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comment Should a senior developer refuse to take paper exams during an interview?
Additionally, a friend of mine works at a magician and he's never been asked to perform magic before being hired. I agree that a programmer should be asked to program, but only because programming is a knowledge trade.
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comment Helping junior programmers get past their shortcomings?
I can definitely forgive this of junior developers as not even the top universities teach students about version/source control. Hell, a bunch of people I've recently graduated with still don't use it at their companies. I'd go as far as to say that the lack of version control teaching is the biggest problem in teaching software engineering today.
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comment Bare minimum on the Joel Test
It almost sickens me that universities are keen to stuff design patterns and good coding practices down the throats of students, but they will not even mention source control to the vast majority of them...
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comment What programming language and framework has best support for agile web development?
A lot of people perceive ASP.NET to be very business-oriented and complex and that the likes of PHP to work almost out of the box for small websites. ASP.NET Razor is basically the answer to that, allowing people to make and deploy small websites with ease. It's several years late to the party but if a friend of mine wanted to build an extremely basic website and had no experience with programming I'd recommend it to them.
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comment What programming language and framework has best support for agile web development?
Also look into ASP.NET Razor. It's the perfect barrier to entry for someone making a basic website.
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comment What techniques do you use when interviewing developers?
I'd probably go as far as to say that this is the most important thing to gauge in any software interview. You could argue that writing code is more important, but people who covered something similar recently or at university can guess their way through it, whereas it's very hard to fake real, genuine interest.
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comment When is the time right to bring a project to the alpha/beta/public phase?
+1. After watching so many products keel over and die in alpha it's the last thing I'd ever want to do. I'd only ever release in beta if I believed it to be complete and bug-free, because the second it's out there someone is bound to break it...