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answered How do I (quickly) let people know that software I am providing for free is not abandon-ware?
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comment Does craftsmanship pay off?
@HedgeMage They are out there? Where? And how does one know before taking the job? (Probably 0 out of 3 of these questions are fair to ask...)
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comment Turn away a bug if no reproducible test case exists?
@seansilver If a bug is more serious (as you say, causes the client to lose project information), that may make the bug higher on the priority list from a business perspective too, especially if the client is considered "very important" in terms of amount of business you get from them. You're right, from a developer perspective, bugs really are not acceptable, but because time and money are scarce, economics demands that choices be made and tasks be prioritized. This bug is always something you can come back to if you are having a slow day, for example.
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answered Turn away a bug if no reproducible test case exists?
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comment How do I account for changed or forgotten tasks in an estimate?
@Job We're not a scrum shop at this time. Also, unlike what another answerer has suggested, I have found so far that the bottom-up estimates have improved my estimation accuracy, largely by vastly reducing the number of forgotten tasks during task-level estimation.
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comment How do I account for changed or forgotten tasks in an estimate?
I could just wait until tomorrow and tell you this in person. :) I'm more concerned about history's inaccuracy if the extra tasks are not somehow included. Clearly, missing a task during task estimation is a "miss" regarding accuracy -- but which accuracy figure? The one I actually use in a quantitative sense is whether my actual task performance for each task was within the predicted range. The other, more qualitative, measure is how often I meet my 50%-confident single-point estimates. Too far over or under 50%, and I should adjust "expert judgment" for future 50% estimates.
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comment How should I pronounce the :: and -> in PHP?
Double-colon is the same symbol as "cons" in ML, but since the meaning is totally different, I guess that doesn't work. Too bad, though, since it's a rather convenient name.