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I work in GIS Development of Enterprise Land Management Software Solutions for city and county level governments.


Jan
16
comment Best ways to recruit developers
We had also encountered Jeff's issue. In response, we tried to make our phone screens better at filtering out candidates who did not have even minimal coding experience.
Jan
16
comment Best ways to recruit developers
NvnTest looks very interesting and I will definitely look into it further. We do make the candidates go through a real world scenario of how they would attack a software problem.
Jun
27
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
@Lars, I actually agree with you. Even though I used it in my subject line, I still think it's a dumb word.
Jun
27
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
I do like the idea of tieing incentives to pre-set milestones, as opposed to just having the manager bring things up at performance review time. I always want to know in advance what I'm being judged on.
Jun
27
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
+1 Spot bonuses are great, especially if they're on a critical project.
May
12
comment Will Java still be relevant in 5 years?
An article from the same site on job trends shows that Java still has more job listings than any other language: readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/05/…
May
8
comment c# interview with a programming task
There is a similar question on StackOverflow: stackoverflow.com/questions/70763/…
Mar
22
comment Did Your CS Program Prepare You Well?
@Matthew Schinkel - If I were in an Astronomy program, and I knew that a significant portion of graduates went on to construct telescopes, then I would want my school to offer a class that taught me more about that industry. It wouldn't have to be required, since I realize that not everyone in the program would have the same career goals that I do.
Mar
22
comment Did Your CS Program Prepare You Well?
@MAK - I would definitely like specific examples of schools that aimed to prepare their students for this kind of job. I really want to learn more about what classes and techniques they used. And if there any nearby, I'd want to recruit from them.
Mar
22
comment Did Your CS Program Prepare You Well?
@Sedate - I agree that a university's first focus should be on education and trying to get your students to embrace new ideas. A 4 year school should not have career training as a major focus. That's why the suggestion I had was just a one semester class. Even if it was only offered once a week, I feel like that would be enough time to cover a lot of material. I think there can be a compromise.
Mar
22
comment Did Your CS Program Prepare You Well?
+1 While I may disagree about some of your points regarding what your university should be doing, I think it's great that you found a program that prepared you well. Best of luck to you after you graduate.
Mar
17
comment Where do I go to hire a freelance programmer?
Similar question: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/47312/…
Mar
16
comment Bugs vs. Nonexistent Features
That being said, we could start a whole new Q&A thread on what constitutes "reasonable expectations."
Mar
16
comment Bugs vs. Nonexistent Features
That makes sense. A missing feature can be considered a bug if the testers have a reasonable expectation that it should be in the software at that point.
Mar
3
comment UI Testing with Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2
Thanks @Jim, I've been a fan of Telerik's Silverlight controls, but I hadn't looked at their testing products before. I wonder how it compares to the UI tests that Microsoft is providing.
Mar
2
comment Best books on Managing a Software Development Team?
The best I've found so far for managing a dev team.
Feb
22
comment What would you change about C# if you could?
I agree that internationalizing is best practice, but for cases like internal development apps, it would be more convenient if I had that ability.
Feb
22
comment Proposal for a new position at work
@Renesis: When I worked for companies that practiced sprints, the scrum master was not a developer and was responsible for assigning tasks and making sure they were completed. What would you call that person under a scrum methodology?
Feb
22
comment Proposal for a new position at work
Excellent point @Anna, I will try to make that more clear.
Feb
13
comment Best ways to recruit developers
@P.Brian.Mackey - We have had Senior Developers conduct technical interviews with candidates. This has been great for ensuring that the developers are qualified before they are hired. Right now we are just trying to do more to make sure we are doing all we can to find the best available people to even start the interview process.