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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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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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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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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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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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Is it worth to move from ASP webforms to ASP MVC? [closed]

I have one year experience on ASP.net webforms and now I decided to move to another company where ASP MVC is the architecture. I decided because I always felt its not the real way to develop apps ...
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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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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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Is it possible to get a programming job with a bad credit history [closed]

I'm studying/practicing to be a software developer but I'm worried that my bad credit history will prevent me from getting a job as a developer. I was laid off a few years ago and went through a ...
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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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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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What “jobs” benefit by having someone with a programming background perform them? [closed]

What non-programming jobs should someone look for who doesn't have the passion for programming? There are a percentage of people who make it through a computer science type of degree but do not have ...
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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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2answers
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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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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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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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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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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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4answers
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What percentage of software developers work solo? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...