Well, today was my first day at a new job. After being there for 5 years, it was a tough decision to make. I will miss you guys (and gals). For now on thoughout my entire blog, whenever you see me refer to guys or you guys, please know that I am referring to my beloved friends at my previous employer.
At my previous employer I was officially titled "Web Programmer". However, I performed all web administration, web site design/architecture and maintenance on all of our Intranet web sites. So, my "unoffical" title was Intranet Web Administrator. I gave myself that one. It didn't matter because nearly everyone there would make-up their titles in e-mail signatures anyway. Some took it too far. We began adding some pretty funny and outrageous titles to ours just to make fun of the others. For instance, one of mine was "Internet Usage Engineer". That was mainly supposed to hint that I am a person who uses the internet. (On a side note guys, the receptionist today was pranked with a fart machine this afternoon! Hahaha!)
It is way too soon to formulate a formal opinion on my current (new) employer, but so far everything seems great! I am taking them from being a PHP and MySQL shop (one person shop) to an ASP.Net 2.0 & SQL Server streamlined mean machine! Hehehe...One major difference between the two though is "tools". Merriam Webster Dictionary defines tool like so:
Main Entry: toolPronunciation: 'tülFunction: nounEtymology: Middle English, from Old English tOl; akin to Old English tawian to prepare for use -- more at TAW1 a : a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task b (1) : the cutting or shaping part in a machine or machine tool (2) : a machine for shaping metal : MACHINE TOOL2 a : something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession "a scholar's books are his tools" b : a means to an end "a book's cover can be a marketing tool" c often vulgar : PENIS3 : one that is used or manipulated by another4 plural : natural ability "has all the tools"
Clearly a tool seems to be useful and necessary. However, the former employer would rather have you spend more man hours building the tool versus the actual cost of buying it out of the box and moving on. It would have been more productive and in the end more cost effective to buy the tool and focus more on the functionality of the applications and projects. This new employer encourages the use of "tools" to complete the job function.
Have you seen The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? If you have, you can imagine him when he hears or sees something that he cannot believe. He rubs his eyes with both hands and does a double take, "Wha..." Everytime I am asked if I need anything else following the acquisition of another tool, I am doing that inside. It is quite a culture shock. It has taken great restraint to not ask for every tool out there, but when would I find time to use them all???