Questions about migrating from one profession to programming or software development. These questions can be asked as long as they invite the unique insights of a programmer and are specifically about developing one's career as a programmer. Please note that most career advice questions run the ...

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Changing Careers from Testing to Development [closed]

I am a Test Automation Engineer, when i entered I.T. i aspired to be a Java developer but as a fresher i did not have any choice and was put into Test Automation. I am in Test Automation for the past ...
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Why is programming sometimes viewed as a second-rate role? [closed]

I've been a programmer for most of my life. I recently interviewed for a management job in a company and the interviewer looked at my CV asked me "How do we know you're not just a programmer". Which ...
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Books on software development career path [closed]

Can you recommend books and other material(video) on how to build career , what path and wayouts are there in the whole area of software engineering? What a developer can evolve into? Some sort of ...
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Day-to-Day Differences between Software Engineering and Web Developer Positions [duplicate]

I am hoping to transition into the IT/development field and am expecting to start classes this summer. I come from a teaching background, but have also done freelance web development as a hobby for a ...
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Comparing Academic Curriculum Specificity: Generalist vs Specialist [closed]

For someone that is relatively new to web development, would you recommend pursing an academic curriculum that is more diverse (introducing several languages and frameworks with other classes on ...
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How important is it to have a computer science degree? [duplicate]

I am trained as a biochemist, and I really excelled in my studies (master's degree, 3.86 gpa, many scholarships, etc.). However, working for a year after college in a lab, I've learned that I am a lot ...
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2answers
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How much of a setback is a change of industry for a programmer? [closed]

My question is about changing industries as a developer, after having spent half a decade in one. Let's say I'm a full-stack web and mobile app developer, I use a good variety of languages and ...
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Lead/Manager vs Individual contributor: which is better? [closed]

Currently I am working in a company as a manager (software dev). But I only have 6.8 yrs experience. I joined this company as a software engineer and got promoted to SSE, Lead, and Manager. Some of my ...
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Do startups need a dba? [closed]

I am a Database/ BI person with 5+ years of experience (SQL Server and Oracle). I would really love to work for a startup, but from the feeling I get from seeing the job postings, most startups are ...
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5answers
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How can I be prepared to join a company?

There's more to it than that, but this title was the best way I could think of to sum it up. I'm a senior in a good computer science program, and I'm graduating early. About to start interviews and ...
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Job at a Testing Solution Company [closed]

I have an option to join a company which is going to develop solutions to do load/stress testing . Its a startup and product is still under development . How do you think market for load/stress ...
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3answers
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moving from software development to business analysis [closed]

I am seasoned analyst/developer who has grown from a senior dev to lead a small team working on line of business applications for a large company. In a last ten years I have been working within the ...
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3answers
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Future scope for a mobile Developer [closed]

I’ve started my career as a Software Tester but after 3 years I realized, it didn’t give me the so called job satisfaction and I made a brave decision to jump into software development arena. Finally ...
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2answers
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Is blogging a good platform to get into freelancing from a completely unrelated job?

Quick background - I work in a bank doing financial modelling where I need to do some domain specific programming, but otherwise it's only statistics and presentations. Situation - Software has ...
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3answers
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Starting C++ Programming (for a C# Developer) [closed]

I am a C# developer. I am planning to learn C++. (I hope I will be able to leverage the OOP concepts from C#] I have a Windows 7 machine. What are the tools that I need to install for C++ ...
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Open Source Projects for Beginning Coders? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find a good open source project to join? After working as a molecular biologist at the bench for many years, I lost my job last year and am thinking about a ...
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7answers
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Can a C# developer turned VB developer ever return to C# later in their career without a significant penalty? [closed]

Background: IT Recruitment in UK has absolutely exploded over the last five years and I get quite a few calls from recuiters each week with positions. One recruiter offered to put me forward for a ...
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3answers
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from Java to SAS [closed]

I am a seasoned python,java,...other programmer having a (fairly advanced) mathematical education (so I do understand statistics and data mining, for example). For various reasons I am thinking to ...
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Should I go back to college and graduate with a poor GPA or try to jump into an entry-level development position? [closed]

I once attended a top-10 American university but I am currently not in school for several different reasons. Chief among them is that I did very poorly two semesters and even failed one of them (got ...
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Frustrated where I am, but not sure where to go with my career [closed]

I work (3 years now) as a lead developer for a team developing internal tools and websites for a customer account within large outsourcing company. I'm a self taught programmer and my previous ...
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1answer
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What should I think about when switching from Python to Java? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Java dev learning Python: what concepts do I need to wrap my head around? I was a Java developer in the early 2000s, switched to Python in 2008 and now I am working in ...
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2answers
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non-programming jobs that making use of programmig skills? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Jobs that use programming which aren't in the technology sector I have programming skills, but i don't want to sit in front of a computer 8 hours a day. Is there ...
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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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How do I best go about updating my programming skills? [closed]

I have worked in a highly specialized position for 10 years which involves RPG, CLP programming on an AS400, mainly to supplement a poorly written EDI app. My company does not hire enough people so I ...
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2answers
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How do I evaluate a .NET job? [closed]

I have been a programmer for a few years and until now I worked exclusively with PHP, although I did create a few small side projects in other languages. I'm currently interviewing with a non-IT that ...
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How can I transition from database development to programming/software engineering? [closed]

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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13answers
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When should I stop programming / coding? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How old is “too old”? I often hear from my senior colleagues and other peers that being passionate about programming is ok but at certain experience/age one ...
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Android development using C and C++ [closed]

I am a C, C++ developer. I am interested in mobile development. I want to know how can I develop Android apps using C and C++, I have read that they are providing a kit for C, C++ developers but it ...
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5answers
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What kind of knowledge is needed to be a Financial Software Developer? [closed]

I have 4+ years of experience in software engineering. I am well competent in system design, analysis and development. I have worked heavily in Java and C++ and I am confident about my technical ...
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4answers
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What are the most needed skills for someone entering the workforce as a software engineer? [closed]

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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7answers
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How to become a professional web developer from a C/C++ programmer? [closed]

I am currently a high school student and know how to use Pascal and C/C++ to take part in competitions such as the Informatics Olympiad. I have learned data structures and many algorithms to solve ...
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4answers
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How can I transition from being a freelance PHP developer to working for a company?

I've been a freelance web developer for about three years, mostly dealing with non-framework based PHP projects. I'm thinking of moving on to an employer-based job, but I'm not sure what will be ...
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13answers
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Does switching from one programming language to another cause a loss in experience? [closed]

If I was working for a programming language X and want to switch to Y (from Java to C++, or from Java to Objective-c), does this cause my years of experience in the previous languages to be lost (from ...
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3answers
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Transitioning into a programming career from system administration [closed]

I have a bit of a unique story. I have some work experience in IT, which I've come to generally loathe, and about a year left on finishing my physics degree. I would like to pursue physics further but ...
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5answers
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Transitioning To Java [duplicate]

I'm primarily a VBA/VB3-6/VB.Net developer of 15+ years with several years of C# experience. Myself and another developer (a seasoned senior level java developer) were hired on at this new company at ...
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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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Math Major wants to become a Software Engineer [closed]

I am a math major, what would be the best field of computer science/computer engineering for me to go into, where I could apply my skills that I used as a math major(i.e. Linear Algebra, Real ...
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5answers
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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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5answers
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Does being a software tester make you a more well-rounded developer? [closed]

I'm interested in the prospect of spending a few years as a tester: it seems like two or three years as a tester in anyone's CV is a big gain. Are there any skills you can get as a software tester ...
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Promotion or De-motivation [closed]

I am working as a programmer for last 3 years, recently my company has promoted me as a project manager. Now I am facing resource management issues and I am not comfortable as a manager and I want to ...
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2answers
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What should I know moving from a startup to a corporate role? [closed]

I recently took a position with a fairly large company. So far, I've worked with small companies (just a few employees) and startups so I've gotten used to a certain style of working. I'm a bit ...
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16answers
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Changing jobs and leaving a project without a leader (aka, me) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: At what point during a project is it unreasonable to leave? I'm the lead on a project that has been underway for about a year and a half. Two of us have been working on ...
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6answers
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Returning to programming/math after a years long inactivity; becoming a better professional; setting goals [closed]

I am in a somewhat, hopefully, common situation to many of my peers in NYC. I will be brutally honest here. I've graduated with CS degree (minor math) from a top 20 school, worked programming/qa jobs ...
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4answers
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From Freelance to Software Company [closed]

So I've been teaching and doing freelance work for years. I make great money and I love what i do. However, recently I that I have more personal project ideas than I can work on. I have tons of ...
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5answers
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PHP to Java career change [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Going from PHP to Java I have been working at my current job for about 4 years. I have been doing PHP for twice as long. I am completely self taught (with lots of ...
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Industry switch to space technologies [closed]

I'm a CS grad and have been programming for past 5 years. I like it. As an experienced programmer I'd like to transition more towards the Space industry. What skills do you think a programmer would ...
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Is there any benefit by switching from C# to Java? [closed]

I've been a .NET developer for about six years. In those six years, I've worked at exactly one .NET shop that followed any kind of actual design pattern or industry best practice. That realization has ...
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What can I expect when moving from University to a real programming job? [closed]

I'm about to move into my final year at university, and it's finally kicked in that in just over a year from now, I'll be doing my best to secure a job. Yet I still have no clue about the level of ...
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2answers
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How to present self-taught knowledge? [closed]

I work as a senior software engineer (5+ years of exp) at the moment at my company, developing some networked systems. Since a year, I've noticed that I'm becoming increasingly interested in ...
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3answers
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What route to take to become a systems developer? [closed]

In the past I have done a lot of Java and Python coding. Mostly, I worked on web apps and some simple console or gui apps. I also have a formal education in computer science. What route should I take ...