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 misconceptions about “premature optimization is the root of all evil”?

I've encountered many people who are dogmatically against anything which can be considered "optimization" in the general English-language sense of the word, and they very often quote verbatim 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 to deal with a CEO making all technical decision but with little technical knowledge?

Question posted anonymously for obvious reasons. I am working in a company with a dev group of 5-6 developers, and I am in a situation which I have a hard time dealing with. Every technical choice ...
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Is there a way to combat Sales perpetually overcommitting? [closed]

I seem to be repeatedly stuck in a situation where release dates are set not based on anything technical, but because someone in Sales has committed to a customer by then. Based on discussions with ...
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Convince developer to use IDE [closed]

There is a developer, let's call him John (currently on probationary period) in company(pretty small company approx. 10 persons, 3 developers, one of them works long in this company know business ...
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How do I take responsibility for my code when colleague makes unnecessary improvements without notice?

One of my teammates is a jack of all trades in our IT shop and I respect his insight. However, sometimes he reviews my code (he's second in command to our team leader, so that's expected) without a ...
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Is there a way to help streamline your typical developers discussions? [closed]

Often, my colleagues and I run into specific problems, for example what's the best way to deploy this, or would this or that technique be a good one to use, or just "hey, have you seen that new ...
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How to deal with the “programming blowhard”? [closed]

So I'm sure everyone has run into this person at one point or another, someone catches wind of your project or idea and initially shows some interest. You get to talking about some of your methods and ...
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If my team has low skill, should I lower the skill of my code? [closed]

For example, there is a common snippet in JS to get a default value: function f(x) { x = x || 'default_value'; } This kind of snippet is not easily understood by all the members of my team, ...
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What is the ideal mindset for a developer participating in a requirements gathering meeting?

As a mid-level developer on my team, I participate in requirements gathering/scope planning meetings of projects that I will be part of. I have been finding it difficult to come up with the questions ...
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How to advocate Stack Overflow at work [closed]

I am thinking of doing a short presentation at work about using Stack Overflow as a resource for your day job. What is your experience doing this? Would you deem it a valid resource to tell ...
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How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person?

How do you go about explaining refactoring (and technical debt) to a non-technical person (typically a PHB or customer)? ("What, it's going to cost me a month of your work with no visible ...
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Convincing a Client to Offer a RESTful Web Service instead of a SOAP Service? [closed]

BACKGROUND: I develop custom WordPress plugins for my clients that they then distribute via the WordPress plugin repository. I'm increasingly running into clients who want my WordPress plugins to ...
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How to convince teammates to use TDD [closed]

I am the only person on my team that use TDD. How do I make them to use it? I am annoyed that when I pull, someone's code will break my tests and I am the one who has to fix them. Will using github, ...
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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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How do you share your craft with non programmers?

Sometimes I feel like a musician who can't play live shows. Programming is a pretty cool skill, and a very broad world, but a lot of it happens "off camera"- in your head, in your office, away from ...
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Modeling a multi-channel communication device in C#

Background We (my coworkers and I) are architecting a high level C# API to interact with a hardware device's native Windows DLL. First I will discuss the hardware-architecture, then get to the ...
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How to explain to non-programmers that programming is not a repetitive task? [closed]

Some people have the view of programming that it is just repetitive typing on a keyboard. None of this is true. First of all, there is so much more you have to do than actually typing down the code, ...
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How to explain to a non-technical person why the task will take much longer than they think?

Almost every developer has to answer questions from business side like: Why is going to take 2 days to add this simple contact form? When a developer estimates this task, they may divide it into ...
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Explain to a non-technical manager that the tool he chose isn't apt

My non-technical manager just paid for a license to use a tool which designed to pick mentions of your brand name at blogs, "social media", comments, etc. and gauge the sentiment (positive, neutral, ...
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Should I try to persuade my manager that code tidying should take priority over meeting deadlines? [duplicate]

My manager has tight deadlines to meet. The current project I am working on is currently on schedule, but I've noticed a couple of quite significant areas in the code that are really badly written. ...
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How much technical detail is too much when talking to non-technical managers?

I have a boss that is not very technical. He can write some basic SQL, speak some dev lingo, but all in all not a pro dev. I get into trouble often, by giving him a lot of detail and asking him to ...
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How do I stress the importance of unit tests to my manager [duplicate]

I've recently started a new job and I've been tasked with completing a feature that another developer didn't finish before he left the company. The existing tests are out of date (i.e useless)... ...
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Should I update blog posts or rewrite them as technology (and me) changes? [closed]

I started a programming blog earlier this year, and since I started it some things have changed. Some changes are due to technology changing, some changes are due to my code libraries improving, and ...
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How do I cope with a manager who’s always interfering in what I do, but doesn’t really understand it?

We've all had them, managers who have either come from sales or last looked at code 10 or more years ago but think they know how to write code. What can I do to give the impression that I'm grateful ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for mentorship when getting involved with an open source project?

I'm trying to get involved in an open source project and I am feeling a little lost for several reasons: I've been reading the project's mailing list, but its a fairly large and complicated project ...
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What is an effective way to record rationales behind product design decisions?

At our company, we do not use any product design documents. We have three employees total so all product design discussion happens in person, or on Slack. (We are also on the basic Slack package that ...
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Is mentioning my blog on my resume helpful or hurtful to a job search? [closed]

I have a blog that I use mostly to record solutions to problems I have had, that I had some trouble finding an answer to. Mostly problems where the online doc I googled provided too much info, and I ...
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Would you put your Stack Overflow profile link on your CV / Resume? [closed]

If applying for a new job, would you put your Stack Overflow profile link on your resume? This would show the employer you're an active member of the development community and also provide an insight ...
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How important is it for a programmer to have an online presence? [closed]

I've noticed more and more mentions (both in posts here and in actual job descriptions) of programmers' "portfolios" - typically their public profiles on sites such as this, GitHub, etc. How ...
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As a code monkey, how to discuss programming with a guy who almost has a doctorate in computer science [closed]

A friend of my wife's is coming over for dinner tonight and he is a lot smarter than me. What do we have in common, well... A Bachelor's in Computer Science, and that should be enough of a ...
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Ideas on writing a meaningful resume which is not a compilation of buzz words? [closed]

I'm am about to commence redesigning my resume all over. What I'm stuck with is where should I draw the line between writing everything down and writing too little. I don't want my resume to be a ...
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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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How to explain my 5 burnt-out years off to a new employer? [closed]

Five years ago, I lost my ability to concentrate long-term, and therefore ability to code with professional efficiency. I know why it happened, I understood how it happened, and on top of being able ...
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The way to describe the scale of software in the CV [closed]

I'm writing my CV, and having trouble explaining about the software for enterprise I developed in my previous job. Now I'm thinking of writing following 4 things for each software. Abstract ...
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo [closed]

Background of my working environment My manager has no background or understanding of computers or software whatsoever. It is highly likely he hasn't seen code in any form (not even from a physical ...
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Solving The Iceberg Problem [closed]

Joel Spolsky once wrote that 90% of a software project is not its visual parts: If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface which is 100% beautiful, they will think the program ...
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“Too object-oriented”

I come from a strong OO background, and I have recently started working in an organization which, although the code is written in Java, has a lot less emphasis on good OO design than what I am used ...
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How can I change sloppy company culture? [closed]

Sometimes when I have a problem that needs to be solved, I find that the easiest way to solve it is by writing a small program as a personal tool. I don't make it super usable or super robust, as I am ...
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How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code? [duplicate]

My boss came to me today to ask me if we could implement a certain feature in 1.5 days. I had a look at it and told him that 2 to 3 days would be more realistic. He then asked me: "And what if we do ...
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The distributed office, is it viable? [closed]

I've played with the thought of how I would construct my dream company and how one could make it highly attractive to great programmers. If one could employ a few "superstar" programmers instead of ...
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Should managers prohibit programmers from using IM in office? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would you allow your programmers to use Messenger and social networks like Facebook? A manager may believe that using IM clients in the office is not acceptable, but ...
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How can I get the word out about a new (open-source) library I've developed? [closed]

I'm finishing up a personal project in which I've implemented a library that I expect others may want to use. Without going into too much detail, the library provides a cross-platform interface for ...
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What should we do to make Morning Standup meetting better and effective

Here in my office, we made it a practice to come before 9 AM (in any condition as decided by management) and start with a Standup Meeting. Here we start with discussing with issues of previous day, ...
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Asking my employer if I can open source a project I'm working on for the company

I'm an intern working for a company for the summer. I've been warmly received and I manage to impress my manager a lot (I guess I'm more experienced than the other people he interviewed). Recently ...
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Public Speaking in software development [closed]

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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WebSite Design Knowledge Base Vs Blog

I'm currently developing a knowledge base for my company and we have already built a blog using a third party solution. However, going through it, the functionality is a lot like the blog. We have ...
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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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In Scrum, should developers talk directly to customers (bypassing the PO)?

How should a product owner in scrum deal with very detailed questions from the team regarding the features they are implementing that he cannot instantly answer himself? When it would clearly be the ...
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Text based command/interface design

When using inter-process communication (pipes, memory streams, ...), I typically have a byte stream to communicate, also with http (unless using some heavy-weight web framework), the body comes as a ...