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Feb
22
comment What is Pseudocode?
Please provide specific quotes and questions from the Wikipedia article. All of your questions are answered there. If you can't understand the words or phrases, please quote a specific word or phrase in your question so we can explain it. It's difficult to know what you found confusing in that article. Rather than repeat that article here, it would help if you could reference the specific things that confused you.
Feb
22
comment What is a good non-technical example of a cumulative error?
I think the schism happened before the calendar change and the calendar change was relatively peaceable. But, that's a really good point -- the calendar difference may be just an historical artifact of some actual holy war. Good point.
Feb
21
revised Networkx / Python : Is using a class for a node better practice than defining multiple attributes?
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Feb
21
answered Networkx / Python : Is using a class for a node better practice than defining multiple attributes?
Feb
21
revised How can I sell my boss on Python+Django instead of PHP+a different framework?
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Feb
21
answered Problem and Requirements Definition
Feb
21
comment What is a good non-technical example of a cumulative error?
"imagine an error exists" is one thing. Calling the Julian calendar "in error" is a different thing.
Feb
21
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Feb
21
comment Problem and Requirements Definition
Do you know what a user story is? Why aren't you capturing user stories? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_story. They seem to be a more productive use of everyone's time.
Feb
21
revised Sprint planning and accommodating slack
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Feb
21
comment Is musical notation Turing-Complete?
You don't rewind the program. You rewind the tape. The point is that the Turing tape has all positions accessible. It's "Random Access Memory" simplified to a linear time with forward and back motions.
Feb
21
answered Is musical notation Turing-Complete?
Feb
21
comment How much experience on average should a Sr. developer have to be competent with a framework or library?
Do you know what the question meant by "competency"?
Feb
20
comment How much experience on average should a Sr. developer have to be competent with a framework or library?
Malcom Gladwell's book is quite clear on the nature of experience. The excerpt is some kind of sample text. The book is quite thorough. Quite clear. And the "10,000 hour rule" seemed pretty self-evident, to me.
Feb
20
comment How much experience on average should a Sr. developer have to be competent with a framework or library?
gladwell.com/outliers/outliers_excerpt1.html. It's quite clearly stated.
Feb
20
comment What is a good non-technical example of a cumulative error?
If some folks don't think it's an error, then it may not be "easy to grasp". It's not a great example because the presence of the error is disputable in the first place.
Feb
20
comment Would it be hard to screen form submissions (e.g., comments) for non-words/non-sentences?
This is already is use for email and is already circumvented by having the body of the email be a lengthy quote from a public domain document. Your Viagara spam ad includes a lengthy quote from the Bible, for example, to fool the filters.
Feb
20
comment How can I quantify the amount of technical debt that exists in a project?
"is there any debt at that moment?" Debt does need to accumulate, you're right. But it's not the code; it's the volume of "work" done that needs to be undone. Specifications, designs, code, DBA-work, all of it has to be reworked. Measuring debt from software artifacts (like source lines of code) is similar to predicting development cost.
Feb
20
comment How can I quantify the amount of technical debt that exists in a project?
Technical debt comes from decisions, not code. It accrues because of bad management choices. It's not clear that "method, a class, a namespace, an assembly" contain technical debt by themselves. They represent a liability when there's a better choice available.
Feb
20
revised How can I sell my boss on Python+Django instead of PHP+a different framework?
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