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The 5 most controversial JAXenter articles in 2014

JAX Editorial Team
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We take a look at the top five contentious and disputed tech articles that graced our little area of the Internet last year. You’ll be surprised to find out what made the list.

Here at JAXenter we’re all for healthy, passionate debates. With thousands of programmers weighing in on reddit.com/programming and Disqus, these were the five biggest JAXenter controversies articles of 2014. We dare you to get to the bottom without wanting to voice your opinion.

5. Do slower programmers get there faster?

Does faster mean more efficient? We take a closer look at the Slow Programming philosophy versus the latest speed demon developers, with Jeffrey Ventrella arguing for the former in every case. Some hot debate from both sides!

4. A good career or fun programming: you can’t have both

Less programming or more admin? The role of senior programmer is becoming a rarity, with big IT companies the only place they’re found. Quite a few readers agree that the higher you go up the ladder, the less fun stuff you get to do.

3. The ‘art’ of good programming

Is good code a work of art? Asking the question of whether the ego of software developers gets in the way of good software projects prompted readers to underline the need for good craftsmanship in the case of doing work “right”, for the sanity of the programmer.

2. What motivates developers? (Hint: it’s probably not money)

Money is the biggest motivator – true or false? Whilst various studies and a featured talk by Daniel Pink suggest money sits low on the motivation scale, many readers recognised the need for their salaries to cover a decent living before other motivators have the spotlight.

1. Angular 2.0’s planned changes and the resulting community shitstorm

Details about the next major release of Angular left a bad taste in the mouth of developers, but a modest number of readers have applauded Google for addressing important issues in the new framework. Still, the response to changes in Angular 2.0 are overwhelmingly negative.

Thanks to all commenters for their contributions over the last twelve months! Let’s keep up the debates in a respectful and positive way.

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