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Has Stack Overflow saved billions of dollars in programmer productivity?

One of the few published papers on the relationship between Stack Overflow and productivity finds that active GitHub users "ask fewer questions and provide more answers than others" on the site.1 The ...
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Are light-on-dark colour schemes for computer screens better for programmers?

"Typically greater brightness of positive compared to negative polarity displays leads to smaller pupil sizes and, hence, a sharper retinal image and better perception of detail." Per ...
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Are Chinese companies hiring "developer cheerleaders"?

Probably as true as "American companies hire massagers for developers". As in very few do it (Google). As for your question on better sources, I found https://gizmodo.com/startups-in-china-are-hiring-...
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Do professional software developers write an average of 10 lines of code per day?

The 2nd edition of Code Complete cites Cusumano et al. (2003) for the best-known (till then) industry figure(s). The paper is based on a survey of 104 projects in four regions of the globe. The ...
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Does pair programming improve the correctness of software?

I took a look at three different research works: 1. The Costs and Benefits of Pair Programming, by Alistair Cockburn and Laurie Williams, from University of Utah. Link to paper. It seems the ...
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Does "startup employee effectiveness follow a power law"?

I've found an interview with Laurent Bossavit, were he discusses his book "The Leprechauns of Software Engineering". He makes that claim that the "10x Programmer" is for small sample sets with very ...
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Does having a specification result in better code?

After reading this question I wondered if there be statement about this on the free book Evidence-based Software Engineering. After a quick review I was able to find a statement on chapter 6 "...
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Do programmers who learn to type faster become better programmers?

According to Cognitive Consequences of Programming: Augmentations to Basic Instruction Journal of Educational Computing Research , volume 2, pages 75-93 (1986): Teachers we surveyed recommended ...
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