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Make a living creating and selling my own software and apps [on hold]

I want to create my own software and applications as a means to earn an income. This being turning my ideas into software and selling it. I have a computer science background and some programming ...
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Campus Selection Advice [closed]

I am a college student and I have Java and Android Programming knowledge. Also have basic knowledge of C,C++,XML. My campus selection starts in 8 months from now, and like anybody else my aim is to ...
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How much time do programmers spend each day coding? [closed]

What is the amount of time an average programmer at a company (MS, Amazon, Google, Facebook or any really) will actually spend on programming each day? I'm about to graduate with a degree in Computer ...
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What is the best way to present a portfolio of practice/training security research? [closed]

I keep a security research blog as a hobby, and finding out about all the ways one shouldn't code has helped me a lot in my career as a software developer. I would like to attribute my blog to a ...
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How to cultivate growth in developers in consulting environment [closed]

I started working for a software consulting shop 1.5 years ago after having worked previously only at product development companies. The last product development company I worked at strived for and ...
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Should I choose to join a programming bootcamp or work as a junior developer? [closed]

I've graduated without any IT certificates, and just recently I was offered a job as a junior web developer. However, today I got an invitation to join a programming bootcamp in January 2015. Since my ...
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Choosing a Programming Language Systematically [closed]

I am looking for a methodology for choosing a language. I am not asking for opinions about languages. I have been tasked with the process of comparing our shop's current language with others that are ...
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Changing Careers from Testing to Development [closed]

I am a Test Automation Engineer, when i entered I.T. i aspired to be a Java developer but as a fresher i did not have any choice and was put into Test Automation. I am in Test Automation for the past ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 [closed]

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 ...
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Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews? [duplicate]

I'll start with a brief background: my degree is in Recording Arts, so mainly audio engineering and stuff relating to the music industry, with some synthesis and stuff which was my link into coding ...
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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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How do I convince manager to move me from services/support team to development? [closed]

I joined a company a few months ago as a Java developer. I like doing coding and it makes me happy. After my Java training I was put into services/support project. There is no coding in this team. ...
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Starting consulting while employed - conflict of interest

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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Are we developers mere tools in the hands of visionaries and business people? [closed]

Dear fellow programmers I'm the CTO and the lead programmer at our start-up. Our CEO came into office with hurry and asked me to reschedule so we can pick a very important customer at the airport. ...
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Should developers be responsible for testing other developer and contractor/vendor code? [duplicate]

I have been working (~ 5 years & first IT job) as an application developer at a large financial institution with a strict corporate hierarchy, multiple LOBs, and heavily process-laden IT ...