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Mar
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May
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answered How is your working time distributed between coding and thinking?
May
11
comment Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?
I'm a young programmer. I've never seen a mainframe, never had a sandbox/virtual mainframe to play with, never had a friend come up to me and say, "This is really cool, check it out!". I see the web every day, there's readily available - and free - webapp dev learning tools, and all my friends are doing neat stuff in it. Which am I going to choose? (Although, if I did have access to one I'd be sure to check it out, just because it might be interesting... (Comment because this is essentially a +1 for things said below...)
May
11
comment Moving to Python (SciPy and NumPy) for Scientific Computing
@ntt - if this is at all interesting/useful, you mind giving it an upvote? Thanks :)
May
10
answered Moving to Python (SciPy and NumPy) for Scientific Computing
May
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awarded  Critic
May
10
comment What stressors do programmers encounter on the job, and how do you deal with them?
I spent half of yesterday untangling a mess of cables that initially looked like the Cheshire Cat had vomited a giant rainbow hairball onto the floor. Not exactly in my job description ...
May
4
comment What if the client needs the ability to retrieve passwords?
This might be a bit out of your scope, but most governments have some pretty strict statutes about security for internal software/networks. Any way you can discreetly either look them up, or enlist the help of a policy-knowledgeable source? There may be some way to politely spin your case as "just complying with policy" or some such.
May
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comment When does freelancing become a start-up?
+1 for why companies are actually called "start ups" at all, instead of just "company" vs. "freelancer".
Apr
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comment Do job postings exaggerate their requirements?
This happens at universities all the time in the US, too.
Apr
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answered Things to take Control when Team not doing Well?
Mar
30
comment Real world Agile practices and estimates
+1 for an attitude of being flexible in fitting an external framework to your/your client's particular situations.
Mar
29
comment Should I help anonymity related projects?
There's a lot of applicable work on this kind of question in the field of ethics, both in practical applications and more philosophical treatments - if you're interested, you might want to do some research into those areas.
Mar
29
comment Should I help anonymity related projects?
This is one of those rare answers that I wish I could upvote more than once. This is, indeed, well-trod ground in the fields of philosophy & ethics.
Mar
29
comment What about all those coding rules?
Playing devil's advocate here, it's always possible for rules to be plain wrong (for example, something put in place for a past project but is a burden on developers on the current project) - so having a rule review/repeal process - even if it is rarely used - may also be helpful in reassuring people that the rules are a helpful guideline rather than an imposition on developer freedom.
Mar
25
comment When to take that leap and program
I'm not familiar with the books in question, but many authors toss in lines like "The rest is left as an exercise for the reader" or "This could be easily extended to do ___"? Or look for something that is discussed in the text but not explicitly implemented in an example program. This way you won't accidentally come up with a project way out over your head, but you'll start getting those creative problem-solving juices flowing.
Mar
25
answered Time to drop Emacs and vi?
Mar
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comment Time to drop Emacs and vi?
+1 dislike for "IDE magic". I'm still learning, I want to know how things work under the hood, not have it all hidden from me! (This isn't true when I'm in a time crunch & learning is a distant secondary goal - then the rule of "whatever tool works" applies)
Mar
25
answered How do you know you're writing good code?