Productivity is a measure of output from a production process, per unit of input.

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How 'child proof' should i write code as a solo programmer? [duplicate]

In our company there once were multiple programmers, now i am the last man standing. I have inherited all the code and i maintain, rewrite, extend (,fix) it. I always run into this behaviour that i ...
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Assuming “clean code/architecture” is there a difference in “effort” between PHP or Java/J2EE web application development? [closed]

A client asked us to estimate effort when selecting PHP as the implementation language for his next web-based application. We spent about a week exploring PHP, prototyping, testing etc., We are quite ...
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Has there really not been one thing in the past 20 years that provided huge software development gains? [closed]

In No Silver Bullet, Fred Brooks makes a variety of predictions about the future of software engineering, best summed up by: There is no single development, in either technology or in management ...
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Isn't striving for elegance counter-productive? [closed]

Many questions have been asked about the nature of elegant code and design, but the underlying assumption seems to be that elegance is a good thing. Therefore it is acceptable or even desirable to ...
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Can daily reports decrease a developer's productivity? [closed]

In another question, I asked about why developers might don't like daily scrum. We talked to developers and we decided to not hold daily scrum for a while (to give it a try and customized scrum in our ...
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Is there a correlation between code complexity and developer productivity?

Is the time spent refactoring a code base worth it in the long run, in terms of developer productivity? It seems pretty clear to me that modifying a clean, well designed system is much simpler and ...
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How to choose the best approach when adding features/refactoring code

I've got a problem. I find really difficult to foresee the effect that my changes to the code will have over the whole application, either when I have to add new features or re-factor it. Very often ...
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How to control work of programmers (outsourcers) [closed]

Some time ago I decided to outsource web development projects (php coding & design). I've opened small office abroad with manager and couple of programmers and designer. I just started but already ...
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How to measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes?

How do I measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes? To take a simple example, if I can do a story every two days, then I can do five stories in a two-week sprint. By definition ...
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Does “write quality code” advice apply to companies of any scale? [duplicate]

I carefully followed the "always write quality code, unless you're writing a prototype" advice during my career as freelancer and software developer. I was convinced pretty early that avoiding to do ...
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How often do you run & test your code while programming? [closed]

Especially when writing new code from scratch in C, I find myself writing code for hours, even days without running the compiler for anything but an occasional syntax check. I tend to write bigger ...
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How would you collect the ideas that needs to be discussed during time [duplicate]

What is the best way of collecting and/or keep tracking of ideas/issues that needs to be discussed in details and during the time? As an example, imagine within the team you're brainstorming about ...
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What is the minimum subset of best/well-known practices in software development for a solo programmer? [closed]

I've been the lonely programmer in my work for quite a long time. Usually I've read articles and posts about Version Control Systems Continuous Integration/Delivery Development methodologies: Scrum, ...
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Is it normal that I can't keep in my head more than three bugs assigned to me, nor can I understand a thousand lines of spaghetti code?

I'm working on an old codebase which is... not perfect, in an environment which isn't either. It's not the worst codebase I've seen in my life, but there are still lots of issues: zero unit tests; ...
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Studies on how well can a programmer understand code in unfamiliar languages? [closed]

Are there any serious studies on how well an experienced programmer who knows language X can understand code written by a competent programmer using language Y, for a good range of widely used ...
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Can a scrum master reprimand his team?

Scrum master is a facilitator for the delivery team and acts as a bridge between Project Management and the team. In course of time if he realizes that his team is not delivering the deliverables ...
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What changes can I make to my IDE to minimize the effect of my dyslexia?

I program and I am dyslexic. My vision is excellent. I do poorly processing symbols and am a visual thinker. When I code, I'm slower than normal people because I am unpredictably unaware of the ...
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Programming with Dyslexia [closed]

I have very severe Dyslexia along with Dysnomia and Dysgraphia. I have known about it since I was a child. My reading and writing skills are pretty crippled, but I have learned to deal with it. ...
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Hoes dows the productivity incidence of Lisp and OCaml compare? [closed]

I am about to start a new project and I cannot decide if I should pick OCaml or Lisp for the project. My main concern is about the difference of productivity — if any. I program OCaml since 1998 ...
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How to bill a client for frequently-interrupted time [closed]

I find that when I'm working on hourly-billable projects (in particular, those that are research/design/architecture-oriented as opposed to straight coding) that I'm easily distracted by any number of ...
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Do code style guides increase productivity? [duplicate]

Our team of 12 is currently considering implementing a style guide. The question came up if long term productivity benefits outweigh the short term productivity loss as everyone adapts. What has been ...
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Is there a guide for software development to design efficient hotkeys for actions?

I don't know how to word this easily but basically the software I am writing has a ton of actions and I want to assign hotkeys to every one of them so power users can work super fast. First off they ...
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How to handle multiple similar projects? Why? [duplicate]

I currently have 4 projects under development. All of them related to the same product (hardware) but different after all (desktop, android and web environments). That product, the hardware, is ...
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Is logging hours for software work a good idea? [duplicate]

An employer I'm interviewing for does this, I have never heard of anyone doing it before and honestly I don't like the idea of being micromanaged. How does the community feel about this?
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Is it common to prototype in a higher level language? [closed]

I'm currently toying with the idea of embarking on a project that far exceeds my current programming ability in a language I have very little real world experience in (C). Would it be valuable to ...
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Does double-shifting as a PM affect your developer-productivity?

Has it ever happened to you that you are a good developer but suddenly you need to lead a team or are responsible for some PM activities as well? Did you find that it affected your productivity? How ...
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Tips/tricks to manage a new team with new code [closed]

How do you handle yourself in a new team where you are the senior most developer and most others in the team are junior to you by several years. The task ahead of the team is something nobody else ...
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Technique/visualisation aids to help ourselves to have a clearer picture of the code? [duplicate]

Sometimes when code is too complex, I break it down into parts. Is there another kind of technique/visualisation to help have a more clear picture of the code?
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How to cut the line between quality and time? [duplicate]

On one hand, I have been taught by various software engineering books ([1] as example) that my job as a programmer is to make the best possible software: great design, flexibility, to be easily ...
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Is it OK to have a team with same abilities but different skill levels? [closed]

I believe that in an ideal team, members should have different but complementary abilities. But is that true about software development teams? As an example we are a small team of 5. We almost have ...
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How many lines of code can a C# developer produce per month? [closed]

An executive at my workplace asked me and my group of developers the question: How many lines of code can a C# developer produce per month? An old system was to be ported to C# and he would ...
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Does anyone use virtual machines for web development, and why? [closed]

I see a few developers that like to use virtual machines for web development. Are there others that do this? If there are, why do you do it? Are there any pros / cons to developing on a VM rather ...
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How to avoid jumping to a solution when under pressure? [closed]

When under a particularly strict programming deadline (like an hour), if I panic at all, my tendency is to jump into coding without a real plan and hope I figure it out as I go along. Given enough ...
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is there any elegant way to analyze an engineer's process?

Plenty of sentiment exists that measuring commits is inappropriate. Has any study been done that tries to draw in more sources than commits - such as: browsing patterns IDE work (pre-commit) idle ...
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Interrupting Work Productivity: The Name? [closed]

Certainly it is a productivity killer when a developer is constantly interrupted by other workers, bosses, etc - but it is even worse when the developer is constantly interrupted by his or her own ...
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Keeping track of projects [closed]

In my job I deal with several projects at the same time (and who doesn't?). Sometimes I have to make changes to a project which I dealt with half a year ago or even longer. And it's hard to recollect ...
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When should we stop work and make tool?

As a software engineer, we are always eager to get effective tools to boost our productivity. And in our daily work, we are often unsatisfactory with the existing tools and would like to have better ...
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Jumping around to work on different features when you get stuck, is it a source of project failures?

On personal projects (or work), if one gets stuck on a problem, or waiting to figure out a solution to the problem, if you jump to another section of your code, don't you think it will be a good ...
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Does OOP fulfill the promise of code reuse? What alternatives are there to achieve code reuse?

Perhaps the greatest promise of using object-oriented paradigm is the code reuse. Some dispute that this was achieved. Why was it (not) achieved? Does code reuse as OOP defines it, make projects more ...
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Working in a multi-disciplinary team; with a specific skill set - time management? [closed]

I thought I'd post this here for the anonymity of someone I was speaking too recently at a social event for developers. Amongst the trading of "war stories", he presented the following dilemma.. ...
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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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How can I get into “programmer mind” more quickly and more often? [duplicate]

There's a workflow I'm working on. It's so far been web forms filling databases with occasional writing configuration scripts for analysis instruments instruments, and I've written it all, in Perl, ...
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If you were the manager of a team of 25 developers, how would you motivate them? [closed]

Imagine yourself hired by a new startup backed with few millions coming from venture capitalists. Your mission: organize the development of the next killer app. 25 developers is too much to take ...
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Daily Scrum when the team is just fixing bugs

I understand all the advantages of Daily Scrum and my team does it when we are working on stories. But sometimes we just have bugs to fix for days, while we're waiting for new stories, and when this ...
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How does a programmer used to static languages cope with lack of Javascript tooling

I have programmed pretty much exclusively in compiled languages, particularly Java, for most of my career. One of my favourite things about Java is how productive you can be, and how little code you ...
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How to convince my boss to improve code quality? [duplicate]

The place I'm working for is a service provider. We have a lot of services, which are written to deal with deadline, so their code are really terrible: No coding convention, everyone codes in his ...
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How should I manage my time? [duplicate]

There are times when just one bug that keeps eating away your time like hell ... for example this one. I generally end up wasting hours and realize I've gone terribly behind my schedule and not ...
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How to measure team productivity? [duplicate]

The upper management at our company has laid out a goal for our software team to be “15% more productive” over the next year. Measuring productivity in a software development environment is very ...
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What would motivate you to do free programming work for work after work? [closed]

I'm not talking about working overtime for a project, but R&D, or test bed applications that benefit the company. These would become teaching tools, and eventually sales tools. I know it sounds ...
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best way to quickly stash your cognitive state when you just can't avoid interruptions

I don't even know if this question makes sense ... but let me let you grok it... imagine ... You're totally absorbed into some programming thought/idea/concept, your brain is in it's most ...