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

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Why don't more functional languages / tools feature case-split and expression search? [on hold]

I was blown away by a recent presentation on the Idris language. One thing that looks particularly powerful is its case-split and expression (proof) search features that you can use in the IDE/REPL to ...
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Time difference between developing with unit tests vs no tests

I'm a solo developer with a pretty time-constrained work environment where development time ranges usually from 1-4 weeks per project, depending on either requirements, urgency, or both. At any given ...
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Real-time collaboration via tmux / screen

As I'm sure most of you are aware; tmux and screen have features that allow the sharing of a concurrent terminal session with a remote host. At first this seems great, and for some purposes it is, ...
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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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How do I feel more productive after programming? [closed]

I really enjoy the actual programming part of programming, and actually writing the code, and figuring it out. But on this project I've been working on, most of my time has been spent on kind stupid ...
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Programming as fast as you can touch-type… How to get to that stage? [duplicate]

I took a test recently and found that I could touch type comfortably at around 100 wpm... and if given some sort of autocorrect/intellisense then that would be even faster (who knows maybe 150 wpm?)......
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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 commitment ...
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How do I deal with analysis paralysis?

Very frequently, I am stuck when choosing the best design decision. Even for small details, such as function definitions, control flow, and variable names, I spend unusually long periods perusing the ...
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What to do if a co-worker is editing your code just to change the appearance?

What should you do, if a co-worker is editing your code? Without the purpose of adding functionality or fixing bugs, just to change how it looks...
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How do you get into the zone? How long does it take? What steps do you take before? [closed]

Getting into zone is a pleasurable and fruitful process. We produce good source code and we get lots of satisfaction from our work done while being in the zone. But, how does one get into the 'zone'? ...
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How to deal with extended testing times?

I often find myself writing programs that operate on fairly large datasets and complex problem formulations, which usually take on the order of 30 minutes to 2 days of running to identify a bug. The ...
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How to deal with a CEO making all technical decision but with little technical knowledge?

Question posted anonymously for obvious reasons. I am working in a company with a dev group of 5-6 developers, and I am in a situation which I have a hard time dealing with. Every technical choice (...
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Interfaces and abstraction: takes more time?

At the company I work for I want to improve the way we write software: designing our applications more SOLID. We've been in a new project for a few weeks and I've tried to apply some good practices in ...
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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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How to advocate Stack Overflow at work [closed]

I am thinking of doing a short presentation at work about using Stack Overflow as a resource for your day job. What is your experience doing this? Would you deem it a valid resource to tell ...
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Stuck due to “knowing too much” [closed]

Note more discussion at http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4037794 I have a relatively simple development task, but every time I try to attack it, I end up spiraling in deep thoughts - how could it ...
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Determining the optimal amount of unit tests?

I think I may be writing -too- many unit tests. For example, say I was doing a coursework management system, and I coded a feature for submitting coursework on behalf of a student. If invalid ...
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Motivating yourself to actually write the code after you've designed something [closed]

Does it happen only to me or is this familiar to you too? It's like this: You have to create something; a module, a feature, an entire application... whatever. It is something interesting that you ...
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Exploiting creativity with “free time”

Some companies have discovered, to their surprise and profit, that programmers are very creative people. I think of Google and Atlassian, for example, who allow regular (monthly, I believe) "free days"...
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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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In my situation, how could I learn to program without a mentor? [closed]

So my problem may be relatively rare, at least the majority of the "how to learn to code" questions I've come across deal with a lack of fundamental understanding of computers or languages. I'm fluent ...
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Is it ok if I can't solve a problem when sitting in front of a computer? [closed]

I am a hobbyist programmer and a beginner. Most of the time, I cannot solve the problem while sitting in front of the computer. For example, I was trying to find out if one number is a power of ...
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How to take a step back and look at code with fresh eyes? [closed]

I've spent the last year as a one-man team developing a rich-client application (35,000+ LoC, for what it's worth). It's currently stable and in production. However, I know that my skills were rusty ...
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How to respond to bizarre requests in code reviews? [closed]

I think that code reviews are great and very helpful for everyone. With that being said, from time to time I've received feedback on a pull request (leading to the PR being delayed for at least as ...
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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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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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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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Interested in a million things, have a million goals: how to choose what to focus on [closed]

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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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 important is the ability to touch-type? [closed]

Did you learn to touch-type when you were already working as a programmer? If so how did it affect your productivity? Or are you still unable to touch type and do you think it holds you back? ...
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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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How to know if I'm slow or fast at programming?

I understand that it's extremely depends on a particular case, but I really would like to know at least roughly how long a specific task can take for completion to average programmer. Is there any ...
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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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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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Am I too young to burn out? [closed]

I feel like I have burned out, even though I am only out of college for 5 years. For the first 3 years of my career, things were going awesome. I was never anything special in school, but I felt ...
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Do you actually write 'clean code'? [closed]

I have seen some programmers tweaking their code over and over again not only to make it 'work good', but also to make it 'look good'. IMO, 'clean code' is actually a compliment indicating your code ...
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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 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 to do when coding begins to feel boring, like it is all just more of the same? [closed]

I started programming at the age of 6 on a Commodore 64. Now I'm 28, and I have to complete 4 courses from a first degree in Computer Science. I'm starting to get bored with writing code after all ...
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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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What are good techniques for keeping your place in code?

I understand using bookmarks to remember a single point in your code. However, how does one keep track of the flow of the code they are investigating? Eg: multiple bookmarks and the order in which ...
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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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Are enforced Professional Development Plans useful?

Many companies, especially larger ones have mandatory professional development plans for their employees. Employees and managers set out a personalized professional development plan and follow up on ...
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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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Pros and cons of working remotely / from home [closed]

I have never had the opportunity to work from home on certain days, but I would definitely like to try it if I can. What are the pros and cons? I'll list a few that I can think of. Pros: You don'...
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I program from home. What can I do to be more productive? [closed]

Programming from home has its advantages, but also its disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is the productivity is less constant. What would you suggest me to be more productive?
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How do you create interest in your projects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ideas to get you programming mojo back? Its almost 10 years for me working in Java based applications (mainly on Web). Sometimes I feel really bored of the regular work......
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The distributed office, is it viable? [closed]

I've played with the thought of how I would construct my dream company and how one could make it highly attractive to great programmers. If one could employ a few "superstar" programmers instead of ...
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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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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 ...