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May
17
answered Can I market an application I wrote at work?
May
17
awarded  Good Answer
May
16
awarded  Mortarboard
May
16
comment Technical test for a senior developer
@alexb I don't disagree with you. More information is better than less, eliminating risk is better then having risk, however the poster clearly has a short time frame and wants to make a decision based upon the limited information he has, therefore if taking the test isn't going to add much then it is not very useful here. If we had unlimited information then decisions would be easy. Being able to make good decisions on limited information is valuable.
May
16
comment Technical test for a senior developer
@alexb If HR truly requires the test the the question itself is moot and the test must be administered. The fact that the question is asked we have to assume then that the possibility of not taking the test exists.
May
16
comment How is a “Software Developer” different from a “Software Consultant”? What makes a consultant?
@Gary Rowe yes exactly. In addition you are forced to keep your interviewing/selling skills sharp. I have also seen companies keep their contractors and release their full time staff, as well as bring in contractors before hiring full time staff.
May
16
comment How is a “Software Developer” different from a “Software Consultant”? What makes a consultant?
@Gary Rowe I actually perceive the risk of contract software to be lower than that of a permanent worker.
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
16
answered Technical test for a senior developer
May
12
comment How do I convince my team to use smaller classes/methods?
@Ben no disrespect but I think the term "Technical Debt" is way over used. As soon as somebody starts using that as their reasoning behind a decision I tend to stop listening. Maybe its a flaw on my part but when I hear that my thoughts go towards "this person reads a lot of blogs but doesn't really understand the real costs of balancing reworking code vs other tasks"
May
12
answered How do I convince my team to use smaller classes/methods?
Feb
14
comment Do developers ever contract by retainer? If not, why?
Without some sort of contract you have no real protection over non payment
Feb
14
answered Do developers ever contract by retainer? If not, why?
Jan
26
awarded  Quorum
Jan
25
comment Should an IDE include a gaming element?
Most logical thing I've heard in a long time "was this good for our business or not?"
Jan
25
awarded  Cleanup
Jan
24
answered Tips for working at home?
Jan
23
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
23
comment What arguments are there against easter eggs? Are there any arguments to even support easter eggs?
"Having an Easter Egg in an application shouldn't have a detrimental impact on performance. It will only be executed if found so there's no runtime penalty." Really? If its triggered by a CTRL-FU as the OP states then aren't your trapping every key stroke?
Jan
23
comment What arguments are there against easter eggs? Are there any arguments to even support easter eggs?
@ChrisF wow if my question programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/38810/… gets the "real question" response and your telling me this doesn't then I really am quite confused as to the purpose of this site.