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Should we try to be as technology agnostic as much as possible?

It is true that we cannot be 100% technology agnostic when we are using a framework or tool, we will be always at least 20% dependent on the tool or framework. The thing is that I feel better if I ...
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Confusion with Seamless technology to load cloud content in local without loading in memory

Recently, I've gone through techcrunch article where it says, Dropbox is working in Project Infinite technology which allows to load cloud content in local PC without actually storing in memory/drive ...
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JSP without .jsp-files?

I have a little project (a CMS) that was developed using .jsp-files in 2006. I moved in 2011 to JSF and had only one .jsp-file for the frontend. In 2014 I integrated the backend into the frontend ...
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How to learn new technologies in short period of time? [duplicate]

The title says it all. I'm a .NET programmer, working mostly on WPF applications with C#. But I need to be familiar with latest web development technologies, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, ASP.NET MVC, ...
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How Microsoft Market DotNet? [closed]

I just read an Joel's article about Microsoft's breaking change (non-backwards compatibility) with dot net's introduction. It is interesting and explicitly reflected the condition during that time. ...
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Is there a name for web applications that do most of the navigation on the client side?

Does the web industry have any standard or common name that refers specifically to web applications that don't use the conventional window-HTTP-navigation model, instead relying on mostly or wholly on ...
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What skills (technologies) get outdated slower? [closed]

It's a common knowledge that since the IT industry develops very quickly, most of the skills get outdated fairly rapidly: jQuery, .NET, Ruby on Rails, etc. They change all the time so that it is ...
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How to manage with less technical knowledge? [closed]

I've become a project manager in my company and here is what I've experienced till now: At first, I was trying to keep in shape technically with other developers of the team (about 15 developers) and ...
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What concepts/technologies should an ASP.NET developer be familiar with [duplicate]

I am in the process of filing in the gaps in my knowledge so that I can become a better developer. I am an ASP.NET developer and I sometimes need to do pure back-end stuff too. I ahve compiled a list ...
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What are the advantages of a client/server architecture in webapplications as opposed to a server generated frontend application

In our company, we need to build a web interface onto an embedded Linux platform. I kind of see 2 options: You use a technology where the HTML and JavaScript is generated on the server side (Think JSP,...
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Why didn't “cloud computing” offer appear earlier?

Cloud computing is a model of renting resources - servers and data storage. Both servers and data storage have been around for much more than a decade so far. Yet cloud computing offers only appeared ...
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How can uTorrent be multi-platform while keeping such a small binary size?

Nowdays it turned into a bloated client that works in Mac, Linux, and Windows, while still keeping the whole program in a single binary file that weighs only 876 kb, while competitors that use gui ...
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Learning new programming languages and technologies [closed]

Some time ago I was to learn iOS development at my work. I didn't manage to learn it because I was moved to more important task with another technology already familiar to me. But the short time I ...
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Considering JCR as a NoSQL solution?

I'm evaluating some NoSQL solutions for a project of mine and JCR popped up during my searches as a document store. But it seems somehow of an obscure niche which didn't have the impact its designers ...
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What to answer to a customer who asks which one of two equivalent technologies must be used?

As a freelancer, I am often asked by my customers what they must choose between similar elements, neither of which being better than another. Examples: “Do I need my e-commerce website be in PHP ...
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What were the historical conditions that led to object oriented programming becoming a major programming paradigm?

What were some of the economic (and other historical) factors that led to object oriented programming languages becoming influential? I know that Simula started things off, but was the adoption of OOP ...
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How to choose the most suitable technologies for your project?

While architecting the system, often you have to choose the appropriate technologies to be used for every module. What are the different parameters to be considered while choosing the technologies/...
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How can I justify a technology over another? (Java over .NET)

We are working in a Java/.NET company and my team and I are planning a project for a client. One of the requirements is that the project has to be done in .NET I've asked about this requirement, ...
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Ways of integrating legacy applications

My company is one which has grown up rapidly over recent years in multiple territories. We are not a software company per se, but a technical one who have developed various bespoke applications ...
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Technology Selection for a dynamic product

We are building a product for Procurement Domain in JAVA. Following are the main technical requirements. Platform Independent Database Independent Browser Independent In functional requirements ...
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Why do programmers still use mailing lists? [duplicate]

Why do many open source projects collaborate primarily through mailing lists rather than through, say, forums? I may be ignorant in my assessment, but I, along with my communication teacher, think ...
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How do you convince coworkers/stakeholders to try new technologies?

I've got a coworker/manager/stakeholder who is very conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies. I completely understand why: we have a lot of internal expertise with Java, MySQL/Postgres, ...
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Programming using an old computer(s) [closed]

Anybody still programming using old computers, e.g. ZX Spectrum BASIC, Amiga BASIC, dumb terminals? If so, do you find it useful for programming using today's technologies? Lastly why do you do it? ...
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Technology/Programming mailing lists How do you manage? [closed]

Email Alerts, Blog /Forum updates, discussion subscriptions general programming/technology update emails that we often subscribe to.Do you actually read them ? or go direct to the source when you find ...
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How do programmers deal with Project Lead/Managers? [closed]

Project Managers/Technical Leads sometimes tend to be over enthusiastic when it comes to software. But during code reviews if instead of functionality of the code the only complain one hears is about ...
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How important is Domain knowledge vs. Technical knowledge?

I am working on a Trading and Risk Management application and although from a C# background, I have been asked to work on SSIS packages. Now I can live with that. The pain point is that there is too ...
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Frameworks for targetting multiple environments

What should drive the decision behind doing development upon one or more than one framework? For instance, an ERP is (mostly) run on a Windows station. It leverages full access to device's resources, ...
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Weekly technology meeting?

I am thinking of introducing weekly technology meeting where programmers working on the same project can discuss things like: current status of the project on technical side technology backlog. ...
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Is software innovation still primarily North American and European? Why, and for how much longer? [closed]

Since this site is read by a global audience of programmers, I want to know if people generally agree that the vast majority of software innovation - languages, OS, tools, methodologies, books, etc. - ...
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How do these hotshot developers keep changing their technology base? [closed]

Yesterday I was watching a lynda.com iphone development video and this developer started telling about how he has worked on 17 different languages from the days of mainframes in assembly/Cobol to now ...
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Do you have any “Family Feud” style questions and answers for a game for high school students?

I am gathering questions and responses in math, science, and technology for a "Family Feud" style game for high school students. I am having trouble finding and thinking of questions, especially in ...
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If you got to rebuild Pandora from scratch, what technology stack would you choose? [closed]

Requirements: many different user experiences: website, mobile, etc. user management, registration, roles large amount of music metadata genome search that finds closest music public and private ...
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Going from cutting edge to maintaining legacy projects [closed]

I have an Access 03 program with a bunch of VBA code that is in use and the end user wants new functionality. I am finding it very difficult to add new functionality because my brain wants to use the ...
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Is COM truly dead?

I have previously worked on COM, however I have observed for quite sometime that hardly any company asks for COM exp. Is COM dead or reports of its demise are highly exaggerated?
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How do you deal with over-the-head APIs/technology

I guess most people have been in this situation. The initial project planning begins. The requirements are outlined. After architectural review and sorting through APIs/Frameworks the fitting ...
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You make websites? So then you must have heard about Web 2.0, right? [closed]

The other day someone asked me what type of work I do. I answered that I help to build web sites (Asp.net, c#, mostly). So he said "so then you must do a lot of Web 2.0 stuff, right?". I proceeded ...
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Plagued by indecision - how to choose technologies to use for projects? [duplicate]

I have always been fascinated with the newest and best technologies available. I graduate from college this year, and over the course of the past few years, I have spent a lot of time learning new ...
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What's the worst technology decision you have ever seen? [closed]

This includes architecture decisions, platform choices or any situation where a such a bad choice led to negative consequences.
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Has programming for a living ruined your ability to enjoy technology? [closed]

To quote Arthur C. Clarke: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Used to be I looked on technology with wonder and amazement. I wanted to take it apart, ...