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James Anderson
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148 votes

What is the most effective way to add functionality to unfamiliar, structurally unsound code?

79 votes

Has whitespace in identifiers ever been idiomatic?

69 votes
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Should I always use "is" as prefix for boolean variables?

48 votes
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Is Java free/open source or not?

46 votes

Why the scorn for COBOL?

44 votes

Why do old C-style method names continue being used in modern languages?

30 votes

What are the differences between functional, operational and technical requirements?

29 votes

How important is it to clean up someone else's code when faced with a tight deadline?

27 votes
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Best Practices for Handing over Legacy Code

25 votes
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What are the cases where keeping source code secret is justified?

24 votes

Is the creation of brand new software generally a major part of most programming jobs?

17 votes
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Why do websites have to ask language and country when the browser can tell them that?

17 votes

What do people in IT consulting firms do?

17 votes

On mobile is there a reason why processes are often short lived and must persist their state explicitly?

17 votes

Where does authorization fit in a layered architecture?

16 votes

Why is C so high in TIOBE index of popularity, while C++ is just under here too, but not as popular?

15 votes
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What does it mean to "promote" a file?

15 votes

Is it a good idea to write an OS in a scripting language?

15 votes

Who invented pointers?

14 votes

Do threads use virtual memory or real memory?

14 votes
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REST vs RESTful vs "normal" web service - the same or not?

14 votes

How do you store "fuzzy dates" into a database?

13 votes

Test Driven Development: A good/accepted way to test file system operations?

13 votes
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How much data should be required in a request to a webservice?

13 votes

Building web apps in server-side vs client-side vs hybrid?

13 votes

Code First vs. Database First

12 votes
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When calling for a random integer from 1-6, how can I make it gradually get less likely to pick a number the bigger it is?

12 votes

Is Perl still a useful, viable language?

12 votes

Storing a re-orderable list in a database

11 votes

business logic: client-side vs. server side

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