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Why does Microsoft still ship VBA within Office products, instead of integrating .NET directly? [closed]

I know that it's possible to call .NET code from your VBA code, but why does VBA continue to exist? The only reason I can think about is legacy. I just had to sort a Scripting.Dictionary and the ...
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Pair-programming and company privacy guidelines [closed]

At our office new privacy regulations are introduced requiring every employee to protect his or her computer with a personal password. The employees are required not to share these passwords. Prior to ...
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How To Explain Need to Refactor Code to Non-Developer Boss [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person? How to justify code refactoring time? My supervisor is the CTO of the company that I work at, he is the jack ...
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Do you use Instant Messaging to communicate during your day with your fellow devs? [closed]

Hello Fellow Programmers: I run a small business and we typically communicate over IM during the say. We sign on to IM when we arrive and stay on all day. It seems to be quite distracting, in my ...
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Sharing eBooks within large development teams [closed]

We have a few hundred developers, and want to legally share eBooks in the same vein we used to share hard copy books (someone buys it and it ends up on the bookshelf). Has anyone solved this in a ...
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What happens when a company says/pretends that it uses a version control system (or any other tool/methodology), but doesn't? [closed]

This question might look like a mix of Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control? and How to convince a teammate, who sees oneself as senior, to learn ...
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Programming at Home vs Programming at Workplace [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pros and Cons of working Remotely/from Home I want to know which type of programming have better performance rate? Programming at home or programming at workplace?
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What do you do when you have nothing to do? [closed]

Let's say that you are idling. There is no ongoing project and you are left nothing to do sometimes. Or there are probably some project is running but you can't proceed. So, you have nothing to do and ...
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Asking my employer if I can open source a project I'm working on for the company

I'm an intern working for a company for the summer. I've been warmly received and I manage to impress my manager a lot (I guess I'm more experienced than the other people he interviewed). Recently ...
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Why are IT and development job titles so cryptic?

I'm a new intern in a fairly large company's IT department. I've been learning a whole lot of stuff and I'm loving every minute of it. However, the more people I meet in the company, the less I ...
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Should ICT professionals be warranted professionals? [closed]

Should ICT professionals be warranted professionals? Does anyone have any resources/journals that can help me since I have found none.
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I feel that my manager slows my work, how to deal with it? [closed]

It seems strange, but my manager sits right next to me and, well, when he isn't near, I feel free, and I'm planning, doing, etc, doing my work with flashes in the eyes, feel accomplishments. But ...
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Is there any scholarly research on the detrimental effects of a noisy workplace on productivity? [closed]

I work in an open office with typical office noise (people talking and walking by). It is simply too noisy and restless for me to work in. I've been trying and trying to get some change, to no avail. ...
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Will you work with much less experienced not passionate coworkers?

Will you work with much less experienced not passionate coworkers? Or they slow you so much that you should always try to work with at least as experienced and passionate as you coworkers. Will less ...
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What are the best and worst policies you have seen used to run a programming team?

If I were to begin managing a team of programmers (which I'm not, I'm just asking out of curiosity) what are some of the office / team policies you have seen that are either particularly conducive or ...
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Should managers prohibit programmers from using IM in office? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would you allow your programmers to use Messenger and social networks like Facebook? A manager may believe that using IM clients in the office is not acceptable, but ...
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Office design and layout for agile development

(moved from stackoverflow) I have found lot of discussions here on about which keyboard, desk, light or colored background is best - but I can't find one addressing the layout of the whole office. ...
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Open office arrangement with non-programmers (sales, etc) talking all day?

Just curious about this, I'm about to leave this job for a variety of reasons but one thing is that the office I work in is a full open office with a few non-programmer employees in close proximity ...
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XML in the attribute of other XML

Today, another developer was talking to me about how he addressed an issue he was working on. The solution he found was to stick a string of escaped XML into the attribute of another XML element. In ...
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The distributed office, is it viable?

I've played with the thought of how I would construct my dream company and how one could make it highly attractive to great programmers. If one could employ a few "superstar" programmers instead of ...
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Woes of a Junior Developer - is it possible to not be cut out for programming? [duplicate]

(Let me start off by asking - please be gentle, I know this is subjective, but it's meant to incite discussion and provide information for others. If needed it can be converted to community wiki.) I ...
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Office arangement - comfort vs. teamwork?

Our team works in an open-space office. Luckily the cubicles are quite big (L shaped tables for everyone!), there is quite a lot of space so we are not sandwiched. Without going into further detail, ...
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How to improve the programmers work environment

I manage a team of six programmers, working on diverse systems. We work in an open plan office, with members sitting in cubicles. A lot of people on these forums are big on private offices, but that ...
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What should we do to make Morning Standup meetting better and effective

Well , Here in my Office, we made it a practice to come before 9 AM (in any condition as decided by Management) and start with a Standup Meeting. Here we start with Discusiing with issues of previous ...
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What do you do to convince your boss to update your development environment? [closed]

I've barely succeeded in this, I'm just wondering how you convinced your boss to update and if you're faring better than me. Here's where I stand: I'm using Delphi 7. We've bought Delphi 2009 for ...
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Optimal table shape for pair programming? [closed]

As the title suggests, what is a good shape of a table when doing pair programming ? Are there shapes that should be avoided? What are the reasons a certain shape is good or bad? (I do have my own ...
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How many developers actually have private offices? [closed]

So I know everyone here is all about private offices, how many developers actually have them. I am sort of half skeptical. I can believe that lead developers have them, but thats normally just one ...
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Good furniture for programmers [closed]

What are some good furniture offerings for those of us that sit around all day every day? I'm interested in chairs, desks, etc... Bonus points for posting images. P.S. Is the GeekDesk really as great ...
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What are some good office-layout guidelines for a small development team? [closed]

Our office is moving soon and we have the opportunity to redesign our office space. We have five developers and a couple of testers, working with a project manager, and a business analyst. I'd like ...
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Should we move programmers between rooms to group them by project they're involved in?

Assume that a company runs several projects simultaneously. When a project reaches certain state (is completed, beta is shipped, etc) some people move to the other projects, then to the other, ad ...