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

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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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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 to measure time lost due to environment problems?

I'm trying to determine how we can measure how much time the developers are loosing to poorly managed environment and inefficient ways-of-working. The goals are: Show managment how big the problem ...
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Is it right to appraise Scrum members according to number of successful user stories completed?

When my Manager told to team that "now onwards successful user stories will be considered for appraisal!" We sat there for while shocked and that was one of the several jaw dropping moments he gave ...
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Is taking frequent breaks really that beneficial when programming? [closed]

I keep reading that it is recommended for a programmer to take frequent breaks while programming, and the usual recommendation I see is 5 minutes every half hour or 10 minutes every hour. I gave it a ...
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Where do you draw the line between quantity and quality? [duplicate]

My manager has talked with me and says that the quality of my work is excellent, but I need to step up the quantity of how much I crank out. I've only been working for a couple of years, so I still ...
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How do I prove to management that our programmers could work more productively? [duplicate]

Backstory I graduated less than a year ago with a degree in Computer Science (with extra courses in software engineering), and another degree in Software Engineering. I'd like to think that I'm ...
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Should a development machine be inside a VM? [closed]

This post by Rob Conery (note the slug) says that development environment should be run inside a virtual machine. I see what he's saying and tend to agree, but still feel a little uneasy. Now that ...
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Automatic code correction, Good or Bad? [closed]

We have a large team comprising of developers, interns who write rails and backbone js code with large codebase. We already have tools like JSCS and code climate to analyze the code and report ...
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git workflow: read access + pull request or write access? [closed]

Suppose there is a small team with 1 senior developer and 3 junior developers working on the same repo in a team on a github organization. The senior developer has admin access. What is the most ...
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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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Why should developers have private offices?

So I know everyone here is all about private offices, how many developers actually have them. I am sort of half skeptical. I can believe that lead developers have them, but that's normally just one ...
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Will giving new recruits a separate subproject from experienced developers help the newbies ramp up more quickly?

We have 7 developers in a team and need to double our development pace in a short period of time (around one month). I know there is a common sense rule that "if you hire more developers, you only ...
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How to be productive as an infrequent programmer? [closed]

My current day job is mostly project management and client liaison work, but I sometimes get involved in actual coding. I do this either because I have a clear vision of what I want the result to look ...
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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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What methods are available to show colleagues the advantages of a database+application solution over Excel?

I work in a company where there are Excel spreadsheets everywhere. As my colleagues are non-programmers, I'm sure they haven't contemplated that there might be a better/easier/more productive way of ...
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How does agile estimate the time required for a “research phase”?

According to canonical agile development, what is the appropriate amount of learning that an engineer should engage in before implementing a solution to a problem? If an engineer knows she is too ...
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How to make people new to programming stop asking me questions and distracting me?

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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Test and deployment environment design for small team

Question is about organizing dev environment for the web development. There is 2 things to deploy: web site and database schema We use SVN to keep track of source code We use RedGate tools to ...
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How can I be most productive in Visual Studio when limited to small screen space? [closed]

I'm a student, and I do a lot of code on a small (12.5", 1366x768) laptop screen that I carry from class to class. Most programming environments are designed with the idea that someone has large ...
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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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Should your best programmers have to check everyone else's code into source control?

One of the differences between svn and git is the ability to control access to the repository. It's hard to compare the two because there is a difference of perspective about who should be allowed to ...
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Programming with voice recogition software [closed]

I used Dragon Naturally Speaking very briefly a few years ago and was thinking if it would be a viable solution for programming? I was thinking more so if you break your arm or something that would ...
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Best way to offer team member help? [duplicate]

I've been having a problem recently. In my recent sprints, I have found myself finishing my work well before the sprint ends (several hours in a 2 week sprint). I am left with a lot of time and ...
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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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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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Dynamically vs Statically typed languages studies

Do there exist studies done on the effectiveness of statically vs dynamically typed languages? In particular: Measurements of programmer productivity Defect Rate Also including the effects of ...
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How do you tackle really bizarre errors that keep you puzzled for more than 10 hours? [closed]

You know them, those errors that make NO sense. Where it seems like a gremlin just jumped deep inside your chips and messed up something. Do you take a walk, write stuff, call an uncle?
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Working on a project, lacking motivation to actually get to coding [duplicate]

I'm a hobbyist programmer. Often during a period of working on a project, I find myself having a hard time to actually get to coding. I sit in front of my computer, sometimes open the IDE, and ...
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Emotional detachment from bad code [duplicate]

We all would like to work with good, easy to maintain code that follows best practices and design patterns. However, reality is far from ideal. After all, content on sites like The Daily WTF is not ...
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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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How is programming affected by spatial aptitude? [closed]

Background The longer I work on a project, the less clear it becomes. It's like I cannot seperate various classes/objects anymore in my head. Everything starts mixing up, and it's extremely hard to ...
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How to avoid context switching while developing full stack web apps?

To give some context, I've been a Ruby & Rails developer for the past few years, and just recently started doing quite a lot of JavaScript to add more responsiveness to the apps. When programming ...
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How to enter flow experience for SW development? [closed]

What are your strategies to improve the flow experience when doing work?
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Do you maintain your own utilitiy library [duplicate]

So, i've started working as a freelancer and therefore find myself copy/pasting util methods from one class to another. Not good to say the least. I do this on my mobile frontend dev and backend ...
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Third Party web controls and tight coupling

Disclaimer: I am not against third-party controls because I believe it's for productivity I have used Telerik asp.net controls, especially the RadGrid because it makes it easier to do CRUD. They ...
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Does Sublime's “minimap” improve productivity? [closed]

I'm a pretty big fan of Sublime. One of my favorite features is the ability to scroll through your file by using the compressed image of your text on the upper right hand corner (minimap). My gut ...
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How much pair programming is ideal? [duplicate]

I think pair programming can be incredibly effective, and I don't mind doing it every now and then, but a company I've interviewed with states they pair program "95% of the time" (they're a consulting ...
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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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Handling and managing error codes

I'm looking for examples of creating, handling and managing error numbers/codes. To understand what I'm takling about, let's take example scenario: (EU - end user, IT - it helpdesk) EU: - (calls IT) ...
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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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What can one do when “lead by example” doesn't work? [closed]

I have been working for a big company (8000+ employees) for almost 2 years now, and was hired just after I finished my study course. Everyone here has to deal daily with legacy code which is often ...
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Techniques and methods to improve and speedup development [closed]

I just got a new project. It’s a WinForm app. And it’s interesting because I will have the possibility to learn how fish farms work and are managed. I will have to develop touch interfaces, and use ...
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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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Would you make use of “Google 20%” time if your employer encouraged and funded it? [closed]

We know about Google's 20% projects, whereby a developer can spend up to 20% of their time on a personal project which interests them. If your employer let you spend 20% of your time on a project ...
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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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What is the supposed productivity gain of dynamic typing?

I often heard the claim that dynamically typed languages are more productive than statically typed languages. What are the reasons for this claim? Isn't it just tooling with modern concepts like ...