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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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What does long-term freelancing say about a developer's experience?

I have been interviewing candidates lately for a developer position requiring 10+ years experience and have come across a couple of CVs that I am not sure how to understand: I have interviewed a few ...
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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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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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Where do I learn most - by going to industry or pursuing a doctorate degree?

I enjoy learning new things, and thus I want to pursue a career where I can continue to do so. I'm currently doing my Master's thesis and will finish my degree beginning of next year. After that I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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about database design

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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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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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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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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Should one Consider Periods in “Year of Experience” while actually not Coding on regular basis

Sorry if the title sounds a bit clumsy. The scenario I am trying to describe is during my academic years I have mostly coded in C/C++. Few small projects were done but no large scale work was done. ...
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PGAS Systems in the wild [closed]

Has anyone had any experiences with developing a Partitioned Global Address Space product or system, or an application that used PGAS, or anything PGAS-like? I'm looking for insights, warstories, and ...
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Gaining experience working with a team

I've always been a solo programmer and I would like to gain experience working with a team. Where are some places I can go to gain experience with a team assuming that I am willing to work for free in ...
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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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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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C# experience for students

Where is it possible to get a real experience with C# and .net programming? Open source teams usually don't want to deal with newbies, making projects with other students is problematic too, because ...
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Integrating into a new team

I've just joined a new company where a lot of the developers have been working for more than ten years. How do I integrate into the team without stepping on too many toes?
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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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Ur/Web new purely functional language for web programming?

I came across the Ur/Web project during my search for web frameworks for Haskell-like languages. It looks like a very interesting project done by one person. Basically, it is a domain-specific purely ...
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What do you wish you had been taught in uni before moving to industry?

Is there something that you wish you could have learnt, as part of a course or something, in uni, now that you've been in industry for a while? Maybe something such as "I wish there was a course in ...
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Haskell web frameworks survey

There are several web frameworks for Haskell like Happstack, Snap, and Yesod, and probably a few more. In what aspects do they differ from each other? For example: features (e.g. server only, or ...
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What are pros and cons of using “in-house” tools? [closed]

What are pros and cons of using "in-house" tools, from real-world experience?
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Have you worked with a well designed application? [closed]

Inspired by this question, I started wondering - is there or has there ever been such a thing as a "well designed application"? One where the architecture would be perfect and no refactoring would ...
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Have you worked with poorly designed application?

Well , I have been asked to work in a Java web application that is very very poorly designed . In the name of "making this easy" , they have come up with their own "framework" to make things extremely ...
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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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Should every programmer keep a “Lessons Learned” journal?

Every time I've finished a project, there is always something that I've learned (otherwise I don't find it very motivating). But I can't remember everything, and much later I may stumble across the ...
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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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What programming languages have you taught your children? [closed]

I'm a C# developer by trade but have had exposure to many languages (including Java, C++, and multiple scripting languages) over the course of my education and career. Since I code in the MS world ...
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Can programmer experience be expressed in hours of coded like hours of flight for a pilot?

How useful would it be for a recruiter? In martial arts there are a minimum number of trainings, not years of practicing, to be evaluated for a higher level. I saw some exceptions but there are rare. ...
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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 ...
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How can I estimate how long a project will take? [duplicate]

I'm working as a web developer and I want to be able to determine if I'm efficient. Does this include the how long it take to accomplish tasks such as: Server side code for the site logic with one ...
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Need help deciding if Joomla! experience as a good metric for hiring a particular prospective employee

My company has been looking to hire a PHP developer. Some of the requirements for the job include: an understanding of design patterns, particularly MVC. some knowledge of PHP 5.3's new features. ...
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Is the CakePHP certification worth it? [duplicate]

I have over 5 years of experience in web technologies—primarily the LAMP stack—and over 2 years in the CakePHP framework. I am considering the CakePHP certification, is it worth it?
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Question about programming in linux

In the next month I have to shift to work on the ubuntu system and writing c/c++ programs. I used to program in windows visual studio for some years. What should I do to prepare the shift suddenly? ...
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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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Experiences with WebSphere? [closed]

I'm going to be an intern soon at a bank (this is my first software related job) and I was told that I'm going to be working mostly with: Java (I already know SE) WebSphere DB2 I saw this thread ...
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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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Google Summer of Code Experience [closed]

I was a Google Summer of Code student this year and successfully completed my project. It was an awesome learning experience. Just wondering, from an industry point of view - how is or how well is a ...
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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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After how much experience, should one start to use a framework for serious development?

Long time back, when I was reading my introductory programming books on (Basic, Pascal, C/C++), one thing that was emphasized is you can't become a professional programmer over night or over few ...
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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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What is the right level of site blocking for you as a developer? [closed]

Almost all developers who work for a large corporation find themselves on the wrong side of site blocking software. It can be both frustrating ("Just let me read that damn blog!") and helpful ("Woah! ...
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How do you get into the zone? How long does it take? What steps do you take before? [closed]

Getting into zone is a pleasurable and fruitful process. We produce good source code and we get lots of satisfaction from our work done while being in the zone. But, how does one get into the 'zone'? ...