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

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Why companies don't buy developers entertaining instruments? [closed]

Many times when I get tired of development and my mind doesn't really help me any more (at home), I simply do something entertaining and my mind gets free for more hours of work with higher ...
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Can you actually produce high quality code if you are sleep deprived? [closed]

I have heard about programmers coding for two days without sleep and drinking coffee and Red Bull. Also in movies like The Social Network, in a scene they show that Mark Zuckerberg has been ...
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How to productively spend “free time” at the office [closed]

After shipping a release, once in two to three months, I get 10 to 15 days of free time. By free time, I mean no work, no one cares what you are doing etc., but you have to come to the office and go. ...
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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 ...
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Options for a lead programmer who prefers programming to leading? [closed]

At the beginning of this year I was promoted to a lead developer role after our team's lead developer moved to a different department. I have about 5 years of job experience and due to availability ...
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Would you purchase hardware with your own money to use at work to do your job better? [closed]

At work, I was given a reasonably-spec'ed machine (dual quad 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200RPM drive, Win7), but it was lacking in a few places (HDD / RAM). The IT staff was OK with me replacing hardware ...
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How to become a JavaScript ninja? [closed]

I want to choose JavaScript as my main development field, alongside HTML and CSS to become a developer commonly known as front-end developer. But I don't know how to become a JavaScript professional. ...
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Spending too much time debugging

Yesterday, I rolled out a v1.0 release of a Web project I've spent about 6 weeks working on (on and off, that is). I haven't made any exact records of my time, but according to my experiences I would ...
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Is it worth developing custom shopping cart? [closed]

We have handsome library of cakephp modules at my workplace, and we develop custom websites at good pace until the shopping cart comes our way to slow down the process. I have used various (Magento, ...
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What do you do to make sure you take proper/enough breaks, while avoiding unwanted side-effects of break taking? [closed]

preamble> It seems to me that computer programmers are one of a select few groups of people who actually take pleasure from sitting in front of computers for long periods of time. Most people in ...
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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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Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? Problem: I had no prior experience when I interviewed, so I didn't know exactly what to ask them about ...
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Programmer / Developer Personal Organization [closed]

What tools / methodologies / strategies do you use to keep organized in doing your work as a developer? Can you provide details?
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How are you setting up re-usable development environments?

I'm trying to come up with a good approach to creating a re-usable development environment such that it doesn't take a couple days to re-build a machine if it starts to sputter and to be able to ...
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Productivity comparision FileNet versus WebSphere Process Server

On one project we are looking at where to implement workflows. Does anyone have experience with both FileNet and WPS (or know of any studies), that could say anything about the amount of effort ...
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Does craftsmanship pay off? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Prototyping vs. Clean Code at the early stages Frankly, do you prefer Cowboy coding? After working in a number of companies, I am starting to realize that my ...
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Future proofing code

Where I work developers are always telling me that "I added this just in case for the future" or "I think it's a good idea to do this because they'll probably want it some day". I think it's great ...
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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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How often do you review and validate your practices/process?

We currently drive changes to our process through the following mechanisms: Weekly wrap-up meeting Project postmortem We discuss what isn't working, what is working, etc. I use these settings to ...
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What work intervals are more productive: short or long? [closed]

Which sessions of work are more productive for programming: short (<= 30 minutes), mid-length or long (>= 2 hours)? In which cases? (Consider coding new functionality, doing small modifications, ...
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Is Extreme Programming (XP) incompatible with ideas expressed in Peopleware?

I have just finished reading Peopleware (DeMarco, Lister) and have researched on Extreme Programming (XP) a little before. As I see it now, the two approaches are almost exclusive to each other. ...
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How do you make day to day work more fun? [closed]

I just read Flinging Fish for Fun and Profit, a short little essay on how Pike Place Market in Seattle turned to dwindling business into a success by making it fun. Obviously having fun at work is ...
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Does FitNesse improve product quality and collaboration? [closed]

I heard about a tool named FitNesse, which is supposed to promote better collaboration between development, testing, and product groups. What are your experiences with it? Does it really improve ...
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How should one effectively use time at software conferences?

Microsoft (through the Student Insider program) has generously flown me out to Microsoft TechEd North America 2011. It seems like the website suggests that one should just make a schedule of the ...
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Developing a Code Library

So I am in the middle of making (and maintaining) my own code library with quick snippets to make life easier. I'm assuming a lot of other people do this to help. My question is, what sort of things ...
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Is performance engineering a different specialization from general software development?

A major objective of software development is to focus on delivery of features implemented in good quality code. Knowledgeable developers are supposed to write software with good performance to the ...
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How productive is an excellent developer compared to an average one? [duplicate]

I believe that I read somewhere that Google has a rule of thumb that an excellent developer is around 300 times more productive than an average one. Does anyone have any rules of thumb used by large ...
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Writing code vs Figuring out the answer to a problem?

Why is writing code when you encounter a tricky problem considered "bad" programming practice? And why is thinking a problem completely through on paper or in your head before you write code "good" ? ...
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Interested in a million things, have a million goals: how to choose what to focus on [on hold]

I am currently working as a Web Application developer using .NET Technologies. I am interested in learning more about the technologies that I work with, but I am ALSO interested in a million other ...
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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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How Do I Become a More Autonomous and Self-Sufficient Programmer? [closed]

The single largest factor in what is holding me back from being a stellar developer is my reliance on others. I feel like I ask too many questions because I fear the consequences of breaking ...
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Best way to create a web interface to query a particular database

I was asked to make a web application to allow users to query a particular database more easily. Simplifying, this database has only two tables, reports and products. The relationship between the two ...
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Why does not thinking about a bug sometimes help you solve it? [closed]

Yesterday I spent a good part of the afternoon trying to fix a bug, which I thought to be trivial. I was going around in circles, not having a clue what was wrong. Rewriting large parts of the code. ...
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Which is more valuable in product development: an action-oriented or visionary bent?

As a software development professional in a fairly conservative large-firm, I always had a much more action-oriented bent, as my job was fairly stable and all that mattered was doing as I was told and ...
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How do you incorporate GTD into your daily programming tasks?

David Allen's "Getting Things Done" method seems to be a very useful way of organizing tasks and getting those tasks done. Has anyone here used GTD in their day-to-day programming tasks, and if so, ...
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Is programming in Python faster than in C, C++ or Java? [closed]

There's a widespread belief among programmers that the more dynamic and loosely typed the language, the more productive the programmer will be in it. Guido van Rossum wrote about programming ...
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Product demo and .net

I have question about using .Net 3.5 or 4.0 I know that .Net is more productive then Qt but i am afraid of problems when my client leave my product because he cant run e.g demo of my app with lack of ...
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Generate a productive environment when developers have different opinions

My question is simple. I'm a developer and work with another developer who's been here for many more years than I have. He has his opinion about implementing stuff; he's more of a do it yourself kind ...
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How many programming languages do you work with on a daily basis and how do you effectively manage language specific tasks [closed]

Edit: How do you manage individual tasks when working on multiple languages In day to day task handling, how many different programming languages do you work with? Do you make a mental shift when ...
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improving IM communication skills

I am an email person, but found that at my new job, co-workers use IM a lot. I have to admit that I have been largely ignoring the IM/SMS as a way of communication by thinking it is only for ...
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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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Increase production by specifying a development computer

Interesting post by Seth Grodin by increasing productivity by specifying one device for work and one for everything else. Would you be more productive if you only programmed on one machine and forced ...
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Where is the golden mean between language monoculture and polyculture? [on hold]

My company has been using Java (as a language and a platform) for many years. We have lots of products varying greatly in size, purpose and complexity. Whatever the requirements, the answer is always ...
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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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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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Keeping a project alive with a “skeleton crew”? Bad/good idea?

For political reasons, management seems intent on keeping a project progressing, but stripping away the most senior developers to perform other higher-priority tasks. Instead one more junior developer ...
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Sticking to a Task vs Varying It

When you have several programming tasks to do at once, do you prefer to go through them one at a time, or to vary them, perhaps based on subtasks or on time? Why? For myself, I find that: Pros for ...
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stuck on a programming problem solution [closed]

Let's say you get stuck on an solution for a while. What do you do? How do you get it solved? What is the best way to not feel frustated?
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Does SCRUM usually involve massive overtime? [on hold]

I would like to know if overtime is normal for sprints, or if it is an abuse of this methodology. I feel naive and spineless doing all-nighters if I don't have to. Question is SCRUM specific. ...
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How to Structure Bonuses for Software Developers? [duplicate]

I am a software developer, and have been asked to define a bonus structure for myself by recommending the metrics that will determine my bonus. I think, once I have defined this bonus structure, there ...