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Dec
10
comment Can I (reasonably) refuse to sign an NDA for pro bono work?
For more discussion about the appropriateness of this question to P.SE, please see this meta question.
Dec
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Dec
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asked Can I (reasonably) refuse to sign an NDA for pro bono work?
Nov
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awarded  Notable Question
Oct
11
answered Is it the job of a developer to suggest IT requirements?
Sep
29
comment How can I figure out if programming is right for me?
@allquixotic I disagree with that – if you feel the need to stick to where programming is easy, then you probably don't like learning enough.
Sep
18
comment What problems can arise from emulating concepts from another languages?
@MainMa I hear you, but to find a job where I wouldn't have to write JavaScript I would have to pin myself down to backend or not work on the web. I guess I prefer JavaScript to those alternatives. (Besides, I don't need to emulate class-based OOP, I just make fun of those who do.)
Sep
18
comment What problems can arise from emulating concepts from another languages?
you should maybe choose another language... except when you don't have a choice, such as client side JavaScript. (Even so, having no choice is no excuse for implementing class-based OOP emulation in a prototype language. It's far more efficient to just learn how the language works.)
Sep
1
comment Torvalds' quote about good programmer
But focusing on either the forest or the trees to the exclusion of the other can be detrimental, so I don't think this analogy fits.
Aug
31
comment Torvalds' quote about good programmer
@RyanKinal But of course the language does matter, because it makes it considerably easier to deal with and think about certain data structures. Think about all the languages that specialize in LISt Parsing, for example, or languages that have native support for data structures that have to be hacked into other languages, (sets and sparse arrays come to mind).
Aug
15
comment What is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.?
Some names are too common to Google. Providing a link on the resume can still be useful.
Aug
7
answered Which programming designs leads to more problems?
Aug
7
comment How much help should I give during technical interviews?
My team plays two roles: developing off-platform solutions and rescuing floundering projects. We don't all work on the same project at the same time, but it's rarely one-person to a project. From where I'm sitting it's the best team in the company because I enjoy my work and the companionship, but I can't honestly tell you if we outperform our individual capabilities.
Aug
5
comment How much help should I give during technical interviews?
You bosses approach would work well for rubbish collectors and the guys who hold the Stop/Go lollipops at road works. My boss's approach landed him me and several other excellent developers. The reason I asked the question is that his approach is slow and we end up not hiring developers who may have been great. (Besides, good programmers are garbage collectors.) ;)
Aug
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accepted How much help should I give during technical interviews?
Aug
3
comment How much help should I give during technical interviews?
Unless it doesn't work and then it's just sad, sad, sad for the rest of the interview. Personally, I think our first questions are terribly easy, but not all of our candidates seem to think so.
Aug
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Aug
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awarded  Good Question
Aug
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awarded  Nice Question