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Good, simple reasons for having multiple environments

Throughout my career I had worked at companies that had a collection of different environments for different purposes. We always had more or less our desktop environment, a test environment, a QA ...
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Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines [closed]

When forming opinions, it is a good practice to follow scholastic tradition - think as hard as you can against the opinion you hold and try to find counter-arguments. However, no matter how hard I ...
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Java vs. C# - Productivity perspective [closed]

If you have a number of years experience in working with Java and a number of years experience in working with C# and .NET, I would value your opinion on software development productivity differences ...
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Should a development machine be inside a VM?

This post by Rob Conery (note the slug) says that development environment should be run inside a virtual machine. I see what he's saying and tend to agree, but still feel a little uneasy. Now that ...
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Effective way of keeping past projects with their working development environment?

I find that whenever I want to go run a past project, it will take a long time before I can find it and before I have everything set-up again for it to be able to run. For example, I have python ...
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What's a good light-weight source repository for local development? [closed]

I'm doing some prototyping locally that I would like to keep in source control (for backup and revert purposes) but I don't necessarily want to publish it as open-source or make available online for ...
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At what point should I have my Windows developers upgrade to the latest release of Windows?

At what point should I begin upgrading our developer's machines to a later Windows release? From experience, Microsoft typically has an epic fail about every other O.S. (I am really not trying to ...
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What is the easiest way to migrate your current programming environment to a new laptop?

I have a WinXP based laptop with pretty basic hardware configuration by today's standards. I am planning to upgrade to a WinXP based laptop with a lot better hardware. The problem: My current laptop ...
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Why shouldn't you develop on production database? [duplicate]

I need help with organizing my arguments for why it's MADNESS to develop against production data. Backstory: I started working here six months ago and I noticed we're developing directly against ...
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What Things are Most Conducive to a Productive Programming Environment?

Many of us have worked in multiple environments over the years, and have found that some are more productive than others. In many cases, it's not directly related to the abilities of the developers, ...
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How to develop on Windows and test and run on Linux?

I am one of two developers for some internal software (written in python) in my company. Software is a server application designed to run on a dedicated Linux box. Currently, we have one box holding ...
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What should I be focusing on when building a development PC? [closed]

I've beeen given a budget for building a desktop PC for app and game development. What components should I consider to be a priority when selecting parts for the computer, and which should I ignore ...
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How to convince co-workers the merits of local development enviroments

I'm trying to convince my co-workers about the merits of developing on local environments, but so far have had little luck in my quest. Outside of myself, the other developers with my company develop ...
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Virtualized Development Environments in Enterprise Networks

We are attempting to implement a development environment using virtualization for a small team of 4 developers within an enterprise organization. This would allow us to set up separate development, ...
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Windows Permissions for Developers?

I work at a Fortune 500 company as a Windows software developer in R&D. Corporate IT is currently gearing up for a company-wide Win7 deployment and as a part of it they are looking to completely ...
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Setting Up a Development Environment

I am part of an organization that is formalizing their software development processes/capabilities/etc. While the organization is not traditionally a software organization, they want to do this right ...
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How can I make my PHP development environment more efficient?

I want to start a home-brew pet project in PHP. I've spent some time in my life developing in PHP and I've always felt it was hard to organize the development environment efficiently. In my ...
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Working machines of developers - in what ways are they usually standardized or restricted? [closed]

My boss wants to introduce new guidelines for the computers in our company. This means that the software environments will be completely standardized with a predefined set of tools. The goal is that ...
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How can I create a solid business case for upgrading our programmers to 256 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM? [duplicate]

We have an environment based on Microsoft stack (VS2010, SQL Server, etc), and I firmly believe that we could improve productivity a little bit, having more RAM and a faster secondary SSD. What data ...
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How to effectively (but minimally) *simulate* a distributed computing environment?

I am doing some personal research on Byzantine Faults. I am trying out algorithms from various research papers which present algorithms for consensus in distributed systems like this one. For this i ...
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Vagrant's Users: What are its drawbacks?

I've been studying http://www.vagrantup.com/ for several days and I'd like a feedback by people using it in a professional context or for personal projects. I think I get what positive things can ...
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Environment naming standards in software development?

My project is currently suffering from environment naming issues. Different people have different assumptions as to what environments should be named or what the names designate, and it's causing ...
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How to set up a multi-developer iOS environment?

Let me explain my need: I'm having a networked environment with 3 computers connected to a server which will be running full-time. The server also runs a FTP server. I would like to create an ...
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Setting up a development environment in the cloud? [closed]

I'm interested in transitioning my development environment onto the cloud. I currently use VirtualBox with Vagrant to manage separate virtual machines for each individual project. What would be the ...
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Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code? [closed]

I have begun working at a large software company and was assigned to a project that is over a million and a half lines of code. It's part of a program suite that is sold to clients (not an in-house ...
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Boss wants to convert all developers to virtualized desktops [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Thoughts on Development using Virtual Machines My boss has been singing the praises of leveraging virtualized desktops for all our developers in the company - about 100 ...
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Productivity strategies for one developer using many PCs [closed]

In a talk about time management, a famous computer scientist said: "One machine in your life is the right number." He recommended a laptop with a docking station. After trying this approach ...
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Is there an IDE for python that creates the same kind of reflective environment that Smalltalk provides?

As anyone who has used Smalltalk knows, one of the main benefits (other than a late-bound language that discourages many poor practices), is that the system is totally transparent and reflective, ...
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Isolated environment for software stacks

I was sure that I would find this question, but I couldn't. How to create an isolated development environment? It other words, a sandbox, where I can install different combinations of web servers, ...
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2answers
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How to measure time lost due to environment problems?

I'm trying to determine how we can measure how much time the developers are loosing to poorly managed environment and inefficient ways-of-working. The goals are: Show managment how big the problem ...
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1answer
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How can I integrate local web development environments with a central SSO solution?

We have a single-page web application, and we have a new SSO site (also our own) using OAuth2, and are looking to hook them up. On our production/staging/CI deployments, it's easy to hook everything ...
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How do you limit whitespace differences for developers using different IDEs/environments?

I've used UltraEdit for years and never had a problem with sharing code with fellow developers whether they worked on Windows, Mac, Linux, Eclipse, Visual Studio -- what have you... But now I am in ...
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3answers
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Which is more important in a web application code promotion hierarchy? production environment to repo resemblance or unidirectional propagation?

Lets say you have a code promotion hierarchy consisting of several environments, (the polar end) two of which are development (dev) and production (prod). Lets say you also have a web application ...
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Shared Development Space

Currently the company I work in gives each developer their own development virtual machine. On this machine (Windows 7) they install the entire stack of the product (minus database) this stack is ...
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Scalability of using environment variables

I just moved into the Ruby on Rails world and with it I am being introduced to much more liberal use of environment variables than what I have been exposed to in the past. Specifically, it appears ...
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1answer
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Managing resource paths in source code

I suspect this is something that many of you guys have dealt with, and I'm certain there's articles on how to do it, but I cant seem to find them. My problem is that my various constant classes in ...
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2answers
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Best method to organize/manage dependencies in the VCS within a large solution

A simple scenario: 2 projects are in version control The application The test(s) A significant number of checkins are made to the application daily. CI builds and runs all of the automation ...
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What is Development Environment? e.g. Vagrant [closed]

By luck i landed on this website http://www.vagrantup.com/ It is says, that software is for development environment. My question is what exactly definition for development environment (in this case ...
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Arguments for development environment being the same as production

Intuitively it seems appropriate that the development environment (and all test environments) be as close to the production build as possible. Are there any documented arguments in support of this ...
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Super user powers in development environment?

Is it too much to ask for when I ask the IT department to give my development team an environment where we can use whatever software that we can download without having to have security check those ...
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2answers
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Joel Test: Quiet working space as a developer? [duplicate]

I know the joel test, specifically #8, specifies the ideal working condition for programmers or "knowledge" workers is one where there is a quiet area to work in. I hope this isn't a loaded question ...
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Mirror virtualized development environment

I work alone in some iOS projects in a local environment. I have been thinking in a way to be able to share my development environment between my Mac Mini and my MacBook. I mostly work at home in the ...
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How are you setting up re-usable development environments?

I'm trying to come up with a good approach to creating a re-usable development environment such that it doesn't take a couple days to re-build a machine if it starts to sputter and to be able to ...
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2answers
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Purpose oriented user accounts on a single desktop?

Starting point: I currently do development for Dynamics Ax, Android and an occasional dabble with Wordpress and Python. Soon, I'll start a project involving setting up WP on Google Apps Engine. ...
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1answer
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Versioning Within a Platform

I work with a few different web platforms, and my actual projects are typically quite small, and live within those platforms. The project files are scattered throughout the platform tree, which makes ...
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Good Laptop .NET Developer VM Setup [closed]

I was torn between putting this question on this site or SuperUsers. I've tried to do a good bit of searching on this, and while I find plenty of info on why to go with a VM or not, there isn't much ...
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Setting up a simple Ruby\Rails environment

I am coming from a .NET background and beginning my journey into the Mac OSX\Ruby\Rails environment. A lot of the resources I have found such as this one have between 5-10 steps for setting up a ...
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3answers
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Difference between Windows and Linux development environments? [closed]

I have an interview coming up soon for a Business Analyst position and the recruiter mentioned some feedback from a prior candidate that was interviewed who said the interviewers asked him what the ...
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Development setup in a company with external developers

EDIT: This is about where the users will have their files, and TEST their changes - a development server so they can edit, save and then refresh a page to see whats changed. I am currently looking ...
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Environment-aware Code

There are situations where the deployed environment (development, test, or production, for example) might dictate the outcome of certain actions. For example, perhaps a successful "user registration" ...