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  • Commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers
    There is in this post a part where the anonymous author personally targets me and questions the value of my work. I'll debunk the lies. No, I'm not active in hiring; no-one ever got an interview with me. I don't...
  • Commented on It’s the things we know that just ain’t so
    Indeed....
  • Commented on The Case of the Incompatible Safe -- Epilog
    Cool! (But you really should thank Paul Johnson instead:)...
  • Posted Rvalue references to Rafaël Garcia-Suarez

    From the C++11 FAQ, section on rvalue references, about a simple incrementation function incr:

    If that incr(0) were allowed either some temporary that nobody ever saw would be …

  • Commented on I was called "fucking asshole"
    I guessed the identity of the offender before looking at the ticket. His communication style is so peculiar that many people are actively avoiding to pull his modules in their dependency chain, in spite of their usually good technical value....
  • Posted Perl documentation word clouds to Rafaël Garcia-Suarez
    This is totally useless, but I've written a script to create word clouds from perl's core pod files. As an example, here's the word cloud from perlunifaq : perlunifaq.png="http://blogs.perl.org/user…
  • Commented on Truth about Booking.com
    Well, I work for Booking, the tables I work with have FK constraints, and I explicitly forbid people in my team to cut and paste code or going for other quick and dirty hacks that will hurt maintainability. On the...
  • Commented on Unicode and Passwords
    If your password comes from a browser, you have also the interesting problem to detect the encoding of the raw data you're receiving. For your specific purpose, I'd choose a normal form (NFC probably, so stuff like the Dutch ij...
  • Posted Why Dart is not the language of the future to Rafaël Garcia-Suarez
    So I've been looking at the Dart language specification recently published by Google (draft version 0.01). So far, I'm not really enthusiastic. Here's my reading notes.

    Class-based OO and Interfaces

    At first glance Dart code looks like Java (and nothing's wrong with that, I'm not going…
  • Commented on Expanding Your MetaCPAN Author Profile
    A few remarks to make it more awesome: 1. I can't find where to put my IRC nickname ? 2. What's the benefit of signing on with github ? It doesn't even add a github profile link. (Likewise for twitter)...
  • Commented on Failing your way to success with A/B Testing
    Yes but what we really really want to know is, did your wife A/B-test this orange thing on her head ?...
  • Commented on A Module::CoreList for vendor distributions
    Porting/corelist.pl might be a start to collect data for such a tool, if anyone wants to pick that up....
  • Commented on Perl101: Red to Green Gradient
    This is quite a naive way to calculate colour gradients, since linear interpolation in the RGB space will yield colours that are not "between" the two limits neither in hue or in intensity. IIRC it's possible to get better results...
  • Commented on Perl-based Massively Multiplayer Online Game
    Reading this entry's title, I thought you were referring to the CPAN :)...
  • Posted New Safe.pm fixes security hole to Rafaël Garcia-Suarez

    Safe.pm, originally released with perl 5.002, has been an experiment to bring compile-time safety to perl. It allows to compile a (usually user-provided) snippet of perl code and execute it, while forbidding a configurable list of operations -- for example, all perl built-ins that would require…

  • Commented on While on humor... best error msg in a while
    perl probably can't figure out either what went wrong, since that's the default warning message: $ perl -ewarn Warning: something's wrong at -e line 1....
  • Posted C, Perl, and cut and paste to Rafaël Garcia-Suarez
    On all released 5.10.* versions of Perl to date, the smart match operator can segfault if passed recursive data structures (like arrays that contain a reference to themselves). I fixed that. The fix…
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  • jouke.visser commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    What a bunch of bullsh*t.

    I've worked for Booking.com between 2003 and 2010, and in that time I've been very much involved in the hiring process. I used to be one of those team leads that you mention by name. I know most of these as great colleagues, honest, intelligent and reliable people. I say most of these, because some of them were hired after I left, so I can't vouch for those I don't know.

    The reason I left Booking.com was not because it's an evil company. I left for personal reasons that had very little to do with the company.

    I've promoted Booking.com volunt…

  • th.j.v.hoesel commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    Sounds all familiar:

    http://blogs.perl.org/users/bookingemployee/2012/03/truth-about-bookingcom.html

    Further more, I can not comment on anything mentioned in either posts as I do not work for the company.
    I only know some great people working at 'the Bank' which do provide the community with wonderful modules at CPAN that make our lives as developer zoo much easier.
    Also they host the AmsterdamX.pm group that shares knowledge on wonderful technical stuff month after month…

  • JustOneOfMany commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    As a "core employee" of Booking I would like to take this opportunity to make further comments to some of the replies and how this whole thing is working.

    The "chaos" they try to "control" (one of the principals here at Booking) is slowly getting "out of control" as with company grow , lack of proper workflows makes it everyday more "unstable"

    In reply to @Haico:
    "Untrue. Most people get permanent contracts from the start at Booking.com"
    --> Unfortunately I have seen many occasions where a "promise" of permanent contract never got fulfilled.

    "Untrue. Qua…

  • sheila.tanner35 commented on Truth about Booking.com

    I'm currently working on my CV, portfolio, and motivation letter so I can apply to Booking.com for the UX Designer position. I'm ok with the company having a bureaucratic environment; I survived nearly 13 years in the US military. If we could have fit in any more bureaucracy there, we would have made great honorary Volgons (H2G2 reference). Not to mention, the pay can't be any worse than my current pay for the same job. I always hear about how freelance work gives you more freedom, but in my experience working as part of a team is more conducive to an atmosphere of freedom. If hired,…

  • Evy van Gorp commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    At first glance Booking.com seems a professional and decent employer. I can not judge how it is like to work for them. I can only share my experience on the lame way they dealed with my application.

    Briefly: After submitting my motivation and curriculum on a Front End Developer position. The booking portal confirmation page displayed a message reading I would hear from them soon. After more than 3 weeks (which I think is not soon), out of the blue I received a standarized email.

    It said Booking.com wanted to know me better. To prove my skills and to find out how I would handl…

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