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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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Standard practices for an architect

I am the architect for my group. Unfortunately I was given this position organically and there are no standards in place for how I should do my job. At different companies, how does the architect role ...
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo.

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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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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How can I get more experience with lower level programming?

I'm about 3 years experience as .NET developer, but I'm sad I haven't gotten to create anything that excites me because I'm just using puzzle pieces someone else has already created. I learned most ...
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Are Java certifications important for an architect role? [closed]

My this question is career path related. I want to know how much Java Certifications (SCJP, SCWCD and others) are important for an architect position. If a person posses a good experience in Java ...
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Should I be able to design good interfaces and produce quality content?

I'm just coming into my final year of university so I'm going to start looking for jobs as a software developer and I just wanted to know just how important it is to be able to design good looking ...
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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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Is it possible to get a job in a high-demand company without having hobby projects? [closed]

I was curious if the recruitment team at high-demand companies such as Google takes a lack of hobby projects into consideration when evaluating candidates. I'm a straight 40 hour/week programmer, who ...
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Can I take a year off without hurting my career?

I've been working since I graduated for the past year at a bank as a developer, first starting out maintaining a legacy application, then transitioning into developing new workflows. The work's okay, ...
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Will my communication skills be wasted in a software engineering career?

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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How difficult is it to transition from a software test engineer to a software development engineer? [closed]

I have been working as a Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) at Microsoft for last 2 years and I am contemplating a change in role to a Software Development Engineer (SDE) position. I have a ...
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Is it wise to accept for a backend developer to work only on the Front end part of the application only because you even know it well?

I am a python developer , i have experience in developing web applications using python. Since i deal with web , i have to know some knowledge about the front end part , hence i even learned HTML, CSS ...
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Should I be concerned if I have nothing to do during an internship?

I have been an intern at this company for about four months now. At first, it was great because I didn't have a ton of hours, the work was interesting, and it didn't interfere with school. However, ...
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Making money from developing Open Source Software. How does that work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making money with Open Source as a developer? I've been hearing recently that more and more developers contribute their efforts to many open-source products. Being a ...
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How do I get a job as a game developer? [closed]

I'm an entry-level programmer just out of college. As I've found out, I don't really enjoy working on "boring" applications like networking, firewalls, and such. My dream job would be something like ...
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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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Should I focus on getting certified? [duplicate]

I am a graduate in computing and I am on the job hunt at the moment. So I now have an MSc and a Bsc qualification in applied computing. People have been saying get a professional qualification right ...
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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 ...
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What are the steps in beginning a large project, when all I have is a big idea?

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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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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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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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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Is experience in business analysis useful when moving into a programming career?

Note: If you want the gist of this post, skip to the last two paragraphs. Before expanding on the question, just a short preamble: I figured that the Programmers Q&A network was a better place ...
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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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Getting into JEE

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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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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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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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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Almost graduate, how to prepare myself for the “real world”? [duplicate]

I just had a few questions that maybe some people in the industry, or people that have been in my shoes can help me fill. I will not put you to sleep with boring details, but a little back story will ...
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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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Challenging Job after Graduate Studies

I worked with an M.N.C developing web applications in Java/J2EE related technologies(includes JSF,struts,hibernate etc.) now I quit my job to pursue Graduate Studies in the U.S.A. So I am a student in ...
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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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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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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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From Freelance to Software Company [closed]

So I've been teaching and doing freelance work for years. I make great money and I love what i do. However, recently I that I have more personal project ideas than I can work on. I have tons of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How deeply the interviewer goes in these skillls asked in job posting

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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How to build a career path to be an Architect? [closed]

I'm currently a junior Java developer with 1 year of experience. And I want to know how to become an Architect. what things should I focus on to reach that goal or to be more specific what is the road ...
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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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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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How to get a job with no experience? [closed]

I am about to be a new college grad and I am trying to get an internship or a jr software engineer position. However, I have no experience at all in the field. All I will have is my degree and my in ...
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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 ...