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

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What reasons do you have/give for using an MP3 player/iPod while programming?

At my last job, as a Project Manager, I argued (unsuccessfully) for the Developers to be able to use MP3 players while they were working. Unfortunately, the culture in that company was such that many ...
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My manager said “We're not in the business of building controls” but I am a WPF dev [closed]

I cannot believe what just happened. I'm an expensive full stack developer, although I have focussed on WPF and Silverlight lately. Much of the time, I write Controls, ViewModels, Repositories and a ...
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taking notes while reading source code of large projects

Whenever we start reading a big project source code it's often necessary to note down the calling chains and notes that reason why a specific code pattern was chosen, for example. I found primitive ...
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What to do when projects are slow and you are being held up by others? [closed]

Where I work, projects take a significant amount of time because the teams are large, there is a lot of "design and analysis", a lot of documentation, and work always gets pushed off. I work in the ...
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How to give the sense of a team that is fragmented based on projects? [closed]

The software engineering team of which I am part of is approximately 7 strong located in adjacent cubicles. 3 of us work on the same project but the rest are working on their own on different ...
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Is Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 usable as a developer workstation OS?

We're upgrading the RAM on our developer workstations and looking to move to a 64-bit OS. We've been using Windows 7 x86, but I'm wondering about using Server 2008 R2 x64 so that developers can use ...
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Will large screen increase develop productivity? [closed]

I am considering to buy a desktop computer, but could not determine which size of LCD should I buy. What's the size of your screen, will large LCD(30 inches+) will do good to develop?
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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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How to determine the right amount of up front design? [closed]

Software developers occasionally are called upon to write fairly complex bits of software under tight deadlines. Often, it seems like the quickest thing to do is to simply start coding, and solve the ...
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Let go yet again from another job, should I give up on programming? [closed]

I've been let go three times from three different jobs already in the past four years. The first job was doing seismic interpretation software in C++. It lasted nearly three months. The reasoning was ...
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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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How do I tell my boss he made the wrong choice? [closed]

Recently, our biggest product failed majorly because we'd only used outsourced labor to do it, and they never tested anything, etc. Finally, our CEO decided that the US team should learn the code and ...
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Boss solution vs Developer solution

The problem: When we were sending newsletters to customers, there was no way to confirm if the customer already received the mail. So the boss decided to implement this idea: Boss's Idea: Each time ...
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How seriously should a programmer take a 'star performer' award? [closed]

I work at a medium sized software corp. in India (abt 6,500 employees). This company has a star performer policy; basically they select a person from each "grade" every quarter and give her the ...
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How does a programmer tell a business analyst that she isn't right?

I implemented some functionality, then a business analyst created a defect, saying that some message text is wrong. Then I reviewed the spec again and found that I'm right. I posted a spec excerpt and ...
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Boss is afraid to use a version control system for new project, should I anyway?

See Superior refusing to use subversion My question is similar, but here are the main differences in my scenario: We are starting a new project from scratch, using PHP and web tech. There would be ...
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Should use of VSS be a dealbreaker in an employment offer?

I've been reading some of the horror stories about VSS recently, and it seems like a poor choice for anyone to continue to use. This is sort of a two-part question: Are there any objectively good ...
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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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How can I effectively use a netbook and a desktop computer together for programming? [closed]

Currently, in my workspace, I have a netbook sitting off to the side gathering dust while I write code on my desktop. As a result, the only use my netbook gets coding-wise is when I'm writing up a ...
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Is programming an art or a desk job? [closed]

Developing software needs a clear mind, full of creative ideas (art) & good knowledge in computing, software domain and logic (science). Still many companies consider programming as a desk jobs, ...
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Web Usage Policies at “Best Companies to Work For”

For any company that has made it onto a "Best Companies to Work For" list* in 2010 that hires programmers, what restrictions on web usage do they have in place? Does that company view unrestricted ...
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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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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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How to work with new director with different ideals?

Background Over the past 2 years, we have built us a decent team of developers. The CEO of the company and myself have been working closing to make sure we are moving done a good path. As our ...
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How to ask the boss to pay for qualifications?

I'm working as a junior developer for a startup company, and have been working here around 7 months now. After 4 months, we had a late quarterly review, and just before the boss mentioned there was a ...
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How do I transition from a large enterprise to a small startup?

I am shortly going to move from a large, multinational, enterprise software house to a start up where I will be the only full time developer. I've worked in start ups and in companies where there have ...
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Programming at Home vs Programming at Workplace [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pros and Cons of working Remotely/from Home I want to know which type of programming have better performance rate? Programming at home or programming at workplace?
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What is a good environment for learning like?

I have a feeling that lately I haven't improved much as a programmer. I may have learned a few bits regarding some technologies and acquired some domain knowledge, but it isn't much. In general ...
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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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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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browsing with curl instead of firefox (or any other browser) [closed]

My company has 2 Intranets (one technical, and one commercial), I am the administrator of the technical Intranet. We need to see if a client has a contract for a service we offer. As such, for ease ...
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How to handle workload in a better way

I am a fresher working in a software company. I am working on a project all alone. Though I studied CS, I dont seem to grasp things (concepts, code, etc.) easily. Most of what I read is ...
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How can I effectively explain technical concepts to a non technical boss when I'm not a good talker? [closed]

Preface I work as web developer for a big retail company, which sells goods to smaller retails through its e-commerce web site, developing both for the e-commerce and intranet. The main source of ...
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What is the best way to maintain software tool chains?

Short Question What is the best way to create, maintain, and distribute software development tool chains? Background I am trying to develop a workflow / process to create an isolated environment in ...
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“Joel test” for B2B hardware/software developers

I discovered the Joel test recently and applied it to my team. However, I but found hard to apply some points to my company since we are developing small chips with both "wired" and programmable ...
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Programmers and Database Professionals in Performance Based Companies

Anybody here work for a company (or know of someone that does) in the fields of programming or anything related to DBs and not have set work hours? Where you are paid for performance rather than how ...
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Best development architecture for a small team of programmers ( WAMP Stack )

I'm in the first month of work in a new company.. and after I met the two programmer's and asked how things are organized in terms of projects inside the company, they simply shrug their shoulders, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it i normal for a programmer to be maverick? or is it considered as an attitude issue? [closed]

Dictionary Says that a maveric is someone who is Someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action Unorthodox Rebel (A person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the ...
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Simplifying the process of compiling and running objective-c apps in GNUstep

I just installed GNUstep (following this post: http://www.jaysonjc.com/programming/objective-c-programming-in-windows-gnustep-projectcenter.html) It says to run this code: gcc -o helloworld ...
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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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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 ...