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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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 [closed]

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 ...
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Ideas to talk about during “expectation setting talk” with my new software team lead?

I'm moving to a new company, with a new team lead. I find that this is a great time to set our mutual expectations from each other, to help us both start the role on the right foot. Do you have ideas ...
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improving IM communication skills

I am an email person, but found that at my new job, co-workers use IM a lot. I have to admit that I have been largely ignoring the IM/SMS as a way of communication by thinking it is only for ...
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How to for non-programmer : formulate web-programming requirements

How to for non-programmer : formulate web-programming requirements for designing a website by a third party how to ask and what to ask Example : I want to hire someone to design or implement any ...
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How to implement instant communication between iPad and iPhone through the net?

What is the best way to implement this: 1.iphone/webBrowser user selects some products (a,b,c) to buy 2.the chosen products most appear on the iPad located in the Store. using a UITableView ...
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How do you communicate improvements in tools and process to the development team? [closed]

My team does a lot of internal tooling and infrastructure work - you can think of us as a small scale version of the teams Facebook, Etsy, Netflix, etc. who build all the infrastructure for scaling ...
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How do you make slides for programming talks? [closed]

I've given a few talks recently and I have not found a good way to make slides. Here are a few desirable characteristics for programming slides: They're slides. A standard emacs buffer won't do it. ...
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How to communicate with a co-worker that considers frameworks a performance hit

How can one sell an idea like "we should use jQuery because its highly optimized and cross browser compatible" or "entity framework is cool because its neat and takes care of our model automagically" ...
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How can I improve my communication skills? [closed]

Jeff Atwood suggests that becoming a great programmer takes serious communication skills. What are the suggested ways for a programmer to develop his communication skills?
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How to tell your boss that his programming style is really bad? [duplicate]

I'm a student and in my spare time I'm working for a big enterprise as Java developer. The job is good, but the problem is, my boss writes very strange code. I don't want to complain, but some issues ...
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Uncomfortable terminology

I couldn't imagine using terminology like "code smell", scrum "chickens", "pigs" at my workplace. These types of terms just wouldn't fit in to my environment. My co-workers would look at me, and tell ...
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Tester-Developer communication

While a lot is written about developer-developer, developer-client, developer-team manager communications, I couldn't find any text which gives guidelines about tester-developer communication and ...
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Tips for developing with a remote team? [closed]

My company has corporate offices around the country and I have been hired under contract to work in one office while the rest of my team works in another. We are in the same time zone, but definitely ...
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What do you call a customer's customer in a specification document, use case, or scenario?

My team and I develop software that our customers will use to interact with their customers. Additionally, we also eat our own dogfood and use the software ourselves to interact with our customers. ...
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Generic Content Player?

The general idea on the web appears to be that video/audio are to be separated with plain text. By separated, I mean you have a place that plays video/audio and a place that you read text. This is ...
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How to improve my email communication

Paraphrase of an email I sent to a colleague I noticed a problem with System A. I have determined that it is not caused by X. I suspect that it is being caused by Y. (since you are in ...
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Requirment Analysis Communication

Someday s ago we was discussing about the current project, and suddenly sir and my senior started talking about the new feature to add in the project , and i become lost :). i was not able to find how ...
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Why might RMI be a sensible option for communication between client and server in a web application?

Question: Why might RMI be a sensible option for communication between client and server in a web application? So why would RMI be used for communication between client and server in web apps?
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Interacting with clients using project management systems

I work in web development, that involves a lot of smaller custom projects rather than one large product. Requirements and specifications are always coming from outside the company. We've setup a ...
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Public Speaking in software development

Greetings my fellow cubicle dwellers. I've found my role gradually change from "feature-maintainer" to "feature-developer". While much of the former would consist of fixing and/or updating an ...
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Relation between developers and clients

I'm currently working in a small company that its taking care of implementing lots of systems, most of them for goverment institutions, in witch it generally means taking software developted 20 years ...
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I believe my solution is better than my boss's, so should I ignore him? [closed]

I'm working with php and sql. I think that my method of implementing functions is better than what my boss proposes. Just now he explained me how to do a check on a list of email addresses, and I do ...
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Is Emailing waste of time in Dev Teams

I know its not strictly related to what people ask here but I have to ask this anyway. Isn't having long conversations/discussions over emails reduce one's productivity. I have joined this new ...
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What is the proper relationship between the software developer and the business customer?

IT professionals are experts who are trusted with the IT assets of a business or organisation. As trusted professionals we have responsibilities that extend beyond things that a non-IT customer can be ...
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How do you explain the source of an identifed problem without making it an “excuse”? [closed]

As practicing (as much as I can at least) "egoless programming", I'm focused on solving problems whoever wrote the code related (if that person don't make dangerous code) and I like to understand the ...
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Use of underscores and earmuffs [closed]

I have seen underscores and earmuffs (like _good_ or *good*) frequently used in conversations among programmers. All I know is that underscores are used to denote private variables or methods in ...
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How do I explain to non-programers what .NET is? [closed]

I don't work at a software company, and I'm one of a small handful of people in the company that know anything about programming. I spend a lot of time automating other programs that are used in the ...
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What do you do to improve your speech communication skills? [closed]

Being a programmer is not just grokking the latest cool technology or debugging a sneaky code error , we have to speak to our coworkers, project manager or boss, in the most effective way possibly; we ...
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How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person?

(This question was inspired by the most-voted answer here) How do you go about explaining refactoring (and technical debt) to a non-technical person (typically a PHB or customer)? ("What, it's going ...
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Which comments instantly ring alarm bells when a programmer says them? [closed]

Similar to my question about easily spotted warning signs in code I think sometimes comments programmers make can tell you quite a lot (of not good things) about them in a short period of time. The ...
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How do you keep emails short but complete? [closed]

I'm the odd kind of developer that likes writing and explaining - emails, specs, you name it. I enjoy helping people understand things deeply. I hate ping-pong communications where groups go through ...
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communication, realistic approach

I work for a mid sized Architecture and Engineering firm, our sub group focuses on developing tech solutions for engineers, mappers and technical managers. So we're heavy on desktop based apps for GIS ...
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Is it out of line to give unsolicited constructive criticism to a programmer? [duplicate]

I recently started work at new office that uses a proprietary program written by a solo developer. He's occasionally around as part-time tech support, but the company has signed off on this software ...
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Do you obfuscate your email address in open-source code to prevent spamming?

I've been thinking of releasing a few projects, and most authors in the community leave their email address right in the code, often as is or using commonly used schemes like "meATNOSPAMgmail.com", ...
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Best (worst) logically impossible task assigned to you? [closed]

What was a project or spec that got put on your desk that could not possibly be done? How did you explain the dilemma to the "requester"? More importantly, did they understand after you explained the ...
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What to do if a co-worker is editing your code just to change the appearance?

What should you do, if a co-worker is editing your code? Without the purpose of adding functionality or fixing bugs, just to change how it looks...
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How can I sell a legacy program rewrite to the business? [duplicate]

We have a legacy classic ASP application that's been around since 2001. It badly needs to be re-written, but it's working fine from an end user perspective. The reason I feel like a rewrite is ...
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How much credit do you take when you used plugins etc.?

I often develop an application entirely myself. But did I really? I feel strange about that claim and never know when that is true. I mean I designed it, coded it, but I used XYZ plug-in. Can I ...
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Programmer, not a blogger [closed]

I need advice from people who might understand where I'm coming from. I'm the lead engineer on a software product. The company I'm working for recently expressed serious interest in having me blog ...
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How do you explain orthogonality to a non-technical person? [closed]

In The Pragmatic Programmer this term is introduced and "linearly independency" is used as an example for orthogonality. How do you explain the same thing to a non-technical person and why ...
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What do I do when my team leader is breaking my database schema with a release coming up?

My team leader has this terrible habit of mucking with the database schema, and making changes that would cause severe breakage on the code base (without really consulting me on how the changes would ...