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Dec
7
comment Separating merged array of arithmetic and geometric series
That's an O(n^5) solution, maybe worse. There has to be something better. But it is a solution, so +1.
Dec
7
comment Separating merged array of arithmetic and geometric series
Obviously a series is defined by at least two numbers. Is that in the rules? The empty set and a set with one element can be quite nice as a series. With the series 2,4,6,8,10,12,25, I would say that 2,4,6,10,12 and 25 is also a solution. If 25 isn't valid, pick any arbitrary number from the first set and add it to the second and voila!, another solution.
Dec
5
comment What is development automation?
There are tools to automate traceability from requirements to design to implementation. Some of these even make a start at the initial implementation. There are other tools to automate testing. There are yet other tools to automate the build process. There are lots and lots of software development automation tools. Some are very good, but are domain specific; others claim to be generic (but usability and a host of other 'ilities' suffer.
Dec
4
answered how to properly credit authors of MIT license program
Nov
27
comment How to choose a development method?
There is no good development method if you choose to hire people with no domain knowledge, or with limited skills in programming.
Nov
26
answered Where does the term “Front End” come from?
Nov
26
comment What are the best practices and strategies for transferring an outsourced software development project in-house?
+1. Re Is the product based on a technology that the third party owns, or does it require specialist knowledge? This should be separated into two bullets. The first half is a contractual / legal issue, and possibly introduces a reverse engineering problem. The need for specialist knowledge is a distinct question. This is a staffing issue.
Nov
26
comment What's a good length for Javadoc for a class that is say 800 lines long?
I disagree with everything but the first sentence. There shouldn't be arbitrary fields that have to be filled. The problem with documentation requirements such as the cited one is that they encourage developers to either break the rules (and then what's the point) or to write very large classes and very large functions because of the huge documentation penalty for small classes, small functions.
Nov
3
comment Should you promise to deliver a feature that you aren't sure if its implementable?
@Cliff: You missed the point of my analogy. There would be no airplane industry if only 90% of all airplane landings were successful. A 90% success rate is not necessarily something to brag about. That 10% failure rate might spell death to the industry or business. A business in which ones customers get very POed 10% of the time is not going to survive for long.
Nov
3
comment Does NASA license the software that it develops?
Why so many upvotes for what is a wrong answer? Panoply is open source. There's a rather liberal license agreement for it. The link to the Johnson Space Center Technology Transfer Office describes software developed at JSC. The link Peter Taylor provided describes software developed at Ames. Panoply was developed at the Goddard Institute for Space Sciences, an off-campus (and somewhat rebellious) part of Goddard Space Flight Center.
Nov
3
answered Does NASA license the software that it develops?
Oct
30
comment Is it actually possible to have a 'useful' programming language that isn't Turing complete?
@delnan - IMO, as soon as a standard allows limits, the language is not Turing complete. A program that runs on a real computer is not Turing complete. It's a poor man's substitute for Turing completeness, just as double and float are poor man's substitutes for the reals.
Oct
30
answered How to apply verification and validation on the following example
Oct
30
comment Is it actually possible to have a 'useful' programming language that isn't Turing complete?
What real programming language is Turing complete? Languages have implementation limits that essentially render them incomplete.
Oct
25
answered Why don't research papers that mention custom software release the source code?
Oct
20
answered Why learn more programming languages?
Oct
19
answered Refactoring and Open / Closed principle
Oct
18
comment What are programmers made to do in spare time in jobs?
Testing and documentation are potentially never ending tasks, Even more so than polishing the code. You can always do a better job of hunting down corner cases, see how your rotational integration handles a rattleback, do a better job documenting the design or how to use the product.
Oct
17
comment What kind of process should I use to learn a big system?
@SnOrfus - Companies put new employees on probationary status. They have to. Companies make mistakes in hiring. This goes both ways. New employees should view new employers as probationary. People accept job offers that in hindsight are really bad mistakes. Not treating a new employer as probationary is harmful to career, health, sanity. Lack of a mentorship program nowadays (the concept is not new) is one of those red flags that your employer is Nightmare, LLC. Looking for a job after having just landed one is not a fun prospect. Next time around, remember to ask the right questions.
Oct
16
comment What kind of process should I use to learn a big system?
As a side comment, new employees are almost always on probationary status. Companies sometimes do make mistakes when hiring. Joe "Looks Great on Paper" Smith is in reality Joe "Can't Program for Beans" Smith. This probationary status is a two-way street. People sometimes make mistakes when accepting jobs. What looked like DreamJob, Inc. is actually Nightmare, LLC. You should be just as ready and willing to fire your new employer as they are ready and willing to fire you during this probationary period.