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Application Developer, Django/Python, Ruby/Rails, Common Lisp, Scheme, Java


Nov
3
comment What causes overtime and how can it be avoided?
@MikeM. the reason we demand that is because there's a multiplier on productivity of a programmer based on how well they can think. Casual dress, flex time, free sodas all facilitate that in small ways. Accountants and other jobs have a hard limit on how much can be done. 1 motivated programmer can increase profits immensely. This is why Google, Amazon, Apple, MSFT all make more cash than accounting firms.
Nov
3
comment How to code on a very tight schedule?
@SteveEvers when you're in the middle of a project raising concerns about shitty time estimates is discouraged.
Nov
3
comment Are long hours and no benefits the norm for a junior programmer?
If you can choose not to do overtime without hesitating before you say "no", then you have free will. If you have any hesitation at all about saying no to overtime, you lack freewill. I'm guessing the time estimates are drawn up by executives who don't know how much time is actually required.
Sep
26
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
6
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
3
answered Properly licensing FOSS: text location
Aug
3
answered selling closed source commercial product in a virtualbox (GPL)
Jun
21
answered Quoting for a project with closed source
Jun
14
answered How should I determine my rates for writing custom software?
Jun
14
comment How should I determine my rates for writing custom software?
You have completely forgotten to take into account how much value is being produced for the client. If they pay $100,000 to the freelancer for 1 year of work, and they generate $1 million in profits, their profit margin is 90%, the freelancer could have earned more money. It's possible to charge $200+/hr if you frame it the right way.
Jun
14
answered How should I charge for programming things which take two minutes to fix?
Apr
8
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
4
comment Why is jQuery released under MIT and not LGPL?
@Jeremy non-GPL licenses have their own political positions. just because you ignore the politics doesn't mean it isn't there.
Jan
21
comment Are design patterns essential for good code?
I have to add that the Design Patterns book itself details additional concerns that you have to take into account when using the patterns. Sure you may be using the design patterns accidentally but you may be forgetting the edge cases that are covered in the book! Design Patterns the book is only useful if you read it and apply what's in there, otherwise yes design patterns are only good for interviews ;)
Jan
6
comment What are some good ways to monitor team mood?
@altendky you're trying to step up and act like a leader from the sounds of it, I would highly recommend that last book and to also host a few team meetings and do 1-on-1 meetings with the team to see how things can be improved. You may also find that the team wants things to be just the way they are and you can't convince them to change things...in that case the only option may be a new workplace.
Jan
6
comment Two months in my new job, still having trouble learning a new codebase. How can I improve?
This is a good answer and the only additional info that I would add is a link to Michael Feathers's book, "Working Effectively with Legacy Code", a must-have when diving into the code of the legacy beast
Jan
6
answered What are some good ways to monitor team mood?
Jan
6
comment What are some good ways to monitor team mood?
what kind of hierarchy is in place? if there is a flat/horizontal team, is everyone talking to the client or a few select developers?
Nov
10
awarded  Yearling
Oct
8
comment Is it a good idea to design an architecture thinking that the User Interface classes can be replaced by a command line interface?
I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet but this is the essence of the Model-View-Controller architecture. The point is to be able to swap out views and controllers at will, to reduce coupling as @BillThor says. This is the best use case for MVC.