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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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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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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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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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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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Would experience in multiple programming languages/frameworks assist one in becoming a software architect?

Would it be useful to have experience in multiple programming languages/frameworks/stacks when applying for a software architect role? For example, combining experience in C#/.NET with Java/J2EE. ...
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Best way for a senior programmer to switch languages/environments in next job?

One of the joys of programming is having the opportunity to always learn new things. However, as I'm becoming more senior, I'm noticing that its easy when you get 5-10 years of primarily C++ (or ...
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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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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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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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Advice on Switching Careers to Java Programmer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way for a senior programmer to switch languages/environments in next job? I have about 15 years of IT experience in IT Security and Networking. I am looking for a ...
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Is having your own website important?

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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What are some interesting masters degrees to take a programming career in an unusual and interesting direction?

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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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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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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5answers
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Where is the way for an experienced financial IT developer [closed]

I am a Java developer with more than 10 years work experiences. I have been working on investment banking industry since 2002 and I plan to continue my career in this industry. But recently I am a ...
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9answers
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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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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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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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1answer
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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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4answers
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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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12answers
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What is a Ph.D. good for in the software industry? [closed]

I'm a self-taught programmer and have just started a computer science degree to supplement my knowledge and fill in the gaps. However, I'm already debating the direction of my education. I want a 4 ...
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Does having Master's degree in Computer Science help your career? [closed]

I am curious about experiences of programmers who have gone beyond college or university and now work in the industry. I am not talking about academia (you need PhD there anyway). Do you have a ...
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How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer?

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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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
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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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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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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
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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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22answers
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Job hopping, is it a problem? [closed]

How would you, as someone involved in the hiring process (manager,interviewer, etc) feel about a candidate that has changed jobs every 1-2 years? updateThanks for all the input everybody, some really ...
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2answers
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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
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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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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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1answer
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Moving from technical leadership into management? [closed]

Is there a career path for moving from a 'Technical Lead' position to a more management-focussed role, such as that of a project manager? Are there any skill-sets common to both that can be leveraged? ...
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Transition from engineering to programming

I got a degree in Chemical Engineering but held a part time job as a PHP programmer the whole time. This has developed into a full-time job. I was wondering how having a Chem-e degree instead of a ...
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17answers
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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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18answers
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How can I improve my technical writing?

Writing documentation is part of programming, and writing well is part of what makes the documentation useful. So, what are some hints or guidelines for good writing in the technical realm? What are ...
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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 ...