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bio website mattmccormick.ca
location Victoria, Canada
age 33
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comment How do developers find the time to stay on top of latest technologies?
For the $9.99 deal, I had to sign up at the regular price and then click on the Edit My Membership settings (or whatever it is called). I think they only offer it to people that have signed up and are thinking of cancelling.
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comment How do developers find the time to stay on top of latest technologies?
@Shauna, that's what Safari Books Online is for.
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asked How to explain to a layperson the variance in programmer rates?
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comment My customer wants me to record a video of how I develop his software product
This is the right answer. In business, when someone asks you do something extra the correct answer is "Yes I can do that. It will cost you $X." Make the other person say no if you really don't want to do something. Charge a ridiculous amount for it. Of course, there is the danger that they will agree which is why you charge something that would still be happy with. I would probably want it up-front as well. The contract was already signed so this is an extra request above and beyond the contract. The original contract is not broken. This is a new negotiation.
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accepted Company wants thoughts about their site during interview
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awarded  Popular Question
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asked Company wants thoughts about their site during interview
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comment How to mentor junior programmer who may not be a good fit for programming?
I'm marking this as the accepted answer. Although the other answers all offered great advice which I have tried, Bill's answer really gets to the bottom of whether programming is something he can do. I believe a person that is unable to think about the steps involved in solving a problem and come up with pseudo-code (in English) is not going to be a good fit for programming.
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accepted How to mentor junior programmer who may not be a good fit for programming?
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awarded  Nice Question
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comment How to mentor junior programmer who may not be a good fit for programming?
I agree but with a junior developer straight out of college, I believe it is important to give a little leeway. Obviously, if this was a "senior developer" who was hired and couldn't commit anything within a month, I wouldn't be willing to hand hold him through things. I guess a follow up question is, how much effort does it normally take to get junior developers going on their own?
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comment How to mentor junior programmer who may not be a good fit for programming?
No, I am physically too far away. Your answer is good though. I should find out more about his background to find what way he enjoys learning.