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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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19answers
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Choosing between two programmers: experience vs. passion [closed]

I am in a position where I have to hire a programmer and have the option of 2 candidates, the first has experience but he doesn't have a passion for coding and he says so while the second doesn't have ...
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7answers
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Is it okay to be generalist? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to specialize in a single field I like, or expand into other fields to broaden my horizons? I work at a ~50 employee company (UK), where all the technical ...
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3answers
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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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4answers
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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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8answers
608 views

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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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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10answers
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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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4answers
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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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11answers
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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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6answers
1k views

How important is blogging/tutorial generation to career development? [closed]

Lately I've seen a number of application developer job postings with a dedicated field for personal blog site. I was wondering how important keeping a blog and generating tech related content is for ...
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5answers
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How useful is a portfolio of home projects? [closed]

I am currently a University student on a 12 month internship, before returning to University for a final year. My questions is, how useful would it be to create a portfolio of home projects that can ...
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10answers
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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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8answers
725 views

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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3answers
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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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8answers
774 views

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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4answers
1k views

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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4answers
398 views

Is it more important to focus on a business domain or a programming stack/technology for career growth? [closed]

i just basically realized that it's almost impossible to truly learn and master each programming language/technology before a new version is released. so my initial thought was to focus on the .net ...
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3answers
4k views

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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8answers
1k views

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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6answers
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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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15answers
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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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6answers
730 views

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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9answers
25k views

Web Developer or Software Engineer? [closed]

A question that I have been asking myself and really confused which path to take. So I need your guys help as to the pros and cons of these 2 professions in today's world. I love web applications ...
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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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5answers
2k views

EE vs Computer Science: Effect on Developers' Approaches, Styles? [closed]

Are there any systematic differences between software developers (sw engineers, architect, whatever job title) with an electronics or other engineering background, compared to those who entered the ...
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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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11answers
2k views

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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25answers
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How do programmers quit a job? [closed]

I'm thinking about leaving my current employer and wondering how one goes about that process in the programming world. We have a lot of projects on the go at the moment and I'm the only developer. We ...
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5answers
1k views

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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10answers
5k views

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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13answers
4k views

Is having your own website important? [closed]

How necessary or important is it? I try to keep a running list of blogs or sites to follow, but a lot of the time I pull up someone's profile and notice there isn't anything there. Is it really ...
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9answers
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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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9answers
921 views

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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3answers
662 views

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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14answers
5k views

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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9answers
2k views

How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer? [closed]

I've recently read through Joel's guide to finding great developers, and I feel really strongly that I am smart and get things done. The problem is, I didn't learn how to get things done until about ...
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17answers
888 views

How do I evaluate if writing a book, article, or presenting at conference is worth it? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how I should evaluate writing a book, article, or conference presentation. Writing a book is a lot of work. Same for writing an article in a magazine or presenting in a ...
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5answers
4k views

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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9answers
4k views

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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8answers
2k views

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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6answers
1k views

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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2answers
1k views

Is ICCP certification valuable for a programming career? [closed]

In looking at various professional societies the AITP lead me indirectly to the ICCP Certified Computer Programmer certification (and others from the ICCP). I had never heard of this program, but ...
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5answers
1k views

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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28answers
909 views

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 ...