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Productivity is a measure of output from a production process, per unit of input.

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Developing a C++ program on linux using two threads, always keeping one thread running

The title describes an idea of a solution to a more general problem. Here is the general problem: I am developing a program which looks roughly as follows: [read a lot of data, store in data ...
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Significant difference between functional and procedural collection handling [closed]

I'm planning an empirical study on function passing - specifically lambdas aka anonymous functions aka arrow functions. Now, although functional or even object-oriented approaches are highly favored ...
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How do I best document a codebase that someone else will soon inherit? [closed]

I will be changing jobs soon, and I would like to make life as easy as possible for whoever inherits the codebases in the future. There is unlikely to be overlap time where a new hire could ramp up ...
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How to calculate metrics to determine engineering velocity?

My goal is to calculate our enterprise product team velocity in order to find process in-efficiencies and understand what could be fixed. I came across a report published by circleci that states ...
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How do you manage context switching overhead in software development when getting back to work over different parts of your project? [closed]

I'm really struggling with overheads of context switching. When I need to continue work on some part of the code after a break, it takes up to an hour to recall all the context of the problem I ...
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Estimating How Many Hours A Project SHOULD have taken

I am the senior developer at a company I work for and we have rapidly added many other developers and contractors. Our company is growing and that is great! Recently however, I have been tasked with ...
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How to keep your productivity level high when people keep changing requirements at the last minute?

I started working as a software engineer with a startup about one and a half year ago. Everyone here cares about this project and works hard. but I have been having an issue here for some time. ...
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In which programming paradigm can't code reuse be (easily) achieved?

In a video about software architecture that I'm watching, it's stated that the main program/subroutine architectural style promotes modularity and function reuse Code reuse is one of the main ...
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Easily exclude commits on a merge based on some condition

My eyes are destroyed. I am using a screen reader. We are using git as our version control system on our project. We host our own server and use ssh to access it. We put each module under separate ...
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Are there known valid uses of SLOC to measure productivity?

I had an unusual, brief conversation with a very senior architect about dynamic and static languages. He said that company data shows that there is evidence for higher productivity when static ...
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IDE manual productivity test

I am looking for a "test" to determinate which IDE is more productive. I imagine this is a project in the desired language (my case would be javascript react, or Ruby) and I need to follow ...
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PM opting for an overly-complex setup which nobody has experience with [closed]

Recently I started a project which didn't seem too hard to make, the concept was a fairly simple application that had to accept input every now and then (maybe 10x a day), and try to perform some ...
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Is daily commit and push necessary for managers and supervisors to check my progress and productivity?

During work, i only make commit and push my work to our shared repository at Github, when i consider that I have done my task up to necessary changes which I may realize later. So that means that I ...
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Should we compile and ship libraries with debug information whenever possible?

There is considerable cost (and pain) for developers to debug external libraries due to the fact that many libraries are distributed in two editions: one with debug information, other without. The ...
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Misunderstanding of viewmodels relations on client and server side

I have basic viewmodel on server-side, let it be on C# language and ASP.NET Core server-side, for example: public class BookViewModel { public string Id { get; set; } public string Name { ...
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What's the name of the phenomenon where the software architecture evolves to mirror the office layout?

A couple of years ago (at QCon London) several talks name dropped the phenomenon where the software architecture evolves to mirror the office layout but I can't remember the name. I believe this ...
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How do you manage your Simulation output results?

It is clear that it is preferable to put your source code in a version control system e.g. SVN. When a source is compiled, you get an executable. Different versions of the executable and various ...
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Tracking number of code lines added/removed by me

I do like to write code, but what I like even more is to remove code! Following the mantra "code that does not exist cannot have bugs", if we can accomplish the same result with less code, we will ...
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Real-time collaboration via tmux / screen

As I'm sure most of you are aware; tmux and screen have features that allow the sharing of a concurrent terminal session with a remote host. At first this seems great, and for some purposes it is, ...
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Time difference between developing with unit tests vs no tests

I'm a solo developer with a pretty time-constrained work environment where development time ranges usually from 1-4 weeks per project, depending on either requirements, urgency, or both. At any given ...
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How do I feel more productive after programming? [closed]

I really enjoy the actual programming part of programming, and actually writing the code, and figuring it out. But on this project I've been working on, most of my time has been spent on kind stupid ...
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Determining the optimal amount of unit tests?

I think I may be writing -too- many unit tests. For example, say I was doing a coursework management system, and I coded a feature for submitting coursework on behalf of a student. If invalid ...
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How to deal with extended testing times?

I often find myself writing programs that operate on fairly large datasets and complex problem formulations, which usually take on the order of 30 minutes to 2 days of running to identify a bug. The ...
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In my situation, how could I learn to program without a mentor? [closed]

So my problem may be relatively rare, at least the majority of the "how to learn to code" questions I've come across deal with a lack of fundamental understanding of computers or languages. I'm fluent ...
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Is it ok if I can't solve a problem when sitting in front of a computer? [closed]

I am a hobbyist programmer and a beginner. Most of the time, I cannot solve the problem while sitting in front of the computer. For example, I was trying to find out if one number is a power of ...
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How to respond to bizarre requests in code reviews? [closed]

I think that code reviews are great and very helpful for everyone. With that being said, from time to time I've received feedback on a pull request (leading to the PR being delayed for at least as ...
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How to know if I'm slow or fast at programming?

I understand that it's extremely depends on a particular case, but I really would like to know at least roughly how long a specific task can take for completion to average programmer. Is there any ...
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How to get up to speed and be productive when joining new projects [duplicate]

this is a problem I've been struggling a bit with. I often get brought along to join projects to help out with development. The problem is, a lot of times I'm assigned to fix bugs, implement new ...
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git workflow: read access + pull request or write access? [closed]

Suppose there is a small team with 1 senior developer and 3 junior developers working on the same repo in a team on a github organization. The senior developer has admin access. What is the most ...
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Automatic code correction, Good or Bad? [closed]

We have a large team comprising of developers, interns who write rails and backbone js code with large codebase. We already have tools like JSCS and code climate to analyze the code and report ...
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Test and deployment environment design for small team

Question is about organizing dev environment for the web development. There is 2 things to deploy: web site and database schema We use SVN to keep track of source code We use RedGate tools to ...
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Best way to offer team member help? [duplicate]

I've been having a problem recently. In my recent sprints, I have found myself finishing my work well before the sprint ends (several hours in a 2 week sprint). I am left with a lot of time and ...
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Do you maintain your own utilitiy library [duplicate]

So, i've started working as a freelancer and therefore find myself copy/pasting util methods from one class to another. Not good to say the least. I do this on my mobile frontend dev and backend .net....
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Third Party web controls and tight coupling

Disclaimer: I am not against third-party controls because I believe it's for productivity I have used Telerik asp.net controls, especially the RadGrid because it makes it easier to do CRUD. They have ...
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How much pair programming is ideal? [duplicate]

I think pair programming can be incredibly effective, and I don't mind doing it every now and then, but a company I've interviewed with states they pair program "95% of the time" (they're a consulting ...
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Handling and managing error codes [closed]

I'm looking for examples of creating, handling and managing error numbers/codes. To understand what I'm takling about, let's take example scenario: (EU - end user, IT - it helpdesk) EU: - (calls IT) ...
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How 'child proof' should i write code as a solo programmer? [duplicate]

In our company there once were multiple programmers, now i am the last man standing. I have inherited all the code and i maintain, rewrite, extend (,fix) it. I always run into this behaviour that i ...
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Has there really not been one thing in the past 20 years that provided huge software development gains? [closed]

In No Silver Bullet, Fred Brooks makes a variety of predictions about the future of software engineering, best summed up by: There is no single development, in either technology or in management ...
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Isn't striving for elegance counter-productive? [closed]

Many questions have been asked about the nature of elegant code and design, but the underlying assumption seems to be that elegance is a good thing. Therefore it is acceptable or even desirable to ...
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I am making 4-5x more story points than average, but producing bugs at half the rate. Graphs say it's 2x more bugs, how to deal with that?

So it is generally accepted that top tier programmers can produce an order of magnitude more/better code than their more average peers. It's also generally accepted that the rate of errors made in ...
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Does “write quality code” advice apply to companies of any scale? [duplicate]

I carefully followed the "always write quality code, unless you're writing a prototype" advice during my career as freelancer and software developer. I was convinced pretty early that avoiding to do ...
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Interfaces and abstraction: takes more time?

At the company I work for I want to improve the way we write software: designing our applications more SOLID. We've been in a new project for a few weeks and I've tried to apply some good practices in ...
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How to measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes?

How do I measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes? To take a simple example, if I can do a story every two days, then I can do five stories in a two-week sprint. By definition ...
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Can a scrum master reprimand his team?

Scrum master is a facilitator for the delivery team and acts as a bridge between Project Management and the team. In course of time if he realizes that his team is not delivering the deliverables ...
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Hoes dows the productivity incidence of Lisp and OCaml compare? [closed]

I am about to start a new project and I cannot decide if I should pick OCaml or Lisp for the project. My main concern is about the difference of productivity — if any. I program OCaml since 1998 ...
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What changes can I make to my IDE to minimize the effect of my dyslexia?

I program and I am dyslexic. My vision is excellent. I do poorly processing symbols and am a visual thinker. When I code, I'm slower than normal people because I am unpredictably unaware of the ...
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Questions about the issue of getting stuck in a problem, and making snail's pace progress [closed]

Let me describe my background. I am currently a software developer co-op working at an architecture firm that has a large focus on research and development, mainly in mathematical modeling and ...
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Do code style guides increase productivity? [duplicate]

Our team of 12 is currently considering implementing a style guide. The question came up if long term productivity benefits outweigh the short term productivity loss as everyone adapts. What has been ...
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Is there a guide for software development to design efficient hotkeys for actions?

I don't know how to word this easily but basically the software I am writing has a ton of actions and I want to assign hotkeys to every one of them so power users can work super fast. First off they ...
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How to handle multiple similar projects? Why? [duplicate]

I currently have 4 projects under development. All of them related to the same product (hardware) but different after all (desktop, android and web environments). That product, the hardware, is ...

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