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Is software innovation still primarily North American and European? Why, and for how much longer? [closed]

Since this site is read by a global audience of programmers, I want to know if people generally agree that the vast majority of software innovation - languages, OS, tools, methodologies, books, etc. - ...
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How to Gauge Junior Developer Knowledge

I've started mentoring a junior developer. I've read the community wiki on how to mentor and have been following many of the suggestions in there. The developer has a couple years experience, mostly ...
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Naming in Security Protocols: Alice, Bob and Eve

Among computer scientists and programmers, there's the common habit of naming people in the context of security protocols e.g. Alice, Bob or Eve. Descriptions of more elaborate attack vector sometimes ...
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What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to? [closed]

To the outside world, programmers, computer scientists, software engineers, and developers may all seem alike, but that's far from the case for the people who create software for a living. Any single ...
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Should senior programmers be required to take on and mentor a junior developer? [closed]

In a shop that is intended to be tight-knit and supportive, should it be part of the culture that senior developers are paired with junior developers as mentors? Or should this mentoring be something ...
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Does one's native spoken language affect quality of code?

There is a school of thought in linguistics that problem solving is very much tied to the syntax, semantics, grammar, and flexibility of one's own native spoken language. Working with various ...
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Does your organization still use the term “screens” to describe a user interface?

I have been in the field long enough to remember when the term "screen" entered our lexicon. As difficult as it is to believe, the early systems on which I worked had no user interface (UI). These ...
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What sort of role does “language cultural history” play with a platform?

I recently stumbled accross this article from a few years ago. It argues that significant differences in the culture surrounding VB and C#, not the actual differences in the language, contribute to C# ...