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Greenfield vs. brownfield revenue? (attempting to get an idea of measure of effort expended on the two)

The big question I have in my mind: how many developers are brownfield ("enterprise") compared to greenfield (all new code, from the ground up). I'm constantly reading breathless articles about the ...
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Looking for companies with strong R&D departments, specifically for A.I., but I can't seem to find many. Are there only a handful?

I plan to get a PhD in CS, concentrating in some subfield of artificial intelligence, not sure which one at the moment. I'm looking into R&D departments in industry, but there don't seem to be ...
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How much of a setback is a change of industry for a programmer? [closed]

My question is about changing industries as a developer, after having spent half a decade in one. Let's say I'm a full-stack web and mobile app developer, I use a good variety of languages and ...
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Why isn't Japanese software industry as strong as their hardware technology? [closed]

I admire Japanese technology and their innovation. They always seem to be one step ahead of everyone else. But why isn't their software industry just as developed? Why aren't there any Japanese ...
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How do you break out of the role of a code maintainer? [closed]

In my last three jobs, I was a code maintainer. In all three cases, I was hired after the majority of the code for the project was already written. I'm a self taught programmer. Before I ever started ...
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Industries and types of projects avoiding OO

Seems like OO is everywhere. What if someone just doesn't grok it beyond a simple level, no matter how many books, workshops, kindly mentors etc they've had? Like some people are tone-deaf and can't ...
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Any empirical research comparing IT project failure rates to other domains?

IT projects are legendary for high failure rates, cost overruns, and schedule overruns. Hence the motivations for questions like this. Is there any actual empirical research that compares the ...
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Why can't the IT industry deliver large, faultless projects quickly as in other industries?

After watching National Geographic's MegaStructures series, I was surprised how fast large projects are completed. Once the preliminary work (design, specifications, etc.) is done on paper, the ...
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Is the Mercury Programming Language used in the field?

I've strong interests in Functional and Logic programming and Mercury seems like a good blend of the two. Is it used in industry at all? I'm one to learn a language just for the fun of it but it would ...
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How can I save my university's Computer Science & Engineering department? [closed]

I'm currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, and we're having a bit of a problem right now... The state recently passed a budget plan that cuts funding for ...
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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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In-house versus Software-development Environment [closed]

In the industry, there is a distinction made between an 'in-house development' environment where the software developers are writing code which will be used by the company itself and a proper ...
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Typically how many programmers on svn? [closed]

I've started implementing svn in my school projects. In the industry, typically how many programmers are sharing the same svn? Are the version numbers related to how many programmers are working on a ...
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what is a good way to show mysql experience?

As always, if this is a duplicate question that I have yet to uncover, please feel free to close or delete it. I'm attempting to get into the programming industry. I've focused mainly on PHP due to ...
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Standards in Enterprise Development

Is it perhaps time for enterprise systems to be developed to strict enforced standards? Many books list optional 'standards' and best practices, but these are purely suggested practices. Still, every ...
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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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Industry has no place for passionate programmers? [closed]

I've been interning at a place where my manager believes that if you are in a, product company, then you generally spend time tweaking the product and sometimes adding some features, or service ...
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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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Industry attitude towards what is called an “undergraduate Master's” [closed]

I'm enrolled in an undergraduate Master's degree. It will be my first degree - 4 years course - but it will be called Master's. I will not get any intermediate degree. It's from one of the most ...
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Why do companies want you to register with their program?

I've always wondered why some companies want you to register when you install their programs. Personally, I just find it annoying and decline, but what do companies have to gain by having their users ...
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What is the biggest weakness of students graduating with degrees in Computer Science?

This question is directed more toward employers and graduate student advisors/professors but all opinions are welcome. What do you find is a common weakness of new hires and/or new grad students? Is ...
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Is it common practice to hire third parties to do code reviews for contractors?

I recently observed some contract offers which included a "code review by third party" clause - the contract would not pay out fully until the code review was completed and it received a pass. I was ...
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Is there a trend for cross-platform GUI toolkits? [closed]

What is the trend like for the usage of cross-platform GUI frameworks right now? Are more people starting to use cross-platform frameworks (such as GTK+, Qt and wxWidgets) or are there more who use ...
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Is it true that a stricter coding style is always better?

I am currently studying computer science and was wondering how strict coding styles are in industry, how much it differs between industries and if it is true that a stricter coding style is always ...
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Leading Web Application Publications [on hold]

Almost every major industry has it's standard publications which are considered "must reads" in that particular field. After spending some time on Google looking for web application publications, ...
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What happens if you're unable to solve a problem?

I'm a year away from graduating from university, and I'm really looking forward to solving practical problems. Especially non-trivial ones which require a bit of research and a lot of thinking. But ...
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Why is there a decline in CS majors? [closed]

Although I've read on various websites until 2007-2008 that CS majors in decline, I don't understand why--I haven't entered the job market yet. Bruce Webster has an excellent chart regarding the ...
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Where can I find statistics on worldwide developers and software companies? [closed]

I try to find an answer of a very difficult question. The question is: How many developers and how many software companies are there in the world? For example if I check the Statistic Austria ...
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Economics of a career in bioinformatics

I am a software developer looking for a new set of challenges. I am therefore seriously considering undertaking study towards a Masters of Science in Bioinformatics (I have a bachelor degree in Comp ...
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What is Java used for these days? [closed]

Java is fifteen years old. It started life as an alternative to C++ with a comprehensive standard library. Riding on the coattails of the Internet boom, it was popular for writing web applets. Its ...
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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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Can increased usage of higher and higher programming languages lead to a deficit of programmers with computer architecture knowledge?

Quote from Wikipedia of the article "High-level programming language": A high-level programming language is a programming language with strong abstraction from the details of the computer. In ...