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Mar
27
comment Changing a design later down the track seems time consuming for its value
Additionally to Stephan's answer, using Agile requires major rethinking of typical development processes. Many companies will not have resource/budget/process for refactoring: once the product is out the door it is done.
Sep
15
comment Legal issues with an NDA that I do not want to sign
The non-compete may also be legally unenforceable - it is in the UK anyway. (I am not a corporate lawyer, but I asked one:-)
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
I agree with Olivier. Disagree with Qwerky. It just doesn't work like that. You could spend ages to fully grok some new code, but that is a waste of money and resource. If I'm hiring coders I want them to comment properly - not every simple function, but anything which is complex. Yes, even java can be complex!
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
Agreed - always remove obsolete code, otherwise you run the risk of it being accidentally available for an attacker to use. And it looks messy and takes up space:-)
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
@Thorbjorn - I can understand all MY code. Would someone else...? Not necessarily.
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
Totally disagree with @Qwerky here - from a management perspective it makes much more sense to have your code fully commented so that it is still manageable easily without you. Code is not self commenting in most languages.
Aug
2
comment What are some reasonable arguments in favor of closed source software?
It may well be the correct answer for a lot of people though. Many coders I know just go where the money is.
Jun
1
comment Should you ever release something that you yourself could hack?
Check out their share price @David :-)
Apr
12
comment What do programmers at security firms do?
Feel free to browse security.stackexchange.com for an audience of many more security folks!
Apr
12
comment What do programmers at security firms do?
@Graham - you said that which was not to be named :-) And I do like your new longer version answer! +1
Apr
11
comment Is job hopping the best way to keep moving and learning at work?
huge generalisation. I work with a number of large dev companies (international/global) and the prospects are awesome. You're not likely to end up running the show, as technical streams and management are separated but progression is quick!
Apr
7
comment Is job hopping the best way to keep moving and learning at work?
@quanticle and @KevinD - absolutely. Yes to both these points!
Apr
7
comment Importance of learning to google efficiently for a programmer?
@Steve - had to check your profile for that. Seems fair enough:-)
Apr
7
comment moving from Windows to Linux
+1 Nim: StackExchange has an awesome amount of prior information here. I am most comfortable in flavours of Unix, but currently working in Windows development environment and searching SE has answered almost all my queries in a very short space of time.
Apr
7
comment moving from Windows to Linux
@SK-logic - "if you've got Windows sources"... :-)
Apr
5
comment How to Leverage Clearcase's features
+1 for the knowledge required. I have used SVN a lot in the past and it was quick, did everything I needed and just worked. Current project uses clearcase and the amount of time wasted to get a simple snapshot view I can run my tests on is astonishing. I don't ever need to commit changes back - just carrying out a test role - and CC is wasting about an hour a day. Trying to grab some info from one view and running testing in another using that info - well nigh impossible. And trying to get consistency between win, solaris and aix - forget it!
Mar
22
comment Why do game developers prefer Windows?
False premise - where is evidence that game developers prefer windows? I think @user17674 had it more accurately - they want to develop for platforms so they can sell more and make more money:-)
Mar
9
comment What is the best way to learn how to develop secure applications?
Head on over to security.stackexchange.com, and more specifically questions tagged Education. Loads of good info for you there.
Mar
9
comment What is the best way to learn how to develop secure applications?
@SLott - most use SATAN? Hmmmm - I'd be surprised, as we see them using way better tools!
Dec
4
comment When should an IT consultant use full disc encryption?
I agree with Piskvor on this - brute forcing full disk encryption is likely to be impractical in a usable timeframe. If something is that valuable they will go for physical intimidation/torture etc - which is why if it is that valuable you also provide physical security in addition to the disk encryption. It is a serious deterrent.