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

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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 teenagers....
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 ...
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What do you do when one thinks the code isn't complicated enough? [closed]

After six months of development on a project, our stakeholders have had a "gut check" and have decided that the path that we've been walking (a custom designed application framework and data access ...
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Technology/Programming mailing lists How do you manage? [closed]

Email Alerts, Blog /Forum updates, discussion subscriptions general programming/technology update emails that we often subscribe to.Do you actually read them ? or go direct to the source when you find ...
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How many hours can you be really productive per day? How? [closed]

I find that I'm having a great deal of trouble staying alert 8 hours per day. I've heard of people who've negotiated work contracts of just 4 hours/day, arguing that they won't be able to do much more ...
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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 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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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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Convince developer to use IDE [closed]

There is a developer, let's call him John (currently on probationary period) in company(pretty small company approx. 10 persons, 3 developers, one of them works long in this company know business ...
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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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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 many ...
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What do you do to remain productive when working on your own? [closed]

I find working in isolation, on a piece of code that won't be seen by anyone else for weeks, draining. I'm looking for ideas to try to keep myself productive and motivated. What do you do to remain ...
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Can't work on real projects because I keep thinking about my side projects

I have a "real" project I'm working on to make money from, and a side project that is vastly more interesting. I'm having a problem where every time I go to work on my "real" project, all I can ...
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Developer productivity Cobol versus C#

We are doing a cost benefit analysis on a migration project. It would be nice to be able to say that future changes will be x percent cheaper due to the migration. Does anyone have any experience or ...
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Should a .NET, JavaScript and SQL Web App developer learn Perl?

I'm a front and backend .NET web developer (most solutions use MS SQL Server) and I won't be using any non-MS solutions for a while. Will Perl be useful for situations that require scripting in an MS ...
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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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What's the most productive coding environment

I was speaking with an ex-colleague the other day about the most productive way to write code and he said he found it best "to CIMP, or Code In My Pants". When I asked him exactly what he meant, he ...
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How do you stay productive when dealing with extremely badly written code?

I don't have much experience in working in software industry, being self-taught and having participated in open source before deciding to take a job. Now that I work for money, I also have to deal ...
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What is the best aproach for coding in a slow compilation environment

I used to coding in C# in a TDD style - write/or change a small chunk of code, re-compile in 10 seconds the whole solution, re-run the tests and again. Easy... That development methodology worked ...
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Collocation in Code

Quite some time ago I remember reading an article from 'Joel on Software' that mentioned collocation of information in code was important. By collocation, I mean that relevant information about the ...
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How to explain my 5 burnt-out years off to a new employer? [closed]

Five years ago, I lost my ability to concentrate long-term, and therefore ability to code with professional efficiency. I know why it happened, I understood how it happened, and on top of being able ...
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Programming by dictation? [closed]

ie. you speak out the code, and someone else across the room types it in Anyone tried this? Obviously the person taking the dictation would need to be a coder too, so you didn't have to explain ...
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Why do we keep using CSV? [closed]

Why do we keep using CSV? I recently made a shift to working the health domain and despite the wonderful work in data transfer standards, all data transfer is in CSV, both for reporting to external ...
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How should I manage a team with different skill levels?

I'll be working on a software project with some friends of mine, and I've been appointed technical lead. None of these guys is a bad programmer at all, but I do have significantly more experience than ...
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How to explain a layperson why a developer should not be interrupted while neck-deep in coding? [closed]

If you just consider the second part of my question, "Why a developer should not be interrupted while neck-deep in coding", that has been discussed a number of times by smart people. Heck, even the co-...
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How to make people new to programming stop asking me questions and distracting me? [closed]

I am at secondary school right now and I'm the only one in my class who is experienced with programming. Because of that, people are constantly distracting me while I'm writing code to ask me to solve ...
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How to make a good portfolio for IT student (who loves programming) like me?

I am currently a college student, and going to apply for an university in probably next month. Unlike art student who easily put on their works such as models, designs and so on on their portfolio; I ...
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How to avoid getting carried away with details? [duplicate]

When I program, I often get too involved with details. There might be some little thing that doesn't do exactly what I want it to, or maybe there's some little feature I want to add. Either way, none ...
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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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Programmer performance : based on location, timings [closed]

Do programmers perform better when working from office or from a location of their choice? Also do they work better with fixed timings compared to flexible hours?
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One large project or a few small ones?

Personally I'd prefer to work on one project at a time, maintaining absolute focus on that. I find I'm at my most productive in this situation, however it's not always the way things happen in the ...
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Dealing with frustration when things don't work [closed]

You ever try to implement something simple but for some strange reason it doesn't work. So you try a possible solution but then something else doesn't work. You keep trying different workarounds but ...
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Helpful articles on the subject of managing programmers? [closed]

What are the most helpful articles on the subject of managing programmers? I came across this one recently, and thought it was excellent - The unspoken truth about managing geeks What else is out ...
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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 ...