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How to understand and debug legacy software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? Not long ago my company placed me in a team that deals with some of the most complex bugs that are in production. ...
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Should One Be Resilient to Overtime/Crunching/Stressors? [closed]

I ask this, because after two weeks of intense labor with no off-time (eat, sleep, program) I cracked today and went into a rage. Afterwards I fell into a mild depression for a couple of hours before ...
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How do you stop yourself from bringing work home? [closed]

Programming is a highly cerebral job, and one of the biggest problems I have is bringing my work home with me. It's so easy to do: whenever I get the chance to think, my mind naturally wanders to ...
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Options for a lead programmer who prefers programming to leading? [closed]

At the beginning of this year I was promoted to a lead developer role after our team's lead developer moved to a different department. I have about 5 years of job experience and due to availability ...
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How do you keep cool when production system goes down? [closed]

This has happened to most of us... You come to work one day. Everything seems normal - the sun is shining, birds are chirping, but you notice a couple of weird things on your way to work that remind ...
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Dealing with frustration when things don't work [closed]

You ever try to implement something simple but for some strange reason it doesn't work. So you try a possible solution but then something else doesn't work. You keep trying different workarounds but ...
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Dealing with co-workers in a stressful work environment

Our department has been hit by some layoffs over the past year and we're running a skeleton crew. They got rid of most of our support staff. The remaining team members would rather worry about what ...