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Biggest mistake you've ever made

Similar to the question I read on Server Fault, what is the biggest mistake you've ever made in an IT related position. Some examples from friends: I needed to do some work o ...

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What is the best retort to "premature optimization is the root of all evil"

Often I hear the sentiment ... "Why worry about performance, write slow code, get your product to market ... don't worry about performance. You can sort that out later" The culmina ...

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Programming with ADD/ADHD

I have diagnosed ADD. Mild but enough to affect my work: Easily distracted Can't concentrate on one project at a time Addicted to the web Procrastination ...

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"Comments are a code smell"

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 d ...

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When would someone be considered a bad programmer?

How would you consider that a programmer is bad at what he or she is doing? If possible... How should he/she improve? ...

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What trends do you see for your profession in 30 years?

Think of the profession 30 years ago. When one single guy was able to code a whole computer game alone! Will offshoring will finally take over? Will languages be so high level than ...

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How do you make people accept code review?

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 ...

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30 minutes to explain programming to a 15 year old

I've been volunteered to sit down and talk about the life and work of a Developer with a 15 year old work experience student next week. The catches are that I've got just half ...

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I'm a manager. How can I improve work relationships and communication with programmers?

A little background first. I'm a project manager at medium-sized company. I started as a CS major and had a little exposure to programming, but after a few months I knew it's not my path, so I swit ...

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