OSCON is a mind field. There are way too many Zealots here for civil discourse to take place. it’s no wonder tech conventions have to serve so much alcohol. Here are 2 observations.
1: I made the mistake of mentioning to someone that I prefer using MySQL over it’s open source rival. The gentleman (I’m being nice) verbally lunged at me. His words were “I only use *the tool* that works.”
Hey, Mr. Twentysomthing, you were the only tool in the room at that moment. I was designing databases before you were born. I’ve worked on everything from small 30-table databases to multi-terabyte systems. I certainly do not need your help in selecting the proper RDBMS for my projects. I won’t hold it against your technology that it’s represented by people like you. The product is good, it’s just not the most popular. Being rude to people is NOT the way to make it more popular.
Oh and it’s ok to be polite to someone who doesn’t agree with you, ass-hole.
2: I was wandering the tradeshow floor looking for technologies I wanted to write about. At one place, I asked what underlying technologies they supported. He rattled off the usual list and then said the strangest thing. He said
“Pretty much everything except ‘technology X’, I can’t stand ‘technology X'”.
I smiled politely and moved on. But here’s a hint to vendors, know who you are talking to. Not that I’m special or important, but if you are talking to someone who works for ‘company Y’ and ‘company y’ is very closely associated to ‘technology x’, even to the point of having their corporate tagline be “The ‘technology X’ company” maybe you can skip the “I hate ‘technology X’ speech.” It really doesn’t make any difference to me.
If you don’t support it, that’s fine, I’m not a Zealot like Mr. #1 above. Explaining that you hate “technology X” does not win you any points with me. It does make me wonder though if you are nothing more than a market-roid reading from your corporate talking points instead of a developer who has actually implemented ‘technology X’ and knows why his company doesn’t support it.
As always, the views posted on THIS blog are my own. They do not reflect the views of my employer, my family or the voices in my head. If your gonna be hating because of them, hate me.
Until next time,