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Feb
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
6
comment Why do programmers write closed source applications and then make them free?
@Mystere Man: Maybe it isn't actually about the money. Maybe they're not thinking "what's in it for me?" Maybe people are actually just doing it because they want to, and maybe to help other people, and the money really doesn't matter.
Feb
3
comment Colleague unwilling to use unit tests “as it's more to code”
@james: Please see my response to @m.edmondson.
Feb
2
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
26
awarded  Pundit
Jan
25
comment When is a feature considered a “First class citizen” in a programming language/platform?
@bjarkef: Sounds like that was already answered by its matching the description offered in the preceding sentences.
Jan
23
comment Is practicing meditation a good or bad thing for programmers?
@ChrisF: Meditation is not unique, but when combined with a unique phenomenon - the mental state and processes of a programmer - you produce a unique result exclusively relevant to what a programmer does. Any general-case answer would be useless to programmers because we won't find out what programmer-specific tasks would be affected or how. Likewise this question posed to programmers will produce results unique to programmers.
Jan
20
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
"Out of date and now just misleading" falls under "bad" and that's even worse than nothing.
Jan
20
comment What are the best strategies for selling Android apps?
@user9094, @Rob: Marketing is a current Area 51 proposal.
Jan
19
awarded  Quorum
Jan
14
comment What kind of innovative non-cash financial benefits do I offer to my developers to retain them along with a competitive salary?
+1. His TED Talk: ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html
Jan
10
comment Failed Project: When to call it?
Achingly relevant: What Could Possibly Be Worse Than Failure?. Not a regular TDWTF but an editorial piece by the site's owner. Suc-cess (sek-ses’): Anything
Jan
10
comment Do I need to go to a big-name university?
@Underflow: I'd be cautious approaching either side of that argument. How many of us actually have the experience to make an judgement that isn't based on a catastrophic lack of reliable data?
Jan
7
comment How is “SELECT *” read in English?
One of the two co-creators of SEQUEL died. The other co-creator's still alive and kicking. He probably even had a hand in deciding the new name and pronunciation. Consider that SEQUEL was already trademarked and that was serious enough they needed to rename it - I don't think keeping an identical pronunciation would have snuck under a lawyer's radar.
Jan
6
comment KPI's for Programmers
+1 I love the first line. Reminds me of a quote from this article (and it's The Daily WTF, so let that set the tone): "When you require developers write more unit tests, you get exactly what you ask for: more unit tests."
Jan
4
comment Test descriptions/name, say what the test is? or what it means when it fails?
I'll offer up: osherove.com/blog/2005/4/3/naming-standards-for-unit-tests.html
Jan
4
awarded  Mortarboard
Jan
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
4
comment Naming conventions for variables
+1: The only variables that don't need a name are i for tight loops, and even then I read that as shorthand for iteration (its successors j and k just play off the letter but if I'm going that deep they might deserve names).
Jan
4
revised How do I figure out the minimum number of swaps to sort a list in-place?
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