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It's unbelievable to me that a company would pay a developer $60-$100k in salary, yet cripple him or her with terrible working conditions and crusty ...

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    It's unbelievable to me that a company would pay a developer $60-$100k in
    salary, yet cripple him or her with terrible working conditions and
    crusty hand-me-down hardware. This makes no business sense whatsoever.
    And yet I see it all the time. It's shocking how many companies still
    don't provide software developers with the essential things they need to
    succeed.

    I propose we adopt a Programmer's Bill of Rights, protecting the rights of
    programmers by preventing companies from denying them the fundamentals
    they need to be successful.

    1. Every programmer shall have two monitors

    With the crashing prices of LCDs and the ubiquity of dual-output
    video cards, you'd be crazy to limit your developers to a single screen.
    The productivity benefits of doubling your desktop are well documented by
    now. If you want to maximize developer productivity, make sure each
    developer has two monitors.

    2. Every programmer shall have a fast PC

    Developers are required to run a lot of software to get their jobs
    done: development environments, database engines, web servers, virtual
    machines, and so forth. Running all this software requires a fast PC with
    lots of memory. The faster a developer's PC is, the faster they can cycle
    through debug and compile cycles. You'd be foolish to pay the
    extortionist prices for the extreme top of the current performance heap--
    but always make sure you're buying near the top end. Outfit your
    developers with fast PCs that have lots of memory. Time spent staring at
    a progress bar is wasted time.

    3. Every programmer shall have their choice of mouse and keyboard

    In college, I ran a painting business. Every painter I hired had to
    buy their own brushes. This was one of the first things I learned.
    Throwing a standard brush at new painters didn't work. The "company"
    brushes were quickly neglected and degenerated into a state of disrepair.
    But painters who bought their own brushes took care of them. Painters who
    bought their own brushes learned to appreciate the difference between the
    professional $20 brush they owned and cheap disposable dollar store
    brushes. Having their own brush engendered a sense of enduring
    responsibility and craftsmanship. Programmers should have the same
    relationship with their mouse and keyboard-- they are the essential,
    workaday tools we use to practice our craft and should be treated as
    such.

    4. Every programmer shall have a comfortable chair

    Let's face it. We make our livings largely by sitting on our butts
    for 8 hours a day. Why not spend that 8 hours in a comfortable,
    well-designed chair? Give developers chairs that make sitting for 8 hours
    not just tolerable, but enjoyable. Sure, you hire developers primarily for
    their giant brains, but don't forget your developers' other assets.

    5. Every programmer shall have a fast internet connection

    Good programmers never write what they can steal. And the internet
    is the best conduit for stolen material ever invented. I'm all for books,
    but it's hard to imagine getting any work done without fast, responsive
    internet searches at my fingertips.

    6. Every programmer shall have quiet working conditions

    Programming requires focused mental concentration. Programmers
    cannot work effectively in an interrupt-driven environment. Make sure
    your working environment protects your programmers' flow state, otherwise
    they'll waste most of their time bouncing back and forth between
    distractions.

    The few basic rights we're asking for are easy. They aren't extravagant
    demands. They're fundamental to the quality of work life for a software
    developer. If the company you work for isn't getting it right, making it
    right is neither expensive nor difficult. Demand your rights as a
    programmer! And remember: you can either change your company, or you can
    change your company.


    BTW .. got this from PLUG!
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    hear ye! hear ye!

    i think kasagaran diri sa companies diri sa cebu kay mao ning ilang ipang hatag na mga 'environment' sa ila programmers... pero wala hinoon net access....

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    Quote Originally Posted by godCode
    hear ye! hear ye!
    i think kasagaran diri sa companies diri sa cebu kay mao ning ilang ipang hatag na mga 'environment' sa ila programmers... pero wala hinoon net access....
    net access is essenatial mostly in robust application dev, in that case you should present a case study to your boss siting the importance of a net access

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    mas maayo pa diay nyo kay na met ang 1-5/6 rights kay dd ntawon kabati... paugat...

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    wooww.....nice bill of rights hehehehe...

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    agree ko ani..mas productive ang software engineers if we have 2 monitors and faster cpu's..

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    agree ko ana sa imong gi post bro. worst dri sa among company kay gi project-based ang mga programmers ug mga technicians. gamay pa gyud ug sweldo. ka faet gyud ning companyaha.......

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    Happy New Year!

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    OT: @ dlanyer77
    no problem bro I dont take things too seriously ... anyway I'm so sorry also if I offended you ..
    Peace!
    ALONE:Hated and Punished

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadDudes
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    no problem bro I dont take things too seriously ... anyway I'm so sorry also if I offended you ..
    Peace!
    same here bro. maybe its just the result of pressure sa work cguro nato bro. Peace!

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