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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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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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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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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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Certifications needed to get an interview with no experience and no degree. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are certifications worth it? Given that I have no commercial experience to speak of -- and no undergraduate degree -- how can I best demonstrate my programming ability ...
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What is the correlation between programming language and experience/skills of their users?

I'm sure there is such a correlation, because experience and skill leads good programmers to picking languages that are better for them, in which they're more productive, and working in a language ...
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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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What is expected from a programmer as an intern? [closed]

I was hired as an intern at a company that mainly deals with civil and environmental engineering. I am their only programmer and the project they assigned me seems impossible for someone of my ...
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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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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 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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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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How to communicate inefficiency before it's implemented?

This is a problem I come across pretty often. Basically we are using an application to make art content. Often times this requires writing custom tools for it. Sometimes you run into parts of the ...
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What shoud I know or should be doing after six years of experience in software development? [closed]

Even after six years of experienece I am still doing the things which I was doing six years ago. Working on the same mundane CRUD stuff. Nothing has been real challenging. Since I am working in a ...
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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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What does it mean for a developer to be given “creative freedom”

So I was reading the flowchart shouldiworkforfree, and I was thinking what does it mean to be given creative freedom? as a developer?.. "Will they give you creative freedom?" For example does it ...
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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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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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What reasons do you have/give for using an MP3 player/iPod while programming? [closed]

At my last job, as a Project Manager, I argued (unsuccessfully) for the Developers to be able to use MP3 players while they were working. Unfortunately, the culture in that company was such that many ...
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Where do I learn most - by going to industry or pursuing a doctorate degree? [closed]

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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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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Experience vs. versatility [closed]

Let's say a .NET programmer works at a company which provides software on demand, not as a product. The programmer works in WPF for a period of time and he/she invests lots of time in it. He/she get ...
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How does one regrade a development team appropriately?

We have a team of 20+ developers, of mixed skills and varying levels of ability in each. Some are C#/MVC4/.Net 4.5 developers cutting new code, some are VB6-ers maintaining our critical legacy apps. ...
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When to bail on a proposed solution?

Here's a *hypothetical* issue. There is a performance issue in the current release. Its difficult to find the cause of this issue because the performance tests haven't been run in roughly 10+ ...
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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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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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Are there metrics, like in other professions, that can be used to measure whether a programmer is considered experienced? [closed]

Driving instructors (at leas in Germany) often mention 100.000 km driven as a reference point where a driver is considered experienced. Is there a similar number for programmers? For example, how ...
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Interviewer gives wrong answers to their own questions [closed]

I have taken some C and C++ interviews in India and I must say I am quite disappointed by the kind of questions Indian interviewers ask. They expect black-n-white answers to questions and wont accept ...
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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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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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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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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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How to rate your understanding of a programming language? [duplicate]

Background: (may skip): I am currently in my second year at university studying Computer Science and applying for placement positions for a year of work. One application I have run into is asking me ...
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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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Can you share an explanation or experience that gave you clarity about how to use SQL SELECTS? [closed]

I have been programming for a long time, like 13 years (only professionally for about 4). I've become familiar with things like QBasic, Visual Basic, C#, .NET, Java, C, C++, Javascript, JQuery, etc. I ...
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2 Years Work Experience, Should I treat it like im a College Graduate? [closed]

So I just got laid off from a company after 2 years, no fault of my own. It was a large, rather well known company that had been doing cuts for the entire year (almost 75% of our department was cut). ...
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What has been your experience with commercial third-party libraries?

I am thinking of purchasing an Infragistics library for a project I'm working on, but I've never used a third-party library in my code before. Is it something you would recommend? Have you ever had ...