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Aug
26
comment Is MongoDB appropriate for systems that will be likely to change?
@user949300 : you could do that, but you'd still have to manually maintain the integrity of this list. Every time you added or removed a text entry, you'd have to apply it to that list. And you'd never be absolutely certain like you would with a foreign key constraint that the text entry exists.
Sep
25
comment How do you decide how much business requirements documentation you need and how to structure it?
@LucFranken - I'm mainly referring to non-technical documentation in this case, like use cases / user stories etc. Probably should've mentioned that!
Sep
25
comment How do you decide how much business requirements documentation you need and how to structure it?
I feel in a lot of ways it's much harder writing good doco than writing good code. Code is written for generally one audience (devs) whereas there's so many different types of people or reasons for which you may need doco. It's like having to predict the future.
Jun
20
comment How to properly document functionality in an agile project?
@BJ - in answer to your other questions, I'd say we're probably about 60-70% through the project. In terms of how big it is, what metrics would you like? In terms of staffing, we have about 10 devs, 3 BAs, 2 testers although now we've developed the core functions in phase 1, we're expected to shrink a bit.
Jun
20
comment How to properly document functionality in an agile project?
@BJ - it's not intended to be a rant. It's actually been a successful project. We're willing to put in the time, and we have the time in the next few weeks - I'm just looking for suggestions of WHAT to do in order to not run into these problems.
Jun
20
comment How to properly document functionality in an agile project?
yeah it is the BA team's responsibility. I should probably mention that I'm kinda doing the PM work on this project. Which is kind of I'm wanting to revisit our documentation process cause we've focused so much on development that maintenance is a bit of a mess.
Jun
20
comment How to properly document functionality in an agile project?
I agree with you in principle and if I was the boss, yep, that's how I would do it, but our business analysts don't have access to the unit tests and aren't technical anyway. This is a government project where we do need more than just unit tests to describe what the system does.
Jan
16
comment Max. SMS length that will reach all users
i had a read of that but it says "Depending on which alphabet the subscriber has configured in the handset, this leads to the maximum individual short message sizes of 160 7-bit characters, 140 8-bit characters, or 70 16-bit characters." Does that mean in some cases, people with certain phones will only receive 70 characters?
Jun
30
comment How similiar should the environments of PreProd and Prod be?
mmm not sure about keeping the database in sync. It'd be difficult. What if the transaction came via your preprod server? Would that be reflected in the production db?
Jun
30
comment How similiar should the environments of PreProd and Prod be?
@Nick : I don't mean just the code base, I mean like the entire set up of the whole environment.
Jun
29
comment Be a better programmer or an irreplacable employee?
@Andrew : hehe yeah I agree with the answer, but using Apple and Jobs and Microsoft and Gates to illustrate it is pretty silly.
Jun
27
comment Do you tend to write your own name or your company name in your code?
@Connell : And also to reiterate once again, I'm not a lawyer. That is just what I would do...
Jun
27
comment Do you tend to write your own name or your company name in your code?
@Connell : Firstly I am not a lawyer. If that was the case, I would make sure that I would make clear separations between your API and their code. I wouldn't even have the source code at work, and just reference the DLL.
Jun
24
comment How do you successfully hire out a few programmers to make it cost effective?
probably get better answers at Programmers
Jun
22
comment Is CodeFirst intended for large scale applications?
This is may be because the approach is still a little foreign to me and I may change my mind later on, but even for small apps, I feel I would still be more comfortable building from the database first. It just seems to be the most logical point to start.
Jun
22
comment Is CodeFirst intended for large scale applications?
Hi, yes, that's what I thought. I think i guess it's neat, but I don't really see any advantage over doing it how I used to, which was to design the database first. I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't because there was something I didn't quite grasp.
Jun
17
comment Passive ways to learn new technology?
yeah but all i got was a sore back and had to take a few days off work. :P
Jun
8
comment How do you answer “Rate yourself” questions?
Why was this question closed?
May
25
comment Is “funny commenting” a bad practice or not?
I agree that this post should be re-opened, although I can't vote cause I don't have the rep. The whole point of making Programmers separate from SO is for questions such as this. Plus with 22 votes for this question, it is clearly wanted by the community.
May
5
comment How can a maintenance-only programmer get a raise?
It depends what you're maintaining. I've worked in places where the "maintenance" programmers pretty much could set their own rate. Look at some old Cobol programmers, they're racking it in, because they've been around so long, they're the only ones who know how the application work.