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May
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awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
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awarded  Caucus
Jan
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comment Strategies to avoid data entry duplication between PDF vs. website (e.g. restaurant menus)
you may want to start with the question of how have the menus been done thus far, then working from there. For example perhaps the restaurant owner is used to custom-building it in MS Word with different fonts each time etc., then using a PDF-generating print driver. In this case, trying to move her to an app with forms and fields may feel like a big step backwards to her and thus be rejected without understanding the benefits.
Sep
13
comment How to add a new developer to the team
perhaps determine the areas that need work and have the new person start by writing tests for existing code, to aid in their understanding of the system before they dive into changing/adding to it.
Jul
28
awarded  Yearling
Oct
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revised Is it possible for an amateur to become a good programmer?
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Oct
25
comment Is it possible for an amateur to become a good programmer?
true. perhaps I should have written "original meaning" rather than "real meaning." It is unfortunate that our current language doesn't have a common word for "people who do something because they truly love to do it." I do think that would help answer the OP's question, "Is it possible for an amateur to become a good programmer?" Of course it's possible - if you love programming, you'll practice it and, over time, you will become good at it. (Maybe never great, given personal talents or lack thereof), but at least good.
Oct
24
answered Is it possible for an amateur to become a good programmer?
Sep
19
comment Should a software developer carry business cards?
@mark my apologies if you've had a bad experience with them; I've not had the problems you have. I never get email from them, and the shipping was, when I used them, less than other normally-priced printers were charging. That's been at least three years, so perhaps things have changed since then.
Sep
18
comment Should a software developer carry business cards?
or get 'em free from VistaPrint. We all love technology, but handing someone a card with your name, email address and URL is still going to be quicker and easier than just about anything else - and 100% compatible
Sep
16
comment WinRT and .NET: What is it, where do i place it and what does it change?
see also dougseven.com/2011/09/15/… in which Doug Seven offers "more correct (but still marketecture that is not wholly technically accurate)" "boxology."
Sep
16
comment Sequel vs S-Q-L
for most people I talk with, "sequel server" means the product sold by Microsft, while S Q L means the language.
Sep
13
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awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
9
comment Saying “no” to people asking questions
+1 When people walk up and ask, I open the tab with wiki and show them the answer and email the link to them. If it's not there, I add it while they're standing there (typing before answering them). Either way, I make sure I tell them that if they find anything wrong or missing they should be sure to update it for the next person.
Sep
9
comment How do you handle regular latecomers at the stand-up meetings?
On-topic, ours is at 9am and most people make it on-time, even those who walk in the door at 9. I agree that 30minutes is better than 15, to get coffee and mentally wake up (it's scary how many of us drive to work without waking up first :-) )
Sep
9
comment How do you handle regular latecomers at the stand-up meetings?
@sbi, like I said I'm not picking on anyone, (or really on this particular standup meeting topic, I'll admit), I'm just curious/surprised that more people don't seem to keep track of what they do. In my group there's a lot of "um, let me think, what did I do yesterday..." head-scratching at the standups. Out of ~15, two of us bring notes (my notebook, another guy with a post-it stuck to his coffee cup).
Sep
9
comment How do you handle regular latecomers at the stand-up meetings?
"and look at what I have done yesterday in order to know what it was" I'm not picking on you, @sbi, I see this in a lot of discussion about stand-up meetings... does nobody take notes as they go through their day or keep an engineering journal they can refer to at the meeting? I can walk in at 8:59 and be ready for our 9:00 standup, I just need enough time to pull my (yes, hand-written) notebook out of my backpack.
Sep
8
comment Storing n-gram data
<aside> I've got to admit, my first reaction was to think of Dr. Richard Daystrom. "Exactly. I've developed a method of impressing human engrams upon the computer circuits. The relays are not unlike the synapse of the brain." </aside>
Sep
8
comment What can you do about the quality of existing integration and unit tests while being the new guy in a team ?
+1, and I'll add "start by leading by example." Nobody appreciates the guy who walks in and says "you're doing it wrong," but if you show improvements they're more likely to follow along.