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Why isn't functional programming more popular in the industry? Does it catch on now? [closed]

During my four years at university we have been using much functional programming in several functional programming languages. But I have also used much object oriented programming to, and in fact I ...
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Are certifications worth it?

I am finishing my college degree in programming soon and I'm exploring the next steps to take to further my career. One option I've been considering is getting a certification or a series of ...
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How do I cope with a manager who’s always interfering in what I do, but doesn’t really understand it?

We've all had them, managers who have either come from sales or last looked at code 10 or more years ago but think they know how to write code. What can I do to give the impression that I'm grateful ...
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What's your favourite quote about programming? [closed]

What's your favourite quote about programming? One quote per answer, and please check for duplicates before posting!
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How much effort should be put in each part of a waterfall project?

Where waterfall commonly includes: Requirements Functional design Technical design Build Test Review (Deploy) And iterations across this list. If I forgot a step, let me know.
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Which (programming) specialities are needed in a good web development team? [closed]

At first glance, I'd say a good programming team needs to understand the following matters: The details of the core language / framework HTML, (asynchronous) javascript SQL / data model Usability / ...
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Do dynamic typed languages deserve all the criticism? [closed]

I have read a few articles on Internet about programming language choice in the enterprise. Recently many dynamic typed languages have been popular, i.e. Ruby, Python, PHP and Erlang. But many ...
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How do you stay focused at work? [closed]

Sometimes, the things I have to do for my job are interesting and engaging. Sometimes, they aren't. Occasionally, they really aren't. Do you have any particular strategies or tricks for dealing ...
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Getting non-programmers to understand the development process

When starting a project for a company that's not primarily a programming company, one of the expectations is that there's a finished product at the end free of all bugs and does everything needed ...
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"Comments are a code smell" [closed]

A coworker of mine believes that any use of in-code comments (ie, not javadoc style method or class comments) is a code smell. What do you think?
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How to restrict viral file sharing

So I have a website I would like to make that would essentially be selling files. For the sake of discussion let's say that these files are like the raw text of a book. If somebody buys a file from my ...
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Is it ok if I don't know C but I am good with C++? [closed]

I am pretty good with C++, good as in I am comfortable with the language, I have read Accelerated C++ and done almost all the exercises. However, I have a big problem. Do I need to learn C? I have ...
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What optimizations are premature? [duplicate]

I've been here for nearly a month and it seems that people have a tendency to be eager to use the "Premature Optimization is the root of all evil" argument as soon as someone mentions efficiency. ...
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How to specify WIP limits in Kanban?

Consider a typical Kanban board: Input, Analysis, Dev Ready, Development, Build Ready, Test, Release Ready How to specify WIP limits for each column? any formula?
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Switch from C# to Java, which "gotchas" I should care?

I may have to switch to Java for new project. I have very little knowledge about Java, because I've mainly studied and used C#, and I'm afraid of the differences between these two language/platform ...
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Super user powers in development environment?

Is it too much to ask for when I ask the IT department to give my development team an environment where we can use whatever software that we can download without having to have security check those ...
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Scrum meeting - dealing with the last question

In the 5/15 minute scrum meeting the 3 questions are asked. For the last question "what impediments are getting in your way" If a dev has problems - the xyz is going to have problems, this is likely ...
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Is it OK to put a link to Q&A sites in a program's comments?

In quite some codebase you can see comments stating things like: // Workaround for defect 'xxx', (See bug 1434594 on Sun's bugparade) So I've got a few questions, but they're all related. Is it OK ...
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Who is responsible for software licensing in ITIL?

In a standard ICT Department who is responsible for managing software licenses? I would start by saying that the ICT Manager is accountable for it. But who gets the responsibility, using ITIL as a ...
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I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program

I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I see websites like Stack Overflow and search engines like Google and don't know where I'd even begin to write something like that. During one summer ...
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I want to explain why the specification must not be changed during development period

I want to explain why the specification must not be changed during development period to the new planning department employee.
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How to suggest changes as a recently-hired employee? [closed]

I was recently hired in a big company (thousands of people, to give an idea of the size). They said they hired me because of my rigor and because I was, despite my youngness (i'm 25), experienced as a ...
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How do you handle your Project Manager

I currently work for a company that has recently downsized. I do all in-house work, client installs, builds, QA, and, well, basically all the in-house work. My direct boss is VERY nontechnical and ...
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Should Development / Testing / QA / Staging environments be similar?

After much time and effort, we're finally using maven to manage our application lifecycle for development. We still unfortunately use ANT to build an EAR before deploying to Test / QA / Staging. ...
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Is a code review subjective or objective (quantifiable)?

I am putting together some guidelines for code reviews. We do not have one formal process yet and are trying to formalize it. And our team is geographically distributed. We are using TFS for source ...
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Allow Administrator users to login as other users

Do you think it's a good practice to implement a possibilty to allow an administrator user to login in as another user, by-passing password? This could by implemented by a master password or a ...
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Why hasn't a faster, "better" language than C come out? [closed]

With all the new "modern" languages out today, how is it that C is still heralded as the fastest and "closest to the machine"? I don't really believe in there ever being only one correct way to do ...
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Is 4-5 years the “Midlife Crisis” for a programming career?

I’ve been programming C# professionally for a bit over 4 years now. For the past 4 years I’ve worked for a few small/medium companies ranging from “web/ads agencies”, small industry specific software ...
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What's the difference between "use case", "User Story" and "Usage Scenario"?

Is there an exact, but simple and understandable defintion of the distinction between "use case", "User Story" and "Usage Scenario"? there are quite a bunch of explanation, but right now, I see no ...
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Boss doesn't believe my time estimate... advice/backup? [duplicate]

I'm working at a startup software company -- 3 developers, less than 15 employees including the CEO. We deal exclusively with Windows Mobile, the .NET CF, and passing the information gathered from our ...
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Most regrettable design or programming decision you made? [closed]

I would like to hear what kind of design decisions you took and how did they backfire. Because of a bad design decision, I ended up having to support that bad decision forever (I also had a part in it)...
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When is the right time to join open source project for programmer? [closed]

Most of the newcomers in programming start with basic projects to start with programming. Most of the C++ progammers spend some time with puzzles and contests but this is not always helpful. Sometimes ...
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Has anyone used Sproutcore?

Has anyone used Sproutcore for a web application? If so, can you give me a description of your experience? I am currently considering it, but I have a few concerns. First, the documentation is bad/...
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How to become a "faster" programmer?

My last job evaluation included just one weak point: timeliness. I'm already aware of some things I can do to improve this but what I'm looking for are some more. Does anyone have tips or advice on ...
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Can Agile/Scrum be used by 1 or 2 developers?

Everything I've been reading and researching up to this point describes how Agile/Scrum works great with teams of about 4 to 6 members, maybe even more. In my current shop, we have about 8 developers ...
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How do you make people accept code review? [duplicate]

All programmers have their style of programming. But some of the styles are let’s say... let’s not say. So you have code review to try to impose certain rules for good design and good programming ...
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Are all languages basically the same?

Recently, i had to understand the design of a small program written in a language i had no idea about (ABAP, if you must know). I could figure it out without too much difficulty. I realize that ...
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Best Practices or Project Standards

As a software development contractor I've worked on many projects with differing standards and conventions. Quite often these conventions go against the software best practices we know and 'love'. ...
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Should UTF-16 be considered harmful?

I'm going to ask what is probably quite a controversial question: "Should one of the most popular encodings, UTF-16, be considered harmful?" Why do I ask this question? How many programmers are ...
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What do you do when a client requires Rich Text Editing on their website?

As we all know by now, XSS attacks are dangerous and really easy to pull off. Various frameworks make it easy to encode HTML, like ASP.NET MVC does: <%= Html.Encode("string"); %> ...
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Why is VB so popular? [closed]

To me, Visual Basic seems clumsy, ugly, error-prone, and difficult to read. I'll let others explain why. While VB.net has clearly been a huge leap forward for the language in terms of features, I ...
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What are some good criteria for using Tracer Bullets?

I was recently reading The Pragmatic Programmer for the first time and I came across the concept of Tracer Bullets. I realized that I had coded according to this model in the past and just kind of ...
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Windows Azure vs Amazon EC2 vs Google App Engine

From a developer point of view which platform would you consider for a large social web application? If you could provide some details on what you consider to be the strengths of which alternative it ...
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Meaning of MIT license

Suppose I use this ActionScript API released under MIT license to build a software: http://www.cove.org/ape/docs/api/ Can I sell that software? Do I need to give the source code of my software away? ...
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Design for future changes or solve the problem at hand [closed]

While writing the code or during design do you try to generalize the problem at the first instance itself or try to solve that very specific problem. I am asking this because trying to generalize the ...
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How possible is it to estimate time for programming projects? [duplicate]

It seems like it is nearly impossible to get close because you could run into any number of issues and things not first anticipated. How close can we be expected to reasonably estimate? Our PM wants ...
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Best Practices and Etiquette for Setting up Email Notifications

If you were going to set up a Email Alerts for the customers of your website to subscribe to, what rules of etiquette ought to be followed? I can think of a few off the top of my head: Users can Opt-...
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What's it like to work in a large programming team?

I've always felt lucky to work in a small programming team. I think the most I've worked with is 11 programmers. What is it like working on a project with hundreds of developers? Thousands? What ...
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Have you dealt with space hardening?

I am very eager to study best practices when it comes to space hardening. For instance, I've read (though I can't find the article any longer) that some core parts of the Mars rovers did not use ...
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How to handle people who lie on their resume [closed]

I'm conducting technical interviews to fill a few .NET positions. Many of the people I interview really do know .NET pretty well, but I find at least 90% embellish their skillset anywhere between "a ...

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