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What to do with bad source code? [duplicate]

I have been contracted to modify an application for a software company and the source code is quite frankly, a mess. It's not commented much and the author is inconsistent with coding conventions. The ...
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Is it normal for a software developer to have lots of issues after product went live? [closed]

In recent months, our product (which went live probably 9 months ago) experience an increase in the number of users using it. We faced lots of queries, problems, and complaints from users. Sadly, it ...
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Is it worth to learn Experimental Languages?

I'm a young programmer who desires to work in the field someday as a programmer. I know Java, VB.NET and C#. I want to learn a new language (as I programmer, I know that it is valuable to extend ...
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Do I have to change my company to make sure I'm good enough? [closed]

I have been working as a developer since my fourth year of university until now. I'm getting my master's degree next year (in math modeling). I've worked for the same company all the time, first on ...
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How to gain experience? [closed]

This is a problem that I think many people will find very common and some guidance from the expert users around here will be appreciated. Background Basically I'm a junior web developer in a team of ...
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How can I get better at knowing how to write code right off the bat?

I have been programming for around 3-4 years now (completed my degree in CS where we were taught the Java programming language). Now my question is: Do many people find it a difficult task ...
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Backtrack My “Education”

A while ago, I decided to start programming. I really, just jumped into a language (Perl) and went from there. What I regret is that I just jumped in: I didn't learn the basics (if you would call ...
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Need Help in Pointing to focus on the Key elements in Code Review Phase? [closed]

Please share your views on the code review process. If someone gave a code snippet and asked you to review that code, then what are the major things you will focus on that code Review process? For ...
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When someone asks you what you do, what do you say (e.g. programmer, developer, code monkey)? [closed]

Do you call yourself a programmer, a developer, or a code monkey? I personally prefer to say I am a developer.
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How to gain Professional Experience in Java/Java EE Development [closed]

I have been seeing opportunities go past me for just 1 reason: not having professional industry experience. I say to many employers that I'm capable of doing the job and show them the work I've done ...
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Does using a PHP framework count as experience using PHP to a company that doesn't use that framework?

I've started working at a company that uses the Yii PHP framework. I'm mostly using Yii but also some frontend stuff like jQuery and Ajax. What I'm worried about is limiting my skill set to a ...
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Attending my first software conference - any tips before I go? [closed]

My nice employer allowed me to visit a software conference in June (International PHP Conference, for those who care). Wanting to make the most of it, I would ask the more experienced conference ...
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What is the best way to maintain our programming experiences? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how do you remember programming related stuff? During my work experiences, I always met many kind of blocking problems with different technologies. When I remember the ...
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Is the abundance of frameworks dumbing down programmers? [closed]

With all of the frameworks available these days, ORMs, dependency injection (DI), Inversion of control (IoC), etc., I find that many programmers are losing or don't have the problem solving skills ...
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Am I experienced enough to learn and develop immediately using Ruby on Rails?

General Question I understand that discussions revolving around questions of this form run the risk of becoming too specific to help others. So, perhaps a better, general question would be: What ...
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Programming IDEs feature to add a forgotten open parentheses?

I very often find myself in situations where I should have opened a parentheses, but forgot and end up furiously tapping the left arrow key to get to the spot I should have put it, and doing the same ...
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about database design [closed]

My question consists of three parts: When to be sure that your database design is perfect? Is returning to the data base design to change some issues (like adding new column, delete a column or ...
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Good practices every startup should follow [closed]

A couple of friends at work an me are going to set up a little startup / create our own software, probably moonlighting at first, since we cant yet afford to quit our day jobs. Neither of us has have ...
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How many programming languages is a programmer expected to be an expert at? [closed]

Do most programmers specialize on a single stack, leaving other things be, or are they expert at multiple languages at the same time? If it's more than one, how many is standard? By expert, I mean ...
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How to network effectively to get a job [closed]

I have been working for 5 years at the same company now. I want to go and find a new job. Finding jobs or getting interview calls has been difficult, there are have far and few. And to compound the ...
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Is experience very important when hiring/being hired in your country?

In the Indian IT industry, I have found that regardless of the candidate's skill level, filtering is done based on number of years of experience. I have found that people with 5 years of work ...
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Getting to the big leagues & managing time as a novice game developer?

I'm a 23-year-old novice game developer who just got his first job in the industry a year ago. Unlike most programmers I know, I started programming pretty late, during my second year in college, and ...
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Does LaTeX have a future outside of CS? [closed]

with emphasis on outside of cs science students & staff In the "good ol' days" LaTeX was it; mainly because of two reasons, first - it gave such a better quality document that nothing else came ...
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How much experience on average should a Sr. developer have to be competent with a framework or library? [closed]

If you are a Senior developer with say 8+ years experience, how much time spent doing programming is reasonable for competency on average? Specifically working with some library or framework ...
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Resume dilemma for professional job

On my resume, I list myself as having "7 years of hands-on experience programming in C". To clarify, I am a self-taught C programmer with some college courses thrown in the mix. I've worked on some ...
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Are programming skills and computer knowledge taught at university sufficient for industry? [closed]

I am student currently attending my fourth year at a Swedish university and will, if all goes well, take my Master's degree in Computer Science in winter of 2011. It is a respectable university, at ...
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Work experience instead of education? [closed]

I wanted to name this topic as "Education vs. Experience", but this topic already exists. I've read that discussion and though what I'd like to ask is related with that topic, the question is quite ...
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Does using new techniques hurt productivity?

It seems that as experience with the specific set of tools you have to work with grows, the incentive to try out new things weakens. When I was new at this programming job, trying out new things, ...
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What are the steps in beginning a large project, when all I have is a big idea?

I am computer engineering student. I've been thinking about how I can handle a big project. What should be my first step to reach my goal in a more efficient and effective way? When I come up with a ...
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How does a fresher with a clean slate turn into a good programmer? [closed]

As a graduate fresh out of college with a clean slate, how can one go about being a good programmer who writes good maintainable code? How does one learn good coding practices and apply them? Can one ...
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How do you estimate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to respond when you are asked for an estimate? What are the estimation methods you use in real world projects and found it to be useful. I know there will be lot of ...
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Hiring a programmer much more qualified & experienced than yourself?

My employer is hiring a programmer - more specifically, I am interviewing and selecting the person who will fill the position. The best candidate right now is far more qualified than I am, older, and ...
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As a programmer, what paths should I take concerning education? [closed]

After a burst of ranting about homework, the applicability of the classes I'm taking, and my computer science teacher, I have some questions concerning education for my career path as a developer. I ...
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Why does changing from one language to another make a programmer fresher?

Right now I have been working on language X for the last 2 years. I am very good at it, but language X is not popular so jobs are not readily available for it. Consequently, I am thinking to change ...
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I'm so jealous of middle-aged developers. Are we unlucky? [closed]

First of all, I couldn't decide the right words for title after reading How old is "too old"? question. I still can't decide with old, middle-aged, expert or professional. As you know, ...
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To what extent can choosing a particular job limit future opportunities?

I'm at the beginning of my career and I'm currently looking for jobs. I know that the farther you get away from college graduation, the more employers look at your experience as opposed to your actual ...
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What is the hardest bug to find? [closed]

If possible write how to avoid this kind of bug (besides testing, of course, please write a specific technique)
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Where to Start When Making a Web Application on Your Own

I've been assigned an in-house web application that is basically an Employee and Project Management System. I'm getting confused as to where I should really start with this assignment (I mean I'm my ...
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How can I measure my experience as a hobbyist?

If you have a job programming with a language then it's safe to say that the number of years at a job is the number of years of experience you have. But a hobbyist doesn't always program with the same ...
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Creating a New Scripting Language For the Learning Experience?

Is creating a scripting language for my own personal learning experience worth it? The reason I ask is that there are so many programming languages available already, I know mine will never have any ...
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When a developer should change technology or framework?

I'm an ASP.NET developer since 3 years ago and I'm now pretty powerful in WebForms. But now it seems that everybody is moving or shifting towards ASP.NET MVC, and my company is also taking this shift. ...
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Where should you be at with 5 years experience? [closed]

Backround: I am currently a Junior in college working towards a degree in MIS. I've been interning with a compnay for a 3 summers and a winter break in there. With only 11 months to go before I start ...
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How should older programmers respond when interviewed

How should older programmers respond when interviewed and 'confronted' with questions similar to "we are a young bunch, will you be able to fit into our culture?". What about the experience an older ...
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Helping junior programmers get past their shortcomings? [closed]

What are your common gripes about junior developers that join your team or whom you have to work with? Obviously they are inexperienced so you can't expect them to know everything, but what skills are ...
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Can fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?

Some projects we run internally using scrum, whilst still being "fixed everything" to the customer. Mixed success on our part (the customer likes the visibility of the burndown chart). Any ...
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How to support design decisions?

There are bad design decisions. On the same pitch, being a senior engineer can sometimes be hard. Youngsters have awesome and radical ideas, which a senior engineer wonders whether will work on the ...
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How to bootstrap managerial experience?

Most engineering manager positions require X years of managerial experience in the job description. That means as an individual contributor I can never qualify. But this experience has to come from ...
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Who was your mentor? Where can I find mine?

In many of articles I've read, finding a mentor is often suggested. One to who would guide, teach and more. (I wouldn't know the details, I don't have one, yet.) So, who was your mentor, if any? I ...