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How I do become a better programmer as a junior developer [closed]

I am a junior developer in South Africa. I just graduated from college last year. My current employers hired me as a developer but they do not give me anything to develop and I've been working here ...
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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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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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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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If not working an internship, should I work for free? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Working for free? I work at a university in the admissions office doing boring data entry work. Nothing that has anything to do with programming. My boss knows that I'm ...
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If attribution is done via a pseudonym, who owns the rights to the code?

I'm aware of a few cases where coders used a pseudonym for attribution instead of their real names. Examples include: Satoshi Nakamoto (Bitcoin) Why (Ruby) One thing I've wondered is if ...
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What is the best path for a CS graduate who wants to end up doing creative research-like development?

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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Is there a way to become a remote T-SQL developer? [closed]

I have noticed that most SQL job vacancies are not adapted for remote (telecommute) work as Java or .NET jobs are. I'd like to know if there is a way to work in remote mode in T-SQL programming ...
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What does a programmer do at a consulting firm type of organization?

I'm a senior in college and am getting close to graduation. I love programming, and I certainly want my first job to involve programming (I'm also looking at fit, culture, location, etc. etc.). I've ...
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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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Is all industry experience equal (for the most part)?

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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Will taking a job in web development prevent a low-level programming career? [duplicate]

I'm a computer science student in my last year, and I want to get a job, but have difficulties finding one in my city where I can use what I already know pretty well. There is a company which does ...
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Would licensing software engineers increase skill and salary levels? [duplicate]

When I apply for jobs I have to compete with too many other software engineers who have little or no skill and dilute the candidate pool. I feel it devalues our profession and ultimately pushes down ...
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How significant are Spring and Hibernate in software development?

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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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 get myself out of a dead-end programming job? [duplicate]

I have almost 9 years of IT experience of which 7 years was worked in an IT company. For past 2 years I have been stuck in a non-IT based company using outdated technology and methodologies. We ...
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What are other certifications beside cisco and Microsoft , which put some weight in resume [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are certifications worth it? I want to know which are those certifications which can help in increasing job chnaces more. Although experience is more important than ...
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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?

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

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 ...