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Currently a Web App developer (mostly working on the UI)

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Feb
12
comment Is it normal for developers to suggest feature ideas to product owners?
+1 Thats a really comprehensive answer. The "Conclusions" work as a good TL;DR.
Sep
18
comment Is a large increase in velocity realistic in a Scrum environment?
@nathanhayfield Typical? I think the team would be made up of a range of personalities and people. Lazy ones should be address individually not a blanket request to the team.
Oct
3
comment Is it possible for a good programmer to have never used version control?
@Kaz We look at their employment history not for their co-workers input but their own. Can't judge someone on the area they grew up in otherwise we might start interviewing neighbours too.
Aug
2
comment What can be done to programming languages to avoid floating point pitfalls?
+1 the right tool for the right job. Although I don't actually use FORTRAN. Thankfully neither do I work on our financial systems at work.
Jul
31
comment Why can't the IT industry deliver large, faultless projects quickly as in other industries?
@PaulNathan decent is very subjective ;)
Jul
10
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
5
comment How to Mentor a Junior Developer
+1 I learned more on the job then I could ever have at University, just because people took the time to teach me.
Dec
15
comment What is the starting point for Ubuntu app development?
+1 for applications. +1 for c. +1 for .... wait I ran out of 1's
Oct
6
comment Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control?
@JayElston Sorry I was going on the assumption that 15 was not small. Although even for a small group the overhead is really not as big as you were suggesting (to begin with).
Oct
6
comment Learning path for web developer .NET or Java
+1 You're right it is not a decision for a lifetime. I actually make it my goal in life to learn as many different programming languages and environments as possible. IMHO it gives me an understanding of programming irrespective of the language. I'd almost suggest people should learn both.
Oct
6
comment Learning path for web developer .NET or Java
+1 for "linux vs windows is not quite relevent".
Oct
6
comment Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control?
@JayElston The overhead is small if you want it to be. Learning a simple source control software. (commit + update), it can still run without backups to begin with, only one person need administer to begin with.
Oct
5
comment Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control?
Happier? Ignorance is bliss? Merging is not much of a problem with DVCS and if you have more than one person working on a program you will have to merge somehow (even if it is the old manual way).
Oct
4
comment Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control?
on point 2: I don't see any valid reason for a team of any size (include a team of 1) to not use Source control... ?
Oct
4
comment What teamwork methods can be learned without being in a team?
IMHO ... Version control software is a great tool even by yourself. "Doh! I just permanently deleted that important file!" Done that before. But it does really shine when you are in a team environment. So I'd +1 for trying some team based things by yourself to begin with.
Sep
30
comment Working as the sole programmer at a non-tech company
get a rubber duck? c2.com/cgi/wiki?RubberDucking
Sep
14
comment Interviews: How far to go on DVCS experience?
@Thomas Some of us unfortunately aren't in countries with great IT universities. I personally went to one of the less popular Uni's and taught myself (or learnt from professionals) more outside than I learnt in class. And now I think back on it ... it is frightening.
Sep
14
comment Interviews: How far to go on DVCS experience?
@melee That seems more like an issue with communication. I would be more worried that the candidate could not communicate well than their experience with VCS. But that's upto you.
Sep
14
comment Interviews: How far to go on DVCS experience?
I agree with @Ken I hadn't used any VCS in university and barely knew it existed. My first job took me through the ropes and I picked it up a piece at a time. Isn't that how we all learn a piece at a time?
Sep
14
comment Interviews: How far to go on DVCS experience?
IMHO Version control is both a concept and a tool. If you want to teach your new hires and they can't learn things in their probationary period then then one would assume they aren't a good hire. If you don't want to teach them well .... hmmm.