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

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How much pressure should programmers be under? [closed]

I have been blessed with an amazing workplace and my colleagues are really understanding.. However this is my first programming "gig" and i know some people aren't so lucky, Especially those who run ...
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Custom code folding in Eclipse [on hold]

For those who use Eclipse and are working primarily in Java, there is a custom folding plugin coffee script. It is old but still works. However, C/C++ users are left without code folding ...
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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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What's the main advantage of metaprogramming? [closed]

I'm taking an edX SaaS class now and there was this question: Which statement is TRUE about productivity? Copy and pasting code is another good way to get reuse Metaprogramming helps ...
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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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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?

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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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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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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Do higher resolution laptop displays matter for programmers? [closed]

I'm buying a new laptop that I'll be using mainly for programming. A couple of options that really intrigue me are the Asus Zenbook UX31A and the new Retina Macbook Pro. It's obvious that the ...
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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 ...
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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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I am making 4-5x more story points than average, but producing bugs at half the rate. Graphs say it's 2x more bugs, how to deal with that?

So it is generally accepted that top tier programmers can produce an order of magnitude more/better code than their more average peers. It's also generally accepted that the rate of errors made in ...
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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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Great Programmer Productivity - Accounting for 10,000 fold difference? [closed]

"A great lathe operator commands several times the wage of an average lathe operator, but a great writer of software code is worth 10,000 times the price of an average software writer." - Bill Gates ...
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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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Joel Test: Quiet working space as a developer? [duplicate]

I know the joel test, specifically #8, specifies the ideal working condition for programmers or "knowledge" workers is one where there is a quiet area to work in. I hope this isn't a loaded question ...
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How can I monitor the JVM memory in a proper way?

I'm thinking of how we do JVM memory monitor in a low overhead way in production environment even under busy hour. Suppose I have two tomcat app server in production, load balance set up behind them. ...
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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?

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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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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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

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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Scaling of productivity as a function of the team size [closed]

Are there any kind of, even if rough, estimates how productivity scales with the number of programmers? (And, ideally, backed by numbers.) Here, by productivity I mean the inverse of time that is ...
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Hoes dows the productivity incidence of Lisp and OCaml compare?

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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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 ...