Questions surrounding communications between programmers and the others involved in software development. This can include stakeholders, management, end users, designers, testers, and other developers.

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What kinds of visual content, tables or diagrams might I want to include in my Project Architecture Document?

Besides logical and physical architecture diagrams, comps / mockups and tables for expected network load between components and various data schemas, what kinds of visual content, tables or diagrams ...
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How to introduce code to a colleague

How do you go about introducing the codebase, which may be rather complex and tangled with a lot of "gotchas," to a new member of your team? I think the easiest way would be to have the overall ...
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Why is it preferred to write a commit message in present tense/imperative mood? [duplicate]

I often read/overhear that good commit messages should be written in present tense or to use imperative mood when describing the change eg. Fix xyz instead of Fixed xyz. What are the advantages of ...
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Issues Tracker for both developers and end users [closed]

currently, we have a closed source project on hand. However, we would like to have a communication channel together with our end users. We would like to have our end users to know, what features we ...
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How do you disarm a cowboy coder? [closed]

I found a question (code cowboy on the team), but it was more related to "Ninja Coder" then the problem that I have. I have a team member who is a pure living example of "Cowboy Coder". I do ...
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Sharing ideas without risk of leaking [closed]

As freelancers, we meet somewhere and chat about a new idea for a project, brainstorm etc. Up to this point, we have taken notes of the ideas, but we would like to be able to share more efficiently ...
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Should I swap from WCF to NserviceBus

We have a central server that sends and recieves messages from a number of PCs that are located on client networks in various locations. To facilitate this, currently I'm using WCF with ...
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Should I tell a departed coworker about their “sev 1” defect? [closed]

I had a co-worker leave our company recently. Before leaving, he coded a component that had a severe memory leak that caused a production outage (OutOfMemoryError in Java). The problem was ...
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How to talk about anonymous methods/lambdas

I realised the other day that I don't know how to talk about anonymous methods. It's easy enough to talk about named methods (The X method takes a Y1, Y2 and Y3) and classes (The X class has A, B and ...
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How to log configuration or code behaviour changes in non-disruptive way [closed]

We've probably all been in the situation where you'd like to alert your team members to some change ("I changed X, so now it's running every hour instead of every day"). But the change is non-urgent, ...
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Why Is it better to use unreadable bytes for client server communication?

I'm composing communication lyrics for client-server and what am I thinking about: "authme username passord" (maybe encrytped) "accept" "get archive of H2O from 03.02.2005 to 20.12.2064" ...
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Best approach for a Java web chat client

I am trying to add a chat to my web application written in Java. What would be the best solution in this matter? I have read something about JMS, but the pub/sub pattern doesn't seem to be designed ...
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Communications regarding maintainability of code

I'm in search of good language or metaphors to discuss the maintainability of code with non-technical folks (PMs, business sponsors &c). In particular, I've recently created a few one-off, ...
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Suitable vocabulary when helping novice programmers

I find myself aiding novice programmers relatively often; explaining why their code won't work when they ask, suggesting solutions and the like. The people I'm helping do have a formal education in ...
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How can I communicate the risks of altering vendor software?

We have a major problem where I work, and it's name is "customization". We have an old (10+ years) vendor software system that our IT and accounting departments previously loved to customize. ...
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Dealing with management that does not see value in improvements that are not immediately visible to the user

I can understand schedule pressure. You want to please your users, as they are the lifeblood of the company. However, it is also true that certain changes will make everything easier down the road. ...
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how to communicate clearly and make sure the team is on task [closed]

I'm just doing a course in communication where we code a server and write design documents. Most of the server is already coded, and from the information given in the assignment we just try to fill in ...
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As a Junior Software Engineer should I say that something has been done wrong if I feel so?

I recently joined a company and it is my first job. When reading the code base, I felt that the code was not well written. It seemed to me that the code had most of the problems mentioned here and ...
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How can I improve my English and Communication skills to communicate with clients? [closed]

Can somebody tell me how is it possible, as a programmer, to improve my communication skills and perfect my English as it is not my mother tongue ? What steps should I follow to improve on these two ...
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Sending Data to a Specific Android Device

I am planning an application that includes a membership card functionality, where the user can place an order, either in the application or by phoning the vendor. Once the order is placed, especially ...
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Referring to hardware/software in first-person? [closed]

At my company, there is a habit for the engineers to refer to their respective hardware/firmware/software in the first-person as if the device they are responsible for is a manifestation of ...
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When I should I use message passing over shared memory?

I know a little about how to use message passing and shared memory, but I still don't know when to choose one or another. Can you tell me about their traits (not the implementation)?
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How can I overcome the communication problem(oral language) [closed]

I am a junior developer who living in Korea. I think I am quite passionate and active. and I want to be one of famous developer all over the world. For spreading my area, I try to join Open Source ...
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How to pronounce CRUD? [closed]

I was talking to a co-worker and was talking of how Database operations usually can be broken down into one of the elements of CRUD- Create, read, update and delete. That's when I realised that I do ...
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Collaborative coding chat options [closed]

Hi guys : Are there any established online sites for collaborative coding ? I have a github project with 5 developers, in different areas - we need somewhere that we can all "hangout" at. Right ...
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Is it worth using tool agnostic concepts in a development team?

We waste a lot of time using tool specific terms when we are all really talking about the same things. The problem is that person1 is familiar with toolset1, person2 with toolset2 etc. So each uses a ...
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Communication Between Different Technologies in a Distributed Application

I had to a incorporate several legacy applications and services in a network-distributed application. The existing services and applications are written using different languages and technologies, ...
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Managing cross-thread communication on issue/bug reports

On my current project we have two or three engineers who are tagged as Tier 2 or Tier 3 support. We often work directly with customers to gather detailed information about bug and issue reports. ...
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Steps to ensure important details aren't edited out of technical documents?

Like many here, I'm sure, my company has a person that acts as liason between development and most other areas of the company, as well as our clients. Most communication regarding new releases, fixes, ...
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suggesting large changes/a rewrite as an intern

The context: it's an internal project (that I don't think a lot of people use) it's old we're updating it The issues: it abuses the mvc framework (no use of models, business logic in views, etc) ...
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How to tackle a boss/manager who likes to race the coders

After a recent restructuring happened in our corporation - I have got a new line manager. He is generally ok and not as sneaky as the previous one. By "sneaky" I don't mean he was an evil manager - I ...
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Will my communication skills be wasted in a software engineering career?

I've been in the financial engineering arena (after BA Math and BA Computer Science) for about 5 years (20% analysis/programming, 80% communicating) and take pride in my ability to communicate with ...
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How can I get the team that I work with to communicate synchronously? [closed]

Okay, so I work on a team of 4 people. We're spread all around the country, and when we communicate, it's either through email or our issue tracker. That's okay most of the time, but I feel like I ...
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What is the best way to study and become involved in software engineering process work? [closed]

This might sound rather strange for someone who just graduated with an undergraduate degree in software engineering, but I'm extremely interested in the process and people side of software ...
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How do I explain “Recursion” to a 8 years old kid? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In plain English, what is recursion? What is the best way to explain "Recursion" to 8 years old kid? I tried with the Fibonacci Series but i failed.
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How to tackle the outside party developement

Currently I'm working on a social networking project whose design is developed by the another company we are dealing with. We informed them that we need a task to be done on high priority to finish ...
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How to Evaluate a Programmer's Communication Skills

If I was interested in interview questions like "Describe how you explained a difficult technical issue to a non-technical person" I would use the Googles to search on communication skill interview ...
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Would you keep convincing your management some better practices if he keeps screwing things up

My manager, an enthusiastic programmer, is full of good energy to program. But he has a ... habit were he will be negligent in meetings if he can't understand the issue or argument. As a result, he ...
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How do I (quickly) let people know that software I am providing for free is not abandon-ware?

As an independent, individual programmer: How do I let people very quickly know that I have not abandoned the software I've written and given away for free? That I am putting in the effort required ...
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How to run developer team meetings?

Our team of 10 developers meet weekly. The meetings are rather boring and not particularly useful. What format/agenda do you utilize to have good meetings? We meet weekly in the conference room with ...
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How To Deal With Terrible Design Decisions [duplicate]

I'm a consultant at one company. There is another consultant who is a year older than me and has been here 3 months longer than I have, and a full time developer. The full-time developer is great. ...
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Communication between teams in the same company

In our company we have 3 teams working on different software. The level they are working on is very diverse from 8/16 bit microcontroller in C , via 32bit arm on C++ under winCE to PC software ...
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At what point should developers become involved in a triangular relationship among the client, the design agency, and the developers themselves?

Imagine that there is a project to be completed. This project involves three parties: client, a development organisation (a one that you work for), and a design agency. The design agency is a ...
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Dissidence between program leader and me, what should I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tackle a boss who thinks everybody in this world is wrong except him? I've been an MMORPG programmer for two years. I have some experiences on limited platforms ...
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Why do programmers still use mailing lists? [duplicate]

Why do many open source projects collaborate primarily through mailing lists rather than through, say, forums? I may be ignorant in my assessment, but I, along with my communication teacher, think ...
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Implementation of communication between packages (Java)

I'm making a project with 5 packages. The packages can communicate with each other by sending Messages to a central MessageQueue in the Main package and that MessageQueue takes care of all the ...
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What techniques should be used to ensure clear communication from the customer?

Some customers use terms from the domain language interchangably and incorrectly. This has, on several occassions, lead to an implementation of a feature in a way that was not desired by the customer. ...
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Working code and user needs

Programmers, like myself, often is too worried about if their code is really going to work, rather than how to communicate with the users. Scared of throwing an exception at the user, we test with ...
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Mimic the functionality of Urban Airship

My boss wants a feature that "mimics" the functionality of Urban Airship... in two weeks. What can I say to him?
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confusion between these two networking terms: transmission rate vs. propagation speed

I read this in TCP/IP PROTOCOL SUITE second edition, written by Behrouz A. Forouzan and Sophia Chung Fegan. In traditional Ethernet, the minimum frame length is 520 bits, the transmission rate is ...