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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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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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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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 ...
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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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10 years out of programming, wanting to return… How to best approach it? [closed]

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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How should I restart a career in software development after a 7 year gap? [closed]

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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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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4answers
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From Programmer to System Admin? [closed]

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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Career Shifters: How to compete with IT/ComSci graduates [closed]

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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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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How can I change my career from Windows server administration to software development? [closed]

I am an Engineering Graduate in Telecommunication Engineering. I got into a server support job soon after finishing college. I have a total of 2 years experience in Windows server support. However, I ...
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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? [closed]

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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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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5answers
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How do I transition from software support to software development? [closed]

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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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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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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Suggestions on switching from lamp based web design-development to game design-development [closed]

I have around 2.5 years of experience as a web developer cum designer working mainly on the LAMP platform. Now, I want to try out game development (of the likes of First Person Shooter games like Call ...
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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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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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How do I transition to an area of development where I don't have experience? [closed]

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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9answers
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Algorithm development in jobs [closed]

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 ...