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Mar
9
asked Test Doubles, Mocks and Stubs - when not to use & why, for Ruby, Rspec
Mar
1
comment Why and for what reasons developers may not like “daily scrum”?
+1+1+1 This is the answer. Places where I've worked that didn't do retrospectives, had all the problems that everyone outlines. Where I work now we have Scrum, Scrum of scrums (interteam), retrospectives and even retrospectives of them. All to assure that the things that bug you and aren't working stop or change as much as possible and things that are going well are continued. Without this scrum becomes pretty boring and off-topic easily. I also believe that the "meetings" that are denigrated by so many are great if they have really good communication, are on topic, on time and short.
Feb
28
revised Is it okay to make coding style changes on an open source project that doesn't follow best practices?
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Feb
28
answered Is it okay to make coding style changes on an open source project that doesn't follow best practices?
Jan
17
answered Dealing with 'dirty' Ruby on Rails client
Jan
15
answered Is it reasonable to use git only on my local machine?
Dec
27
revised Why not embed styles/scripts in HTML instead of linking?
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Dec
27
comment Why not embed styles/scripts in HTML instead of linking?
I don't realize that. The words "embed those concatenated styles and scripts in the HTML?" confuse me.
Dec
26
comment Why not embed styles/scripts in HTML instead of linking?
I'm saying that the overall benefit to the company is usually a bigger win than the reduction in requests in business terms.
Dec
26
answered Why not embed styles/scripts in HTML instead of linking?
Dec
26
answered what kind of functions and/or classes are impossible to unit test and why
Dec
6
revised Is a senior programmers advice about always using books a good idea?
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Dec
6
revised Is a senior programmers advice about always using books a good idea?
Made the title make a little more sense.
Nov
30
comment Sprint item takes longer then expected to be completed. What should we do?
We should think about it, talk about it, and decide what we should change for future estimations.
Nov
29
comment Should testers be equivalent to programmers?
I changed it. I wasn't offended by it at all. I was trying to help you by keeping it open because questions that are clearly asking for OPINIONS (your caps) are usually closed quickly without getting the answer that the OP (you in this case) seeks. Remember too that we change these things because at the end of the day both questions and answers essentially belong to the community so we try and make the them the best to serve everyone
Nov
27
comment Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code?
In my experience for-profit vs. non-profit, healthcare vs. consulting, boston-new york-san fran vs towns in the heartland do make a difference. ymmv
Nov
27
comment Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code?
I would like a sample size of 200-300 in different industries and geographic locations and for companies of different sizes and revenue. So those factors alone start to slice up the sample pretty quickly.
Nov
27
comment Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code?
Just about everyone posting has worked at less than 10 or 15 companies out of millions. So it would take a formal study to know. I know of none. Also one persons clean code is anothers spaghetti so I think unanswerable.
Nov
27
comment Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code?
and finally to refactor - yeah, getting businesses to pay for workers improving code without any easily visible short term benefits usually works out badly. The main exception is software companies with technical leads who understand the investment benefits. I ask them if they change their oil on a schedule.
Nov
27
comment Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code?
So if you have tests that go against well written code names, you rarely need comments. The main use for them now for me is for hidden 'gotchas' that I'm not able to make clear in the code.