Related to factors around an employer's place of business. May involve cubicles, co-workers or bosses often.

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Who is responsible to challenge a product owner?

I am relatively new to Scrum and I am not clear on the boundaries of a product owner. The product owner that I am currently working with seems to behave more like a manager than someone who gives ...
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How to handle critical issues in live services while going on long leaves? [duplicate]

I am working in a start-up where I am handling 2 services alone. Now I am planning to go for long vacations and my manager wants me to find out the way to handle critical issues while I am not ...
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Would comments increase the chance of being fired? [closed]

I have had this burning question for a while. If I have a job and I comment my code well, to the point that anybody can now understand my hard work, would it make me less indispensable to the company? ...
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What to do if you're stuck on a project because you got dumped in without the information you need? [closed]

I'm a junior developer and I'm supposed to be debugging this project, but the simple fact is that neither I, nor anybody else here (the only person who's worked on it just left recently) knows much ...
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How can I figure out if another project is mostly maintenance and bugs?

I started working in a relatively big company that unfortunately has its share of quite a lot of legacy code and I ended up spending an extra ordinary amount of time in maintainance and bug fixes. ...
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Using home server to develop, moving everything out of local machine

I'm sorry if this question is too broad, but I hope it's not :) I'm thinking about setting up small & cheap home linux based server (one of those $200-$300 micro PCs), to move my whole ...
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How to handle a client that wants me to use code from Google under all circumstances? [duplicate]

I have a client that has been upset with the fact that it takes more time than he thinks to complete a feature / bug in a web application. He is more of a project manager that has hired me as a ...
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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

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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Common interview: flexibility on code test? [closed]

I'm looking my first job and tomorrow I have my first interview in which they will test my programming skills by doing some code. I want to know if it's usual they let you search on internet if you ...
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I'm looking for recommendations or advice on how to improve our workflow?

I'm working within a team and corporate is breathing down our necks to become more efficient, as projects are on average taking us 6+ months to complete. I was only recently hired (back end ...
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2answers
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Joel Test: Quiet working space as a developer? [duplicate]

I know the joel test, specifically #8, specifies the ideal working condition for programmers or "knowledge" workers is one where there is a quiet area to work in. I hope this isn't a loaded question ...
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Testing a very specific function in a large, complex application

I'm new to testing but wholeheartedly realize how important it is. The main issue is that my company has no top-down support for testing at all. That is we don't have any unit testing and just a bit ...
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Arguments to non-technical manager for program upgrade [duplicate]

My situation: I'm currently intern in a big company, developing an automation tool (for company internal use only). There are about 30 persons in the team, but we are only 3 developers, all interns ...
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Dealing with 'dirty' Ruby on Rails client

I had to leave a startup about a month ago because of lack of funding. Basically, this client wanted an application to allow contractors to create, update, read, and delete yardsigns. Straight forward ...
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Help putting together an Open Source Friendly contract but does not allow day job work to be Open Sourced

So I just was hired at a place that had only one Developer and that was the co owner. Their employee handbook had something to the effect of the following. All IP, inventions or software you ...
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Is good Grammar a prerequisite for your development team?

I understand that this may be primarily opinion based, but I also think it is an interesting question and would like to hear others' viewpoints on the subject. I recently became the senior developer ...
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How do you effectively develop the same application from multiple computers?

I've already read If you use multiple computers, how do you sync everything? - but that was off topic... I am specifically thinking about this from a programming side. I have powerful desktops at ...
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Junior developer introduction to job industry [closed]

I am a junior developer at my second working experience, the first one using PHP with WordPress and currently on Groovy on Grails. I like coding, I attend meetup to discuss technology etc but I still ...
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What should I do if I have a genius team lead which does not share? [closed]

Good evening, I got some uncertainties and need some advise or any experiences 'story' from you guys. The question is quite straight forward but I gonna clarify somethings in details. My Background ...
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479 views

how to write safe code if you are the only developer [closed]

I have been working in a hedge fund firm for two years and I am the only person who writes almost all the codes. So far, luckily there is no software glitch or bug causing money lost. However, it is ...
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Is blocking an entire web-client due to compatibility a reasonable request?

A little bit of background, we've made an electronic POS system for registered vendors of items of a well known brand. The vendors are required to login to use the system. Recently, IE has been ...
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1answer
242 views

Getting work done in a small office [duplicate]

I work in an office area of ~450sqft. There are a total of 7 people working in the office. I've been finding it hard to concentrate on my work (writing code) because of the distractions going on ...
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Is there industry demand for developers who have no GUI experience?

Is there still demand for developers who crate software without GUI's in the industry? Are jobs still in demand? I only ask because I write a lot of software for myself in C. I mainly use FreeBSD ...
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In startups does one get an adequate feedback on his performance? Or does a “bang” come unexpected? [closed]

I started working for a start-up company. Generally the pace is very fast and have a lot of expectations. This is different for me since I used to work for a big company with a lot of structure and ...
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What does it mean for a developer to be given “creative freedom”

So I was reading the flowchart shouldiworkforfree, and I was thinking what does it mean to be given creative freedom? as a developer?.. "Will they give you creative freedom?" For example does it ...
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Solo developer vs. team developer : should I move on? [closed]

I work as a solo developer in a small company. There's more than enough work, but the same does not apply for money. Thus, I won't be seeing any new colleagues in the near future. I am responsible ...
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7answers
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Should I “Fight” to use development environment I want to use and how?

I am the only developer for some of projects. I used to pick environment I like, alike C# and C++. But this time new task could come from another department head who used to write programs ~20 years ...
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Working in a company that does not comment their code at all? [duplicate]

I work for a small software development house (10~ developers, a few product managers and a few support staff) that sells various products and services to organisations internationally through ...
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Does following Agile methodology contradict programmers should have quiet working conditions (one of the Joel test)?

My organization is moving to Agile process of software development. As part of it, the developers and quality engineers will sit together with the cubicle walls scaled down. I am just wondering how ...
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1answer
282 views

Moving forward in the programming world

I have been placed in a recent position where my job title does not adequately represent what my current duties entail. I am worried that this classification will affect me later in my career as the ...
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2answers
282 views

How do I Integrate a Former Team Member into the Current Team

Is it possible to re-integrate a former team member into a software project? We have a product with a looming customer deadline and we don't have enough hours to get it done! We have a former ...
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Using industrial earmuffs while programming to filter out talking [closed]

Unfortunately I have to work in a room full of talking colleagues. In order to concentrate, I wear headphones with music on at top volume, but this makes me sick at the end of the day. I would prefer ...
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How to deal with management staff (company owner) that downplays the impact of specs changes?

I work in a small web development company (3 programmers) for a while. During the last year the company had hard times (less projects) and a few co-workers were fired, including our Production ...
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Will working in IT limit your career prospects as a programmer? [duplicate]

I took a job working as an IT guy (SQL programming, helpdesk, etc.) because I had need of a job (to pay back student loans accumulated from school). I'm very happy to have a job, but I eventually ...
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Is it common to spend your first few weeks at a new job trying to fix your designated workstation? [duplicate]

I recently graduated from college and landed my first development job employed as a Junior Java Developer to develop a web application with Java, JBoss, Struts/Spring. I love coding and feel happiest ...
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“Too object-oriented”

I come from a strong OO background, and I have recently started working in an organization which, although the code is written in Java, has a lot less emphasis on good OO design than what I am used ...
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How often is an average programmer expected to reach flow?

I have recently been reading about flow and, since I have experienced this state a few times, I wondered how often an average programmer is able to work in this very focused and balanced way. Do you ...
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Unit test cases(JUnit), not by developer but other team members

I have a very interesting situation. Management has strictly asked to do unit testing for the code being developed and divided the task in such a way that few are developing the code and others are ...
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Aspergers Programmer and Learning Difficulties. Best way to overcome them? [closed]

I have Aspergers Syndrome, and a effect of Aspergers for me is that I can find it difficult to understand concepts from reading material unless I have some idea or mental visualization about what it ...
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How do I prove to management that our programmers could work more productively?

Backstory I graduated less than a year ago with a degree in Computer Science (with extra courses in software engineering), and another degree in Software Engineering. I'd like to think that I'm ...
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What is Development Environment? e.g. Vagrant [closed]

By luck i landed on this website http://www.vagrantup.com/ It is says, that software is for development environment. My question is what exactly definition for development environment (in this case ...
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Peer programming and experience sharing

There was a mention in the Java Posse Podcast about how teams should be divided up into pairs. However, there was a mention from the lady on the podcast that: "Pairs should be mixed up [sic]" (an ...
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What is a job in programming really like? [closed]

More specifically: Is a job in programming really as bad as it sounds? I'm still in high school, but I love programming. I take all of the programming classes that my school offers (which are ...
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Justify moving beyond IE7

I work within a closed environment that defines supported browsers organization-wide. Put another way: you can't use it unless it's an approved install. Given that (soon-to-be-formerly) Twitter ...
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3answers
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Developers taking code home - how bad is it? [duplicate]

I have an idea that if I have programmers under me that it would be better if the company give each of them a [good] laptop on which they can develop conveniently and allow them to take their machine ...
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My boss has a bad case of “Not Invented Here”

My department specializes in converting customer data into our database schema so that they can use our software. Right now, we have C# applications that take an IDataReader (99% of the time it is a ...
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Remote pair programming set up over a VM

We are looking for a new way of doing pair programming. It's looks like best way of programming, it is faster and you push out great tested code. But there are some downsides. Ad hoc items that pop ...
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Handle complexity in large software projects

I am a lead developer in a larger software projects. From time to time its getting hard to handle the complexity within this project. E. g. Have the whole big picture in mind all the time Keeping ...
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How can I create a solid business case for upgrading our programmers to 256 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM? [duplicate]

We have an environment based on Microsoft stack (VS2010, SQL Server, etc), and I firmly believe that we could improve productivity a little bit, having more RAM and a faster secondary SSD. What data ...
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Software Manager who makes developers do Project Management

I'm a software developer working in an embedded systems company. We have a Project Manager, who takes care of the overall project schedule (including electrical, quality, software and manufacturing) ...