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

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Is IT Administration my responsibility as a student Software Developer? [on hold]

I'm a computer science student and I also work at the university I study at. Our department hosts many websites and servers. I was hired here pretty recently, and it seems my position seems to be ...
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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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34answers
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How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?

Recently, I started my first job as a junior developer and I have a more senior developer in charge of mentoring me in this small company. However, there are several times when he would give me advice ...
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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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8answers
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Career Prospects: Women at Management positions in Software

I was wondering if women working as software developers often face more positive/negative bias in IT than in other fields? The only reason I ask this question is because personally I have noticed ...
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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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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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How do developers find the time to stay on top of latest technologies? [closed]

I was a freelance web developer until circa 2004 when I started going down the management route but have decided to try to get back into development again (specifically JavaScript and HTML5 web/mobile ...
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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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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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What makes a successful development team? [closed]

What are the signs of a successful development team? What qualities does a team of developers need to possess in order to be successful?
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Can you get in trouble using programming forums or Q&As at work?

Can you get in trouble using programming forums at work? I'd like to know when it is an acceptable practice and how much is too much when it's going to using StackOverflow, or Programmers.SE, for ...
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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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Chess as a team building exercise for software developers

The last place I worked wasn't a particularly great place and there were more than a few nights where we were working late into the evening trying to meet our sprints. The team while stressed out got ...
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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 can you have normal life when you're too passionate? [closed]

Let me put this straight. I am quite passionate about programming. I am single and have plenty of time outside work. I haven't slept for 5 full hours for at least a month, as I am involved in multiple ...
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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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How can I start testing in a testing anticulture?

I have a confession to make: Formalized automated testing was never a part of my programming background. I now work in a very large company with many developers (most of them web developers of one ...
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12answers
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Boss Asking To Work Overtime But Under the Radar [closed]

So the other day my boss (let's call him Colfax) asked me to work on a project, but that I should not discuss it with anyone (including the other programmers on my team) and that it would have to be ...
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1answer
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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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10answers
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Where to look for challenging jobs with a relaxed atmosphere? [closed]

I'm a dev at one of the big-name tech companies. I like the job for many reasons: I do interesting work on a cool product I solve challenging problems and use a lot of high-level skills ...
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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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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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How to tackle a boss who thinks everybody in this world is wrong except him? [closed]

I mean seriously, how do you tackle a guy who even changes our variable names (even though they are reasonable) and sends back the code (after review) like 4 times? I know for sure I'm not that bad a ...
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Are there any jobs in the programming field that don't require you to sit at a desk all day? [closed]

I'm new in the field of programming. I really enjoy it as a career, but I'm not sure I can handle sitting at a desk for eight hours a day. I don't mind it for short stretches of time of course, but I ...
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17answers
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Have programmers at your work not taken up or been averse to an offer of a second monitor? [duplicate]

I'm putting together a business case for the developers in my company to get a second monitor. After my own experiences and research, this seems a no-brainer to me in terms of increasing productivity ...
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5answers
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Does dress code affect your programmers performance [closed]

Do you believe forcing programmers to not wear what they like affects their performance? I can extend the question to what they want put on their desk or hung on their wall. Do you have experience ...
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8answers
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If you develop on multiple operating systems, is it better to have multiple computers + displays?

I develop for iOS and Linux. My preferred OS is Ubuntu. Now my software shop (me and a partner) is developing for Windows too. Now the question is, is it more efficient to have multiple workstations, ...
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Is the 80 character limit still relevant in times of widescreen monitors?

on a widescreen monitor one can easily see more than 80 characters at a time, without scrollbars. even linus torvalds sees the 80 character limit as outdated. so, is the 80 character limit still ...
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How to ditch the cubicle? [closed]

I would really like to get out of the 9-5 "cubicle" existence and do something where I can work from home, take off when I like, etc. Don't get me wrong... I don't mind working hard, but I just am ...
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How to suggest changes as a recently-hired employee?

I was recently hired in a big company (thousands of people, to give an idea of the size). They said they hired me because of my rigor and because I was, despite my youngness (i'm 25), experienced as a ...
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5answers
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Good questions to ask a potential new boss? [closed]

Imagine you were working as a software developer. Imagine that the manager of your team leaves and your company is looking for a replacement. Imagine that as part of the hiring process you had the ...
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5answers
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Always keeping 2 people expert on any one chunk of code

I interviewed for a job at a company where they said their policy is to make sure that at least 2 people understand any piece of code, just in case one of them "goes on vacation". They also said that ...
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Is there any scholarly research on the detrimental effects of a noisy workplace on productivity? [closed]

I work in an open office with typical office noise (people talking and walking by). It is simply too noisy and restless for me to work in. I've been trying and trying to get some change, to no avail. ...
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1answer
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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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4answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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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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7answers
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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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10answers
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Is there any hard data on the (dis-)advantages of working from home? [closed]

Is there any hard data (studies, comparisons, not-just-gut-feel analysis) on the advantages and disadvantages of working from home? My devs asked about e.g. working from home one day per week, the ...
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25answers
9k views

How do programmers quit a job? [closed]

I'm thinking about leaving my current employer and wondering how one goes about that process in the programming world. We have a lot of projects on the go at the moment and I'm the only developer. We ...
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How much control can I expect to have over my work environment?

Currently I'm a student, but I'm about to go look for a job next semester, and I'm a bit worried that the jobs I'll get will have me stuck with a table that is too high, screen that is too low, and a ...
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What questions do you ask about a company before deciding to work there? [closed]

Sort of like the Joel Test I guess, except you don't need to limit it to checklists of yes/no questions.
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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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Hallway usability testing and quiet working environment together

How can one achieve both the 8th and 12th point, i.e. Do programmers have quiet working conditions? and Do you do hallway usability testing? mentioned in The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better ...
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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 ...