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What's a nice explanation for pointers?

In your own studies (on your own, or for a class) did you have an "ah ha" moment when you finally, really understood pointers? Do you have an explanation you use for beginner programmers that seems ...

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My boss decided to add a "person to blame" field to every bug report. How can I convince him that it's a bad idea?

In one of the latest "WTF" moves, my boss decided that adding a "Person To Blame" field to our bug tracking template will increase accountability (although we already have a way of tying bugs to fe ...

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How old is "too old"?

I've been told that to be taken seriously as a job applicant, I should drop years of relevant experience off my résumé, remove the year I got my degree, or both. Or not even bother applying, ...

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Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control?

It's not really a technical question, but there are several other questions here about source control and best practice. The company I work for (which will remain anonymous) uses a network ...

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What are good keyboards for programming?

Programmers tend to type a lot of code, bashing a lot of shortcuts and a lot of other things. What keyboards are good for programming? ...

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How do you dive into large code bases?

What tools and techniques do you use for exploring and learning an unknown code base? I am thinking of tools like grep, ctags, unit-tests, functional test, class- ...

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Which language features are considered harmful?

Please, explain why and list which languages have the (mis)feature implemented As far you know. Post what you consider a harmful feature, not what you dislike. ...

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"Do you have any questions for us?" In an interview

You know the prospective company fairly well but are asked "Do you have any questions for us?". To show interest, what are some of your favorite questions to reply? ...

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Is micro-optimisation important when coding?

I recently asked a question on Stack Overflow to find out why isset() was faster than str ...

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Software Engineer VS "Harder" Jobs

This should probably be in a Dear Abby column, nevertheless... I am the only engineer in my entire family (including extended family). Occasionally I hear family members say that b ...

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