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How to budget for a programmer you're not ready to hire yet? [closed]

I am trying to work up a budget for an app, specifically a budget for hiring a third-party programmer to add a specific feature, and I'm trying to figure out how to get a decent number. The ...
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Screen out software engineers with poor communication skills? [closed]

Personally, I try to speak and write impeccable English. I try to capitalize proper nouns, get punctuation correct, use parallel form, and employ precise verbiage. (I'm also a fan of the Oxford comma, ...
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1answer
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Do hiring managers have a hard time accepting developers who have a “business look alike” personal app but are NOT entrepreneurs? [closed]

Directly post graduation from University, I decided to build my own web app (Ease My Day) while waiting to get a job as a software Engineer. The reasons to build this app: Gain solid hands on ...
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How to recognize people with potential to become a coder [closed]

I work in finance and we have the habit to hire young people out of college, most of them with little-to-non coding experience. We are not looking for future quants, just business analysts with an ...
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How to integrate a second programmer to a startup [duplicate]

I'm the technical founder of a startup and I'm currently looking to hire a second developer for our product. Since I've been the sole developer, there is no formal organization for the project and I ...
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How to identify potential for becoming a programmer [closed]

There's heaps of information out there on hiring someone who's already a programmer. (Or claims to be one.) But what about identifying someone who has the potential to become a programmer, with ...
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Old programmer disappeared. About to hire another programmer. How do I approach this? [closed]

After spending over one year working on a social network project for me using WordPress and BuddyPress, my programmer has disappeared, even though he got paid every single week, for the whole period. ...
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I've never interviewed anybody before… HELP? [closed]

There were 3 developers at this GIS tracking company, but now there's 2. Last week my boss was fired. Today, new developers will be coming in for interviews. They'll be coming in from a placement ...
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Choosing the language to build an app in based on hiring market vs performance and maintainability [closed]

I'm facing a choice of whether to start building Haskell components for a certain production app that is all done in Ruby. I'm leaning toward Haskell for several reasons, primarily speed (compiled ...
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Does the expansion of new technologies cause a perceived shortage of skill? [closed]

Systems programming and desktop application development is a well established field. In recent years, web and mobile development have shown rapid expansion. As a software engineer I understand that ...
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How do you visually represent programming skills? [closed]

I had a discussion with a recruiter recently that made me wish I could visually represent programming skills. In trying to explain how skills relate, what are the important properties of those ...
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OO Design related questions in technical interviews [closed]

I've been attending quite a few interviews recently and have been asked by companies to answer "design a [insert model]" questions more than a few times. Is this normal in the industry nowadays? ...
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Asking potential developers to draw UML diagrams during the interview [closed]

Our interview process currently consists of several coding questions, technical questions and experiences at their current and previous jobs. Coding questions are typically a single method that does ...
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Hiring Developers - Any tips on being more efficient? [closed]

I represent a software company that is in process of building a large software development team. We are picky in who we hire and have really good retention rate (most of the devs have been here for an ...
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9answers
479 views

Under which circumstances (if any) does it make sense to work for a startup, for free? [closed]

I've been bumping around the startup world for a while, and most startups I've seen seem to have (amongst other things) two things in common: A lack of money An inability to, reliably, hire good ...
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Should I contract someone to help me with an existing project? [closed]

I have a paid Android app that I made by myself this past summer and I've been working on it throughout the year. The app is geared toward a professional niche market (but there are people all around ...
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Open Source sponsored feature development [closed]

I am considering to sponsor a development of some particular features in some Open Source tools. I would like the results of the work to be available publicly, and if possible, to be included in the ...
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How do I prove I'm a capable full-time hire after 3 years of a CS degree & lots of summer experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer? I'm in kind of a strange predicament. There have been family ramifications that I've had to leave ...
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3answers
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How to effectively find, hire and work with contractors? [closed]

I know there are some questions that are sort of similar to this one, but I don't think any of them really ask or answer my set of questions. A bit of background: Approximately 6 mos ago, I went ...
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3answers
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What do you absolutely have to know about a candidate before hiring him? [closed]

What essential questions do you have to know the answer for, about a prospective software development candidate, before hiring him/her? I'm not seeking specific interview problems (e.g. sort this 3D ...
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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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10answers
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How relevant are Brainbench scores when evaluating candidates? [closed]

I've seen many companies using certification services such as Brainbench when evaluating candidates. Most times they use it as a secondary screen prior to interview or as a validation to choose ...
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How to interview a natural scientist for a dev position? [closed]

Original Question I already did some interviews for my company, mostly computer scientists for dev positions but also some testers and project managers. Now I have to fill a vacancy in our research ...
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How to estimate effort required to convert a large codebase to another language/platform [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way to estimate cost related to porting code from language A to language B? We have an MFC C++ program with around 200,000 lines of code in it. It's pretty much ...
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How do I convince my employer to hire an additional developer without selling myself short? [closed]

I'm the only developer at a small company. I've slowly moved into development here; until ~4 months ago 50-75% of my time was spent on operations. Now, 50-75% of my time is spent on development, with ...
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What are some good tasks to assign co-op students/interns? [closed]

My company is investigating hiring a University Computer Science co-op student (BSc year 3) for a 4- or 8-month work term. (I'm not sure how internationally-recognized the term co-op is - it's ...
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9answers
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What does long-term freelancing say about a developer's experience? [closed]

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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3answers
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Is there any formal research in FizzBuzz Question Effectiveness? [closed]

After seeing this question today on variation of the FizzBuzz interview question, as well as seeing other questions related to it around, I have to ask: is there any formal research on how effective ...
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13answers
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Is programming a profession not for a person with speech impairment? [closed]

My friend has 15 years of programming experience and Ph.D. in mathematics. He has also cerebral palsy with speech impairment. Because of his handicap, he chose to being a software developer after his ...
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2answers
873 views

How to pick a web application software engineer? [closed]

How should I pick a web application software engineer? The (permanent) position is to rewrite the client of an existing desktop client server application. The pages will not be generated ...
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9answers
973 views

Should I expect recent grads to be familiar with basic programming concepts? [closed]

It seems there's a HUGE discrepancy between what I expect someone who's studied programming for a few years at university, and what one actually knows. I don't feel like I'm asking overcomplicated ...
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6answers
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Interviewing a developer who's skilled in a language you don't know [duplicate]

Background: I'm an experienced developer and technical architect (C#, Delphi, Java, Clojure, Assembler, Perl, various esoteric functional programming languages) We need to hire some Ruby developers ...
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How to hire a good C# developer if I don't know C#? [closed]

I'm a C++ developer. I know how Windows works on the native level, but I'm not a big expert in C# and .NET. Now I need a C# developer in my team (all my developers are C++). How can I hire a great C# ...
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Is a request for a code sample after a job offer common? [closed]

I was verbally offered a job and the manager insisted that I start the day after the following day from the interview; so two days after the interview. I left the interview unsure of the offer the ...
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1answer
571 views

Remote Working & Relocation [closed]

Sorry if this question is a duplicate, I did some extensive searching and found nothing on quite the same topic (though a couple on partially-overlapping topics). Recently, whilst on holiday in ...
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1answer
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How do you successfully hire out a few programmers to make it cost effective? [closed]

Many of us know this situation well: we're a one-man (woman) development team, we need some extra help to keep up with all the tasks, the budget is small and we decide to get some help. But hiring ...
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13answers
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What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements? [closed]

I went to a "job fair" recently and I was surprised to see how much emphasis workplaces seem to put on the programming languages candidates are familiar with. From my (admittedly limited) experience, ...
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8answers
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How can you filter out irritable programmers in interviews? [closed]

So I've had a few situations now where programmers have passed the interview teams with flying colors, only to find when they arrive on scene, they demonstrate an extreme touchiness any time any ...
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11answers
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What responses disqualify a candidate from hiring during the interview? [closed]

You are in the process of looking for candidates for a software development position, all the resumes are reviewed, and you made a couple of interview invites. Now, the folks show up in the conference ...
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10answers
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How important is a good coding style for the decision to hire a programmer? [closed]

Even as a student I am asked to review the code of programmers who have (not) passed a test (create a list of Fibonacci numbers on android). While I am very strict on coding style I just read about ...
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11answers
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Any tips on getting hired as a software project manager straight out of college? [closed]

I graduated with a BS in compsci last September, and I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a job as a project manager ever since. I fell in love with software engineering (the formal practice ...
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2answers
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How valid is ITJobsWatch data? [closed]

(I've been wondering all day whether to ask this question here - my biggest concern would be that it would be seen as off-topic, or not relevant. It's not relevant to the US, this is true, but it is ...
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Are code screening services worthwhile? [closed]

I've seen websites that screen programmers by their ability to write code. It's a service that you enter a programming question into and then send out a link. Job candidates program their solution to ...
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3answers
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A Crash Course in ASP.NET [closed]

I'm a .NET developer who's eying up new jobs for a change of pace. My career so far has led me to become quite proficient with C#, WPF, WinForms, MSSQL, and all kinds of goodies in the .NET framework ...
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5answers
468 views

Would leading a major refactoring effort appeal to a senior developer? [closed]

My company is inheriting a large code base for two products that's fragmented into different applications using different languages and technologies, with a significant portion of it spaghetti code. ...
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Proving Yourself [closed]

I guess it isn't that common but occasionally there are some software developers who didn't actually go to college and just spent their teens hacking away at pet projects and learned enough to work ...
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How productive is an excellent developer compared to an average one? [duplicate]

I believe that I read somewhere that Google has a rule of thumb that an excellent developer is around 300 times more productive than an average one. Does anyone have any rules of thumb used by large ...
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Hiring a programmer much more qualified & experienced than yourself? [closed]

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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Is “Hiring only the Best” a really practical advice for normal desktop application programming? [closed]

For background, we are doing desktop engineering applications, with an AutoCAD like UI, something similar to etabs. One thing that really bugs me is, is there any need to hire the very best ...
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Is it a good idea to take a dev job knowing you'll be leaving shortly? [closed]

I'm currently in a very stable, comfortable dev position where most of my growth as a developer is solo. My current team doesn't really discuss software development and not everyone is interested in ...