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Pure vs Applied Math For Programmers [closed]

Math has always been my thing in that I've always found the subject easy. Computer Science is my second love, though. Given the choice, I would prefer to major in Math. Since the only careers one ...
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Is there such a thing as a .NET developer curriculum?

One of the constructs I miss from academia is a curriculum for what must be covered in order to get a degree in computer science. I started with a .NET shop almost three years ago without having any ...
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How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?

Most of my career has been working on numerical algorithms, image processing, calibrating science data, making LEDs blink... very little at the level of whole apps and sophisticated GUIs. Though I ...
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Role of Microsoft certifications ADO.Net, ASP.Net, WPF, WCF and Career?

I am a Microsoft fan and .Net enthusiast. I want to align my career in the lines of current and future .Net technologies. I have an MCTS in ASP.Net 3.5. The question is about the continuation of ...
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How to explain my 5 burnt-out years off to a new employer? [closed]

Five years ago, I lost my ability to concentrate long-term, and therefore ability to code with professional efficiency. I know why it happened, I understood how it happened, and on top of being able ...
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Does learning to develop for iOS create a lock-in? [closed]

If I begin my career (first job) with developing on the iOS platform, does that lock me in into iOS and Mac OS X development only? By locking me in I mean will that create barriers for me to switch ...
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Career progression from Systems Architect? [closed]

What are the usual career paths from a Systems Architecture role? Do people ever move from architecture roles into management and work towards CIO/CTO or do they generally just head towards ...
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Career stability or tech skill growth? [closed]

For the last 3 years, I've been working as the lone .NET software developer in a large non-tech, manufacturing company. The work conditions and the pay are great, and it is a very stable position, ...
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Switching domains in one's career?

I have been a C++,Qt programmer for the last 3.5 years and have hit a plateau in terms of doing something new. Work has been repetitive and routine. I personally believe it is time to move on but off ...
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Making the move to team leading [closed]

I'm looking for some examples of experiences from people who have made the move from programmer to team leader. I'm kind of wanting to know the reasons why people have done it. Specifically, these are ...
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How can I make the transition from being a beginner to an Intermediate/advanced level iPhone developer?

I've been programming for the iPhone for quite some time now. I have read books like Beginning iPhone 4 Development by Jeff LaMarche and Programming in Objective C by Stephen Kochan. Right now I am ...
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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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Returning to programming/math after a years long inactivity; becoming a better professional; setting goals [closed]

I am in a somewhat, hopefully, common situation to many of my peers in NYC. I will be brutally honest here. I've graduated with CS degree (minor math) from a top 20 school, worked programming/qa jobs ...
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More job responsibilities, yet still entry level? [closed]

I currently work for a large-ish manufacturing company that has a variety of pay grade levels. I've put some serious time and effort into my work over the past 4 years and I've managed to make a ...
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Employer admits that its developers are underpaid and undervalued. Time to part ways?

My employer recently posted an opening for a C# Developer with 3-5 years of experience. The requirements and expectations for the position were fair, up until the criteria for salary determination. It ...
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Will taking a job that's web and database related limit my software development opportunities later on? [closed]

I love programming, particularly OOP. My school experience was mostly in Java/OOP, and I had a job for a limited time in Java, Python, and other OOP kind of languages. However, a move necessitated a ...
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What are the preconditions to get an experienced developer from working as a freelancer to owning a small software company? [closed]

I've been a software developer for 8 years. I've worked on about 20 projects, some smaller, some bigger. I know how to help myself by using google magic, msdn, youttube, tutorials, how-to's etc. I'm ...
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Tips for a first year CS student looking for a summer internship to gain experience? [closed]

I am a first year CS student and my programming experience is only what I have obtained in my computer programming I and II classes this school year. (console applications in C++) I want to find a ...
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Do I deserve a promotion/higher salary? [closed]

I'm a software developer and have been working at my current employer for almost 2 years. I joined straight out of university, so this is my first real full-time job. I was employed as a junior ...
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Is programming as a profession in a race to the bottom? [closed]

It seems to me that the programming industry is in a race to the bottom. If we take the practices of: Not taking time to implement best practices Using other's people code as much as possible ...
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Is “as long as it works” the norm? [closed]

See my more recent question: Is programming as a profession in a race to the bottom? My last shop did not have a process. Agile essentially meant they did not have a plan at all about how to develop ...
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The MsC gray zone: How to deal with the “too unexperienced on engineering/too under-qualified for research” situation? [closed]

Last year I've got a MsC degree on CS. On the beginning of the MsC course, I was keen on moving on with research and go for a PhD. However, as the months passed, I started to feel the urge to write ...
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Should I start making connections even if I'm not ready for a job yet? [closed]

The first job is always the hardest to get and I'm no exception. I'm 23 years old and I have no college degree but planned on going to college this year if all goes well (CS of course). I'm ...
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Do employers prefer software engineering over CS majors? [closed]

I'm in grad school at a university that was one of the first to have a software engineering accredited program. My undergrad is in CS. An employer recently recruited at our university and hired 5 SE ...
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What kind of positions could a beginning developer expect to qualify for in five years? [closed]

I am a Junior developer, just landing in a job after completing my Masters. I'm not clear on what positions or roles I could possibly be in after five years? So My Question is, What kind of ...
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Can being funny hurt your promotion opportunities? [closed]

I have always been an outgoing guy, who likes to make jokes and be funny. Although this is apparent to everyone I meet, whether it be at a party or just participating in a conversation. It's just who ...
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How could your company's learning/development department best serve you? [closed]

I'll preface my question with a disclaimer - I am not an engineer, I'm just someone who works with them full-time, in a learning and development capacity. Given that, one of the comments I get ...
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How to go about working as a Contract/Consultant remotely [closed]

I currently have a full-time job, but my company is thinking of turning me into a Contract/Consultant due to the fact that I'm now in a different city and have to work remotely. I know usually ...
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What is the path to become a manager/CIO/CTO? [closed]

From your experience, what must be taken or done to become a manager/CIO/CTO when your background is computer science/programming? Do I need to take a management degree (MBA) in order to become a ...
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Professional Developers, may I join you? [closed]

I currently work in technical support for a software/hardware company and for the most part it's a good job, but it's feeling more and more like I'm getting 'stuck' here. No raises in the 5 years I've ...
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Need advice on making the transition from a .NET development shop to a Java shop

For almost all of my professional development career (15+ years) I have been working on or managing development teams that primarily use Microsoft technologies (VB6, ASP, ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server, ...
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Career path for software QA / Test engineer

I have been working as a software QA analyst for 6 years. I will be finishing a Masters degree in computer science this year. I’m just not sure how to advance my career after my graduation. I like ...
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I've been programming in one language for many years. Is this career suicide? [closed]

I have been programming in the same Object Oriented Programming language for many years (Windows-based). The problem is this particular language is not very popular, and not one of the hottest ones in ...
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Advice for transitioning into a Java developer position from doing other types of web development?

I've been doing web programming and currently work at a company working with mainly PHP and Javascript. For a little while now I've been becoming more and more frustrated with the shortcomings of this ...
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Am I going to damage my career if I switched to a completely different route?

I have been in the Java programming for the last 4 years, basically doing Java web development and JEE. I have spent the last 7 months investing in learning Objective-C and iOS development for fun. ...
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Does taking a series of contracts hurt your career?

So I've been contracting for 6-7 months now. The problem I have is that I take a contract while looking for work and then don't want to bail on the people working in my contract. Then when the ...
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A developer as IT Manager: advice? [closed]

A week after my boss, the IT Manager of a highly automated manufacturing plant, and I had a conversation about the future plans for the Software Development Unit (me) regarding training, junior dev ...
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Moving your career to another programming language

I'll cut to the chase. I'm looking for advice on how an experienced developer would convince a prospective employer that they should be considered for a position that uses another language. This is ...
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Career Advice: Should I relearn XHTML and CSS for my career?

Currently, I am a Ruby/Rails developers. Before I was .NET developer and got MCTS in Windows Client Development. But of the time I don't touch any HTML or CSS and I don't have any experience in doing ...
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Career in robotics [closed]

I need advice on how to get a job in Robotics. I got a rejection when I applied in IRobot or some company related to Robotics. I am a international student. I have a masters in Artificial ...
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career advice for PhD scientist seeking to program? [closed]

I'm largely a self-taught programmer. In fact, I first started programming about half way through biophysics grad school, and even though I think I've done some pretty nice work, I've never worked as ...
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From programmer to programmers coach

Coming from a "standalone" programmer job, which methods or tools do you use when the time has come to have to drive a team of programmers as project manager (but still coding with the crew) to ...
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Job title inflation and fluffing [closed]

When you work on the same project for a relative long time you get more experienced. You may also master many new technologies. Besides the coding you may also do what would classify other roles. ...
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C++ pigeonholing

I'm a EE major who has been working as a software engineer for the past 4 years. Nearly all of the programming that I do at work is in C++. Like a lot of other members here, I'm afraid of being ...
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Career switch from high level to kernel programming

Currently I am employed as high level programmer doing some algorithmic & database stuff in C++. In my company there are programmers that are writing Windows kernel drivers (mostly software ...
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Moving from a small to a large company [closed]

Does anyone have any tips, thoughts, warnings, or general wisdom for a application/database developer who is moving specifically from a start-up sized company to a large organization? Examples ...
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Does being a jack-of-all-trades hurt your career? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to specialize in a single field I like, or expand into other fields to broaden my horizons? Looking at job postings, the vast majority ask for extremely ...
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When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? [closed]

Have you ever reached a point at your job when you just know it's time to move on? When do you move to the point that you're willing to let go of the demons you know for the ones you don't know? ...
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Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? Problem: I had no prior experience when I interviewed, so I didn't know exactly what to ask them about ...
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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 ...