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What mistakes do your users make, and how can you update your application to handle them?

In fact this question is about cautions to be taken to enhance quality user experience and reduce avoidable support calls.
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Do FOSS version control systems work for enterprises?

Let's say a large corporation is planning to replace it's existing version control system. Let's say it is only considering systems from major vendors that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars ...
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To what extent can choosing a particular job limit future opportunities?

I'm at the beginning of my career and I'm currently looking for jobs. I know that the farther you get away from college graduation, the more employers look at your experience as opposed to your actual ...
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What top companies look for in an Interview?

Basically I am looking for what is it that you goof up and you are out from the remaining process ? Are elimination rounds a fair way to judge a person ? Anyone can have a bad hour :-( Should you ...
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What programming languages have you taught your children? [closed]

I'm a C# developer by trade but have had exposure to many languages (including Java, C++, and multiple scripting languages) over the course of my education and career. Since I code in the MS world ...
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How important are the people I work with? [closed]

I'm a very lucky individual who's managed to push a job I enjoy as a junior developer (I say push as I was hired as a Business Analyst but moved into development by proving I could do the work). I'm ...
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Is it normal for a software developer to have lots of issues after product went live? [closed]

In recent months, our product (which went live probably 9 months ago) experience an increase in the number of users using it. We faced lots of queries, problems, and complaints from users. Sadly, it ...
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When a developer should change technology or framework?

I'm an ASP.NET developer since 3 years ago and I'm now pretty powerful in WebForms. But now it seems that everybody is moving or shifting towards ASP.NET MVC, and my company is also taking this shift. ...
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What does long-term freelancing say about a developer's experience?

I have been interviewing candidates lately for a developer position requiring 10+ years experience and have come across a couple of CVs that I am not sure how to understand: I have interviewed a few ...
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Who was your mentor? Where can I find mine?

In many of articles I've read, finding a mentor is often suggested. One to who would guide, teach and more. (I wouldn't know the details, I don't have one, yet.) So, who was your mentor, if any? I ...
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Can programmer experience be expressed in hours of coded like hours of flight for a pilot?

How useful would it be for a recruiter? In martial arts there are a minimum number of trainings, not years of practicing, to be evaluated for a higher level. I saw some exceptions but there are rare. ...
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What can we do to improve the way outsourcing/offshoring works? [duplicate]

These days one only gets to hear the anti-outsourcing argument citing failed projects, lost jobs, cultural differences, communication issues and so on. The success stories, cost savings, shared ...
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What to do with bad source code? [duplicate]

I have been contracted to modify an application for a software company and the source code is quite frankly, a mess. It's not commented much and the author is inconsistent with coding conventions. The ...
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How can I get more programming experience [closed]

I am going to be a third year computer science student and I have read Head first Java, Head First C, and I am currently reading C++ which is the language that I like the most since it has a good ...
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Does the expansion of new technologies cause a perceived shortage of skill? [closed]

Systems programming and desktop application development is a well established field. In recent years, web and mobile development have shown rapid expansion. As a software engineer I understand that ...
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Good practices every startup should follow [closed]

A couple of friends at work an me are going to set up a little startup / create our own software, probably moonlighting at first, since we cant yet afford to quit our day jobs. Neither of us has have ...
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Creating a New Scripting Language For the Learning Experience?

Is creating a scripting language for my own personal learning experience worth it? The reason I ask is that there are so many programming languages available already, I know mine will never have any ...
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How best to involve junior developer in designing an application from scratch? [closed]

We are a team of 3 developers (2 experienced devs and a junior). We just started a brand new project. We've designed the application, concentrated efforts on choosing the right architecture and now ...
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How can I expand my web programming knowledge?

Been out of school for about 3.5 years and in the .NET environment doing C# UI work (WinForms/WPF/Silverlight) as well as some Java work, server side. All in all I have done no real web development. ...
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How do I Integrate a Former Team Member into the Current Team

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 much experience on average should a Sr. developer have to be competent with a framework or library? [closed]

If you are a Senior developer with say 8+ years experience, how much time spent doing programming is reasonable for competency on average? Specifically working with some library or framework ...
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Excellent knowledge of C++ [closed]

I recently saw a recruiting page for a software company where one of the requirements was "Excellent knowledge of C++." Now, I know this somehow implies as expert knowledge of C++, but where exactly ...
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How to gain experience? [closed]

This is a problem that I think many people will find very common and some guidance from the expert users around here will be appreciated. Background Basically I'm a junior web developer in a team of ...
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The number of years experience needed to be a contract developer

Suppose you are a programmer in your mid-20's who has had several years industrial experience working for both big tech and a few internet startups but now you'd like to try contracting in the hope ...
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What do you wish you had been taught in uni before moving to industry?

Is there something that you wish you could have learnt, as part of a course or something, in uni, now that you've been in industry for a while? Maybe something such as "I wish there was a course in ...
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2 year degree plus experience vs 4 year degree [closed]

Alright, I have searched around a bit on this site and found two somewhat similar questions: Computer Science Programming Certificate vs. Computer Science Degree? Is it possible/likely to be paid ...
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How can I estimate how long a project will take? [duplicate]

I'm working as a web developer and I want to be able to determine if I'm efficient. Does this include the how long it take to accomplish tasks such as: Server side code for the site logic with one ...
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How can I get better at knowing how to write code right off the bat?

I have been programming for around 3-4 years now (completed my degree in CS where we were taught the Java programming language). Now my question is: Do many people find it a difficult task ...
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Should I change language to stop becoming stale? [closed]

I'm an ASP.Net/C# programmer using SQL Server as a back end. I am the Technical Director of the company, I'm extremely happy in everything I do and consider the languages and system we use to be ...
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Need Help in Pointing to focus on the Key elements in Code Review Phase? [closed]

Please share your views on the code review process. If someone gave a code snippet and asked you to review that code, then what are the major things you will focus on that code Review process? For ...
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After how much experience, should one start to use a framework for serious development?

Long time back, when I was reading my introductory programming books on (Basic, Pascal, C/C++), one thing that was emphasized is you can't become a professional programmer over night or over few ...
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Have you worked with poorly designed application?

Well , I have been asked to work in a Java web application that is very very poorly designed . In the name of "making this easy" , they have come up with their own "framework" to make things extremely ...
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Work experience before masters [closed]

I dont know if its the right place to ask such questions: I have a bachelors degree from an Indian university. I want to pursue a masters in one of the universities in USA. My profile is good enough ...
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How to bootstrap managerial experience?

Most engineering manager positions require X years of managerial experience in the job description. That means as an individual contributor I can never qualify. But this experience has to come from ...
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How to be an agile programmer? [closed]

I am a trainee in development sector. My Boss says that i should be an agile programmer. I went through through the net and found some interesting things about agile programming. Being a newbee how ...
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How can I measure my experience as a hobbyist?

If you have a job programming with a language then it's safe to say that the number of years at a job is the number of years of experience you have. But a hobbyist doesn't always program with the same ...
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How to obtain feedback for a project?

Software is easy to build, but even easier to build the way the developers think it should function. What about the end user? How best to obtain feedback from them regarding a new product? For ...
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Google Summer of Code Experience [closed]

I was a Google Summer of Code student this year and successfully completed my project. It was an awesome learning experience. Just wondering, from an industry point of view - how is or how well is a ...
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Does the term “Learning Curve” include the knowing of the gotchas? [closed]

When you learn new technology you spend time understanding its concepts and tools. But when technology meets real life strange and not pleasant things happen. Reuqirements are often far from ideal and ...
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Does LaTeX have a future outside of CS? [closed]

with emphasis on outside of cs science students & staff In the "good ol' days" LaTeX was it; mainly because of two reasons, first - it gave such a better quality document that nothing else came ...
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What are pros and cons of using “in-house” tools? [closed]

What are pros and cons of using "in-house" tools, from real-world experience?
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I'm so jealous of middle-aged developers. Are we unlucky? [closed]

First of all, I couldn't decide the right words for title after reading How old is "too old"? question. I still can't decide with old, middle-aged, expert or professional. As you know, ...
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Does using a PHP framework count as experience using PHP to a company that doesn't use that framework?

I've started working at a company that uses the Yii PHP framework. I'm mostly using Yii but also some frontend stuff like jQuery and Ajax. What I'm worried about is limiting my skill set to a ...
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When do you have enough experience?

I've worked on three successful projects (freelanced) throughout my highschool career; however, they primarily involve web technologies. I know that I'm proficient in setting up LAMP stacks, working ...
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Have you worked with a well designed application? [closed]

Inspired by this question, I started wondering - is there or has there ever been such a thing as a "well designed application"? One where the architecture would be perfect and no refactoring would ...
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What's the most appropriate duration of the video tutorial?

It is now more and more popular to have video tutorials of the software or technology instead of writing long articles. As for me, it makes perfect sense, especially for such areas like "Getting ...
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How do you ensure your product meets basic usability guidelines?

There are some really common usability errors in everyday software we used; errors that result from the ways the particular programmer has learned without learning of all the other ways there are. ...
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Introducing a (new) test method to a team

A couple of months ago I was hired in a new job. (I'm fresh out of my Masters in software engineering) The company mainly consists of ERP consultants, but I was hired in their fairly small web ...
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How to support design decisions?

There are bad design decisions. On the same pitch, being a senior engineer can sometimes be hard. Youngsters have awesome and radical ideas, which a senior engineer wonders whether will work on the ...
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Getting to the big leagues & managing time as a novice game developer?

I'm a 23-year-old novice game developer who just got his first job in the industry a year ago. Unlike most programmers I know, I started programming pretty late, during my second year in college, and ...