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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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As the team leader/manager, what kind of role should I seek when we switch to Scrum? [closed]

My company wants to start using Scrum, and in real scrum there is no place for a real team leader (manager). What is the next step for the dev team leader? Should I be a (chief) system architect/tech ...
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Career change question: going from systems analyst to embedded systems development [duplicate]

How should I go about making a switch from doing help desk type work to embedded software development or any type of development that is done at a lower level? I will finally finish my degree in ...
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What's more important for advancement writing lots of code (maybe only bug patches) or learning more CS? [closed]

I'm currently a graduate student in Computer Science. I've had a few jobs before coming back (doing some coding for the Army while in) and working in an Oracle shop. Both jobs could be done by monkeys ...
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9answers
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Do you consider quitting your job if you cannot add anything new to your resume for a long time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? I just realized that I cannot add any new programming skills to my resume, for like 10 months. I am not ...
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How do you typically become chief software engineer in a company? [closed]

I was under the impression that you start in a programming job, do a good job, demonstrate willingness, get sent to a bunch of internships by the employer, and make your way up until you are given ...
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What should I put into my online development portfolio? [duplicate]

Online portfolios are very popular with designers, but what about developers? I'm a Java web developer who also enjoys writing Javascript, and I was thinking of putting up a site with links to a ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to using your real name online? [closed]

As a programmer, do you see any professional or other advantage in using your real name in online discourse, versus an invented handle? I've always gone by a single username and had my real name ...
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Professionalism of online username / handle [closed]

I have in the past, and continue currently, used the handle "thanatos" on a lot of Internet sites, and if that isn't available (which happens ~50% of the time), "deathanatos". "Thanatos" is the name ...
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Is mentioning my blog on my resume helpful or hurtful to a job search? [closed]

I have a blog that I use mostly to record solutions to problems I have had, that I had some trouble finding an answer to. Mostly problems where the online doc I googled provided too much info, and I ...
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5answers
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What is the career path for a software generalist? [closed]

A question on software specialties inspired this question. How valuable is a software generalist compared to a specialist? When I say generalist, I mean someone who can take a project from ...
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Does W3C membership help future career? [closed]

Having international certificates from giant companies like Microsoft, Cisco, etc. can be a great help to your career. Also if you have a decent amount of experience, you're fine getting a job. How ...
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Importance of theoretical knowledge alongside hands-on ability [closed]

I am obsessed with good code practices, clean code and most of all secure. I often find myself searching for the best way to do something, constantly asking for code review and looking for ways to ...
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How do you address the gap on your resume after a self-funded sabbatical? [closed]

There are a ton of questions on Programmers.SE about whether or not taking extended time off is a good idea and what to do during that time off to maintain your skill level: Will taking two years off ...
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6answers
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Continuous Professional development – the best approach [duplicate]

From my experience in the current working environment, one's professional development is definitely in the hands of the individual. As I see it there are several routes to the same objective based ...
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What are some interesting masters degrees to take a programming career in an unusual and interesting direction? [closed]

So I'm thinking about doing a masters, or some other form of degree to add to my Bsc in Computer Science - and am looking for ideas on some of the more unusual options out there. It seems to be fairly ...
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What is the solution for “not enough commercial experience”? [closed]

I have almost 2 years commercial experience in web development. Yet every time I apply for a job I get a call back "Sorry you don't have enough commercial experience for this position." The last 6 ...
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3answers
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What is the best path for a CS graduate who wants to end up doing creative research-like development? [closed]

Background: This question came to mind after I ignorantly came to the conclusion that I was driven to go into game development, because it is the only place I can do creative development without the ...
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Tools to support learning a new business domain [closed]

Suppose you just accepted a job, writing code in an industry sector that you've never worked in before. To be effective, you want to immerse yourself in the business domain - to understand the ...
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How can I compensate for having gone to a JavaSchool? [closed]

In an earlier question, I asked for career advice for new software engineers who did well before and during college. But what about people who weren't fortunate enough to go to MIT or Yale, for ...
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8answers
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Does having a high “rep” on StackOverflow help you get a job? What other community sites do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job? Just curious, what Web2.0 websites do employers use (if any) to pre-screen potential employees? Does any ...
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Will my communication skills be wasted in a software engineering career? [closed]

I've been in the financial engineering arena (after BA Math and BA Computer Science) for about 5 years (20% analysis/programming, 80% communicating) and take pride in my ability to communicate with ...
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Starting career as SDET, is this a big block to be SDE later (1 or 2 years later) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Microsoft's Software Development Engineer in Test position I just graduated and got a decent offer about SDET with a nice location and nice pay. I tried for several ...
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15answers
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How do I deal with the need to know multiple programming languages? [closed]

I am a relatively young programmer. I am 23 and I have been programming professionally for about 5 years. As most programmers I started with C, learned some x86 assembly for fun and then I found C++ ...
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How do I get into a career in distributed systems? [closed]

I am enamored by reliable distributed systems and want to spend my career improving them rather than merely using them to write the same CRUD applications over and over. What experience will convince ...
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How deeply the interviewer goes in these skillls asked in job posting [closed]

I have seen many job posting with normal technical skills required but there are few thing mentioned in them , which i have no idea actually how can i go about improving them or how should i prove ...
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Getting into JEE [closed]

I'm the author of this question from a couple of months ago: Java but no JEE experience I thought about just editing this question, because this a bit of a followup to it - but it's actually a ...
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Should I prepare to compete with a company that doesn't hire me? [closed]

I've been interviewing with a software company lately, and in my most recent (and final) interview I learned some more about the project I'd be working on: how it's architected, what needs ...
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Will high reputation on Programmers help to get a good job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job? In reference to this question, do you think that having a high reputation on this site will help to get a ...
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Is all industry experience equal (for the most part)? [closed]

I graduated not too long ago with a degree in computer science. I've been working for a software company for a couple of months, but the work that I'm doing doesn't seem to fall into any defined ...
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1answer
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What would the role of a “Software Engineer in Test” be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Microsoft SDET position How difficult is it to transition from a software test engineer to a software development engineer? I interviewed for a Software Engineering ...
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How significant are Spring and Hibernate in software development? [closed]

I am a software professional with about 1.6 years of experience in Java. Due to personal reasons, I had to quit my job, and now after 5 to 6 months, I am about start my career again. I am planning to ...
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3answers
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career development strategy for complementing 0+ years of OO PHP [closed]

I started programming in PHP sometime before last Christmas. Before that, I had done some development with Access/VBA (1-2 years). I have a BA in Art History and a masters in Music Composition. I've ...
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How do I improve my skills working in a small shop? [closed]

I'm a self-taught programmer and I'm working for a company that doesn't deal directly with building software (a glass manufacturer with a small IT team). I'm the only .NET developer there, although ...
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How can I transition to a job using the Microsoft stack? [closed]

I graduated from university with a computer science degree (BSc), having done some C, C++, Java, Python, and Oracle along the way. I did some freelancing while I was at university and carried this ...
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Will a Bachelor of Science in something other than Computer Science hurt a career in software development? [closed]

I have a BSc in Geology. Once I was half-way through my bachelors only, I found where my real talents are. Will my basic degree be a problem for me to progress in the Software field (I feel lot of ...