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Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
@Noah, based solely on #2, I'm not sure if you grasp the concept of pair-programming. The idea isn't to look over a shoulder. The idea, as I've practiced it, is to share the PC to work in tandem. It's not master/slave programming, it's peer programming. Perhaps the later is a better term for it...
Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
Another tool to use, if you're not familiar, is called "Rubber Ducking". Basically, put an object on your desk like a rubber duck (yours truly uses a toy Yoda) and explain the problem to it. see c2.com/cgi/wiki?RubberDucking
Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
@Perndas, I was assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that the resistance would be due to egos. At least when I've seen it, that appears to be the reason. I've only seen 2 (that I recall) devs actually resist this. One's ego couldn't fit in the room, the other had issues w/ confidence.
Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
@Michael, not always, but sometimes I thinking pairing on legacy code can be useful. It can break down silo's and/or reduce refactoring costs. That said, I completely agree w/ you.
Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
You are welcome. Our turnover has been pretty low... 4 of us have shared the same office for 15+ years though 4 relocations (across 4 buildings and 2 states)!
Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
This profession requires keeping ego's in check. It's not always easy, but the rewards will be extremely beneficial.
Jan
19
comment What to do about “Failure Driven Development”?
Given the comment "mismatch between CampA and CampB is a political issue..." I'm marking this as the 'correct' answer.
Jan
17
comment What to do about “Failure Driven Development”?
We actually have an Agile coach. I should have mentioned that. It was he and I who coined the term FDD. As far as product owner, it's also the customer. Who happens to be large enough that their enterprise is conducive to this behavior.
Jan
4
comment Anti-depressant and programming: does it reduce your thinking and focusing abilities?
@Malfist, I guess I wasn't clear. I was merely trying to say those of us that sit 8-10 hours a day, should move 30-60 minutes as well. And my through personal experience, I feel better. I wasn't advocating it as a solution or answer, at least completely. I would have 'answered' in that case. I was trying to put my $0.02 in a comment.
Jan
4
comment Anti-depressant and programming: does it reduce your thinking and focusing abilities?
IMHO, anyone who takes on a sedentary career should involve themselves in physical activity. I don't think it takes a psychologist to see that. Try 2-3 weeks of activity for yourself and see if you don't feel at least somewhat better. I can speak from my own experience, being only a developer who runs. (sometimes at lunch to clear my head during a hectic day)
Dec
14
comment Separate servers vs local machine for builds, issue tracking etc on solo project
I would add a pro for separate server is you know you have everything under source control. You can't forget to commit something.
Dec
9
comment Is SourceSafe really safe?
With all the alternatives, it's hard to justify using, because when it goes south, that's what you'll have: Nothing.
Nov
24
comment How do you take notes at a meeting?
Couple solutions. As stated, I use mind mapping software for the iPad. I got used to typing on the iPad, but you can use a wireless keyboard. It takes some getting used to. YMMV.
Nov
17
comment What kind of notation is ->
@John, perhaps it would help if you rephrased your question and try a be a little more precise in what your asking. I'm not trying to be snarky, just trying to help you get the answer.
Nov
17
comment What kind of notation is ->
IIRC, a '*' in front of a pointer is member dereference.
Nov
17
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
Or sadly, just hiring 1 cheap one...
Nov
17
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
To buy or develop comes down to the right people doing due diligence. Simple as that. Think before you act. (+1)
Nov
17
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
I can't count the number of times I've seen the management stop developers (2 to 3) for a day then a deployment specialist to crash fix something (and do this numerous times over the product's life cycle) instead of spending 2-4 days to do it right. Great answer.
Nov
16
comment Have you ever been really badly burned by VSS?
Twice daily backups?!? Wasn't that a constant backup?
Nov
15
comment Enterprise knowledge sharing?
@Pierre, how do see competition instead of collaboration? I respect your view, but I honestly don't see it. I'm curious.