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Programmer Timeliness vs Effort [closed]

The engineering team I am on has a very laid back approach to work hours. People come in at 6am and at 11am, and work until things are done when necessary. Engineers will routinely work very late, on ...
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How to elevate engineering culture at large corporations? [closed]

One thing I have realized working at a large corporation is that it doesn't matter how smart you are because if everyone else doesn't see the value in what you are doing then you are not going to get ...
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Strategies for browser compatibility on web applications in a corporate environment [closed]

With the new CSS 3 and HTML 5 technology, web applications have gained a lot of new tools for a better UI (user interface) interaction, beautiful templates and even responsive layout to fit into ...
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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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What's the difference between college-level and corporate programming? [closed]

I have just completed my Bachelors degree in IT field. I have deep interest in coding and really want to be a professional in it. Now, apart from college courses, I have been learning programming(C#) ...
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“Too object-oriented”

I come from a strong OO background, and I have recently started working in an organization which, although the code is written in Java, has a lot less emphasis on good OO design than what I am used ...
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“Opportunity” to take over maintenance of a small internal website. What should I do?

I have been offered an "opportunity" to take over maintenance of a small internal website run by my group that provides information about schedules and photos of events the groups done. My manager ...
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Pushing for greater automated testing on a QA team [closed]

I'm a junior developer joining a QA team at my company. The QA team I had been interacting with while working as a developer was very solid and the business had been very good about encouraging and ...
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How can I change sloppy company culture?

Sometimes when I have a problem that needs to be solved, I find that the easiest way to solve it is by writing a small program as a personal tool. I don't make it super usable or super robust, as I am ...
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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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lightweight, sustainable processes for good code/design quality?

Ok, gang, next question: what do y'all think are the best processes to improve the quality of the code the (corporate) team produces? (The cult of quality question was good, but I'm looking for ...
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How can I thoroughly evaluate a prospective employer? [closed]

We hear much about code smells, test smells, and even project smells, but I have heard no discussion about employer "smells" outside of the Joel Test. After much frustration working for employers ...
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What are the best and worst policies you have seen used to run a programming team?

If I were to begin managing a team of programmers (which I'm not, I'm just asking out of curiosity) what are some of the office / team policies you have seen that are either particularly conducive or ...
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How to reconcile inner creativity with the corporate environment? [closed]

As programmers, many (most?) of us have an inner creative "spark". We love thinking of new, useful ways to accomplish tasks. Many of us have even dreamed a few ideas we thought could be viable ...
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Dangers of two Jobs? Violating Company Policy? [closed]

I'm working for a company full-time and myself part-time. I started learning the Mac OS/Cocoa/Objective-C at work, and then I got the "Brilliant Idea" that I'd like to program for the iPhone. The ...
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During interviews, how do I gauge a company's respect for my position?

I'm a web developer who previously joined a software company not knowing their value and respect went to big data analysis, not their website. Sure, they needed a public-facing website, but I ...