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


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.
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
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?
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.
Oct
8
comment How do you handle regular latecomers at the stand-up meetings?
@littleadv you raise a nice point here; millions of lines of code are written in the free/open source software world and it's done through IRC and emails. Rarely it's done face to face. The only companies that need people in the room together are the ones that want new innovations to happen.
Sep
17
comment Software Health Check Audit Template / Checklist
I wouldn't be so pessimistic, I'm sure the ACM, IEEE and a bunch of research papers have done the legwork for this.
Aug
20
comment Why can't the IT industry deliver large, faultless projects quickly as in other industries?
@HoàngLong no hard data, haven't looked for it yet, only anecdotal. It depends on the workplace, Peopleware is a good starting point for data since the authors of that book actually conducted surveys/studies.
Aug
18
comment Are there any unions for software developers?
If you're against pay based on years rather than skill, you should be against most corporations. Unions can be formed that don't work like that (there are many of them) and they can be formed so that they don't protect the weakest worker but protect every worker for hours, overtime, pay, vacations, etc. A union doesn't exist in a vacuum and a programmers union doesn't have to be like any existing union.
Aug
18
comment Are there any unions for software developers?
Unions give power to workers through legal actions and strikes, and professionalism gives power to workers through respect for expertise. Guilds went out the door because unions and professionalism are more powerful (how would a guild protect us from overtime on Saturdays with no pay)? Both unions and professional organizations have apprenticeship, you don't need a guild for that.
Aug
18
comment Are there any unions for software developers?
@CJohnson so you got a benefit without having a union once. Now think about how many other programmers are out there who get screwed over because they don't have legal advice on hand and aren't treated like professionals. Lawyers, doctors and engineers don't need unions because they're treated like professionals. Either programmers become professionals (which might include having to get certified as a "professional software engineer", which I know a lot of programmers will dislike) or we get a union. There's no incentive for managers and clients to treat us like professionals.
Aug
18
comment Are there any unions for software developers?
Yes please, a union for programmers doesn't have to look like a union for construction workers. The really big issue is that we aren't treated like professionals. If we were, then management couldn't toy with us about overtime, hours/week, payments, etc. You don't see people messing with doctors and lawyers and engineers when it comes to payments or other workplace issues but they mess around with IT workers and programmers all the time.
Aug
6
comment Tracking unpaid voluntary effort in open source projects
I can only see time tracking as a good thing if it's a voluntary exercise, done once in a while mainly for the benefit of the programmer so they can figure out how over or under their own time estimates are. Otherwise yah, it's the worst necessary evil.
Aug
6
comment Writing Tests for Existing Code
This is why you measure test coverage. If the test for a particular section doesn't cover all the ifs and elses and all the edge cases then you can't safely refactor that section. Coverage will tell you if all the lines are hit so your goal is to increase coverage as much as possible before refactoring.
Jul
26
comment Choosing a licence for open source projects
Sections 4 and 6b of the GPL version 3 cover what you're saying @KonradRudolph
Jul
26
comment Choosing a licence for open source projects
You can always dual-license if you're selling GPL software. Other companies build on top of GPL-licensed software and while they sometimes need a reminder to comply with the GPL, they aren't generally hostile to it.
Jul
22
comment Best data structure for representing English verb forms
sounds like you're describing a tree structure with a set of indexes for each type of verb to speed up access.
Jul
18
comment Are there any programming languages that make use of adjectives?
adjectives are reflected in attributes to some extent, yes?