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Mar
4
answered What obligations do highly public developers have to their users? (Or, _why the lucky stiff's tale)
Mar
1
comment Should managers prohibit programmers from using IM in office?
We do the same, and also have chat rooms set up for each of the teams. The overarching mentality is to have easy communication at every convenient level.
Feb
28
answered How to report a bug to developers? A programmers quest to educated on bug reporting
Feb
28
answered Is it possible to rate how predictable a program's behavior will be?
Feb
28
comment What should I ask interviewer during the interview?
It is great when a candidate wants to work for our company and not just looking for a pay cheque. Those candidates are usually the ones who can pick up the context of what we ask of them much faster than those who just program. The best way to show that sort of interest is to ask good questions about the product and the process to make that product.
Feb
27
answered Why does the use of interface-based programming appear to be limited to behaviour?
Feb
27
comment How do I improve my code reading skills
I've been dealing with a similar problem. Our team decided to invest time in retrofitting a very large legacy code-base to a new build that supports shared caching. We managed to improve our build times and build reliability significantly. Also, if you can refactor just enough to start using large pre-built parts of your application, you can also save building time.
Feb
26
comment How far back do you use your version control and for what reason?
Just as important is to also have the records of all the history tied to the ticket system. Find a bug related to a five-year old change is one thing, but it can be much easier to deal with if the original bug report or feature request for that change is also available.
Feb
25
answered What are best practices when giving a presentation to programmers?
Feb
25
comment How do you make slides for programming talks?
I'll throw in support for ditching slides in favour of talking. All of the best talks I've been to have either been completely without slides or have only used slides without text. The human brain is terrible at reading and listing at the same time; therefore showing text while talking splits the audience's attention and thus reduces comprehension and retention.
Feb
25
answered Suggestions for Summer Intern Application Assignments
Feb
23
comment Is there a measure of code rot?
I've always wanted to have expiry dates on code. When code hasn't has a review in one year, it needs to either stop compiling or give off a sulfer smell like a bad egg.
Feb
23
answered Licensing issues with using code from samples coming with SDK
Feb
23
answered How to bill a client for frequently-interrupted time
Feb
23
answered Should I keep investing into data structures and algorithms?
Feb
22
comment Can scrum master allocate tasks?
I went through a case where no one on the team would pull a task. Despite repeated attempts to encourage the initiative to just grab a card from the board, work would stop until I myself pulled the card and handed it over. I think that stems from a transition mentality. When the engineers are used to having assignments pushed on their plates, it can be hard to turn that around.
Feb
22
comment What is the difference between an engineer and a product manager?
@jmort253 It looks like your edit is in place already. Thanks for the fix up.
Feb
22
awarded  Editor
Feb
22
revised What is the difference between an engineer and a product manager?
Correcting my answer so that it actually answers the question.
Feb
22
comment What is the difference between an engineer and a product manager?
My fault for not reading carefully. I'll edit my answer accordingly.