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Software Engineer or Product Manager [on hold]

My ambition is to start my own start-up and grow it to become a successful company one day. I am currently finishing my MS in a closely related field to CS and looking for jobs. I have worked ...
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Has anyone actually benefited from creating profile on Careers 2.0? [on hold]

I'm currently in job hunting mode and wonder whether I should create a profile on StackExchange's Careers 2.0 site. My reputation on StockOverflow was deemed enough for me to do so (but I'm no guru). ...
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How does the experience of any tester count? [closed]

A developer learns a lot of stuffs at work. For eg. Lets think of a Java or C++ developer, as years pass by he learns a lot about the technology, design patterns, new frameworks and etc ... This I ...
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How to transition from “help vampire” to “developer”? [closed]

I've been a computer enthusiast my entire life, but didn't first start programming (web development) until I began College. It is now four years later - I am about to graduate, have had a handful of ...
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Development team roles splitted each time more [closed]

I've been noticing the roles in a development team has been splitted each time more. I remember some time ago, there was a mix between backend and frontend developers. But since the restful APIs has ...
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What is a “real” education in programming? [closed]

Looking for well defined explanation that is based on a statistically significant correlation to what "real" world programmers are paid to do as a team and what they are told to learn; not for ...
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Is it wise to invest time to learn another technology that you don't need to use at work? [closed]

I am primarily from a .net background. During the course of my regular job I find it tiring to keep up with all the relevant technologies (angular js, windows workflow, wcf, Jquery, SSIS, SSRS, ...
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How to deal with a personal excess of meticulousness [closed]

I'm kinda hitting a wall, and I hope that some of you can help. Hope it fits the SE theme. A bit of a background first : I'm one of those young developers. I started kinda early, at middle school, ...
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How fundamental to good development is BDD? [closed]

I am learning to be a web developer and am using rails. I have read lots of advice and books on the subject and am trying to build my own app, so learning by doing. My question is about that learning ...
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Preparing for an interview slightly outside my skillset [closed]

I have 4 years of experience in web development, so: PHP, javascript, Mysql, HTML, CSS, the usuals. I have an interview soon for a position involving c#, wpf and other desktop programming languages. ...
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How does one regrade a development team appropriately?

We have a team of 20+ developers, of mixed skills and varying levels of ability in each. Some are C#/MVC4/.Net 4.5 developers cutting new code, some are VB6-ers maintaining our critical legacy apps. ...
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Can one become good programmer by self learning or a mentor is needed? [closed]

I am a self taught programmer. I have only 1+ year of experience in development. Majority of my knowledge is gained by reading books and from little bit from the engineering degree. Currently I have ...
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Is good Grammar a prerequisite for your development team?

I understand that this may be primarily opinion based, but I also think it is an interesting question and would like to hear others' viewpoints on the subject. I recently became the senior developer ...
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1answer
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Starting career in development, many questions about middle tier [closed]

I just came here to ask for some advice. I've just graduated from university and now started my first real programming job. Basically I will be working on the middle tier of a large application but ...
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Is a senior programmers advice about always using books a good idea?

I am a junior developer and have only been in the industry for 5 years. At my current company there is a senior let's call him Infestus. Occasionally I am being given opportunity to shine and do ...
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Preventing possible burnout in a junior dev, or perhaps I'm not doing enough? [closed]

I'm a software developer with 5 years experience over 3 companies. Within the last year a junior (brand new to the industry) has started at my current employer. I believe he is an excellent ...
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4answers
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As a soon-to-be-grad, will my skills and/or career suffer if I join a startup where I'll be the (equal) senior-most developer? [closed]

tl;dr: I'm a grad, worried about not learning a lot and improving my skills if I join a startup where I won't have senior devs mentoring and helping me. I do have other offers. I'm in my final year ...
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Making programming a career— without a degree. Is this smart? [duplicate]

I asked this before and go downvoted hard so someone said I should try posting here... Any help would be MASSIVELY helpful. I'm doing Udacity, Udemy, Codecademy, Lynda, and edX. I'm learning Java (my ...
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Can you be succesfull as a programmer without being good in math? [duplicate]

I have never been good in maths at high school. But I started a study app development. And I'm curious if you need to be awesome in maths, if you want to become a professional developer.
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Is there more to being a programmer than what I'm being exposed to? [closed]

I've been working as a programmer for almost 3 years now. Goes without saying that this is the first job that I got as a programmer after graduating from college. Anyways, I went for an interview at ...
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3answers
530 views

How to Implement Error Handling [closed]

Even though I've programmed on a professional level for some years I still do not fully understand error handling. Although my applications work fine, the error handling isn't implemented at a ...
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How to get up to speed on latest technologies? [closed]

I am working as Software Developer for Financial Company and we are using standard Java/Java EE stack with Oracle db as backend and using Spring/Hibernate framework with JBOSS Application Server. So ...
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4answers
388 views

How to maximise chances of success in an HR interview? [closed]

I was recently rejected for a Junior Web Developer role after a first interview with two members of HR staff. Personally, I think it's crazy that someone who hasn't written a single line of code in ...
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7answers
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How much time can I spend learning at work? [closed]

I've been working as a software developer for about 2 years by now. It seems obvious that in a field so rapidly evolving as software development, you need to spend time on learning new technologies, ...
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What to do with old programming books? [closed]

I have about 1000 or so programming books, but a good selection are on languages/frameworks that are dated, like Django 1.1, Symfony 1.3, or HTML 4 and CSS 2. I just got them all back from storage and ...
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Getting first job without a technical degree [duplicate]

How difficult would it be for someone with a college degree in social science to land their first job as a junior developer? This is assuming they have experience with open source projects, have a ...
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680 views

What methods are available to show colleagues the advantages of a database+application solution over Excel?

I work in a company where there are Excel spreadsheets everywhere. As my colleagues are non-programmers, I'm sure they haven't contemplated that there might be a better/easier/more productive way of ...
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How valuable are master level language certifications like C++ grandmaster? [duplicate]

My understanding of standard programming/computer certifications is that they show you have some core competency about a specific language or technology. There seems to be a little room for variation ...
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Moving from solo developer to a team [closed]

For the last 5 years I have developed as a lone developer. The business gives me the requirements, timescales etc and I do the rest. I choose which technology best fits the requirements, I decide on ...
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455 views

Does the expansion of new technologies cause a perceived shortage of skill? [closed]

Systems programming and desktop application development is a well established field. In recent years, web and mobile development have shown rapid expansion. As a software engineer I understand that ...
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529 views

Ways for a young programmer to not feel intimidated at my first REAL programming job? [duplicate]

I'd like to state first that I'm a 19 year old programmer living in Portugal, and have recently started my first REAL programming job. I say "REAL" because at my previous jobs, I was normally the ...
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How can a programmer contribute to planetary science? [closed]

I'm just getting back from WWDC13, and had the opportunity to see Bill Nye speak at the last day's lunch session. Of course, I grew up watching him, and left incredibly excited for what lies ahead for ...
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Does dedicated maintenance work hamper a programmer's career? [duplicate]

The majority of my work over the last three years has largely been around maintaining legacy systems that needed patching up or the occasional revamp before being sold again. I understand the ...
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Solo developer vs. team developer : should I move on? [closed]

I work as a solo developer in a small company. There's more than enough work, but the same does not apply for money. Thus, I won't be seeing any new colleagues in the near future. I am responsible ...
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2answers
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How much programming should I know before looking for first job/internship in tech company? [closed]

Im in college and just started to learn programming. How much should I atleast know before I start to look for jobs/internship so that they wont laught me out of office. I just started to learn ...
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2answers
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Can you learn enough programming in 2 years to get good entry level job? [closed]

I have studied 2 out of 4 years in college, mainly math and physics so I am fairly technical. For some reason I have never really learnt to code before last month. And I was so thrilled and I am going ...
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Books on software development career path [closed]

Can you recommend books and other material(video) on how to build career , what path and wayouts are there in the whole area of software engineering? What a developer can evolve into? Some sort of ...
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Are there any statistical information about what kinds of work programmers do? [closed]

I've been working as a Java developer for a while now. I usually work on business applications and I recently realized that my work mainly consists of writing an endless stream of facade classes ...
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Questioning my degree [closed]

I'm 18 and currently taking a 2 year game development program at a college, where I will graduate with a bachelor of applied sciences, and I'm focusing in programming. I've read a lot of articles on ...
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1answer
533 views

How much poor quality code should a junior put up with? [duplicate]

I am a junior developer who has been working at a new job for a few weeks. I am working with a large framework for scientific desktop software, adding pieces of functionality. While there are general ...
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Is there any way to get faster at solving bugs? I've just had a warning from my boss

I've just been told by my boss that I will receive a negative performance review on Monday. He wants to talk to me about why I am so slow and why my bug fix rate is so low. I love programming and ...
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2answers
196 views

Getting a job in the software industry coming from the games industry? [closed]

Is it even realistic to try and do enter the software industry coming from the game industry? I feel like I have pretty strong skills with regards to programming in general- I'm somewhat into Agile ...
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What skills are essential for professional programming that are not commonly taught in schools?

I am a first year computer science major. I went to a job fair, handed out resumes, much to my surprise I got an interview and eventually an internship as a developer. I explained to the interviewer ...
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2answers
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Day-to-Day Differences between Software Engineering and Web Developer Positions [duplicate]

I am hoping to transition into the IT/development field and am expecting to start classes this summer. I come from a teaching background, but have also done freelance web development as a hobby for a ...
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2answers
394 views

How to prepare for a programming job? [duplicate]

I'm basically done with my computer science classes in college but I don't seem to be "ready" for a computer science job, nor am I in a position to get an internship at the moment. I'm wondering if ...
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Writing your own framework or using an existing one? [duplicate]

I know there are similar questions to this one, and I've read most of them. Most of the answers to these questions are talking about "cost-effectiveness" and "time-saving" aspects of the frameworks, ...
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Will working in IT limit your career prospects as a programmer? [duplicate]

I took a job working as an IT guy (SQL programming, helpdesk, etc.) because I had need of a job (to pay back student loans accumulated from school). I'm very happy to have a job, but I eventually ...
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Comparing Academic Curriculum Specificity: Generalist vs Specialist

For someone that is relatively new to web development, would you recommend pursing an academic curriculum that is more diverse (introducing several languages and frameworks with other classes on ...
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How important is it to have a computer science degree? [duplicate]

I am trained as a biochemist, and I really excelled in my studies (master's degree, 3.86 gpa, many scholarships, etc.). However, working for a year after college in a lab, I've learned that I am a lot ...
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What is a Developer in Test?

I was recently talking with a recruiter who wants to put me at a company for a position of Developer in Test. He essentially made it sound like a position where you get to fiddle with new programming ...