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

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

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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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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What is a good environment for learning like? [closed]

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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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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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 [closed]

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 Bootstrap and jQuery plan to drop‡ ...
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How do I tell my boss that their custom cms is terribly inefficient? [closed]

I started a new job about 2 months ago now with the job title of 'Programmer'. The web dev company I work for had made their own custom CMS and use it for all their sites. Conceptually, the idea is ...
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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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how to introduce a culture of quality into the work environment? [duplicate]

Currently we're not doing any code reviews and we have effectively zero unit tests (we have some but they are never run by anyone else other than myself) and there's no coding standards for style and ...
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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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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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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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Git: Keeping track of work in progress

I'm looking for tools and/or practices and/or advice for keeping track of work in development. In an ideal world, you have a well-defined task, a bug tracker with a ticket to track your progress on ...
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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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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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Evaluating productivity differences in different work stations [closed]

We're a small startup without an actual office (unfortunately, it is not an option due to a lack of money). Each one of us basically has the choice between two types of work stations: At home: ...
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Is this the correct way to use Bower

I'm using Bower whereby I run bower install and it downloads dependency files to /bower_components directory. Then, I create symlinks from my /public/.. directories to the dist files: ...
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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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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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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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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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Should Development / Testing / QA / Staging environments be similar?

After much time and effort, we're finally using maven to manage our application lifecycle for development. We still unfortunately use ANT to build an EAR before deploying to Test / QA / Staging. My ...
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Shell independence in programming groups

Our programming environment is dependent upon certain environment variables being set. For example, to use distcc, one needs to define the DISTCC_HOSTS environment variable. The way we handle this is ...
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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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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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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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Best way to deal with a system without a user acceptance / testing phase

Historically I've been able to get away with making small changes to an in-house helpdesk system riding on a LAMP stack and just making a backup prior to editing. This has no user acceptance / ...
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Do I need Bower for front end dependencies when I am already using composer?

I use composer for PHP dependencies. I was under the impression that for front end dependencies I should use Bower. So, I installed Bower and loaded my FE dependencies (Bootstrap, jQuery) using that. ...