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What factors influence how long the interview process takes? [migrated]

I'm currently in an interview process of an American game company. But I found it's a long process, here is what I've got: This startup company was found in 2013, it has about 50 to 60 employers. ...
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Why does my employer want a list of my past & present side projects? [closed]

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 ...
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How useful are IT headhunters/recruiters when looking for a new job? [closed]

Since they exist for several fields with varying degrees of usefulness, I'm curious as to the reputation of headhunters/recruiters that focus solely on IT professionals (e.g. programmers, software ...
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Why are part-time jobs in programming an anomaly? [closed]

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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Is it better to have publicly viewable FOSS code even if it is not your best work compared to none at all for employment? [duplicate]

I have a number of foss tools I have written and have released but under aliases. I guess I am worried that the code is not my absolute best and is not the most robust code around. So I have always ...
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How well should a fresh graduate know a language? [closed]

I am CS student and have just few months before I graduate. I can write programs, but use pretty many manuals in the process. It's almost 50% writing/50% reading (maybe even more reading). What I want ...
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Should I ask/tell my boss before freelancing? [closed]

I am currently working as an intern at a consulting firm. I am soon to move to a full time employee once I graduate next semester, and I love working there. However, as a student, I lack money and I ...
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Should I be paid for time spent learning a framework? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Do companies care about university grades when hiring programmers? [closed]

Most of my fellow students that I've talked to claim that aiming for good grades is useless as the companies don't care about them when hiring programmers. To them, it's enough to have simply attended ...
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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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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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Open Source Projects Leading to Uniquely Interesting Opportunities

Not sure if I asked this at the right place (it's development related). It would be great if you can direct me to the right place if I did ask in the wrong place. I was encouraged by hosts during ...
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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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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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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 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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Applicability of the Joel Test to web development companies

QUESTION: How can you re-write the questions of the Joel test to apply to web developers? 1. Do you use source control? (source control for all aspects of your app, including configuration, ...
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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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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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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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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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Are you a functional programmer? [closed]

Are you a functional programmer? By that I mean employed full time paid by someone else using a recognized functional language (Haskell, Scala, Erlang, F# etc, not just using FP techniques in an ...
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How forgiving do you need to be on new employees?

Recently we have a new developer in our team. We are getting him up to speed and he is picking it all up quite fast, but a new developer means new (foreign) coding styles and ways to solve things. It ...
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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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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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What do employers look for in self-taught applicants? [closed]

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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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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Working for free? [closed]

I came across this article Work for Free that got me thinking. The goal of every employer is to gain more value from workers than the firm pays out in wages; otherwise, there is no growth, ...
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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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Are these company terms good for a programmer or should I move?

Here are some of the terms and conditions set forward by my employer. Does these make sense for a job like programming? No freelancing in any way even in your free time outside company work ...
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Should companies consider remote employees or stick to local employees? [closed]

Elite developers can be 10x more productive than an average developer. Clearly it's easier to find an elite developer around the whole world than in a company's backyard. If a company is not ...
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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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Is it usual if my employer asks me to get MCP certificates for higher salary?

I just got a salary negotiation this morning (I passed three interviews last 3 weeks), and it was like a game. I was stubborn with my expectation, or that number, or I leave. OK, to be honest, it's ...
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Establish/meet deadlines when I am constantly working with unfamiliar platforms and frameworks [closed]

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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Am I too young to be worrying about college right now? [closed]

I'm 19 and have been a hobbyist programmer since I was a freshman in high school (2002). I recently graduated in May of '08. Right out of high school I had my first job programming contract work for a ...
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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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If you take a year or two out from being a developer, is it really that hard to get back into it? [closed]

I've been working as a developer for about 3 years now (straight from uni), I'm wondering, if I take a year or two out would it be impossible to get back into the industry? I didn't get the gap year ...
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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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Is it appropriate to offer a “finders' fee” to existing staff when looking for new staff?

A lot of big companies use recruiters to find new hires, and there's obviously an associated cost. Existing staff are likely to know people looking for work through their professional networks. The ...
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How to get people involved in your project?

I have many project ideas and unfortunately all require a team of at least 3-5 developers. I've started a project by myself too many times without reaching the end. The point is to involve people in ...
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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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Experience With Similar Technologies: Convincing HR People? [closed]

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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What to look out for in employment contracts

I thought of this today after a co-worker looked through the contract they had signed several years ago and was quite alarmed. What should one look out for before signing a contract, as most ...
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Please guide this self-taught Web Developer [duplicate]

One of the major regrets in life is that I didn't do something with my introversion. I didn't manage to get past the first year of college because of that. I have chosen the path where there are no ...
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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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Will taking a year out reduce my employability

I'm just coming to the end of my BSc Computer Science degree, and I'm faced with a choice. My dream has always been to do independent game development, and I'm considering taking the next year to try ...