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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...