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The Next Step, from Senior Developer to Architect

A little background: Bachelor In Engineering, Master Degree in Comp Sci. Landed junior dev straight out of Uni. 2 years later, left for Senior Dev. Now planning next step... Platform: .NET, VB,C# ...
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What are the things necessary to become good technical architect

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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Senior developer role to architect role

Sometimes I think architect role is just a title that is given for someone that has been a senior developer for a number of years. How do you know when a senior developer is ready to take on an ...
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Prerequisites to become a technical architect [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the things necessary to become good technical architect I have many years of development experience mostly in Microsoft technologies and looking forward for an ...
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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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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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How to move from Programmer to Project Lead

At my job, I'm currently a programmer, but in the next few weeks I'll be taking control my own project. I was wondering if anyone else here has been in the same situation, and if so, what advice you ...
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Moving from an IT department to a proper technology company

I have been working with Java/web applications in an IT department of a retail company. As much as work goes, there is nothing much to say. Fixing couple of if/else loops, writing some simple business ...
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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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Why do I have to choose between “management” and “technical” tracks in my career?

I was recently laid off, and although I found a new gig I'm a bit frustrated with how career tracks work in the land of software development. I really love doing a bit of everything: coding, testing, ...
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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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What is the difference between being an IT in investment bank and a professional IT company? [closed]

Suppose there are two positions: IT in investment bank: developer for the infrastructure or the platform a famous IT company: embedded developer, linux As far as I understand, since in the ...
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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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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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As the team leader/manager, what kind of role should I seek when we switch to Scrum?

My company wants to start using Scrum, and in real scrum there is no place for a real team leader (manager). What is the next step for the dev team leader? Should I be a (chief) system architect/tech ...
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Career change question: going from systems analyst to embedded systems development [duplicate]

How should I go about making a switch from doing help desk type work to embedded software development or any type of development that is done at a lower level? I will finally finish my degree in ...
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What's more important for advancement writing lots of code (maybe only bug patches) or learning more CS?

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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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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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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What should I put into my online development portfolio? [duplicate]

Online portfolios are very popular with designers, but what about developers? I'm a Java web developer who also enjoys writing Javascript, and I was thinking of putting up a site with links to a ...
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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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What is the typical career path for a Software Development Manager?

What does the career path of a Software Development Manager typically look like, in terms of years of experience, education, professional background, and so on?
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To what extent can choosing a particular job limit future opportunities?

I'm at the beginning of my career and I'm currently looking for jobs. I know that the farther you get away from college graduation, the more employers look at your experience as opposed to your actual ...
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Why would a video game need main(String[] args) in its own class?

My teacher just told me that whenever I create a class to run something for a video game company that uses Eclipse, I should make a run class with the main and any outputs. He says any arithmetic ...
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Professionalism of online username / handle [closed]

I have in the past, and continue currently, used the handle "thanatos" on a lot of Internet sites, and if that isn't available (which happens ~50% of the time), "deathanatos". "Thanatos" is the name ...
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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 to develop a career path for programmers in a small company?

I am working in a small software company, which has grown from 4 to just over 50 employees (1 to 12 developers respectively) in the last 4 years with me being the lead developer/manager of the ...
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What is considered “good programmer” professionally? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer? Sometimes I hear someone say "good programmer" once I saw I guy saying that he was going to promote programmers that were ...
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Should desktop developers know some web development and/or vice versa?

Do you think desktop application developers should know how to do web development, and/or vice versa? In the industry, is it common for desktop developers to do web development (to some degree) and/or ...
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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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Should a programmer be indispensable?

As a programmer or system administrator, you could either strive to have your fingers in every system or to isolate yourself as much as possible to become an easily-substituted cog. Advantages of the ...
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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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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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Importance of theoretical knowledge alongside hands-on ability

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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How do you address the gap on your resume after a self-funded sabbatical? [closed]

There are a ton of questions on Programmers.SE about whether or not taking extended time off is a good idea and what to do during that time off to maintain your skill level: Will taking two years off ...
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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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How can I leverage or 'selling' small-scope skills in a large-scope-heavy environment?

I've been working for 15 years at a mid-size company (300-400 engineers) doing a mix of embedded software / signal processing / controls engineering / circuit design. And an event has occurred ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I compensate for having gone to a JavaSchool?

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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I deal with the need to know multiple programming languages?

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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How do I get into a career in distributed systems?

I am enamored by reliable distributed systems and want to spend my career improving them rather than merely using them to write the same CRUD applications over and over. What experience will convince ...