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Jul
20
answered Prerequisite math skill for Introduction to Algorithms (CLRS) book
Jul
18
revised Is it ok if I don't know C but I am good with C++?
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Jun
23
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Jan
17
comment How can I improve my problem-solving ability?
Two useful books mentioned in Code Complete are: Conceptual Blockbusting by James Adams, and Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono.
Jan
17
comment How can I improve my problem-solving ability?
Ref: drawright.com/theory.htm (what R-mode and L-mode is)
Jan
17
comment Choosing between two programmers: experience vs. passion
Please elaborate. Passion is a loaded word in this usage. Also it is not clear whether passion for coding means strictly for the coding phase of development or shorthand for software development. What do you need? Is meeting short-term goals the most important thing?
Jan
17
answered What are developer's problems with helpful error messages?
Jan
13
answered What legal considerations do I need to have when programming?
Jan
13
comment Ethics, Clients, and legal repercussions
I believe most every labour laws (codes) legally allow an employee to refuse duties that would mean the employee would have to commit a crime or participate in illegal / unlawful activities.
Jan
13
comment Ethics, Clients, and legal repercussions
Copyright in USA and Canada does include criminal violations. Section 42 of the Canadian Copyright Act. Check EFF.org for US law. I suspect EU is similar.
Jan
13
answered Hobbyist programmer releasing software with a donate button
Jan
6
comment Can one get a solid programming foundation without going to college/university?
This is mostly a problem where hiring is done through an Human Resources (HR) department. The best way to deal with it is to build a business social network of IT managers who know you or at least of you, and let try to side-step the HR "filter" process. In other words, people without degrees tend to have to be better at marketing their skills and services themselves, rather than applying for advertised positions. Most competent IT managers will hire based on a solid track record, and reputation (i.e. referral from someone they trust). Don't expect to get a government job. It's rare nowadays
Jan
6
comment What non-programming books should a programmer read to help develop programming/thinking skills?
@MAK, they are actually more about software management than about actual programming directly. They are classics that I strongly recommend to any if not every professional developer for becoming a more well rounded developer. I admit they are at the fuzzy border of whether they are programming or non-programming books about development/software management.
Dec
31
answered Usage of Pirated software at a company
Dec
31
comment Usage of Pirated software at a company
@Walter, piracy or more formally intellectual property infringement is not the same as theft, in that it involves (typically) unauthorized (& unlicensed) duplication of a work (in copyright). The original copyright owner (holder) is not deprived of their copy (i.e. the item), but is deprived of the lost opportunity of income. I am not condoning or supporting piracy, but intellectual property (IP) is a complex environment, so please avoid emotionally loaded words or phrases.
Dec
31
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
I'll disagree. While I understand that psychometric testing, can be a useful exercise for an individual, their value is in my opinion oversold within HR hiring as to their effectiveness. I think the actual core value is in understanding / remembering, acknowledging, and learning to work with (i.e. co-operate or utilize the strengths of) other people's personalities, and learn to utilize your strengths. I.e. Not everyone thinks / works / acts like you do, but you are most productive when you work in a manner that suits your personality (within reason and healthy balance).
Dec
29
answered Should a developer know the inner workings of the computers' hardware?
Dec
29
answered Important non-technical course for programmers?
Dec
29
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Dec
29
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
The best short (too short on its own) introduction to understanding your employer for me was What Your CEO Wants You To Know by Ram Charan -- amazon.com/What-CEO-Wants-You-Know/dp/0609608398/… -- you can read in 15 minutes, but can help start a new or young developer to realize what that "big picture" talk is actually all about.