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Can programmer certifications substitute for degree requirements [closed]

I am a Computer Technician without a computer science background and planning to become a Java programmer. My question is, if I pass a Java certification, would that be enough to for me to get a job ...
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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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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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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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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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How to change careers [closed]

For the past 4 years I have worked in c# doing web development. I have really enjoyed it, learnt a lot and have a worked hard to get to a position where I am earning good money and enjoy the work. ...
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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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Shoring up deficiencies in a “home grown” programmer?

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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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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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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Stuff to read up on pricing applications [closed]

I'm about to release an app and I have no idea what would be the ideal pricing point. I'm not sure how pricing high and selling few copies will compare in revenue to pricing low and selling lots of ...
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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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Is a client side developer usually expected to do design work also, or know designing and CSS as well?

If I'm applying for a client side developer job, am I usually expected to know designing as well? Such as CSS? I have knowledge of JavaScript, JQuery, Ajax and HTML5 basics, and HTML DOM. Is this ...
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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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Is it acceptable that after reading a certain technology in a book, you put it in your resume as a skill?

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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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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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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Can a C# developer turned VB developer ever return to C# later in their career without a significant penalty? [closed]

Background: IT Recruitment in UK has absolutely exploded over the last five years and I get quite a few calls from recuiters each week with positions. One recruiter offered to put me forward for a ...
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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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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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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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Interview prep for coding [closed]

I have an interview for a position and was told that I would have to do some coding test, given a laptop in a specific, by myself, in a specific time-period of 45-60 mins. This is the first time for ...
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How to find your path in the programming world [closed]

It seems like to become a successful programmer one should choose a single language, technology, platform, field and focus on it. The problem is there are so many interesting things in this area I ...
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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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What companies hire data scientists? [closed]

What kind of data jobs are there in the software industry for someone with a B.S. in pure mathematics and a minor in statistics but with little experience in programming? I want to work on the data ...
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Can writing mobile apps be a full time job? [closed]

As an aspiring android developer, reading this today gave me a distinct feeling of a rug being pulled under my feet. While the research discussed, is about the Apple apps store, I believe it safe ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Optimal number of years per job [closed]

Some developers keep their job for too little, as if they have commitment issues. Some keep their job for too long, as if they're afraid to leave their safety zone. What is the optimal number of ...
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from Java to SAS [closed]

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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Should I go back to college and graduate with a poor GPA or try to jump into an entry-level development position? [closed]

I once attended a top-10 American university but I am currently not in school for several different reasons. Chief among them is that I did very poorly two semesters and even failed one of them (got ...
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Frustrated where I am, but not sure where to go with my career [closed]

I work (3 years now) as a lead developer for a team developing internal tools and websites for a customer account within large outsourcing company. I'm a self taught programmer and my previous ...
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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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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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Unix tools in business use: are they helpful?

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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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 ...
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non-programming jobs that making use of programmig skills? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Jobs that use programming which aren't in the technology sector I have programming skills, but i don't want to sit in front of a computer 8 hours a day. Is there ...
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How to describe the complexity of a project, without revealing information?

I will be looking for a job after a long break, so I need all the help I can get. Problem is, my best point in a portofolio is an unusual application, using quite unusual algorithms, that may seem ...
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Software engineer, already in late thirties, would I have trouble finding a new position? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is ageism in software development based on anything other than bias? I have been a software engineer in the U.S for about 10 years now and I am already in my late ...
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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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Developer to team leader [duplicate]

How much experience is considered enough for a developer to become a team leader? For IT managment what is the measure to check if the current team member is good enough to become a team leader ...
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Is programming experience useful to become a Business Analyst? [closed]

Is programming experience important to become a BA? I have an opportunity to switch from programming to BA in IT, but I am not sure what to do. In the future, I want to proceed as BA only. Does ...