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Licensing code from my personal project to my company via an open-source license

I'm currently working on a certain problem for my company (i.e. where I work for hire and don't own the code I produce in any way). It appears, that in one of my past (or, who knows, maybe still ...
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Is it advisable to create an ad-hoc open source software license?

IANAL I have several private projects that I might be needed to show to my prospective employers. I haven't uploaded them to any online version control system because not only do I not have the ...
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Can I be forced to continue project which is outside my job duties? [closed]

I am a DBA / Report Writer in client support for a software company. Starting in my spare time, I wrote a reporting web application with live reports. The ca 2001 IE only site was horrific. My ...
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Preventing possible burnout in a junior dev, or perhaps I'm not doing enough? [closed]

I'm a software developer with 5 years experience over 3 companies. Within the last year a junior (brand new to the industry) has started at my current employer. I believe he is an excellent ...
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Slowly realising that I should have asked for a way higher salary [closed]

I've been working in this new company for almost half a year now and I'm beginning to realize that I made a terrible mistake when I proposed my salary. This is my first "real" job, previously I've ...
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How to use my proprietary framework on a new job without making it open-source?

I have been working on a framework for years. It is solid, extensive and tested. It is exactly what the employer needs for the foundation of its new project. There is no point in rewriting the whole ...
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Working in a multi-disciplinary team; with a specific skill set - time management?

I thought I'd post this here for the anonymity of someone I was speaking too recently at a social event for developers. Amongst the trading of "war stories", he presented the following dilemma.. ...
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What exactly is DevOps Engineering? [closed]

If someone were to work as a DevOps Engineer, what sort of things would he/she do on a daily basis and what would their responsibilities entail?
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Can I continue to sell a tool/library I wrote in the past now that I got a full-time job or company will not like it?

I was selling a library/framework/tool to companies. Licensing the binaries. Now I got a full-time-job. Haven't started yet, but will start soon. And I just got a request for quote from a company in ...
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What's the max age you can still be employed as a programmer? [closed]

I know some a few programmers at my work around 40 years old. I don't remember seeing a programmer at work who is 50+. We have 600 people, of which probably 100 are programmers. Is it uncommon to ...
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I have a previous invention (software / framework) that I plan to use on my new job. What happens to my copyright if I improve it during the job?

I have filled that standard form where you list your previous inventions before starting your new job so the employer is legally aware you have the copyright over them. But if I want to use this ...
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New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills? [closed]

I am currently working on a project on github that I think would be a good demonstration of my initiative, creativity and enthusiasm. It is an educational game I am developing in pygame that enables ...
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Who owns the IP rights of the software without written employment contract? Employer or employee? [closed]

I am a software engineer who got an idea, and developed alone an integrated ERP software solution over the past 2 years. I got the idea and coded much of the software in my personal time, utilizing my ...
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Is speed a parameter for responding emails of technical tests? [closed]

I am sending my CV to different companies and some of them have replied asking me to complete a test to have an idea of my skills. I wonder if the time to respond to this email is key factor for being ...
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What do employers look for in self-taught applicants?

I'm a self-taught programmer about to enter the job market. What I want to know is what is the best way to show my experience to employers? What do employers want to know about my programming ...
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What are the qualifications for working with development of operating systems?

I always saw a lot of ads of programming jobs before. But I never saw an ad of operating systems development job before. I also never met personally someone who worked as operating system's ...
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Missed question in technical phone interview and the follow up letter [closed]

I may have just bombed a C++ technical phone interview. The interviewer asked mostly about data structures and I was able to go into detail about each of the data structures he asked about. Score one ...
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How can I evaluate a candidate's knowledge of Html/CSS during an interview?

I am trying to determine some good interview questions to assess the ability of people coming in for a Html/CSS job, however that topic is extremely broad, and I'm not sure what sort of questions I ...
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Does not documenting code result in job security? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should you write good documentation and clean code to increase the “Bus Factor”? I often ask young programmers why they are not documenting their code. Their ...
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Establish/meet deadlines when I am constantly working with unfamiliar platforms and frameworks

I work for a product development organization that is in online advertising. The assignments I receive are almost always on platforms or tools that I have never worked on before. At first it was ...
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Struggling as a programmer. Need some advice [closed]

I've been a developer now for a number of years. I'm pretty good at what I do and can "get the job done". But, there is a difference between "getting the job done" and "doing the job properly". Let's ...
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big gap in my resume - advice on getting back on the job market [closed]

My story in a nutshell: Some time after college, after many months of working on my portofolio and job hunting, I got a junior programming position in the games industry. But since I had to move to ...
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Should I go to a job interview even though I know I won't get it? [closed]

Here is the opportunity I've been given. I'm currently a freelance web developer and completely self-taught. I have but an NVQ in Business Administration. However, I am passionate and committed to ...
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How/where would I best advertise my open source project, in order to maximize my odds of finding collaborators?

I'm working on an open source project, and am looking to find collaborators. What's my best bet, in terms of advertising my project, with an eye specifically towards finding other developers ...
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Resumes: Open-Source Projects, Reinventing the Wheel?

When writing a resume, should I be concerned that certain open source projects I've created might be a hindrance to me because they would be perceived as reinventing the wheel? I've created a few ...
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Hobbyist transitioning to earn money on paid work? [closed]

I got into hobbyist Python programming some years ago on a whim, having never programmed before other than BASIC way back when, and little by little have cobbled together a, in my opinion, nice little ...
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Experience With Similar Technologies: Convincing HR People?

Let's say that a job posting asks for experience in technology X. You have no experience in X but you do have experience in technology Y, which you're convinced is similar enough that the learning ...
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Why are part-time jobs in programming an anomaly?

I've recently quit my full time developing job at mega-corp, and I decided that I'll look for a part time job. Since then I've talked to half a dozen potential employers, and every one of them had the ...
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Got made redundant after three months - should I include this in my resume? [closed]

In my last job, I was hired for a specific project which the company lost before I even got a chance to start work on it: four people were made redundant on the same day. I spent three months there ...
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Why is it so difficult to get a programming job? [closed]

I Have been looking for a job in the past 10 years. Since I believe the subject I know better is programming, I have been trying to find a programming job. I send my curriculum to a lot of companies, ...
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From Slashdot: Does being a loyal developer pay? [closed]

I saw this question posted on Slashdot and thought it would make a great question here on Programmers.SE. It's not my question, nor my situation. Here goes: "As a senior developer for a small ...
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How do I convince my employer to hire an additional developer without selling myself short?

I'm the only developer at a small company. I've slowly moved into development here; until ~4 months ago 50-75% of my time was spent on operations. Now, 50-75% of my time is spent on development, with ...
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What are good projects to create to show your future employers? [closed]

I'm finishing my last year of school while working full time and currently, I have a job that's completely unrelated to programming (student job to pay the bills...). I'm trying to find a job as a ...
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How does an interviewer get a glimpse of a candidates thought process during an interview? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you interview someone with more experience than you? How can I really “wow” an employer at an interview? I am a bit puzzled by the whole technical ...
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What core skills does a new Computer Science Graduate need to be employable? [duplicate]

A computer science degree (like any undergraduate degree) does not prepare you to be productive immediately. And my sense is that employers are less and less willing to provide that initial training. ...
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2 year degree plus experience vs 4 year degree [closed]

Alright, I have searched around a bit on this site and found two somewhat similar questions: Computer Science Programming Certificate vs. Computer Science Degree? Is it possible/likely to be paid ...
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Moving from academics to workforce

I have worked for the past 4 years as a programmer and research assistant. It is my second major job out of college(CS degree). It was a good position at the time, but I grew frustrated at the slow ...
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How does one securely and privately address security concerns inside code

I recently finished a practicum for which I desperately need a recommendation from. However when I was working on the code for the public face web-portal I noticed many sql injection possibilities ...
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Should I be paid for time spent learning a framework?

To give light to the situation: I am currently one of two programmers working in a small startup software company. Part of my job requires me to learn a Web development framework that I am not ...
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Places to find free software projects who need developers/project managers? [closed]

While I have plenty of project management "booksmarts" and a handful of PM experience, I don't seem to have enough experience to get the sort of job I want. Since "I read another PM book/blog ...
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What should I recommend a small company looking for C# developers

Here is the issue. I am a senior developer, and one of the start-ups I designed the system (management system/database/web) a long time ago, have grown and need software updates. I have left their ...
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Bringing your previous intellectual property to your employer

Assume that in my free time I have developed library X before signing a contract or being employed by company A. I then sign a contract with company A and begin working. It becomes apparent that ...
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What modes of profit are open to programmers? [closed]

This is an important question because "apply for a job/internship" isn't a solution for everyone especially during economic stress periods when constant rejection can push good programmers into ...
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Any tips how to successfully job hunt? [closed]

I have been looking for a job for more than 3 weeks and have applied for about 30 vacancies. From all of these I only received few calls from recruitment agencies which didn't propose anything ...
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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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I've taken a job where there is no work to do! [closed]

This is related to the (closed) question New job - not got any work to do. I'm a week and a half into a brand new job and despite asking for work to do I keep being brushed off. The set-up here is ...
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Will a computer science college degree ever hurt my employability? [closed]

Too often, I can see that there are many viable programmers without college degrees in Computer Science, Informatics, etc. Now that I've been reading more articles about underperforming education ...
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Standard GPL friendly clauses in employment contract?

My employer is happy for me to release certain work under GPL, however the standard contract has a "All IP belongs to the company" section of the contract. They are happy to amend this to something ...
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Doing a passive job search while employed, dealing with the barrage of messages from untargeted Recruiters, HR people? [closed]

I'm currently employed with what is basically a startup company, I took the job to gain more experience on the platform I want to work on. I want to entertain options for possibly moving into a new ...
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Why does my employer want a list of my past & present side projects?

I work in Delaware and live in PA. The law in Delaware is clear: My side programming projects are my property and not my employer's, unless I do something on the side that's very similar to the paid ...