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

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What are the warning signs of impending doom to watch out for on a project? [closed]

Having worked on a failed project is one of the few things that most programmers have in common, regardless of language used, industry or experience. These projects can be great learning experiences, ...
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Correlation between college grades and job performance? [closed]

In Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering at the end of fact 2, Robert Glass says: The problem is—and of course there is a problem, since we are not acting on this fact in our field—we ...
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Should I fix small issues or let them go? [closed]

I ran into the following issue where a keyboard shortcut I was used to was no longer working in Ubuntu. That's just an example. For programming, this kinds of thing happens a lot, but it also happens ...
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Counting product releases if you work on the backend/online services?

I am trying to update my resume, and I would like to count the number of "product releases" that I was directly involved in with a company. It would seem to serve as a performance metric. The problem ...
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Python productivity VS Java Productivity

Over on SO I came across a question regarding which platform, Java or Python is best for developing on Google AppEngine. Many people were boasting of the increased productivity gained from using ...
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How can I track programming productivity on a daily basis?

How can I track that I'm developing software more or less productive than the previous days?
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More productive alone than in a team? [closed]

If I work alone, I used to be superproductive, if I want to be. Running prototypes within a day, something that you can deploy and use within a few days. Not perfect, but good enough. I also had this ...
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How to model a system to help my team grasp the project's bigger picture? [closed]

According to the software engineering point of view, I should model the system to make it easier for other people to understand well what they work on. To do so, I have used the Dia drawing program. ...
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How to avoid “DO YOU HAZ TEH CODEZ” situations?

I have a strange situation at work, where a colleague of mine often asks me and other co-workers for working code. I would like to help him, but this constant request of trivial snippets interrupts ...
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What is better for coding - desktop or laptop? [closed]

Use of desktops are decreasing day by day in daily life but for coding purpose are there any reasons for using desktop over laptop?
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What is the way to understand someone else's giant uncommented spaghetti code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? I have been recently handled a giant multithreaded program with no comments and have been asked to understand ...
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Is StackOverflow making me stupid? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When stuck, how quickly should one resort to Stack Overflow? Its good that solution to almost every programming problem is available at my disposal, either someone has ...
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How to stop gold-plating and just be content to release working developments [closed]

The development team that I'm a member of has recently adapted to work according to Agile practices. This has personally highlighted the fact that I can't stop myself gold-plating code (and ...
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How do you KISS? [closed]

The KISS principle is a highly quoted design mantra. The aim of this principle is to stamp out unnecessary complexity on a project. This is a good thing, saving time, energy and money. It can lead to ...
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How long can a programmer concentrate in a day? [closed]

There is this question ( which is now closed as not constructive) that asked about the average productivity per day. My question is, is there any scientific study on the productivity of programmers? ...
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Do you know any studies on relation of productivity of a programmer and the workstation used? [closed]

I was wondering if there are any studies (formal or not-so-formal) that show correlation between a developer productivity and the workstation used to develop software. It is often heard as argument ...
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Effective methods for managing work tasks? (documenting/remembering/prioritizing) [closed]

I'm looking for suggestions on effective methods that I can use to document, remember and prioritize tasks at work. Many of the these tasks belong to a primary project, but they also exist for ...
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Is there such a thing as a super programmer? [closed]

Have you come across a super programmer? What identifies him or her as such, compared to "normal" experienced/great programmers? Also. how do you deal with a person in your team who believes he is a ...
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If competition is using 'lingua obscura' for development (why) should I be worried? [closed]

I was reading Paul Graham's essay - Beating The Averages (2003) and here's what he had to say: The more of an IT flavor the job descriptions had, the less dangerous the company was. The safest ...
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Best Usage of Multiple Computers For a Developer

I have two Macbook Pros - both are comparable in hardware. One is a 17" and the other a 15". The 17" has a slightly swifter CPU clock speed, but beyond that the differences are completely negligible. ...
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How to read Scala code with lots of implicits?

Consider the following code fragment (adapted from http://stackoverflow.com/a/12265946/1333025): // Using scalaz 6 import scalaz._, Scalaz._ object Example extends App { case class Container(i: ...
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Make audible Ding! sound, or growl notification, when `rake test` finishes!

I lose a ton of productivity by getting distracted while waiting for my tests to run. Usually, I'll start to look at something while they're loading --- and 15-20 minutes later I realize my tests ...
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How to deal with a valuable person going in all directions? [closed]

I am working with someone producing user content to be included in a software application. He is not a coder, but rather an expert in his field, sharing the knowledge. His contribution, taken piece ...
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Should Developers Perform All Tasks or Should They Specialize? [closed]

Disclaimer: The intent of this question isn't to discern what is better for the individual developer, but for the system as a whole. I've worked in environments where small teams managed certain ...
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Programming late at night problem [closed]

I recently found out that programming late at night causes sleeping problems, so what are the best hours for 'after-job' programming? Maybe there is some time interval that should be set after ...
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What technologies are used for Game development now days? [closed]

Whenever I ask a question about game development in an online forum I always get suggestions like learning line drawing algorithms, bit level image manipulation and video decompression etc. However ...
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What happens if you're unable to solve a problem?

I'm a year away from graduating from university, and I'm really looking forward to solving practical problems. Especially non-trivial ones which require a bit of research and a lot of thinking. But ...
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How can I be more productive at work? (additional context inside)

I work at a larger startup with a maturing codebase. I've only worked here a few months. I have few issues to work on currently because we are near a release. I don't have many assigned issues / bugs ...
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Correct definition of the term “Yak Shaving”

The wiktionary has two different definitions: Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem. The actually ...
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How to manage/organise when you have to multi-task on multiple 1 man projects? [closed]

We are a team of developers working on multiple small projects - a developer could have 3 or more 1 man projects to work on and keep moving. It can feel like your time is pretty fragmented & ...
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Are there any programming fonts with oldstyle figures?

I find that oldstyle (or text) figures are much easier to read in any context outside of simple assignment. Are there any low-ambiguity fonts, monospaced or proportional, that have text figures and ...
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Filtering lists in an Android App offline or online?

I have an android app that fetches a list of about 100 Items. Trying to get the server load down, I've built a filtering feature that does everything offline, so basically instead of calling the ...
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A study shows that lines_written/time is language-independent for most programmers. Where can it be found?

A study shows that lines_written/time is language-independent and application-independent for most programmers. If this were true it would imply that the most terse a language is, the more productive ...
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What tricks/tips do you use for innovation? [closed]

I am looking for a few ideas on how to change a highly conventional work culture to be more innovated in their approached to problem solving. I've come across this article and am looking for more ...
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In which fields does quality of the software product matter as much as the completion time?

Someone told me that if the software product meets clients expectations, it is good quality. But I've worked with Interaction Designers (the same kind of people who made Gmail's interface and ...
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What to do about “stopping point syndrome”?

I have noticed a behavior in myself that I call "stopping point syndrome"... it means I cannot stop working until I reach a "stopping point" (or I become exhausted). In other words, if I am in the ...
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How not to forget new and interesting information [closed]

The thing is that I read a lot of things over a period of time because it is interesting and I like to know it and secondly it will be helpful in my future job interviews. For example I read about ...
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Studies on how noise affects productivity of programmers [closed]

Does anyone have any links to studies that show how noise affects the productivity of programmers? Specifically I would like to see how/if productivity rises when noise levels decrease. As pointed in ...
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Is it a must to focus on one specific IT subject to be succesful?

Lately I'm deeply disturbed by the thought that I'm still not devoted to one specific IT subject after so many years of doing it as a hobby. I've been in so many different IT related hobbies since I ...
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Is there any research about daily differences in productivity by the same programmer?

There has been a flurry of activity on the internet discussing a huge difference between the productivity of the best programmers versus the productivity of the worst. Here's a typical Google result ...
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Working with a remote developer

My company is going to hire an external developer to write some simple PHP modules and some minor bugfixing in our software. We have never hired an external developer by the hour before. How can we ...
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Should a software developer get a yearly equipment budget?

I am looking at a new position with a new company. I have talked to some people in the past (in general, not at this company) that they had been given a yearly budget to buy new computer stuff to ...
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Standards & compliances for secure web application development?

I am working with developers right now that write code the way they want and when i tell them to do it other way they respond that its just matter of preference how to do it and they have their way ...
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Using a parser to locate faulty code

Lately I've been working a lot in PHP and have run into an abnormally large number of parsing errors. I realize these are my own fault and a result of sloppy initial coding on my part, but it's ...
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What are studies comparing programmer productivity in determined languages/environments?

I'm not sure if I'm using the right terms, but with productivity I mean the concept of transforming an idea/design in actual software.
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Why Does a Developer Need a “Native” Internet Access? [closed]

Setup We have a situation where developers connect to their development boxes via Citrix terminals (that are installed on their laptops), which brings them into a Gnome session (e.g. Linux), where ...
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How do you stay in touch with a programming language?

I'll be starting work for the first time in the IT Industry on the 18th of this month. I'll be working mostly with Microsoft technologies such as C#.NET and MS Dynamic CRM. I spent the last year ...
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Is OOP becoming easier or harder?

When the concepts of Object Oriented Programming were introduced to programmers years back it looks interesting and programming was cleaner. OOP was like this Stock stock = new Stock(); ...
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What software do you use to track time spent on a project? [closed]

What software do you use to track time spent on a project?
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Reasons for either 32-bit or 64-bit as development machine

I'm about to make a new Linux install, which will be primarily used for programming. I've seen benchmarks showing speed improvement of 64-bit version, however, I have hard time of telling how much ...