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

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When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? [closed]

Have you ever reached a point at your job when you just know it's time to move on? When do you move to the point that you're willing to let go of the demons you know for the ones you don't know? ...
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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 even linus torvalds sees the 80 character limit as outdated.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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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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How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code? [duplicate]

My boss came to me today to ask me if we could implement a certain feature in 1.5 days. I had a look at it and told him that 2 to 3 days would be more realistic. He then asked me: "And what if we do ...
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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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What's the difference between working at a software company and a company whose focus is in another field? [closed]

Recently, I was approached by a local ad agency with a job opportunity. They are bringing all web/interactive development in-house and adding to their development team. I'm growing sick of my cushy, ...
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How to convince your boss to give you a better developer machine?

I’m working on a project and my computer is quite slow. I would work more efficient and get less irritated if I get a better developer machine. How can I convince my boss to give me a better ...
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When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers? [closed]

I know we've covered what questions you should ask about a company before you would decide to work there. But what do you do with the answers? In other words, what would you consider a dealbreaker? ...
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Working for free? [closed]

I came across this article Work for Free that got me thinking. The goal of every employer is to gain more value from workers than the firm pays out in wages; otherwise, there is no growth, ...
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How do you disarm a cowboy coder? [closed]

I found a question (code cowboy on the team), but it was more related to "Ninja Coder" then the problem that I have. I have a team member who is a pure living example of "Cowboy Coder". I do ...
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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 to tell your boss that his programming style is really bad?

I'm a student and in my spare time I'm working for a big enterprise as Java developer. The job is good, but the problem is, my boss writes very strange code. I don't want to complain, but some issues ...
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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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Career Prospects: Women at Management positions in Software [closed]

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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6answers
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What is the best way to bring a new programmer up to speed on a project? [closed]

When you add a programmer to a project with a large code base, what is the best way to get them involved right away? Do you give them formal training in the code base or let them figure it out ...
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25answers
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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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Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? Problem: I had no prior experience when I interviewed, so I didn't know exactly what to ask them about ...
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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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Is Windows suitable for Ruby development?

I've read that Windows is not recommended for Ruby development and this is last thing that stops me from starting some projects in Ruby. Are there any changes to this? Or any suggestions to make ...
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How do you prepare yourself before you start coding? [closed]

Before you start coding something, how do you prepare yourself? Do you make diagrams, pseudocode, mockups or any of that kind of stuff or you just start coding and see what comes along the way. ...
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What to do about “stopping point syndrome”?

I have noticed a behavior in myself that I call "stopping point syndrome"... it means I cannot stop working until I reach a "stopping point" (or I become exhausted). In other words, if I am in the ...
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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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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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How to avoid distractions during programming and keep up to date? [closed]

People always need concentration during work tasks, but i feel programming requires even a higher level. In general my biggest problem is getting distracted by my articles feeds, but i also give it a ...
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Working as the sole programmer at a non-tech company

I work as the back-end developer, front-end developer, systems admin, help desk and all-around 'guy who knows computers' at a small marketing company of about 15 people. I was wondering if others ...
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How do you take advantage of your whiteboard in your development team? [duplicate]

Today we got our own website design. The theme is the "whiteboard". I'm a big fan of them. I would like you to share with me how you use it. I'm sure I don't exploit its potential enough. I will ...
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Do you work contract projects in addition to your full-time job?

As developers do you ever seek out contract work in addition to your full-time job? I am considering pursuing some additional part-time opportunities and I'm curious how common it is among full-time ...
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13answers
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Is paper indispensable in a programmer's everyday work? [closed]

As a programmer who work in a company whose vision is to make paperless office possible, is there any way I can work effectively while using less paper? I can list at least several kinds of papers I ...
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4answers
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Anyone code at a treadmill desk? [closed]

have been thinking about getting a treadmill desk for awhile now but I just don't know if it is possible to code at one. I can see doing a normal computer job while walking very slow but I just don't ...
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3answers
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How to measure an IT workplace? [closed]

During an interview, usually the interviewee is the one being measured. However I believe as an interviewee we should also question the measurement of the IT company that we applied for, but how? I ...
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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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How can I get the benefit of working with a co-worker if I have no co-workers?

Sometimes I get my best work done by having another co-worker looking over my shoulder while I explain my problem and the code to them. Or by teaching a new co-worker about our code or current ...
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Is taking frequent breaks really that beneficial when programming?

I keep reading that it is recommended for a programmer to take frequent breaks while programming, and the usual recommendation I see is 5 minutes every half hour or 10 minutes every hour. I gave it a ...
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5answers
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How should I approach doing similar work on the side to what I do at work during the day?

Currently got a good job, spending 70% of my day doing what I love, the downside of this is of course that I am working for someone else and not my self. Ideally would love to get something of my own ...
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4answers
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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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2answers
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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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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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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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For those of you who are senior developers what do you look for in a new company and development team? [closed]

As I move forward in my career new jobs become more difficult to choose between. When I was starting out and for the first 8 years of my career I took the jobs that I could get that would keep me ...
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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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15answers
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Are long hours and no benefits the norm for a junior programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asked to put in extra hours I am currently in the final 6 months or less of a project scheduled to be a year long. Currently I am facing really tight deadlines for our ...
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8answers
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How to convince my boss to improve code quality? [duplicate]

The place I'm working for is a service provider. We have a lot of services, which are written to deal with deadline, so their code are really terrible: No coding convention, everyone codes in his ...
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What tools are available for remote communication when working from home or with a distributed team? [closed]

My supervisor is allowing my team to dip our toes in the water of working from home. Considering a recent aquisition of another company is requiring some employees to love this new idea which will ...
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Methodologies of a high class development team

I've recently been tasked with increasing standards and efficiency within a development team. I've read similar posts about the makings of a good development team but these often discuss the human ...
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11answers
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Is it wise for a programmer to move into management? [closed]

Many times, a developer has suggested that I become a team leader because I'm motivated, but during my career in the IT industry, I've seen so many people who are great at programming, move into ...
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If you use multiple computers, how do you sync everything? [closed]

I have like 4 or 5 computers now, and I need a better system for syncing everything. I use git and github a lot to sync my files for programming projects, but then there are databases, .bash_profile ...
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What causes overtime and how can it be avoided?

Today, my manager told me that I must work over time to make up for a lack of planning and project management. Instead of incentivizing this unpaid mandatory overtime, my manager has made it clear I ...
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How can be get sure that we're not implementing micromanagement in the field of software development?

As I got the feedback of developers about scrum methodology in this question, on whether it turns active developers into passive developers or not, I encountered the word micromanagement. However, ...
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Integrating into a new team

I've just joined a new company where a lot of the developers have been working for more than ten years. How do I integrate into the team without stepping on too many toes?
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How to improve the programmers work environment [closed]

I manage a team of six programmers, working on diverse systems. We work in an open plan office, with members sitting in cubicles. A lot of people on these forums are big on private offices, but that ...