Questions about development tools and other tools that are useful especially to programmers.

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Good practices every startup should follow [closed]

A couple of friends at work an me are going to set up a little startup / create our own software, probably moonlighting at first, since we cant yet afford to quit our day jobs. Neither of us has have ...
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Build/deployment tools for a small (1) development effort [closed]

What build or deployment tools are available for a 1 person development effort, in the .NET space, that are capable of producing project outputs? I'm not looking necessarily looking for a CI server ...
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What software do you use to help plan your team work, and why?

Planning is very difficult. We are not naturally good at estimating our own future, and many cognitive biases exacerbate the problem. Group planning is even harder. Incomplete information, ...
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.NET silverlight development tools [closed]

What tools are necessary when developing efficiently with Silverlight 4? VS 2010 is a gimme, but what version? Is Pro enough? Premium? What about Expression Blend/Web/Both? When considering VS 2010, ...
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Problem sets or challenges and solutions for beginners to practice MVC, OOP, MVT etc. type problems [closed]

Coding bat, project euler, python challenge for example are all amazing brain teasers that usually provide you with some learning material, ways to compact your code, and enhance your problem solving ...
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Use of mind-mapping software in project/task management [closed]

I've recently "discovered" mind mapping and even found some people here recommending it. It seems like a real handy tool, but I'm not really sure how to apply it to my work and/or hobby projects. I ...
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Is a MSDN subsciption worthwhile for personal use? [closed]

I code primarily in .net at work, but was wondering if home MSDN subscriptions were available/worthwhile as a tool to stay in touch with the latest technology for Microsoft development?
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What tools do you use to stay focused? [closed]

This is related, but I'm thinking about something more like a chastity belt for keeping me from checking programmers.SE or my email every time I compile. Rather advice like "go take a walk and you'll ...
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What hardware/software tools were used to build commercial quality 8-bits games?

I mean, I still have a MSX2 with a Z80 processor and if you look at any Konami's game made for that computer in its time (roughly between '84 and '90) is amazing the high quality code of those games. ...
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Are there tools to determine code similarity? [closed]

I'm not talking about a diff tool. I'm really looking to see if a project contains code that may have been "refactored" from another project. It would be likely that function names, variable names ...
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Does anyone use virtual machines for web development, and why? [closed]

I see a few developers that like to use virtual machines for web development. Are there others that do this? If there are, why do you do it? Are there any pros / cons to developing on a VM rather ...