8
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8answers
977 views

How can I determine the level of talent a prospective programmer has? [closed]

I have a friend who asked me whether I can be her mentor as a programmer. I had to tutor several junior programmers in the past so I have experience working with / tutoring people on different skill ...
5
votes
4answers
336 views

Communicate to a junior developer about bad style

I have a friend who's managed to pick up comma first (best case might be made here: http://ajaxian.com/archives/is-there-something-to-the-crazy-comma-first-style) but it's 100% against our org's style ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

What would a good work flow for a programming mentor look like? [closed]

I have read a junior mentoring topic which answered most of my doubts. However this topic gives general (though very good) advice on mentoring, while I am mainly interested in what a mentor's week ...
1
vote
2answers
155 views

How to fix quickly, dummy errors? [duplicate]

The problem is that I am not that experienced programmer and I am doing silly mistakes on coding. But the even bigger problem is that I may spend unexpectably much time to find them. Lets say I ...
4
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5answers
620 views

Is it must for a junior Programmer to have a mentor? [closed]

I am a Jr. ASP.NET/C# Developer and I have been working with a Company for the past 9 months. I have been appointed to try and develop their Legacy System (built in Visual FoxPro) in ASP.NET/C#. I am ...
20
votes
7answers
1k views

How many juniors should a senior mentor?

Our shop's size increases dynamically, so we are planning to hire a few new junior developers but we would not like to overwhelm the seniors with too much mentoring and training. How many (usually ...
6
votes
3answers
672 views

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 ...
17
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10answers
2k views

Who should train new programmers? Junior or senior programmers?

On my team, we often require the most senior programmers to train/mentor the brand new junior programmers. However, these same senior programmers are the ones who are doing the bulk of the real, ...
21
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17answers
2k views

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 ...
35
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8answers
3k views

How to mentor junior programmer who may not be a good fit for programming? [duplicate]

I'm in a bit of a precarious position. I'm working remotely for a client that has recently brought in a junior developer straight out of college into the project. He works physically at their office. ...