Training refers to the acquisition of knowledge through teaching of theoretical and practical skills.

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How to mentor a junior team member while remaining productive on your own projects?

This question is not about multitasking... there are plenty of tips around for that. This is about how to take steps to efficiently multi-project (work on two projects at a time) on a single large ...
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Scenario to illustrate how unit testing leads to better design [closed]

For an internal training session, I'm trying to come up with a simple scenario that illustrates how unit testing leads to better design, by forcing you to think about things like coupling before you ...
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Stopping developers committing to the wrong branch on DVCS

The problem I am on a software project which has about 10 developers, we share source code via Mercurial. We have a development and production branch per release. Repeatedly during the course of the ...
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How to go about training IComparable to a team?

I (am just a developer) am tasked with training my team on a technique or technology. I zeroed upon System Interfaces, IComparable and IEquatable to be specific. How does one go about teaching (even ...
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How Do I Determine the Value of a Technical book?

I'm interested in finding more books like The Pragmatic Programmer. Rather than the run of the mill, technology-specific books that are out of date by the time they go to press. Can you provide advice ...
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Teaching myself, as a physicist, to become a better programmer

I've always liked physics, and I've always liked coding, so when I got the offer for a PhD position doing numerical physics (details are not relevant, it's mostly parallel programming for a cluster) ...
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How can I determine the level of talent a prospective programmer has? [closed]

I have a friend who asked me whether I can be her mentor as a programmer. I had to tutor several junior programmers in the past so I have experience working with / tutoring people on different skill ...
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Is Ant still in the “mainstream” for Java builds?

We have been slowly replacing batch command files (windows .bat) which were simply jarring up the classes compiled in the developers IDE, with more comprehensive Ant builds (i.e. get from CVS, clean ...
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How do I get people to stop bikeshedding?

I have been tasked with teaching other teams a new codebase, but I keep running into an issue. Whenever I go to actually walk through the code with people, we don't get very far before the entire ...
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SAP / ABAP training issues as a junior programmer [closed]

I recently got my Computer Science degree and was recruited by an SAP Partner as a "SAP NetWeaver Consultant" (at least that's what the boss calls me). The job placement stated that no previous ...
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How to mentor junior programmer who may not be a good fit for programming? [duplicate]

I'm in a bit of a precarious position. I'm working remotely for a client that has recently brought in a junior developer straight out of college into the project. He works physically at their office. ...
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Good unit-testing story for a unit test training [closed]

I have to advise a training on unit testing in my company. I would like to show a striking, real-life example of an unexpected regression not caught by compilation (of course) but detectable with ...
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What are the most crucial categories of content to organize into an internal developer portal in a large company? [closed]

I have been tasked with organizing all of the company's internal content currently spread around sharepoint, a markdown reference manual and confluence into a single cohesive and usable portal in ...
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What programming skills does someone in QA need to work effectively in extreme programming projects?

Well, the title really says it all, but to elaborate a bit, can you take a random, typically effective QA department and have them learn to work in an XP environment (with a learning curve to pick up ...
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Should we persist with an employee still writing bad code after many years? [closed]

I am putting this question to C++ programmers because: a) Only a C++ programmer can judge the technical merits of the examples; b) Only a programmer will have a feel for the temperament of another ...
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What to do if the task is too difficult ? Internship/SummerTraining

I conducting my summer training or internship for 2 months in an IT company as a a Sysadmin and Web developer. This is my first week. My mentor assigned me to work on an existing Flash/AS3 ...
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What to look for in a training course

My development team is looking to expand into some new areas that we don't currently have direct skills for. We're trying to evaluate the available training courses, but there's not much depth of ...
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How to motivate team for knowledge sharing sessions

I work in a team with wide range of expertise and experience. I have been trying to introduce weekly knowledge sharing sessions. Sessions of 30-60 min length where everybody gets a chance to present ...
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Is it possible for an amateur to become a good programmer? [closed]

A professional full-time programmer can do a great job by continuously learning from their work. How can an amateur programmer train to become a good programmer? ** If you like to play music or ...
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How to train junior programmers for today's (complicated) web environment?

Currently our company develops applications consisting, most of the time, in Ruby on Rails web servers and a bunch of different REST clients, from kiosk systems in Java to embedded devices in C/C++ ...
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How to manage time for studying while working? [closed]

I've been programming 8 years for a company. We build business intelligence software systems. Since I thought working is learning, I've always studied in terms of what I was doing at the company while ...
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How do you go about training a replacement?

I recently asked about leaving a position and got a lot of great answers. One of the common threads was that being around to train the new person would be expected and could go a long way. Now ...
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Embedded Linux Training [closed]

I have been working with an old OS9(not mac) operating system and I have been trying to get my organization to transition to an embedded Linux platform. We have money in the budget for training and I ...
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If you had to teach professional development to students that just graduated school, what would be the topics? [closed]

The idea is to give them more chances to be efficient in a professional environment. Most students are good with theory, most of them are smart, but they have to learn how to solve common technical ...
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Is Adobe Flash still viable for developing CBT (Computer Based Training) software?

From everything I have read about Adobe Flash over the past couple of years, it seems like the platform has received a lot of stigma in the web space. Regardless of that, is it still viable as a ...
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How to Deliberately Practice Software Engineering? [duplicate]

I just finished reading this recent article. It's a very interesting read, and it makes some great points. The point that specifically jumped out at me was this: The difference was in how they ...
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Should I be looking for developers with specific skill sets or generalists that need to learn?

Thanks to the great help of this site and SO, I've been able to make a prototype of a software I want to sell but unfortunately although the prototype works I think my code quality is very low. I ...
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Work experience before masters [closed]

I dont know if its the right place to ask such questions: I have a bachelors degree from an Indian university. I want to pursue a masters in one of the universities in USA. My profile is good enough ...
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How do you break out of the role of a code maintainer? [closed]

In my last three jobs, I was a code maintainer. In all three cases, I was hired after the majority of the code for the project was already written. I'm a self taught programmer. Before I ever started ...
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Testing Git competence

I hire a lot of programmers for tiny tasks. I very clearly specify that the tasks can only be completed by making a pull request on GitHub. Unfortunatelly, so many programmers do not know Git and ...
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Is not being paid for training normal?

I'm a recent college graduate, and I recently had a interview with a company for an entry-level programming job. The company told me that they require two months of unpaid training for all entry level ...
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Learn programming backwards, or “so I failed the FizzBuzz test. Now what?”

A Little Background I'm 28 today, and I've never had any formal training in software development, but I do have two higher education degrees equivalent to a B.A in Public Relations and an Executive ...
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In a 4 hour Powershell 101 class should I skip for/while/do and just teach ForEach-Object

I'm making a syllabus to teach non-programmer co-workers PowerShell. The first non-pilot group I will run the course with will be a team that deploys and configures one of our software products. They ...
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Junior developer support

I am a junior developer in my first work experience after university. I joined the company as PHP developer but I ended up developing using C# and ASP.NET. Right from the start I did not receive any ...
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How many juniors should a senior mentor?

Our shop's size increases dynamically, so we are planning to hire a few new junior developers but we would not like to overwhelm the seniors with too much mentoring and training. How many (usually ...
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How can I speed up the process of typing up specification during a meeting with developers? [closed]

I'm studying source code with other developers, and my job is to type up the specifications as the lead programmer describes what each function does. Are there any tips/tricks to doing this faster? a ...
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MCPD: Webdeveloper 4 Visual Studio 2010 Training Stuff [closed]

I think about doing the 4 exams required to become a MCPD Webdeveloper 4 Visual Studio 2010. The examns can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcpd.aspx#tab2 I ...
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How do you handle / what do you charge for documentation, training, warranty, changes in scope etc… [closed]

I am working with a client right now that wants me to sign a contact with a warranty for a year for no additional charge. As well as any reasonable changes he wants during the contract that are ...
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How to Gauge Junior Developer Knowledge

I've started mentoring a junior developer. I've read the community wiki on how to mentor and have been following many of the suggestions in there. The developer has a couple years experience, mostly ...
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Choosing a rate to charge a client for training their programmer

We've been put in a bit of a difficult situation and I'm trying to figure out the best way to deal with it and how to charge for it. We've built a custom web app for a customer and I've been ...
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How to conduct a 3 days training on current techniques like TDD and CI

I am tasked to conduct a training for an upcoming team of 20 Java developers for a new project. The project owner wants us to use state of the art development techniques like TDD and CI. The ...
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Do records showing the daily work of programmers exist? [closed]

Are there screencasts on the Internet showing screens of programmers that decided to record their daily work and show their programming style? I'm interested in seeing how other programmers ...
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Interactive training site for Javascript complete with code challenges [closed]

A few months ago I discovered a cool course called Rails for Zombies. This is a great site that allows us to write code and see the results. It takes us through the paces to get us up to speed with ...
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Must developers understand the business domain or should the specification be sufficient?

I work for a company for which the domain is really difficult to understand because it is high technology in electronics, but this is applicable to any software development in a complex domain. The ...
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Topics for development team cross training sessions

Our team of developers are going to start holding monthly meetings for the purposes of cross training and knowledge improvement. We're looking for ideas for topics to discuss. We've already made a ...
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How should I evaluate a training class?

My company is giving us the possibility to sign up for some offsite training classes on Design Patterns. Browsing through the brochures, I'm already feeling bored (and somewhat repelled by the ...
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How to quantify benefits from a programming training?

I'm conducting a programming training for 3 months. Details in this link - Programming Training Details. My question is "How do we quantify benefits from such training?". I think the two important ...
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What is the best way to structure workshops for starting programmers?

We are planning to organize programming workshops for Java web developers with basic coding but no design experience. The goal of the workshops is to introduce these programmers to clean code. Focus ...
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Better way to train new hires

The team I currently am part of experiences fairly high turnover, with members typically moving to different projects within the same company. Currently our "training" for new members is to pair them ...
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How do you train freshers?

Training freshers has become my responsibility. I work in a good small company and they want me to train freshers (MCA/BCA students). But I am not an expert in training field. So can anyone please ...