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As a programmer, are you professionally obliged to offer ongoing support after you've left a company? [closed]

I've had a few programming jobs in the past where I was the only developer working on a project. After I've left, I typically get several emails a week from these companies, usually from the ...
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Is a programmer professionality bound to the language? [closed]

I hear people saying that "a true programmer is not bound to a programming language, because programming goes beyond that", and albeit agreeing on the premise, i consider my professionality pretty ...
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How do I explain that we're wasting developer time adding unnecessary features?

So I've lead the charge with my fellow engineers to, at the very least, start "thinking" Lean. We hit on a few major areas of waste, and 2/3 lead to the exact same point..."Extra Features". We dogfood ...
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Is it ethical to use personal code at work?

I am working on a side project at work where I find it beneficial to use some of my code that I have developed personally (outside of work) to speed my development. My side project is developing a C++ ...
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How to code review without offending other developers [duplicate]

I work on a team that does frequent code reviews. But it seems like more of a formality than anything. No one really points out problems in the code for fear of offending other developers. The few ...
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Is it appropriate to have positive comments in code reviews, or is it exclusively for constructive criticism?

I have been doing a lot of code review lately, and I am unsure of the positive and negative effects and professionalism of putting positive and/or funny comments in code reviews. We use Github as our ...
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Should I expect my team to have more than a basic proficiency with our source control system?

My company switched from Subversion to Git about three months ago. We had weeks of advance notice prior to the switch. Since I'd never used Git before (or any other DVCS), I read Pro Git and spent a ...
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Hallmarks of a Professional PHP Programmer [closed]

I'm a 19 year old student who really REALLY enjoys programming, and I'm hoping to glean from your years of experience here. At present, I'm studying PHP every chance I get, and have been for about 3 ...
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Methods to Manage/Document “one-off” Reports

I'm a programmer that also does database stuff and I get a lot of so-called one-time report requests and recurring report requests. I work at a company that has a SQL Server database that we ...
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16answers
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Should I continue my self-taught coding practice or learn how to do coding professionally? [closed]

Lately I've been getting professional work, hanging out with other programmers, and making friends in the industry. The only thing is I'm 100% self-taught. It's caused my style to extremely deviate ...
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How to explain to my customer that the hosting provider is terrible, security-wise?

As a freelance developer, I sometimes have to access the administration panels of hosting providers of my customers. It is an astonishingly frightening experience. Below are some points I noticed when ...
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Professional honor for programmers [closed]

Imagine there is a weapons producing company that want to hire you. You should write an algorithm for leading the missile to the target. You may dis/-agree with defence or offense behaviour of the ...
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Recommendations for teaching junior programmers good coding style

I am a big fan of good coding style, producing clean, clear code that runs well and is easy to use and integrate into larger systems. I believe that we programmers are essentially craftspeople who ...
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Approached to build app centered around new API and suddenly API is abandoned

This isn't a huge deal, but I was approached by colleagues/friends to build an app using their new API. There was some potential for pecuniary gain for me depending on app usage. I spent a ...
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Which comments instantly ring alarm bells when a programmer says them? [closed]

Similar to my question about easily spotted warning signs in code I think sometimes comments programmers make can tell you quite a lot (of not good things) about them in a short period of time. The ...
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Should a software developer carry business cards? [closed]

I was at Google Developer Day yesterday and I was approached by several companies looking for hire and for freelance work. As I am interested in doing some freelance work I chatted a little with the ...
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4answers
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How can I convince a team member to use a web framework? [closed]

The question is this and the detail follows: is there anything I can say/bring up, as a programmer, to bring him to my side? I'd love to hear valid arguments for both sides on this one, but mostly ...
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Are chatty/humorous comments in source code acceptable or unprofessional? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Humor in Documentation Throughout my professional career, I have often relied on chatty or humorous comments in source code (or source control commit messages) to help ...
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2answers
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Referring to hardware/software in first-person? [closed]

At my company, there is a habit for the engineers to refer to their respective hardware/firmware/software in the first-person as if the device they are responsible for is a manifestation of ...
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1answer
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How to appear very professional on my first freelance project? [closed]

I need some help on appearing very professional on my first freelance project. How / What should you do to achieve this? Background: I started as a full time web developer 18 months ago, two ...
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17answers
9k views

How do you handle regular latecomers at the stand-up meetings? [closed]

We have our daily stand-up meeting at 8:45 while the workday starts at 8:30. Even with the 15 minutes slack people keep coming too late, on a regular basis. This results in our meetings being small, ...
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9answers
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Do professional software developers still dream of creating industry/world-changing apps? [closed]

I'm a hobby programmer. The absence of real world deadlines, customer feedback, or performance reviews leaves me free to daydream about having and implementing The Next Great Idea That Changes the ...
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9answers
803 views

What are the worst things that inexperienced developers forget to think about? [closed]

As a young developer, I would find it useful to get some advice regarding things to think about in order to develop a high-quality application. In my college courses, most teachers emphasized input ...
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Why are a seemingly disproportionate amount of programmers just, well, not nice? [closed]

Maybe it's just my personal experience, but I associate with varying different groups and types of people and it seems to me that an oddly large percentage of programmers I have encountered are "not ...