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Advice for transitioning into a Java developer position from doing other types of web development? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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3answers
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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 [closed]

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 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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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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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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9answers
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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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Would working for an “adult website” hurt my future employability? [closed]

I am considering taking a software engineering job at a pornographic website. While I have no moral objections to the industry, will it be a red flag on my resume?
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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 ...
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Is it reasonable for QA department to get higher average salary than that of development department? [closed]

I just talked to a friend. He said that in his company, QA persons get higher salary than developers, that on average it is 2 times higher. I'm quite surprised because I have thought that QA persons ...
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What are the IEEE and ACM good for? [closed]

Membership in the IEEE and ACM is sometimes portrayed as a sign of professionalism. But all that is involved, as far as I can tell, is sending them your money. In return, besides the potential resume ...
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Need advice: Staying techie or going the MBA way? [closed]

I know this is a very subjective question and I am the best person to decide this for myself...but I am just looking for your views. I have 5 years of experience as a professional developer. I have a ...
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What's the difference between junior, middle, and senior developers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Whats the difference between Entry Level/Jr/Sr developers? There seems to be three common java programmer qualification levels: Junior Middle Senior What makes a ...
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Transforming theoretical knowledge into practical knowledge [closed]

I have got good grades and ~ 10 years of professional embedded s/w development. However I have come to realize that and also been pointed out in performance appraisals that although I have good ...
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How does one keep up with all the new tools/languages/framework? [closed]

Just wondering how everyone keeps up with it. I mainly work with ASP.NET and Windows form, but I'm stuck using 3.0 for business reasons. So most of my self education is on my own time (weekends, ...
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“Don't do programming after a few years of starting career”. Is this a fair advice? [closed]

I am a little experienced developer having approximately 5 years experience in PHP and somewhat less in Java, C# and trying to learn some Python nowadays. Since the start of my career as a programmer ...
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4answers
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What are the most needed skills for someone entering the workforce as a software engineer? [closed]

I am currently doing a PhD in analytical chemistry, however I am a reasonably good programmer and consider myself to be best in the lab apart from my supervisor. I spend most of my time coding and ...
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Which skills should I improve in order to become a professional software engineer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: most desirable skills for a graduate software engineer I'm currently doing my PhD in physics and will be finished in about two years from now. I plan to become a ...
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How do you cope with the dynamic nature of high-level software development? [closed]

I consider myself a high level software developer. I enjoy reading a lot, and it's helped me over the course of my career. I think I am doing well. Right now, I spend a lot of time learning new ...
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13answers
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I'm in over my head at my job. What should I do? [closed]

About 8 months ago I was hired as the sole developer at a small company to take on a certain project. Although there are other small projects that come up from time to time, I've been spending about ...
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Non-Managerial Programming Progression? [closed]

I'm contemplating my future career. I have the idea that from a rank-and-file-programmer position, I can advance either along a management track or along a programming track. I'm really not ...
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What are the steps in beginning a large project, when all I have is a big idea? [closed]

I am computer engineering student. I've been thinking about how I can handle a big project. What should be my first step to reach my goal in a more efficient and effective way? When I come up with a ...
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How crucial are computer science topics toward getting a job? [closed]

I've been considering moving to a new city (getting seduced by those big city lights), and I'm trying to decide if my lack of "computer science"-y skills is going to make me overly uncompetitive. Let ...
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How do I transition from software support to software development? [closed]

I am at a crossroad - I've been working for whole 4 years as a support person fixing countless bugs, developing (minimal) changes and improvements to our software, working together with our clients ...
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2answers
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How to structure a trainee program? [closed]

At my company we are thinking about starting a trainee program for software developers. We are thinking about attracting people with a CS degree, but little or no experience (or people with relevant ...
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6answers
993 views

Should fresh grads join startups keeping in mind the future? [closed]

I'll graduate next year and the campus drive has secured me a couple of jobs with what we call the "big" companies. But I had approached a startup recently as I really liked their projects and am also ...
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Company Size and Career development [closed]

I am currently working as a software engineer for a large company (around 1000 employees). I recently got a job offer for a smaller company but with more pay (enough that I am really considering the ...
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An aspiring programmers proverbial fork. (asp.net or …) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to specialize in a single field I like, or expand into other fields to broaden my horizons? Do Diversified Skills Foster or Hinder Specialization? ...
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Should I Specialize for my Career? Specialist vs Jack-of-all-Trades? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do Diversified Skills Foster or Hinder Specialization? I am 27 years old and I've been working professionally as a developer for about 4 or 5 years now. I've worked ...
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In-house versus Software-development Environment [closed]

In the industry, there is a distinction made between an 'in-house development' environment where the software developers are writing code which will be used by the company itself and a proper ...
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Should I take a job working with an esoteric language? [closed]

How worthwhile is it to take a job that will mainly involve working with an esoteric or niche language? Will this limit my prospect of moving back into languages that I prefer working with later in my ...
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Learning the domain-specific knowledge or dig deeper into fundamentals? [closed]

Context I've graduated from college a couple of months ago and now I'm working as a software engineer for a company that builds software products. I consider myself lucky that I don't have to work on ...
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1answer
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What is the best way to approach reading other people's code? [closed]

I'm a junior developer and am trying to learn by reading open source code (AutoMapper). My approach would be to first understand the requirements of the software/feature. Then look for specifics on ...
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Which areas( I.T.) are mostly affected by Outsourcing? [closed]

My parents complain about me choosing a career in IT instead of business since most companies outsource IT nowadays. I always thought IT/Desktop supports are the ones who got outsourced, but it seems ...
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8answers
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Work in a company as a Soft. Engineer or take a Master? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does having Master's degree in Computer Science help your career? Is a Master's worth it? I don't know if this question fits here. But, what would you, as a ...
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1answer
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How can I migrate from Excel VBA with ADO to C++ with OCCI? [closed]

I am employed as a developer, but the only application development tools I have available to me are Access and Excel (i.e., VBA). Fortunately, I have good access to our Oracle DB, but that took some ...
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What are the things necessary to become good technical architect [closed]

I was just curious to know about how to become a good technical architect Or what are the things makes a Developer good architect. Please share your insights and articles.
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3answers
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Prerequisites to become a technical architect [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the things necessary to become good technical architect I have many years of development experience mostly in Microsoft technologies and looking forward for an ...
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3answers
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Horizontal growth vs vertical growth [closed]

I worked in a lot of different environments since I finished University. I worked as software analyst in optics, numeric control, military and networking environments and learned using a lot of ...
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2answers
916 views

How to rate myself as a programmer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer? I am sure many of us think of themselves as good coders, my question is how to be sure of this? How to know that i am ...
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo. [closed]

Background of my working environment My manager has no background or understanding of computers or software whatsoever. It is highly likely he hasn't seen code in any form (not even from a physical ...
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Graduate expectations versus reality [closed]

When choosing what we want to study, and do with our careers and lives, we all have some expectations of what it is going to be like. Now that I've been in the industry for almost a decade, I've been ...
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What is the difference between being an IT in investment bank and a professional IT company? [closed]

Suppose there are two positions: IT in investment bank: developer for the infrastructure or the platform a famous IT company: embedded developer, linux As far as I understand, since in the ...
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Is knowing .NET only enough for a successful career in IT industry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to specialize in a single field I like, or expand into other fields to broaden my horizons? Recently, I don’t know from where I got a thought in my mind ...
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Am I potentially hurting my career by taking a dev test position? [duplicate]

Background: If you haven't read much of what I've written here, then: I'm a sole developer I've developed professionally for ~3 years, personally for 13 I love my work Top-to-bottom, I find the ...