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Is it bad to often switch to different learning path? [closed]

I started developing applications using VB.NET and switched to Java because it is the language that our college teaches. I then switched to Android development after learning the data structures and ...
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What's the best place for a high school programmer to get his work noticed? [closed]

I'm a 16 year old high school student, with a passion for computer programming. I'm in grade 11, and I've been learning it as part of the school syllabus for about 8 months. I've gone beyond what's ...
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Choosing between two very similar jobs [closed]

Right out of college, I joined a company A a couple of weeks back. They have a good product, and I get to work on it from the ground up. I have to work with PHP and get to experiment and implement ...
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Industry has no place for passionate programmers? [closed]

I've been interning at a place where my manager believes that if you are in a, product company, then you generally spend time tweaking the product and sometimes adding some features, or service ...
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How do I start my career on a 3-year-old degree [closed]

I received my bachelor's degree in Com S (second major in math) in December 2011. I didn't have the best GPA (I was excellent at programming projects and had a deep understanding of CS concepts, but ...
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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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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?

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 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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6answers
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How do programmer-seeking employers see Bioinformatics degree? [closed]

I love programming, but I also love biology. Basically Bioinformatics sounds fun to me. However, there is a fat chance that I won't get a Bioinformatics job and will be forced to build my career ...
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I can write code… but can't design well. Any suggestions? [closed]

I feel that I am good at writing code in bits and pieces, but my designs really suck. The question is, how do I improve my designs - and in turn become a better designer? I think schools and colleges ...
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Making money from developing Open Source Software. How does that work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making money with Open Source as a developer? I've been hearing recently that more and more developers contribute their efforts to many open-source products. Being a ...
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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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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 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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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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from Java to SAS

I am a seasoned python,java,...other programmer having a (fairly advanced) mathematical education (so I do understand statistics and data mining, for example). For various reasons I am thinking to ...
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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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I am not a good programmer (in logic), how should I fix it?

Ok, so here is my problem: I work for a big company, some how landed a job (frankly because the interview was easy). It's not that I don't know my stuff, I am pretty good at understanding java, it's ...
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How useful is a portfolio of home projects? [closed]

I am currently a University student on a 12 month internship, before returning to University for a final year. My questions is, how useful would it be to create a portfolio of home projects that can ...
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How to market yourself as a software developer? [closed]

I have noticed that this is a frequent issue among younglings from technical areas such as ours. In the beginning of our careers we simply don't know how to sell ourselves to our employers, and ...
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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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17answers
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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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What is the value of the Cloudera Hadoop Certification for people new to the IT industry? [closed]

I am a software developer with 8 months of experience in the IT industry, currently working on the development of tools for BIG DATA analytics. I have learned Hadoop basics on my own and I am pretty ...
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7answers
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How to get a job with no experience? [closed]

I am about to be a new college grad and I am trying to get an internship or a jr software engineer position. However, I have no experience at all in the field. All I will have is my degree and my in ...
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What should a Python developer know while learning Ruby? [closed]

I have been a Python programmer for about 18 months, consisting of one internship and a few side projects, and I consider myself pretty comfortable in the language. However, there seems to be a lot ...
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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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Is it possible to get a job in a high-demand company without having hobby projects? [closed]

I was curious if the recruitment team at high-demand companies such as Google takes a lack of hobby projects into consideration when evaluating candidates. I'm a straight 40 hour/week programmer, who ...
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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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How do I get a job as a game developer? [closed]

I'm an entry-level programmer just out of college. As I've found out, I don't really enjoy working on "boring" applications like networking, firewalls, and such. My dream job would be something like ...
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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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Can I get a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer if I'm self-taught? [closed]

I'm an employed, self-taught application developer. Although I love development, I'm fairly bored. To offset this (and because I love to learn), I study advanced mathematics, physics, engineering and ...
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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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Why job postings always looking for “rockstars?” [closed]

I have noticed a recent trend in requesting programmers who are rockstars. I get it, they're looking for someone who is really good at what they do. But why (pray) make the reference to a rockstar? ...
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How often have you switched stacks in your career? Has it hurt your career progress? [closed]

I started my career writing C#. However after an year I moved to Java and then after 6 months back to C# where I've been more around 3 years now. I strongly believe that although the basic principles ...
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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 ...
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4answers
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Is it more important to focus on a business domain or a programming stack/technology for career growth? [closed]

i just basically realized that it's almost impossible to truly learn and master each programming language/technology before a new version is released. so my initial thought was to focus on the .net ...
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How do I get myself out of a dead-end programming job? [duplicate]

I have almost 9 years of IT experience of which 7 years was worked in an IT company. For past 2 years I have been stuck in a non-IT based company using outdated technology and methodologies. We ...
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6answers
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How can I progress from a software developer to a software manager or team leader? [closed]

I've been a software developer (whether part time or full time) for almost 3 years. I've always been the type of person to have that knack for taking a lead on things, and providing the organization ...
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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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Is there such a thing as staying in a job too long? [closed]

After reading through a few "job hopping" related threads recently, I've been thinking how the opposite of job hopping can also be a problem. I've known many people (especially in large, relatively ...
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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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I've had 7 jobs in 16 years. Is that OK? [closed]

I've had 7 jobs in 16 years. This is what happens at every job: Year 1: New people! New place! New tech! Year 2: Productive. Year 3: Disinterested. Can I get another job, doing the same thing, but ...
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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 ...