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What are the benefits of learning an old programming language? [duplicate]

I plan to learn programming languages like C and AWK since a lot of people said that what I will learn in C can be applied to a lot of modern programming languages and I plan to learn AWK because I ...
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What are the benefits of using Polymorphism 'in the real world' - as opposed to not using it? [duplicate]

I understand what Polymorphism is, but since I only ever programmed in Java and 'dived' pretty quickly into OOP, I'm having a hard time understanding exactly what it's benefits are (and I feel the ...
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Would learning any natural language in particular further your programming career?

It seems apparent that English is the dominant international language for programming based on previous P.SE questions (though a highly upvoted comment correctly points out that asking a question like ...
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Bringing your own computer to work [closed]

I recently joined a startup, and we've been growing quickly over the last year. However, I've noticed that out of all the new hires (mostly sales and support) they are bringing in their own laptops to ...
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Tips for organizing a “Hack Day” at work [closed]

I was thinking about organizing a "Hack Day" at work, think google's 20% time but just for 1 whole day (maybe just once per year or quarter). Similar to Atlassian Fedex Days I'd like for all the ...
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Client Request Explanation of “Benefits” as part of consulting fee

I gave my rate to my client with a simple breakdown as requested. I listed out the components of my rate 1) Salary 2) Benefits 3) Overhead (tax, suppliers, etc etc) The client is ok with 1) and 3) ...
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“Benefit Package” as part of consulting fee [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I determine my rates for writing custom software? I would like to see how you freelancer/small biz owner calculate your fee. I am putting together my hourly ...
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ACM membership vs ACM online free articles (Association of Computer Machinery) [closed]

I am a software developer. I consider joining ACM. However, I find that there are free articles on ACM Ditial Library, e.g. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1953122.1953141 In addition to ...
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Letters of recommendation from customers? [closed]

I am leaving my job soon and am looking for letters of recommendation. My problem is, I've worked more closely with my customers than my project lead (not technical) or manager (the customers usually ...
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Are long hours and no benefits the norm for a junior programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asked to put in extra hours I am currently in the final 6 months or less of a project scheduled to be a year long. Currently I am facing really tight deadlines for our ...
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What are the benefits of PHP? [closed]

Everybody knows that people that have prejudices against certain programming languages. Especially PHP seems to suffer from problems of its past and some other things (like loose types) and is often ...
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Web Usage Policies at “Best Companies to Work For”

For any company that has made it onto a "Best Companies to Work For" list* in 2010 that hires programmers, what restrictions on web usage do they have in place? Does that company view unrestricted ...
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Is .NET WCF worth the effort? [closed]

Maybe it's me, but I've never encountered nearly as many problems, annoying challenges, indirect error messages and general frustrations with any other technology as I have with WCF. What are the ...