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

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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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How to avoid “DO YOU HAZ TEH CODEZ” situations?

I have a strange situation at work, where a colleague of mine often asks me and other co-workers for working code. I would like to help him, but this constant request of trivial snippets interrupts ...
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Being stupid to get better productivity?

I've spent a lot of time reading different books about "good design", "design patterns", etc. I'm a big fan of the SOLID approach and every time I need to write a simple piece of code, I think about ...
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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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(Why) Should I learn a new programming language?

I'm quite proficient with Java, C/C++, JavaScript/jQuery and decently good at Objective-C. I'm quite productive with the languages and their corresponding frameworks too and do produce enterprise ...
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How to explain a layperson why a developer should not be interrupted while neck-deep in coding?

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 ...
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Studies on how noise affects productivity of programmers [closed]

Does anyone have any links to studies that show how noise affects the productivity of programmers? Specifically I would like to see how/if productivity rises when noise levels decrease. As pointed in ...
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Should organizations penalize developers for the amount of defect reports filed against code they worked on? [duplicate]

Should organizations penalize developers for defect reports filed against their work products? I was having a discussion with my friend where he asks if a manager taking the number of defects filed ...
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Correct definition of the term “Yak Shaving”

The wiktionary has two different definitions: Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem. The actually ...
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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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Should a software developer get a yearly equipment budget?

I am looking at a new position with a new company. I have talked to some people in the past (in general, not at this company) that they had been given a yearly budget to buy new computer stuff to ...
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When stuck, how quickly should one resort to Stack Overflow? [closed]

I'm self-learning iOS development through the iTunes U CS193p course, and I often find myself stuck. I've been trying to get unstuck myself, but it might take me hours and hours to figure out what I'm ...
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Metric by which to hold developers accountable [duplicate]

I asked a question on lines of code per hour and got torn a new one. So my matured follow-up question is this: If not lines of code, then what is a good metric by which to measure (by the ...
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When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? [closed]

Have you ever reached a point at your job when you just know it's time to move on? When do you move to the point that you're willing to let go of the demons you know for the ones you don't know? ...
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What happens if you're unable to solve a problem?

I'm a year away from graduating from university, and I'm really looking forward to solving practical problems. Especially non-trivial ones which require a bit of research and a lot of thinking. But ...
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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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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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“A good programmer can be as 10X times more productive than a mediocre one”

I had read an interview with a great programmer (it is not in English) and in it he said that "a great programmer can be as 10 times as good as a mediocre one" giving reason for why good programmers ...
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Tips for working fast [closed]

What are some tips for helping to design and construct applications faster?
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Would you purchase hardware with your own money to use at work to do your job better?

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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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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What is better for coding - desktop or laptop? [closed]

Use of desktops are decreasing day by day in daily life but for coding purpose are there any reasons for using desktop over laptop?
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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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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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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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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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Is OOP becoming easier or harder?

When the concepts of Object Oriented Programming were introduced to programmers years back it looks interesting and programming was cleaner. OOP was like this Stock stock = new Stock(); ...
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Is it a good idea to always use Google as the first step to solving a problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Importance of learning to google efficiently for a programmer? Avoiding lengthy discussions, as a senior level student in CS, how can I get away from Googling problems I ...
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Does OOP fulfill the promise of code reuse? What alternatives are there to achieve code reuse?

Perhaps the greatest promise of using object-oriented paradigm is the code reuse. Some dispute that this was achieved. Why was it (not) achieved? Does code reuse as OOP defines it, make projects more ...
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Are developers more productive at night? [closed]

I personally stay awake late at night, coding and enjoying working on personal projects. My other colleagues also feel the same and like coding at night. However, it's not about being passionate about ...
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How do you bill your procrastination? [closed]

I've recently switched from being an employee to self-employment. However, on lots of days I spend a lot of time being unproductive and procrastinating. Many of my days look like once described by ...
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Where can I find articles on why interruptions are bad for programmers? [duplicate]

I've read/heard that interruptions are bad for programmers. I've also read/heard that getting into 'the zone' is good. I don't doubt these assertions, but I'd like to educate colleagues (managers, ...
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How do you combat programming fatigue?

Not fatigue as in 'I need sleep' but fatigue as in 'I just can't be bothered anymore' which usually sets in when you hit roadblocks in whatever project you're working on, generally the closer you get ...
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Ship Early, Ship Never [closed]

This started as a "Note to Self," so please excuse me if the frustration is all too evident and the writing is less than stellar... Three major subjects I've had at the forefront of my mind lately: ...
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Writing commit messages as a solo developer?

On my projects where the repository is shared between me and other programmers, I always write commit messages even if I'm the primary developer. But on those projects where I'm the solo developer ...
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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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Should a development machine be inside a VM?

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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How to avoid to be employed by companies which are candidates to DailyWTF stories?

I'm reading The Daily WTF archives and especially those stories about IT-related companies which have a completely wrong approach of software development, the job of a developer, etc. Some stories ...
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Is it wrong or bad to use autocomplete? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should newbies use IDE autocomplete (Intellisense)? I have a friend at school who wrote a program in VB.net in notepad, took it home fixed any errors that came up, and ...
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What do you do to remain productive when working on your own?

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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Why is it you never get as much done as you'd planned? [closed]

I always start the day thinking "I'll easily get this done by the end of the day" and set what looks like a realistic target. So why do I never hit it? The task always ends up taking 3x longer due to ...
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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 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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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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Does SCRUM usually involve massive overtime?

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 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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When should we stop work and make tool?

As a software engineer, we are always eager to get effective tools to boost our productivity. And in our daily work, we are often unsatisfactory with the existing tools and would like to have better ...
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How do you KISS? [closed]

The KISS principle is a highly quoted design mantra. The aim of this principle is to stamp out unnecessary complexity on a project. This is a good thing, saving time, energy and money. It can lead to ...
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How does a programmer used to static languages cope with lack of Javascript tooling

I have programmed pretty much exclusively in compiled languages, particularly Java, for most of my career. One of my favourite things about Java is how productive you can be, and how little code you ...