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How can my team avoid frequent errors after refactoring?

To give you a little background: I work for a company with roughly twelve Ruby on Rails developers (+/- interns). Remote work is common. Our product is made out of two parts: a rather fat core, and ...
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Simplicity-efficiency tradeoff

The CTO called to inform me of a new project and in the process told me that my code is weird. He explained that my colleagues find it difficult to understand due to the overly complex, often new ...
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Is using interfaces on internal code a good idea? [duplicate]

I'm working on a set of automated tests that we use internally at work. Lately, we've been designing classes that implement interfaces in addition to inheritance. As I understand it, interfaces in ...
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Helping someone who is not and never will be a professional programmer write code that is more legible and usable to use and interpret [closed]

I am Elvis, trying very hard to learn to be Einstein. I work for Mort. What the hell is this crazy idiot talking about!?!? (You only need to read the first few paragraphs) If you don't feel like ...
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How to effectively cooperate in a team having mixed background/mindset regarding OOP? [duplicate]

I've been recently assigned for a new high-performance C++ project (finance) together with 3 other guys who, like, me, refer to themselves as "primarily C/C++ programmers", meaning, all of us have ...
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Unified Team Dev Enviroment

Where I work we have a number of teams that are converting over to having a team dev environment. Basically a couple members of the team are putting together an image that is then installed on ...
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How to avoid errors and not miss anything [duplicate]

I have a problem that is more serious than it might seem. I've been programming for about three years , and I have learned and improved a lot , I read the code easily to others, understand the ...
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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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Communicating with Vendors

We are a small software team (as far as programmers go) and have a team of vendors on the other side of the world that program for us. We own the product, and simply dictate to them some of the tasks ...
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How does working in a team (in an OO project) work? [closed]

I'm programming in Java, in a very OO style, by myself. Never had the chance to work with other programmers (I'm not a professional, at least yet). Out of curiosity, I wanted to ask: How does working ...
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Giving team members more decision-making power led to very long arguments, blocking progress since there is no one with the final say [closed]

Currently we use Scrum with the exception that our Scrum Masters sometimes act as project managers rather than facilitators of the Scrum process. About half of the time team members pull tasks on ...
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How to organize software document for the same application supporing both iOS and Android

I have to write software project documentation for an application which will support both iOS and Android. Each platform has its specific features and the mobile app design and requirements are almost ...
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What development process encourages frequent releases (rolling code to a live site), as well as developer individuality

Some quick background - we don't have PMs or upper management breathing down our necks about status of features, etc, as we almost always deliver ahead of time and have built up a high level of trust ...
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How should I introduce a new programmer to a complex project? [closed]

We have a pretty complex project with 100 or so classes, multiple custom elements, etc. We have a new senior programmer who will work on this project. How should we approach the task of introducing ...
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How should a senior programmer monitor another senior programmer?

I'm working with a new senior programmer who has almost the same amount of experience as me. He his own project to work on -- but I have to make sure he does not mess things up. Now, how can I ...
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1answer
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Scaling up Git to Team Usage

For the last 3 years I have used git on an almost daily basis for all my pet projects and at work for small projects that were not in the global SVN repository. My workflow is quite similar to the ...
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How do you split work on web apps? [closed]

About a year ago at my workplace we decided to get into developing a web app for internal use (as part of a more intricate system which is irrelevant to this question). No one really had experience in ...
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How to test a website?

I found it's really hard to divide the task of developing a website to a team of people. The problem is a website should have consistent looking and be integrated in users' view. The style and page ...
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Lead developer unable to do INNER JOIN [closed]

I had worked in the past for a small company developing web applications. Back then the current lead developer, who is also one of the bosses, told me that he is incapable of making a JOIN inside a ...
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Junior developers in a remote working environment [closed]

Our company is looking to introduce remote working as an option for its developers. This book (Remote: Office not required) has been offering some valuable guidance. However one issue that is not ...
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What are common code review processes and what is considered bad?

My company recently started doing formalized code reviews. The process goes like this: you submit into a github, request a pull request, code gets reviewed by approximately three people, then if all ...
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Tips for developing a mobile app with a team [duplicate]

I am currently a high school student, I've been assigned to manage a group in my school to develop a mobile app and the problem is that all of us have no experience in making a project in a team and ...
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Good guidelines and practices for mandatory code review [closed]

We are trying out mandatory code review on each commit -- nothing gets into master that hasn't been validated by at least 1 person not the author -- for a couple of sprints. We have buy in from both ...
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Visual Studio versions and Team Etiquette

I have a project on CodePlex that I have opened to basically anyone to join and help out on. I am mostly an enthusiast coder, although I have done some programming work as part of my job it has always ...
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What Is The Relationship Between Software Architect and Team Member [duplicate]

I work for a small company which has less than 100 persons. Several months ago, this company offered me position of SA and I accepted. There are three teams in this company, and I work for one of them....
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Collaborative work (small team) - Best practices [closed]

I'm currently working in a very small team of programmers (2-3) and I'm looking for advices/best practices on how to organise our work. We're all working on the same application using PHP. Today we're ...
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Importance of uniformity of development architecture across the team

If some developers still use a 32 bit 'Windows XP' and others use a '64 bit Windows 7', would it be advisable for the entire team to work with 32 bit development tools even if their OS is 64 bit? Are ...
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How can I introduce QA and break it into parts for various people?

I was recently asked how to do this, specifically: How to introduce QA into an organization? How to break up QA into parts that others can do ? How to prioritize what needs QA? How to determine what ...
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Assigning Blame for Bugs versus Giving Rewards for Fixes [duplicate]

In a team that I used to work for, there was a policy that if you introduced a memory or other resource leak, you got a 'dummy of shame' hung on your door until you found the next resource leak. ...
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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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What are the negatives of Development Managers as Scrum Masters?

It is commonly agreed that team managers should not be scrum masters, but I am struggling to see why. For context, I am an Application Development Manager with 4 devs in a Scrum Team. I come from a ...
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How do I learn the right approach to implement half a feature? [closed]

I lead a development team and I want to release our product as often as possible (Continuous Delivery). In many cases, we have to implement a feature that takes longer to implement than the time ...
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My client's QA folks are shafting me. What can I do?

Backstory: As the single developer with experience in the chosen technology, a month ago I drafted a component that for all extents and purposes worked within acceptable levels according to the ...
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Is Pair Programming also used to train less experienced developers and bring them up to speed? [duplicate]

I am familiar with Agile and Pair Programming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_programming). I thought Pair Programming was used if there was a complex requirement i.e. two sets of eyes is better ...
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Setting Deadlines in software development [duplicate]

I have been working on a system alone for about two years. I inherited the system from a contractor who spent about two years working on it before me (alone). The system is not particularly well ...
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Who fixes broken tests? [duplicate]

Our small team has made the curious observation that diagnosing and fixing broken automated tests is a useful activity; in particular, if the CI build indicates that developer A's last check-in broke ...
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Is rotating developers on a project a good or bad idea?

I'm working on a small team that will begin working on a large new project with another small team. The other team is currently working on a legacy system that they have been working on for years. ...
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Developer thinks they do not have to follow standard development process [duplicate]

How do you deal with a senior developer who does not think that the company standard way of developing software applies to them ? For instance: Will ask other developers to do work by email, ...
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Is seniority/paygrade an important factor for effective QA members? [duplicate]

As a member of our company's QA team, I frequently get entirely unenthusiastic feedback from developers in their responses to test results in our agile, web-based software-as-a-service shop. Most of ...
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After years of working alone, other developers will finally see my (buggy) code. What should I do? [duplicate]

I have been working on a system alone for about four years. I have built it from the ground up. It is not a perfect system. It is very complex, it is buggy, and the business is now becoming aware of ...
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Pair Programming/Collaboration in a small company

I work at a small development company as the lead developer. We have two other developers, as well as my boss who is a developer, but doesn't really do much of the actual coding anymore. The problem ...
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Are Frequent Complicated Merge Conflicts A Sign of Problems?

On our team, we use Git as our source control. We have several areas of code that are almost independent but have some overlap. Lately we have been discussing workflows and approaches to using source ...
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How does a non-technical manager add value to team of self-motivated software developers?

I am seeing a lot of programmers turning away from management and administration roles. They want to build stuff. And as a result, a lot of these positions are filled by non-technical people. I fail ...
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Choosing the language to build an app in based on hiring market vs performance and maintainability [closed]

I'm facing a choice of whether to start building Haskell components for a certain production app that is all done in Ruby. I'm leaning toward Haskell for several reasons, primarily speed (compiled ...
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If my team has low skill, should I lower the skill of my code? [closed]

For example, there is a common snippet in JS to get a default value: function f(x) { x = x || 'default_value'; } This kind of snippet is not easily understood by all the members of my team, ...
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How to convince my teammates that spawning numerous threads is a bad design? [closed]

I've stumbled upon this problem when tried to run our application in bad network conditions; it spawns hundreds of threads (which exist long time before termination), and with time the application ...
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What's with the aversion to documentation in the industry?

There seems to be an aversion to writing even the most basic documentation. Our project READMEs are relatively bare. There aren't even updated lists of dependencies in the docs. Is there something I'...
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Game to decide which team member gets the window seat in a fair way [closed]

During team formation, we have a conflict where 2 developers both really want the same coveted window seat with a lush view of a creek & the woods. What sort of game / activity can we place them ...
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Responsibility to reproduce bugs

I'm developing a program using a library made by another programmer (he works in the same company). Recently I discovered a leak in the library, which happens under certain network conditions after a ...
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How to convince team members of the existence of a “mandelbug”

We are developing an application; it includes a library developed by another coder, this library communicates with server via multiple network connections, and this involves multiple threads working ...