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What's the career path for a developer who doesn't like management?

If you're developer (Senior or Lead Developer) and you'd rather stay with code/design than pursue a management career, what are the available career paths at your company, or any you've heard of? How ...
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9answers
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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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19answers
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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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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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7answers
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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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3answers
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Android development using C and C++

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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7answers
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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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9answers
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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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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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2answers
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How to present self-taught knowledge?

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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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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5answers
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Company Size and Career development

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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7answers
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Software Developer vs. Project Manager vs. Product Manager [closed]

I've been a software developer for 10 years. I like being a developer and no surprise I strive for sense of achievement. However, I normally find myself doing stuff that needs to get done regardles of ...
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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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2answers
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Am I a total misfit for Programming or is it Corporate Drama? [closed]

My background: Computer Science Engineer with around 4 and half years of experience as a programmer. In the last one year I have changed 4 programming jobs and it includes companies of size both big ...
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3answers
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Pros and cons of low-level vs high-level software development careers [closed]

I am in the progress of moving on to a new software development job. There are openings for both low-level control software and high-level application software. To me, both opportunities are exciting. ...
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8answers
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25 years old and considering a career change…possible? practical? [closed]

I'm new to this site and new to programming as well. I've spent some time going through an intro cs book that uses python as the language of choice. I find the exercises interesting and engaging and ...
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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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Does being a software tester make you a more well-rounded developer?

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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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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8answers
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How do I transition to an area of development where I don't have experience?

I've been a Classic ASP web developer for the last 10 years and for the second time in two years I'm facing the possibility of being laid off. The biggest difference now is that the job market for ...
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2answers
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Working as a programmer for gas and oil

I currently work as a programmer for an investment bank. This means being able to write multithreaded code to handle huge realtime streams of data and displaying them using minimal screen real estate. ...
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How do I transition from physics and math to programming? [closed]

I'm a physics PhD with little actual programming experience. I've always liked programming and played around with BASIC, Pascal as a teen, but the extent of my experience writing complex programs ...
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4answers
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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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3answers
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Career change: from programming into more human-oriented area [closed]

I have been a software developer for approximately 9 years, starting with part-time work during my graduation year at uni. During these years I worked for number of companies, sometimes changing ...
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2answers
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What should I know moving from a startup to a corporate role?

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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6answers
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Does anyone work in / know much about programming jobs for scientific / medical research? [closed]

Sometimes I get a bit disillusioned with the types of projects that I work on as they are just basically business apps that aren't exactly groundbreaking and are usually redundant as far as other ...
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8answers
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Been doing .NET for several years and am thinking about a platform change. Where do people suggest I go? [closed]

I've been programming in .NET for several years now and am thinking maybe its time to do a platform switch. Any suggestions about which platform would be the best to learn? I've been thinking about ...
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1answer
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How to get back to Software Engineering after a break? [closed]

I have been browsing the questions here for advice on how to prepare and approach for going back to the job market. The Q&As have been a lot helpful but I would like to share some of the questions ...
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2answers
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Are there any statistical information about what kinds of work programmers do? [closed]

I've been working as a Java developer for a while now. I usually work on business applications and I recently realized that my work mainly consists of writing an endless stream of facade classes ...
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8answers
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Career Shifters: How to compete with IT/ComSci graduates

I am wondering what are the chances of a career shifter (mid 20's), who have maybe 3-6 months programming experience vs. younger fresh IT/Com Sci graduates? You see, even though I really love ...
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7answers
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Career Advice: Change from developer to tester [closed]

I have three years and nine months of java development experience specifically in finance domain and now I want to move into testing (functional). But I took a break from my job due to location ...
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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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3answers
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In transitioning to C# from Java, how can I ensure that I am not only proficient, but competent?

My biggest fear with getting back into C# (I have rudimentary .NET skills) is that although I may find the solution to a problem, it will not be the optimal solution. What is the best way to ensure ...
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5answers
663 views

How do I transition from software support to software development?

I am at a crossroad - I've been working for whole 4 years as a support person fixing countless bugs, developing (minimal) changes and improvements to our software, working together with our clients ...
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5answers
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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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3answers
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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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3answers
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What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?

I'm at a place of potential career change. Among the options is to stay in software development but move into commercial and enterprise systems work. My past has been mostly working with scientists ...
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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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4answers
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10 years out of programming, wanting to return… How to best approach it?

I've searched, but found nothing directly applicable. I have 15 years or so development experience, in Unix, C, C++ mainly, (along with assorted script / minor languages) the last 5 years of this was ...
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9answers
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Algorithm development in jobs

I have a mathematics background but also consider career in some form of software development. In particular I'm interested in finding out what sort of industries are most likely to have more ...
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4answers
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From Programmer to System Admin?

I know this sounds like a weird question, but do you think it's possible to go from a Programmer Job to a System Admin job? I mean the pros: You're a programmer, so you know scripting pretty well ...
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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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How can I move from Java and ColdFusion to Ruby on Rails?

Currently I work with ColdFusion 9+ and some Java in a Windows environment. Prior to ColdFusion, my background was in Java and JSP. I'm considering a move towards Ruby on Rails, as I think it would ...
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4answers
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Is it possible to successfully transition out of being embedded software engineer?

I'm a recent college graduate, and I'm mainly involved in high-level programming (e.g., Java, C#, and Python). I've received an offer form a good company for an embedded software engineer position, ...
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4answers
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How should I restart a career in software development after a 7 year gap?

I am a graduate in electronics, and I worked in the analog electronics field for around 4 years, but now I have a gap of about 7 years in my career. What are my options to restart my career? Can ...
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What percentage of software developers work solo?

I'm trying to put together some ideas for a talk, and one of the things that occurred to me, is if there's any documentation or research into how many programmers work as the lone developer within ...
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3answers
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from Java to SAS

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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4answers
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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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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 ...