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Sep
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comment automatic database fill up in sql script tests
my understanding of "manual script " is "a script that is run manually," it's possible that perhaps I am incorrect.
Sep
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comment automatic database fill up in sql script tests
my above comment applies to integration tests, btw - for unit tests any data required is created by the test, as our unit tests run with in-memory db where no contamination can occur; each test is self-contained.
Sep
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comment automatic database fill up in sql script tests
We started down that road as well, Mike; we ended up with a bit of a combination. We do have a create-empty procedure and a create-data procedure. Our create-data procedure sets up "well-known" common data - a basic set of users with known permissions, for example. We do also have tests that create/cleanup data specific to that one test, though we try to have few of these; we've found that tests like this, if they fail or fall over in some unexpected way, were difficult to have clean up behind themselves. Not impossible, but more work than we found with the "known-data" method. YMMV.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.