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Professional Developers, may I join you? [closed]

I currently work in technical support for a software/hardware company and for the most part it's a good job, but it's feeling more and more like I'm getting 'stuck' here. No raises in the 5 years I've ...
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Need advice on making the transition from a .NET development shop to a Java shop

For almost all of my professional development career (15+ years) I have been working on or managing development teams that primarily use Microsoft technologies (VB6, ASP, ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server, ...
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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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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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Advice for transitioning into a Java developer position from doing other types of web development?

I've been doing web programming and currently work at a company working with mainly PHP and Javascript. For a little while now I've been becoming more and more frustrated with the shortcomings of this ...
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Am I going to damage my career if I switched to a completely different route?

I have been in the Java programming for the last 4 years, basically doing Java web development and JEE. I have spent the last 7 months investing in learning Objective-C and iOS development for fun. ...
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Does taking a series of contracts hurt your career?

So I've been contracting for 6-7 months now. The problem I have is that I take a contract while looking for work and then don't want to bail on the people working in my contract. Then when the ...
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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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Moving your career to another programming language

I'll cut to the chase. I'm looking for advice on how an experienced developer would convince a prospective employer that they should be considered for a position that uses another language. This is ...
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Career Advice: Should I relearn XHTML and CSS for my career?

Currently, I am a Ruby/Rails developers. Before I was .NET developer and got MCTS in Windows Client Development. But of the time I don't touch any HTML or CSS and I don't have any experience in doing ...
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Career in robotics [closed]

I need advice on how to get a job in Robotics. I got a rejection when I applied in IRobot or some company related to Robotics. I am a international student. I have a masters in Artificial ...
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Delphi to Java change - career advice

I'm a Delphi developer with aprox 5 years of experience. But now, Delphi seems to be dead, and the job opportunities are smaller. So, I want to begin learn Java, because I like it, and the job market ...
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career advice for PhD scientist seeking to program? [closed]

I'm largely a self-taught programmer. In fact, I first started programming about half way through biophysics grad school, and even though I think I've done some pretty nice work, I've never worked as ...
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From programmer to programmers coach

Coming from a "standalone" programmer job, which methods or tools do you use when the time has come to have to drive a team of programmers as project manager (but still coding with the crew) to ...
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Job title inflation and fluffing [closed]

When you work on the same project for a relative long time you get more experienced. You may also master many new technologies. Besides the coding you may also do what would classify other roles. ...
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C++ pigeonholing

I'm a EE major who has been working as a software engineer for the past 4 years. Nearly all of the programming that I do at work is in C++. Like a lot of other members here, I'm afraid of being ...
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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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Transition from maintenance programming to design [closed]

What to do people do develop a design for a s/w for a given set of requirements? I like many people joined a Semiconductor MNC and got stuck in maintenance for quite a couple of years. My work was ...
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Moving from a small to a large company [closed]

Does anyone have any tips, thoughts, warnings, or general wisdom for a application/database developer who is moving specifically from a start-up sized company to a large organization? Examples ...
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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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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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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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How can I transition from database development to programming/software engineering?

I'm looking for some advice on the best path to take to shift careers from database development to software engineering. Some background: I have an undergrad in Mathematics from one of the better ...
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3answers
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How to describe the complexity of a project, without revealing information?

I will be looking for a job after a long break, so I need all the help I can get. Problem is, my best point in a portofolio is an unusual application, using quite unusual algorithms, that may seem ...
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Would working for an “adult website” hurt my future employability? [closed]

I am considering taking a software engineering job at a pornographic website. While I have no moral objections to the industry, will it be a red flag on my resume?
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Is programming experience useful to become a Business Analyst? [closed]

Is programming experience important to become a BA? I have an opportunity to switch from programming to BA in IT, but I am not sure what to do. In the future, I want to proceed as BA only. Does ...
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Is it reasonable for QA department to get higher average salary than that of development department? [closed]

I just talked to a friend. He said that in his company, QA persons get higher salary than developers, that on average it is 2 times higher. I'm quite surprised because I have thought that QA persons ...
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1answer
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What benefits do I get from learning Scheme?

I'm a java programmer and I've decided to learn a bit about theoretical computer science. I don't have a degree in that and a little background would help me a lot since I don't know anything other ...
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2answers
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What cloud technologies should Application Architects know about?

There is so much going on in the cloud, acronyms like PaaS, SaaS, IaaS, (any more?) that I'm losing track of what technologies are important (within each category) how relevant each one is. What are ...
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7answers
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Can working with bad code erode your programming skills?

Can working with bad code erode your programming skills?
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7answers
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Does working with good code make you a better developer or does it make you soft?

Does working with good code make you a better developer or does it make you soft and reluctant to work with anything less than quality code?
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What are the IEEE and ACM good for?

Membership in the IEEE and ACM is sometimes portrayed as a sign of professionalism. But all that is involved, as far as I can tell, is sending them your money. In return, besides the potential resume ...
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What do you want to see in a job offer? [closed]

Which information do you want to see in a job offer for programmers? In which order? What are the most important points for you?
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Need advice: Staying techie or going the MBA way? [closed]

I know this is a very subjective question and I am the best person to decide this for myself...but I am just looking for your views. I have 5 years of experience as a professional developer. I have a ...
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How can a developer evaluate the effectiveness of his workflow?

This question has been on my mind for probably 10 years. Ever since I've started programming for a living. And I've seen multiple discussions about good fit, distractions, being in the zone, etc. But ...
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What degree of mathematical knowledge should a programmer have? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you have to be good at math to be a good programmer? When I was a kid they used to tell me "You can't become a programmer unless you're a math wiz". I'll face it, I'm ...
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3answers
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Young career with job offer - keep current job or leave for new one [closed]

I recently interviewed for a position at a large Fortune 500 company at the recommendation of a friend. Yesterday, they made me an offer for 55k. I currently work at a small, 35 person company making ...
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What are the most cost effective ways of increasing your marketability to employers [closed]

There's a difference between becoming a better developer and showing you're a better developer to potential employers or to your current employer (ie. raises and such). I'm wondering what the most ...
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Which professional positions combine Computer Science and Marketing?

I would like to find a job that combines Computer Science with Marketing, ideally in a position where you get to meet a lot of people and travel a fair bit. After having worked as a Front/Back Web App ...
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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's the difference between junior, middle, and senior developers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Whats the difference between Entry Level/Jr/Sr developers? There seems to be three common java programmer qualification levels: Junior Middle Senior What makes a ...
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Transforming theoretical knowledge into practical knowledge

I have got good grades and ~ 10 years of professional embedded s/w development. However I have come to realize that and also been pointed out in performance appraisals that although I have good ...
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1answer
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Can a British programmer relocate to the US? [closed]

I'm considering a career change after having worked as a financial software developer in London over the past 8 years. I'd quite like to move to Silicon Valley but I'm not clear on the ...
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How to do best practice development as the single IT guy in a small company

For the best part of the last decade I have been working as the only IT guy in tiny company. At it's peak this company employed about 8 staff. It's now down to 4, one of them part time. So the going ...
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How does one keep up with all the new tools/languages/framework? [closed]

Just wondering how everyone keeps up with it. I mainly work with ASP.NET and Windows form, but I'm stuck using 3.0 for business reasons. So most of my self education is on my own time (weekends, ...
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1answer
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Good industry qualifications to aim for as a grad? [closed]

I am a fairly recent grad and have been working for over a year now in software development. I would like to get a couple of professionally recognised exams on my CV. I am currently looking at ...
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4answers
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Learning programming, suggestions for a roadmap [closed]

Some background first: I am new to programming and have discovered it rather late in life; Like many hobbyists, my introduction to the subject has been through PHP/jQuery (yes, I know the popular mood ...
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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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What are the most needed skills for someone entering the workforce as a software engineer?

I am currently doing a PhD in analytical chemistry, however I am a reasonably good programmer and consider myself to be best in the lab apart from my supervisor. I spend most of my time coding and ...
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Which skills should I improve in order to become a professional software engineer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: most desirable skills for a graduate software engineer I'm currently doing my PhD in physics and will be finished in about two years from now. I plan to become a ...