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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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How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer?

I've recently read through Joel's guide to finding great developers, and I feel really strongly that I am smart and get things done. The problem is, I didn't learn how to get things done until about ...
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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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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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Microsoft's Software Development Engineer in Test position [closed]

I was curious about MS's Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) position. I've heard a lot of people speak negatively and positively about this position. I was wondering if any current or ...
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Is it okay to be generalist? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to specialize in a single field I like, or expand into other fields to broaden my horizons? I work at a ~50 employee company (UK), where all the technical ...
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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 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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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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How I do become a better programmer as a junior developer [closed]

I am a junior developer in South Africa. I just graduated from college last year. My current employers hired me as a developer but they do not give me anything to develop and I've been working here ...
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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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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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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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Is having your own website important? [closed]

How necessary or important is it? I try to keep a running list of blogs or sites to follow, but a lot of the time I pull up someone's profile and notice there isn't anything there. Is it really ...
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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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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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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 important is blogging/tutorial generation to career development? [closed]

Lately I've seen a number of application developer job postings with a dedicated field for personal blog site. I was wondering how important keeping a blog and generating tech related content is for ...
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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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Reading/resources for improving architect and senior engineer skills [closed]

I am working on improving my architect / senior engineer skills. In particular, I want to focus on "getting lost in the weeds" - spending a lot of time on a problem while a better solution could have ...
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What are the disadvantages of starting an opensource project if one is not an experienced programmer?

I have lots of ideas for products to be built. The problem is that I have less than a year of professional work experience and I am afraid of getting judged negatively in the future based on what I ...
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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 percentage of software developers work solo? [closed]

I'm trying to put together some ideas for a talk, and one of the things that occurred to me, is if there's any documentation or research into how many programmers work as the lone developer within ...
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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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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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Choosing between two programmers: experience vs. passion [closed]

I am in a position where I have to hire a programmer and have the option of 2 candidates, the first has experience but he doesn't have a passion for coding and he says so while the second doesn't have ...
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What is the difference between a great programmer and a financially successful programmer? [closed]

What is the difference between people like Zukerberg, Page and Brin who are programmers and also extraordinarily successful financially, and the other wise great programmer who are not very much ...
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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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Are Java certifications important for an architect role?

My this question is career path related. I want to know how much Java Certifications (SCJP, SCWCD and others) are important for an architect position. If a person posses a good experience in Java ...
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How much does the calibre of a Masters program matter to an employer? [closed]

The following two examples are hypothetical, but have a possibility of both becoming real (I'm a recent graduate with no CS work experience). In both situations I would be going for my Masters in ...
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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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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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How to build a career path to be an Architect? [closed]

I'm currently a junior Java developer with 1 year of experience. And I want to know how to become an Architect. what things should I focus on to reach that goal or to be more specific what is the road ...
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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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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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Web Developer or Software Engineer? [closed]

A question that I have been asking myself and really confused which path to take. So I need your guys help as to the pros and cons of these 2 professions in today's world. I love web applications ...
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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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Career in Embedded Systems For CS Major

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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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 ...