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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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How important is membership in industrial or professional organizations? [closed]

I recieved free membership to the Australian Computer Society when they granted me a scholarship/arranged an internship. With that internship, I have my first real world experience as an software ...
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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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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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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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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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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 much should I know before looking for an internship? (self-taught with math background) [closed]

The only formal education I received is 2.5 years as a major in pure maths with computer applications (sounds like an oxymoron, but basically it's pure maths with some courses on algorithms, discrete ...
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Java advice needed, What is Java Messaging Service

Is it used for Software Development or Website development? Is it needed (or good) for a JSP Programmer to learn JMS? I know server side scripting languages like JSP and PHP, but I have not found ...
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Confused about career options in Web Development

I am currently in the final year of my graduation in computer science course. I love programming in PHP but not under pressure. As my graduation life is going to be over I have to shape up my career. ...
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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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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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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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Is it a must to focus on one specific IT subject to be succesful?

Lately I'm deeply disturbed by the thought that I'm still not devoted to one specific IT subject after so many years of doing it as a hobby. I've been in so many different IT related hobbies since I ...
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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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What does it mean if a job requires a “Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field”?

Specifically, what is meant by "related field"? I'm in the process of pursuing an IT Infrastructure B.A.S. from the U of M (Twin Cities), but have been playing around with the idea of just doing the ...
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Shoring up deficiencies in a “home grown” programmer? [on hold]

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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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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What is expected of me as a recent graduate? [closed]

I just recently graduated and now work as an entry level software developer. I've been there for 2 weeks. Is it normal for me to feel like I'm the stupidest person in the room? I feel like the interns ...
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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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EE vs Computer Science: Effect on Developers' Approaches, Styles? [closed]

Are there any systematic differences between software developers (sw engineers, architect, whatever job title) with an electronics or other engineering background, compared to those who entered the ...
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How do you stay in touch with a programming language?

I'll be starting work for the first time in the IT Industry on the 18th of this month. I'll be working mostly with Microsoft technologies such as C#.NET and MS Dynamic CRM. I spent the last year ...
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How popular is ITIL in the rest of the world?

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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Is it acceptable that after reading a certain technology in a book, you put it in your resume as a skill? [on hold]

I am a junior IT person and I am a bit short on experience and I am diploma graduate so which makes me lack knowledge in the eyes of the human resource department. so what I do is I read technical ...
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Is learning how to use C (or C++) a requirement in order to be a good (excellent) programmer?

When I first started to learn how to program, real programmers could write assembly in their sleep. Any serious schooling in computer science would include a hefty bit of training and practice in ...
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Is programming in the real world much less about programming itself?

I am in the second year of my CS degree, and so far most of the projects I worked on were pretty "programming intensive", which I like. For example, developing a Sudoku solver, creating a database ...
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How does someone with a business degree become a software consultant?

I'm a 4th year computer engineering student from a reputable university in Toronto and i'm curious as to how some of these software consulting positions with the large firms (Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, ...
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Starting a second undergraduate degree [closed]

Some background I've started programming when I was about 10 years old and truly loved it ever since. This year I've graduated from a mediocre university with a CS degree in Eastern Europe and two ...
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CS Concentrations and Career Paths [closed]

I'm approaching the end of Sophomore year in college (Studying Computer Science), and very soon I'm going to have to decide on my concentration, but I honestly don't know what each concentration ...
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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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Where to get experience with Big Data? [closed]

I have a strong interest in creating and learning about highly scalable web sites and applications which deal with Big Data. For example, many world class web companies and startups such as Twitter, ...
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What does Dijkstra mean when he recommends an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue? [closed]

Dijkstra writes here: Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer. I do not understand the ...
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Career advice: PhD in theory of programming languages [closed]

I'm very interested in the theories of programming languages and going to apply a PhD in this topic, but I want to know more about the career after the graduate education. besides being a professor, ...
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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?

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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Involuntarily becoming a programmer: how to do it right?

My background is electrical engineering, DSP to be more precise. The company I currently work for does a lot of diverse projects, mostly building analog hardware. Being somewhat closer to computers ...
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Becoming a “maintenance developer” [duplicate]

So I've kind of been getting angry about the current position I'm in, and I'd love to get other developers' input on this. I've been at my current place of employment for about 11 months now. When I ...
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Unix tools in business use: are they helpful? [closed]

Do you think knowing Unix tools like sed, awk, LaTeX, Perl give you a great edge in the business world? (e.g. being a manager) From my short reflection, the only profession that needs those sort of ...
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Too much to learn, dealing with overwhelming varieties of technologies [closed]

I am about to graduate, and I am already working as a web developer in our library IT department. When I look at job postings I am absolutely overwhelmed by the sheer variety of technologies out ...
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What is the best way to stay on the cutting edge of Software Engineering? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I improve my coding skills? I was asked this (What is the best way to stay on the cutting edge of Software Engineering?), and it's really bothered me that I ...
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Is it more valuable to double major in Computer Science/Software Engineering or get an undergraduate CS degree with a Masters in SE? [closed]

A friend and I (both in college) are currently in a debate over which is better, in terms of employment opportunities, experience, and education: a Bachelors degree in both Computer Science and ...
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What is the Startup spirit? [closed]

I keep hearing from Net and people around me that Startups are the place where you get to learn a lot, and Also, I come across term 'Startup Spirit' . What is the Difference between working culture of ...
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How do I prove I'm a capable full-time hire after 3 years of a CS degree & lots of summer experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer? I'm in kind of a strange predicament. There have been family ramifications that I've had to leave ...