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How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?

Recently, I started my first job as a junior developer and I have a more senior developer in charge of mentoring me in this small company. However, there are several times when he would give me adv ...

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How can I deal with the cargo-cult programming attitude?

I have some computer science students in a compulsory introductory programming course who see a programming language as a set of magic spells, which must be cast in order to achieve some effect (in ...

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Do I need to go to a big-name university?

As a soon-to-be graduating high school senior in the U.S., I'm going to be facing a tough decision in a few months: which college should I go to? Will it be worth it to go to Cornell or Stanford or ...

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When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?

I know we've covered what questions you should ask about a comp ...

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Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?

In a post, Joel Spolsky mentioned that 5 digit ...

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When someone asks you what you do, what do you say (e.g. programmer, developer, code monkey)?

Do you call yourself a programmer, a developer, or a code monkey? I personally prefer to say I am a developer. ...

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Why do ads for s/w engineers always say they "offer a fast-paced environment"?

Who wants to work in a fast-paced environment? Not me! I want a civilized environment where people have a sense of balance. Higher quality work gets done that way and work life isn't full of stress ...

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Most underestimated programming tool

We have many great tools which helps a lot when programming, such as good programmers text editors, IDEs, debuggers, version control systems etc. Some of the tools are more or less "must have" tool ...

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Ternary operator considered harmful?

For example, would you prefer this one-liner int median(int a, int b, int c) { return (a<b) ? (b<c) ? b : (a<c) ? c : a : (a<c) ? a : (b<c) ? c : b; } ...

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How many monitors do you use? Why? How they are used?

Why more or less monitors is worse than your configuration? Why is important use it in this way (position)? Productivity is obvious, but what specific advantage? A picture w ...

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