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Screen out software engineers with poor communication skillls? [closed]

Personally, I try to speak and write impeccable English. I try to capitalize proper nouns, get punctuation correct, use parallel form, and employ precise verbiage. (I'm also a fan of the Oxford comma, ...
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Has “Not everyone can be a programmer” been studied?

An old adage that many programmers stick to is "It takes a certain type of mind to learn programming, and not everyone can do it." Now I'm sure that we all have our own trove of anecdotal evidence, ...
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Why softwares used in factories are so poorly designed? [closed]

Why apps like Trumph's suite are so poorly designed and (without seeing the actual source, I can only guess) badly written? This question came this afternoon after a crash while doing a simulation in ...
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Where do my programming skills stand in relation to other programmers [duplicate]

I am a student currently studying an undergraduate CS course at a crappy university in a third world country. I do however have a continuous desire to improve myself. My Objective is to bring myself ...
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What to do if a team member delivers bad quality code? [duplicate]

I work as a kind of mixture of a Scrum Master and a team lead. In my team I have the problem that one of the members delivers bad quality. The code he produces is difficult to understand, difficult to ...
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Do all programmers going through a steep learning curve? [duplicate]

I don't have many peers who work as a programmer or at least who are social enough to share some parts of their precious knowledge, so I have little to none to compare with. I tend to learn new ...
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Blaming the ills of today on the technical debt of yesterday

A surprising number of quality, scalability, and load problems have been occurring on an application I currently support that I did not originally write. Thankfully I have new projects that I have ...
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Coworker that detrimentally picks on every minutia

Hypothetically speaking imagine that there exists a coworker that has a very shallow understanding of computing. To avoid stereotyping lets give this coworker the gender neutral name Chris. Now ...
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How do you avoid the law of the instrument? [duplicate]

A common expression you hear is "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail". It appears on Wikipedia as the law of the instrument. It also manifests in IT, with developers, that, once ...