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Emotional detachment from bad code [duplicate]

We all would like to work with good, easy to maintain code that follows best practices and design patterns. However, reality is far from ideal. After all, content on sites like The Daily WTF is not ...
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Are corner and edge cases too often ignored or disregarded and why? [closed]

I have the feeling that a lot of developers disregard corner and edge cases. Often they tend to just ignore these. I was once working on a logistics project. In the order management of the ...
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What do you say in a code review when the other person built an over complicated solution? [closed]

The other day I reviewed code someone on my team wrote. The solution wasn't fully functional and the design was way over complicated-- meaning stored unnecessary information, built unnecessary ...
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Are these signs of a bad developer? [closed]

I used to blame changing specifications from clients for code rot, not realising that business models do change and it's my job to develop in an adaptable way. I now see that as a sign of a bad ...
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What's the best way to get up to speed with Java?

I'm a software developer that just switched teams so I shall write code in Java now. Last time I wrote something in the language was in programming 101 at uni (I was already an amateur coder back ...
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Are all dirty fixes created equal?

I have seen some dirty code in my time. I have heard varied feedback about "dirty fixes" too: a) a dirty "fix" is not a fix b) some fixes dirtier than others but dirty fixes are not acceptable ...
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Why are a seemingly disproportionate amount of programmers just, well, not nice? [closed]

Maybe it's just my personal experience, but I associate with varying different groups and types of people and it seems to me that an oddly large percentage of programmers I have encountered are "not ...
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Help me learn to program with humility? [closed]

I wanted to ask this question so that I can come back to it and have it serve as a constant reminder for me. Throughout my life, I've had milestones where I've sat down and really evaluated myself. ...