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What should every programmer know?

Regardless of programming language(s) or operating system(s) used or the environment they develop for, what should every programmer know? Some background: I'm interested in becoming ...

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Do you have to be good at math to be a good programmer?

It seems that conventional wisdom suggests that good programmers are also good at math. Or that the two are somehow intrinsically linked. Many programming books I have read provide many examples th ...

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What is the (craziest, stupidest, silliest) thing a client/boss asked you to do?

See title, but I am asking from a technical perspective, not Take my 40 year old virgin niece on a date or you're fired. ...

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Worst coding standard you've ever had to follow?

Have you ever had to work to coding standards that: Greatly decreased your productivity? Were originally included for good reasons but were kept long after the original conce ...

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What would you change about C# if you could?

With nearly 60 answers to this question it's highly likely that your answer has already been posted. Please don't post an answer unless you have something new to say ...

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Harmful temptations in programming

Just curious, what kinds of temptations in programming turned out to be really harmful in your projects? Like when you really feel the urge to do something and you believe it's going to b ...

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Why do business analysts and project managers get higher salaries than programmers?

We have to admit that programming is much more difficult than creating documentation or even creating Gantt chart and asking progress to programmers. So for us that are naives, knowing that program ...

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My boss wants a narrated line-by-line English explanation of our code

I have been specifically asked to give line by line (or as appropriate - for example, image by image, etc.) explanation or commentary which my boss wants to be able to read and follow. Sin ...

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What is the greatest design flaw you have faced in any programming language?

All programming languages are having their design flaws simply because not a single language can be perfect, just as with most (all?) other things. That aside, which design fault in a programming l ...

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Does giving a developer a slower development machine result in faster/more efficient code?

Suppose I give my developers a screaming fast machine. WPF-based VS2010 loads very quickly. The developer then creates a WPF or WPF/e application that runs fine on his box, but much slower in the ...

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