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Hiring a programmer much more qualified & experienced than yourself?

My employer is hiring a programmer - more specifically, I am interviewing and selecting the person who will fill the position. The best candidate right now is far more qualified than I am, older, and ...
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How do you effectively compete with an open source project?

A company with a solid open source project competing against a traditional closed-source product seems impossible to beat. I read this article wherein the author lays out this scenario: Suppose ...
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Is the algorithm more important than the programming language?

During the current (2013) Google Code Jam contest, there was a problem that took C++ and Java people 200+ lines of code as compared to Python people that solved the same problem only using 40 lines of ...
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Why is C++ predominant in programming contests and competitions? [closed]

I understand that C++ is a very fast language, but ain't C just as fast, or faster in some cases? Then you might say that C++ has OOP, but the amount of OOP you need for most programming puzzles is ...
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It takes me hours to completely understand solutions to 1000-pt problems on TopCoder. Should I get discouraged? [closed]

Sometimes this applies to the 500-pt ones too. I sometimes start feeling I will never improve enough to code them with ease like the others. Should I just quit? If not, why? It is extremely annoying, ...
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Programming Practice/Test Contest? [closed]

My situation: I'm on a programming team, and this year, we want to weed out the weak link by making a competition to get the best coder from our group of candidates. Focus is on IEEExtreme-like ...
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Advice/Wisdom for Programming Competitions. (Specifically the IOI) [closed]

I'm on the Irish team heading to the International Olympiad of Informatics in Bulgaria at the start of August, and from the great pools of wisdom of SA, I wish to ask a few questions of those of you ...
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Any good hackathons/competitions to refresh my programming skill? [closed]

I spent this summer as a PM, so my programming skills may have gotten a little rusty. I want to refresh those skills, and I'm looking for things like online hackathons or competitions. Preferably ...
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How to deal with potential enterpreneur developer in a IT startup

In a software startup, how can we deal with the main developers/programmers of the company who are good at design and communication, and also have entrepreneurial skills? How do we get them work for ...
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How to handle “X” data sets as input

I participated in a coding competition today, and I found that almost all of the command line input our programs needed to receive would start with an integer representing the amount of data sets to ...
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How can a potential customer find “best” offer in agile software development? [closed]

If you have fixed-price software projects a potential customer can choose a software development company by the price to get best value for money. The software development company with the lowest ...
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Is there any benefit of using one language over the other for competitive programming websites like SPOJ or TopCoder? [closed]

I know a bit of C++, Java and Ruby. I want to be proficient in one of these now and I don't know how to pick. I was wondering if picking one over the other would be advantageous in any way for ...
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Competitive Programming [closed]

I think this may just be one of the most frequently asked questions by a novice (like me) on this site. Please pardon me for that. My question is I wish to get better at solving the harder problems of ...