My Unofficial Job Title



Yesterday, I decided that my unofficial job title is "Productivity Tool".

In addition to working way too fast and destroying my workload almost every day, I help others do the same thing. As the resident computer guru, when someone finally comes to me and asks me for help with something they've spent days or weeks on – it's my job to write a program or script that will finish it in seconds and absolutely amaze them.

Trying to clean up a list of 200,000+ ISBNs with garbage text mixed in? One magic regular expression will do it in under 2 seconds.
("/\d{7,15}x?/" if you're curious. I know that giving a range of 7-15 digits matches more than ISBNs, but there are screwy numbers in there that may be important, so I erred on the side of caution, rather than just dumping them all.)

etc. etc. etc.

I've begun measuring my performance in terms of how much of other people's work I get done.

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  1. Tami (2 comments) said,

    Too Funny

    August 21, 2009 @ 7:51 pm


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