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How does one regrade a development team appropriately? [closed]

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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Is a senior programmers advice about always using books a good idea? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? [closed]

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 ...
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How valuable for my career is working on an extremely primitive platform? [closed]

I work for an analog company on a proprietary sequencer having a few bytes of free RAM (maybe 20 bytes, not kB, bytes); maybe 500 bytes statically allocated; 8 registers including PC; no indirection ...
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What skills should I cultivate to become a development/technical lead? [closed]

I am currently a professional programmer. I want to expand my skillset, but I also want to make the career jump to being a dev lead as part of a team. I know there's got to be a lot to learn (and this ...
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Starting consulting while employed - conflict of interest [closed]

First of all I am not after legal advice. This is a bit TL;DR but I have a summary at the bottom, I'm explaining it all so people can offer insightful advise. Situation I need to explain my present ...
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Do people who get paid to write code but score low on the “programmer competency matrix” have an ethical duty to find a different kind of job? [closed]

People advise me to "find a job doing something that you are good at", but the truth is that I don't believe I am good with anything other than just writing code. I don't think that I can design or ...
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How do you migrate from one language to another? [closed]

I know that language is just a tool and it's all about creating product. But if you are all about enterprise and than you change to mobile development - how do you manage it? If I am used to PHP and ...
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How do I improve my logic in general and programming in particular? [closed]

I'm good with understanding technology and implementing it. At least that is what I feel. But it seems that when I come across experienced programmers they point out that my logic is weak. I feel that ...
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How to become an expert web-developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should every programmer know about web development? I am currently a Junior PHP developer and I really LOVE it, I love internet from first time I got into it, I ...
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Working alone vs with others [closed]

Being a student in a small school, there aren't a lot of people (well, there aren't any) that share the same passion or skill of programming that I have. I have been learning to program myself since ...
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Does having a higher paid technical job mean you do not get to code any more? [closed]

I work at a large company where technical people fall roughly in one of these categories: A developer on a scrum team who develops for a single product and maybe works with other teams that are ...
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How could a human factors degree help a computer scientist? [closed]

I'm wrapping up a masters in CS and already have half the credit hours needed for a degree in Human Factors. I just recently discovered how useful understanding about cognition can help someone that ...
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How easy is it to change languages/frameworks professionally? [closed]

Forgive me for asking a career related question - I know that they can be frowned upon here, but I think that this one is general enough to be useful to many people. My question is: How ...
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What is the most efficient way to study multiple languages, frameworks, and APIs as a developer? [closed]

I know there are those out there who have read a slurry of books on a specific technology and only code in that one particular language, but this question is aimed at those who need bounce around ...
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Programming vs Planning [closed]

Recently, I have been tasked with more high-level planning assignments due to the lead developer of my team leaving. I hate long-term planning. My brain just doesn't naturally seem wired for it, and ...
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Way in over my head! (Dealing with better programmers) [closed]

I've just been hired as a member of a group that is developing in C++. For the last 11 years, I'd been coding on and off at my last job (some C, some Fortran, some C++). The coding I'd done was ...
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Improving without mentor [closed]

Although I consider myself not much experienced, I keep landing in jobs as the leader somehow (in the current one I am tech director of the company, in a previous one I was the R&D head). I ...
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How to avoid being an API programmer only? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How not to degenerate into only a programmer who stitches together APIs? I have almost six years of experience in java. I have developed many projects which used ...
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What tool sets and applications have affinity with multiprocessor programming? [closed]

In grad school I took a class in multiprocessor and distributed operating systems. I think multiprocessor software development will become increasingly important and will be driven by the need to ...
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What's the best lesson you have learned in your career? [closed]

I think mine is "there's no such thing as a five minute job" - that programmers tend to be overly optimistic about development and that we should really think through a the implications before ...
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What is needed to become a Software Engineer? [closed]

I obtained a BSc CS & Applied Mathematics November last year and started working as a Software Developer in December. I'm currently working for a very solid company and I'm part of a small core ...
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Is it bad to learn multiple programming languages? [closed]

I started learning PHP and I was able to get myself familiar with it. Now, i want to explore other programming languages like PERL so that i can compare it myself to PHP. Will I be confused to learn ...
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Should I make my project free software? [closed]

The story Over the last couple month I have been working on a pretty big project. It's an enterprise-level software, I designed to be used at a local gym, but I believe it can be used in other ...
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Can I make a good career with VC++ programming? [closed]

I'm addicted to VC++ since 2008, and I begin to work for my current company from 2011 when I graduated in Mathematics. Now I still love VC++, it is a wonderful programming language. I'm a little ...
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Shoring up deficiencies in a “home grown” programmer? [closed]

I started out by teaching myself BASIC on a Vic 20, and in college (mid 80's) I had Fortran, Pascal, limited C, machine and assembler (With a smattering of COBOL) as part of a computer science minor ...
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Do I have to change my company to make sure I'm good enough? [closed]

I have been working as a developer since my fourth year of university until now. I'm getting my master's degree next year (in math modeling). I've worked for the same company all the time, first on ...
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Path of Languages from High School to Career [closed]

I will be a freshman next year who has programmed for about 3 years. I currently know Java pretty well, but I am looking towards the future. In order to be at the top of the job market when I am out ...
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What is the difference between a freelancer programmer and a Programmer working in a Software company? [closed]

I was told by a HR department that freelancing experience is not considered as professional experience. What could be the reason?
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How should an undergraduate programmer organize his time learning the maximum possible? [closed]

I started programming lately(pre-final year of a CS degree) and now feel like there's a sea of uncovered treasure for me out there. So, I decided to cover as much as is possible before I look out for ...
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Exit interview - what is and isn't OK [closed]

There's a lot of questions about hiring interviews, but the same cannot be said about exit interviews. As I'm going to embark on a new challenge in the near future, I'm going to go through an exit ...
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Is a client side developer usually expected to do design work also, or know designing and CSS as well? [closed]

If I'm applying for a client side developer job, am I usually expected to know designing as well? Such as CSS? I have knowledge of JavaScript, JQuery, Ajax and HTML5 basics, and HTML DOM. Is this ...
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How popular is ITIL in the rest of the world? [closed]

I am sorry if this question is not 100% Programming wise, I just didn't know where to ask. Consider yourself lucky if you don't know what ITIL is. You can understand from my tone I don't like it - I ...
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Stuck due to “knowing too much” [closed]

Note more discussion at http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4037794 I have a relatively simple development task, but every time I try to attack it, I end up spiraling in deep thoughts - how could it ...
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Career in Embedded Systems For CS Major [closed]

I'm entering my last few semesters of a CS degree and looking to start a career in Embedded Systems. From talking to a lot of people it seems like I might have been better off with a Computer ...
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I'm the .1x programmer at my company. How can I best contribute? [closed]

I work at a newly-minted startup of five people. We have a Ph. D in machine learning, a former member of the RSpec core team, and the guy who compiles the Git binary for OS X. That's just the ...
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Should a programmer worry about the technology stack of the shop? [closed]

This question might only be applicable to entry/junior level positions. Question: Let's say you're a Java/Open Source developer. Should you consider positions where the technology stack of the shop ...
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If everyone thinks that PHP sucks, why no one tries fixing it? [closed]

I'm a junior web developer in the first steps of my professional career. I'm starting off by maintaining projects written in PHP. Wherever I looked, I see people saying that PHP is a bad language and ...
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JEE frameworks, a road map to learn? and should I learn them? [closed]

Background Information I have been into programming since past 1 years professionally, my day to day work includes writing BIRT reports, designing and validating forms using JEE (struts/spring, ...
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Development processes, the use of version control, and unit-testing [closed]

Preface I've worked at quite a few "flat" organizations in my time. Most of the version control policy/process has been "only commit after it's been tested". We were constantly committing at each ...
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I'm going to quit my job because of our platform: how can I leave a productive explanation of this? [closed]

I'm planning on leaving my current job because we're locked into using Blub, with an enterprise Blub framework and a Blub-level web server, on mediocre shared hosting. My coworkers are friendly and my ...