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Apr
5
comment How do you maintain focus when a particular aspect of programming takes 10+ seconds to complete?
This is a great answer (helps to burn off nervous energy) and the pomodoro technique can work if you are disciplined enough.
Apr
5
comment How do you maintain focus when a particular aspect of programming takes 10+ seconds to complete?
@Jer, yeah. For me, to more coffee (I don't drink pop/soda) I drink, the less fidgety I get. I'm sure I have adult ADD/ADHD, so on days I know I need to concentrate, I try to cut out the caffeine.
Apr
5
comment How do you maintain focus when a particular aspect of programming takes 10+ seconds to complete?
I have a similar problem (hence this comment :) ). I found what really helps is less coffee in the morning, or none at all. I also try to work in the morning and schedule meetings in the afternoon. Hope that helps .... oh look a kitty.
Apr
5
comment Is the abundance of frameworks dumbing down programmers?
I agree with this, and I notice you said 'learn it' not 'do it'. @mipadi, I have never written a compiler, but (long ago) read a book or two and tried to wrap my head around the principals. To this day, I think that (to a degree) helps in learning new languages. In short, IMHO it's important to have an understanding of what goes on under the hood.
Mar
7
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Mar
2
comment Is Visual Source Safe (The latest Version) really that bad? Why? What's the Best Alternative? Why?
@hanzolo, here is another one programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/19085/…, this is the one I meant to post earlier.
Mar
2
comment Is Visual Source Safe (The latest Version) really that bad? Why? What's the Best Alternative? Why?
Here some insight from a similar question: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/24910/…
Dec
7
comment How do you estimate?
+1 for breaking it down to 1, 2 or 3 days. Nothing larger.
Nov
2
answered What are non-programming mistakes that a programmer should avoid?
Nov
1
comment Is there a way to combat Sales perpetually overcommitting?
+ 1 "Don't make a habit of working more than 45 hours a week, it is bad for your health and that comes first"
Oct
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Sep
27
comment Does teaching programming make you a better programmer
+1 for " you can also learn from your students if you're open minded about it" I have experienced this when I taught a few night classes, years ago.
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May
24
comment Anyone code at a treadmill desk?
Instead of spending bucks on something you may or may not like, why not just get out for 30-45 minutes during the day? I make it a point to run 3-4 miles 2-3 times during the week at lunch. If you think you're out of shape, start a couch to 5K program. You can't begin to imagine how much better you feel getting your heart rate up for a bit. And you'd be surprised how many issues you solve by getting away from your desk. Another idea is (if possible) bike to work. I am able to do this as well, and it's great. Just a thought.
May
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Apr
2
comment My experiences are server side programming and database management, I want to learn C++, where do I start?
Microsoft supplies Visaul C++ Express for free microsoft.com/express/Downloads/#2010-Visual-CPP
Mar
29
comment What advantages does TFS have over Tortoise SVN in this scenario?
VSS to SVN is like going from hell to heaven. Switch ASAP.