...

    This probably won't help you much - but it works fine from here:



    mysql> create database myDB;
    Query OK, 1 row affected (0.13 sec)

    mysql> DELIMITER $$
    mysql>
    mysql> DROP PROCEDURE IF...
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