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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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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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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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 ...
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How to let teammates know what changes I made to an object? [closed]

Suppose I have a PHP object, let's say: companyObj. class companyObj { private company_name; private company_address; public function print_contact() { //logic } } This is the object ...
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How do I approach a coworker about his or her code quality? [duplicate]

I work on a new venture at a large enterprise software company (3000+ programmers). In my group, we have a bunch of projects and people usually work on several projects over the course of a year. I ...
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Serial communications: how to verify that received message is a response to the last request sent?

Imagine the following situation. Two devices (master and slave) communicate with each other using any serial protocol like Modbus or HDLC or custom-made one. Master device sends a request to the ...
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How to motivate co-workers to write unit-tests? [closed]

We're working on a large product which has been in production for about 5 years. The codebase is.. erm.. working. Not really well but it is working. New features are thrown into production and tested ...
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Arguments to non-technical manager for program upgrade [duplicate]

My situation: I'm currently intern in a big company, developing an automation tool (for company internal use only). There are about 30 persons in the team, but we are only 3 developers, all interns ...
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How do I convince my boss to use REST over SOAP? [duplicate]

We need to create an API to our system. How do I convince my boss that REST is a better option than SOAP (or XML-RPC)? I say REST is... easier to implement and maintain not much new to learn -- ...
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How do I prove to management that our programmers could work more productively? [duplicate]

Backstory I graduated less than a year ago with a degree in Computer Science (with extra courses in software engineering), and another degree in Software Engineering. I'd like to think that I'm ...
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Etiquette when asking questions in an IRC channel [closed]

Many larger OSS projects maintain IRC channels to discuss their usage or development. When I get stuck on using a project, having tried and failed to find information on the web, one of the ways I try ...
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How To Explain Need to Refactor Code to Non-Developer Boss [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person? How to justify code refactoring time? My supervisor is the CTO of the company that I work at, he is the jack ...
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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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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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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: Salary Benefits Overhead (tax, suppliers, etc etc) The client is ok with 1) and 3) But ...
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How can I give a good presentation to important, non-technical stakeholders?

At the end of the month, I have to give a presentation on a software project that I've been working on by myself that will basically decide whether or not I will get a full-time job at the company I'm ...
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How do I Integrate a Former Team Member into the Current Team [closed]

Is it possible to re-integrate a former team member into a software project? We have a product with a looming customer deadline and we don't have enough hours to get it done! We have a former ...
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How to communicate inefficiency before it's implemented?

This is a problem I come across pretty often. Basically we are using an application to make art content. Often times this requires writing custom tools for it. Sometimes you run into parts of the ...
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How should one effectively use time at software conferences?

Microsoft (through the Student Insider program) has generously flown me out to Microsoft TechEd North America 2011. It seems like the website suggests that one should just make a schedule of the ...
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What methods are available to show colleagues the advantages of a database+application solution over Excel?

I work in a company where there are Excel spreadsheets everywhere. As my colleagues are non-programmers, I'm sure they haven't contemplated that there might be a better/easier/more productive way of ...
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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 to explain why design choices are good? [closed]

As I've become a better developer, I find that much of my design skill comes more from intuition than mechanical analysis. This is great. It lets me read code and get a feel for it quicker. It lets me ...
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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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local communications between two apps

To make a platform-independent program in C++ I want to separate the GUI (separate for each OS, using native libraries/APIs) and the actual program. Obviously those two need to communicate with each ...
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Security scheme that prevents duplicate message attacks

I am using custom security scheme to verify communication between client and server. Both client and server have same secret hash phrase. Client builds a message, combines it with hash phrase and ...
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Software to access GSM Terminal, sending and receiving AT commands, validating results

I am currently implementing a software that uses a GSM terminal to perform actions. Actions can be sending messages, checking balance, receiving status report messages, setting the pin, ... The ...
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Boss is ordering me to send spam. How to I deal with this issue/what is my options? [closed]

We have corporate dedicated server, which I'm the only one in charge of, and my boss is having a fixation that sending mass emails to somehow found addresses that he knows they(owners) will be ...
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How to communicate software design efficiently between developers? [duplicate]

Recently I've come to understand that a serious problem at my workplace is the lack of communication between developers. It's odd, because we're a totally open sort of organization. Everyone can go to ...
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Software engineering - “Precious project” syndrome? [duplicate]

I recently failed three projects with a similar pattern: I had to work on each of them alone With time I started to take the project too personally, like it is my spiritual child, and I tried to ...