Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee.

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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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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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Do you contribute to open-source software?

Recently John Resig (creator of the jQuery library) wrote on his twitter that "When it comes to hiring, I'll take a Github commit log over a resume any day.". As much as I respect that (motivating ...
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Is there such a thing as “closure” with software work?

I burned out last year (after a decade of fulltime programming jobs) and am on a sabbatical now. With all the self-examination I've started to figure out some of the root causes of my burnout, and one ...
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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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How to explain a project for a potential employer

I went to an interview last week for a junior programmer and mentioned that I have been working on a project with a buddy of mine. Tomorrow they would like to see this project in order to decide if ...
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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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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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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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Perception of a developer that uses a pre-packaged web implementation for their personal site? [closed]

Lets say you're a web developer/programmer and you want to set up a personal portfolio site. Unfortunately, like most people with a full time job and a family, your time is hard to come by. You make ...
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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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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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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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If you had more freedom and flexibility, what would you change in your employment contract? [closed]

For example, code ownership/authorship rights, non-compete terms, vacation/holidays, working hours, termination notices from any of the sides, etc.
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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 long should you wait before interviewing at the same company a second time? [closed]

Suppose you've had a recruiter contact you about a position at a medium-large to large company, and went for an interview and such, and seriously considered the position but ultimately you decided ...
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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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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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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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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 ...