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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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What industry/programming is right for a careful coder? [closed]

My approach to programming is very deliberative. I spend a lot of time planning and designing before I code, even for the most basic tasks. I always try to make my code very simple, design everything ...
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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 ...
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Attended (CEH or other) course but have no certification

Last summer I attended course for "Certified Ethical Hacker" led by Mr. Wayne Burke. The course was great. Mr. Burke was awesome, flashing with energy all the time, he would stay hours late just to ...
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How to balance Front End and Back End coding skill [closed]

This is a question specifically for web applications developers. In recent years I spent most of my time on SaaS products, which leads you dig deep into more back-end stuff, like how to use less ...
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Last semester of college: while trying to get first web/mobile developer job [closed]

I am in the last year of my BS in Engineering - Information Technology degree. Some things I have noticed while looking for jobs is that larger older corporations want you to know java or c# for their ...
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Undergrad internship career path [closed]

I am a CS student currently searching internship positions that are important to my future career. I am passionate about web design and development and it is really what I think my niche is in the ...
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Will experience suffice for a Computer Science degree [closed]

I am debating on a career in programming. The problem for me is that I don't think college is right for me. I am planning on joining the Air Force as a Computer Systems Programmer will they will train ...
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Does reading code and reading about code help in self -development? [closed]

As my profile will tell you, I am in my second year of a 4-year Software Engineering program. (Long post, skip to the end for the short version) First, a little background. I started coding in ...
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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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I'm Having Trouble Keeping Up [closed]

I'm almost 39 and have been developing for 17 years. The new 20-somethings seem to know newer ways of doing things and it's taking me A LOT longer to get up to speed. I used to do .NET but I took a ...
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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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Is personal branding necessary as a programmer?

I work as a Ruby developer/dev lead at a small startup company. I end up splitting my time between writing code, helping the team use more agile methodology and working with the product manager to get ...
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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 about a development job with no code to write? [closed]

I am curious about my work, where I have to work with configurations of servers, linux, databases, some SQLs but there is no line of code for my favorite programming language: Java. Is it normal that ...
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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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If you have the full spec done, what is left for the developer to do?

I'm working in a small company, started as a developer and coded pieces of a big system being provided with detailed specs. Over five years I moved towards analyst position. I know how existing parts ...
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Counting product releases if you work on the backend/online services?

I am trying to update my resume, and I would like to count the number of "product releases" that I was directly involved in with a company. It would seem to serve as a performance metric. The problem ...
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Does The College Matter? [closed]

Does it matter all that much about what college you go to, to get a degree in computer programming/computer science? I didn't do all that well in high school, I actually barely graduated with a ...
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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?

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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Lead/Manager vs Individual contributor: which is better? [closed]

Currently I am working in a company as a manager (software dev). But I only have 6.8 yrs experience. I joined this company as a software engineer and got promoted to SSE, Lead, and Manager. Some of my ...
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How could a human factors degree help a computer scientist?

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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Can working exclusively with niche apps or tech hurt your career in software development? How to get out of the cycle? [closed]

I'm finding myself in a bit of a pickle. I've been at a pretty comfortable IT group for almost a decade. I got my start here working on web development, mostly CRUD, but have demonstrated the ability ...
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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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How to get to level where one can charge $300/hr? [closed]

I've been a developer for financials/hedgefunds in the Northeast for about 9 years now. I'm a consultant and would like to stay that way. What do I need to do to get to around $300/hr? I've been a ...
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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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What is consultant application development?

Recently I got a job offer from csc as consultant application development. Currently I am working as a software engineer. Can somebody enlighten me on what is consultant application development ...
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Programming vs Planning

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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why compiler design/coding design considered the highest level activity in programming? [closed]

In some recent articles I have read I have found that in the programming ladder compiler design is always considered as highest level activity. Why is this so? Why not database design or network ...
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Way in over my head! (Dealing with better programmers)

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

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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Where would my different development rhythm be suitable for the work?

Over the years I have worked on many projects, with some successful and a great benefit to the company, and some total failures with me getting fired or otherwise leaving. What is the difference? ...
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Do startups need a dba? [closed]

I am a Database/ BI person with 5+ years of experience (SQL Server and Oracle). I would really love to work for a startup, but from the feeling I get from seeing the job postings, most startups are ...
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Listing technologies on a resume for a software position when your background is game programming? [closed]

So I'm thinking about applying for a entry level position in the software industry but my limited experience working and all my notable experience in college is with game technologies. Sure, the ...
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How can I be prepared to join a company?

There's more to it than that, but this title was the best way I could think of to sum it up. I'm a senior in a good computer science program, and I'm graduating early. About to start interviews and ...
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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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Non-language-specific interview questions for a senior web developer [closed]

I came across a job posting for a senior web developer position. The posting said that the development will be done using Ruby on Rails, but no prior knowledge is required. I confirmed with a contact ...
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Applying for job: how to showcase work done for (private) past clients?

I want to apply for my first "real" (read: non-freelance) Ruby on Rails job. I've built several apps already. My best work (also the most logically complicated app) was for a freelance client, and ...
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Crappy school, what to do? [closed]

I started programming fairly late. I am 24 years old and about to graduate from a local public university with a really poorly designed curriculum and teachers. Most of the work felt like busy work, ...
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Job at a Testing Solution Company [closed]

I have an option to join a company which is going to develop solutions to do load/stress testing . Its a startup and product is still under development . How do you think market for load/stress ...
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Is Embedded Engineer and Firmware Engineer the same Job?

I'm looking to steer my career of Computer Scientist a little more into robotics. I've been analyzing and junior embedded positions might be a good opportunity to start. However, searching through ...
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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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Why is the use of abstractions (such as LINQ) so taboo?

I am an independent contractor and, as such, I interview 3-4 times a year for new gigs. I am in the midst of that cycle now and got turned down for an opportunity even though I felt like the ...
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moving from software development to business analysis [closed]

I am seasoned analyst/developer who has grown from a senior dev to lead a small team working on line of business applications for a large company. In a last ten years I have been working within the ...
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Job prospects for open source project experience [closed]

I would like to know whether work experience in Open Source Projects will really brightens the job prospects/resume of a developer other than their day time programming job or doing certifications are ...
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Industries and types of projects avoiding OO

Seems like OO is everywhere. What if someone just doesn't grok it beyond a simple level, no matter how many books, workshops, kindly mentors etc they've had? Like some people are tone-deaf and can't ...
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How important are the people I work with? [closed]

I'm a very lucky individual who's managed to push a job I enjoy as a junior developer (I say push as I was hired as a Business Analyst but moved into development by proving I could do the work). I'm ...
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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 ...