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Sep
22
comment How do I move a client from UI mockups to a set of real requirements?
@Ryan, in that case then I hope the requirements guy can answer all the questions you'll have for him! Maybe he just expects that the you'll informally hash out the full requirements with him interactively? That's the optimistic scenario.
Sep
22
comment How do I move a client from UI mockups to a set of real requirements?
It is not clear from your question if this is simply what your client has given you OR if this is what someone else on your team has produced as a result of their attempt at requirements capture. If it is the latter then you have a problem in your organization that might be pretty deep-seated. If it is the former, then you will need to practice some requirements gathering techniques as others are recommending.
Sep
21
comment Should there be separate database schemas for each developer or should there be just one that all developers share?
@TokenMacGuy gave a good answer: the choice depends on the scenario. There is no need to get persnickety about "always", "probably" and the "false dichotomy".
Sep
19
comment When do you rebuild an application or keep on fixing the existing one
Customers will keep a system running for as long as they can afford to hire somebody to maintain it. Yes, there are businesses that STILL run MSDOS apps on MSDOS computers. Don't want to do it? Raise your rates until it is not worth it them and they find another guy-- or maybe they will re-consider your offer to re-write.
Sep
17
answered Tutoring students who are struggling with the basics in C++
Sep
15
answered Application development practices in a non-software company
Sep
15
comment Application development practices in a non-software company
+1 amen. Buy-in is absolutely critical. The kinds of transition the OP is thinking of CAN TAKE YEARS. Example: it once took me 6 months to convince a team I was working on to use version control.
Sep
15
comment Application development practices in a non-software company
That's a LOT of stuff to introduce into an org that has none of it. Having as your first item, "Pass the Joel Test", would be an unfathomable amount of change to introduce in such a place. Instead, he needs to take "baby steps" to move in the right direction.
Sep
15
comment Why are so many HTML tables used in page markup?
I can't help but think that CSS could have been so much simpler. IMHO this unnecessary complexity and the lack of a "pixel perfect" reference implementation has lead to poor/inconsistent implementations by browser vendors, leading to a whole generation of web-developers "not getting it".
Sep
15
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Sep
15
answered Why are so many HTML tables used in page markup?
Sep
13
answered What to do with obsolete code?
Sep
12
comment Teaching C++ to first time high school students: Where to draw the line?
These kinds of competitions have preparation times measured in WEEKS. Unless they're dealing with some very carefully stripped down subset of language features and a pre-made framework, C++ would be a horribly counterproductive choice.
Sep
9
comment Saying “no” to people asking questions
+1, it is all about managing the interruptions. Simply saying "no" harms your image and also sends people off to do things without adequate information. Perhaps even more insidiously, it will discourage people from interrupting you with a question before something really bad happens.
Sep
8
comment Does C99 make the K&R book outdated? If so what to recomend in its place?
Agree! I think the OP is looking for a reference, however.
Sep
8
answered Does C99 make the K&R book outdated? If so what to recomend in its place?
Sep
8
comment Alternative for Access+SQL Server for enterprise projects
I've done the same stuff cleaning up "fallout" from excel "super macros". However, that's just the reality of business. Sometimes things need to be done very quickly without the luxury of a dev team to do it right. That's OK. Many business applications start their life as a zany macro on somebody's laptop. The specific case of the OP is course different.
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