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How do you refrain from doing too much when maintaining code? [closed]

At my previous job, I was in a relatively easy ASP.NET developer role that had me turning over a large number of small database systems for internal use within the company. I churned out the required ...
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Do good code readers write bad code? [on hold]

I've been observing programmers that are great at reading foreign, messy and undocumented code. At the same time they tend to also write messy code without documenting it. Is this common or just a ...
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Is it bad to have an “Obsessive Refactoring Disorder”? [closed]

I was reading this question and realized that could almost be me. I am fairly OCD about refactoring someone else's code when I see that I can improve it. For example, if the code contains duplicate ...
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How to handle coworker with “obsessive refactoring disorder” [closed]

My coworker (who is very clever, but with severly limited inter-personal skills), keeps refactoring my code even when it is work in progress and assigned to me as a task. Whereas I fully subscribed to ...
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Help me learn to program with humility? [closed]

I wanted to ask this question so that I can come back to it and have it serve as a constant reminder for me. Throughout my life, I've had milestones where I've sat down and really evaluated myself. ...
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How do you avoid being the victim of a syntax pedant on StackOverflow? [closed]

Either I just have bad luck, I am wrong a lot, or there are an increasing number of pedants trolling on StackOverflow. We know that programmers are pedantic (this question), especially toward ...
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How do you avoid being a “blowhard”?

When I'm passionate about something (particularly programming) I find it really easy come off like the guy Peter G. was talking about in Dealing with the “programming blowhard”. So what techniques ...
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How do you deal with teachers teaching the wrong stuff? [closed]

Today was my first university day, and my software engineering class left me with a bitter taste. The professor sure seems to know about design and design patterns and MVC and the like (it's going to ...