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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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Are Business Majors considered for Programming Jobs?

Are business majors like Marketing relevant for programming jobs. Do employers even consider business degree holders as potential candidates? Let's say, if all I had was a business degree, should I be ...
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How does someone with a business degree become a software consultant?

I'm a 4th year computer engineering student from a reputable university in Toronto and i'm curious as to how some of these software consulting positions with the large firms (Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, ...
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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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CS Concentrations and Career Paths [closed]

I'm approaching the end of Sophomore year in college (Studying Computer Science), and very soon I'm going to have to decide on my concentration, but I honestly don't know what each concentration ...
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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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from software developer to a software teacher career [closed]

I am a software engineer on a large company and I love what I do. However, I feel that on the long run I would like to become a teacher on these subjects, not exactly a classic uni teacher, but more ...
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Science degrees that are complementary to programming [closed]

I hope this wouldn't be closed especially since I think a lot of people can benefit from this question that are in similar positions to mine. I'm been programming for a long time (since I was about ...
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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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Where to get experience with Big Data? [closed]

I have a strong interest in creating and learning about highly scalable web sites and applications which deal with Big Data. For example, many world class web companies and startups such as Twitter, ...
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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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What does Dijkstra mean when he recommends an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue?

Dijkstra writes here: Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer. I do not understand the ...
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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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Career advice: PhD in theory of programming languages [closed]

I'm very interested in the theories of programming languages and going to apply a PhD in this topic, but I want to know more about the career after the graduate education. besides being a professor, ...
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1answer
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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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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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I've got my Master's in Software Engineering… Now what? [closed]

Recently I completed a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA, US), because I wanted to have some formal education in software (my undergrad is in Math Ed) ...
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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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Resources for bidding on projects successfully? [closed]

What are successful guidelines for bidding on programming projects on sites like guru.com? How do you write a bid that is likely to be accepted? Are there any examples of great bids? How do you ...
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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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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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Involuntarily becoming a programmer: how to do it right?

My background is electrical engineering, DSP to be more precise. The company I currently work for does a lot of diverse projects, mostly building analog hardware. Being somewhat closer to computers ...
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Becoming a “maintenance developer” [duplicate]

So I've kind of been getting angry about the current position I'm in, and I'd love to get other developers' input on this. I've been at my current place of employment for about 11 months now. When I ...
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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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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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Your strategy to ensure vertical growth [closed]

What is the single most important thing that you do to ensure career progression ? In other words what is it that you have to learn\unlearn\implement every day so that you do not stagnate at a level ...
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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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Is it more valuable to double major in Computer Science/Software Engineering or get an undergraduate CS degree with a Masters in SE? [closed]

A friend and I (both in college) are currently in a debate over which is better, in terms of employment opportunities, experience, and education: a Bachelors degree in both Computer Science and ...
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What is the Startup spirit?

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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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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2answers
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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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Am I too young to be worrying about college right now? [closed]

I'm 19 and have been a hobbyist programmer since I was a freshman in high school (2002). I recently graduated in May of '08. Right out of high school I had my first job programming contract work for a ...
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Becoming a professional programmer, without going to college? [closed]

I was recently rejected from a college that had previously accepted me, on the grounds that I spent a year of high school in a foreign country and the college wasn't interested in recognizing ...
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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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10 years out of programming, wanting to return… How to best approach it?

I've searched, but found nothing directly applicable. I have 15 years or so development experience, in Unix, C, C++ mainly, (along with assorted script / minor languages) the last 5 years of this was ...
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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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How do programmer-seeking employers see Bioinformatics degree?

I love programming, but I also love biology. Basically Bioinformatics sounds fun to me. However, there is a fat chance that I won't get a Bioinformatics job and will be forced to build my career ...
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Returning to programming/math after a years long inactivity; becoming a better professional; setting goals

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 ...