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Stuck due to “knowing too much” [closed]

Note more discussion at http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4037794 I have a relatively simple development task, but every time I try to attack it, I end up spiraling in deep thoughts - how could it ...
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When should you call yourself a senior developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Whats the difference between Entry Level/Jr/Sr developers? I'm curious what senior developer means because apparently the definition doesn't mean what I thought it ...
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How is a “Software Developer” different from a “Software Consultant”? What makes a consultant?

I have seen a lot of people claiming themselves to be a "software consultant". These consultants do what a normal software developer does, write code, estimate tasks, fix bugs and attend meetings etc. ...
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How do you deal with people who ask you to fix their computer? [closed]

Because I'm a programmer, people constantly ask me to fix their computer. How do you handle this situation? Do you make exceptions for relatives, friends and coworkers? Do you charge people for it?
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Is it common to lie in job ads regarding the technologies in use? [closed]

Wanted: Experienced Delphi programmer to maintain ginormous legacy application and assist in migration to C# Later on, as the new hire settles into his role... "Oh, that C# migration? Yeah, we'd ...
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What are the key differences between software engineers and programmers? [closed]

What are the key differences between software engineers and programmers?
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Should a developer also act as a tester?

We're a scrum team of 3 developers, 1 designer, the scrum master, and the product owner. However, we don't have official tester in our team. A problem that is always with us, is that, testing the ...
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Should software engineers also act as tech support?

Should a software engineer also act as technical support? That is, should a company allow their engineers to wear both the software engineer and technical support hats. It seems that it would remove ...
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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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What's the difference between a “developer” and a “programmer”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the key differences between software engineers and programmers? What is the difference between software engineer and software developer? What's the difference ...
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What defines a software architect? [duplicate]

At what point does a developer stops being simply a developer and turns into a software architect. Or in other words , whats the minimum job description of a software architect?
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Does being a Senior Developer using one language qualify you to be a Senior Developer using another language? [closed]

If I work as a Developer in one language (e.g. Java) and work my way up to Senior Developer, would that qualify me to be a Senior Developer for a position using another language (e.g. Ruby)?
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Why are they stacking technologies and languages for single person jobs?

I see this too often. They need one guy who is proficient in: Assembly C/C++ (sic!) Python Delphi C# PHP SQL Joomla Drupal ... and so on. Why?
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What is the difference between software engineer and software developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the key differences between software engineers and programmers? What is the difference between software engineer and software developer? In my previous company, ...
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Is a Front-End Web Developer a “Programmer”? [closed]

I'm a front-end developer and sometimes I ask myself is what I'm doing programming? People keep asking me what I'm doing and my short answer is "computer programmer". Is writing HTML/CSS markup ...
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What are the boundaries between the responsibilities of a web designer and a web developer?

I have been hired to do functional development for several web site redesigns. The company I work for has a relatively low technical level, and the previous development of the web sites were ...
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When does a “scripter” become a “programmer”? [closed]

Is there a difference between 'scripters' and 'programmers'? What is the dividing line between scripters and programmers? Perhaps all scripters be considered to be a programmer. If not all ...
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What is the main job of a team leader? [closed]

In a project following agile programming model what is the main job of a team leader? What are the job differences between team leader and project manager?
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What do DBAs do?

Yes, I know they administrate databases. I asked this question because I'd like to get a further insight into the kind of day-to-day duties a DBA might perform, and the real-world business problems ...
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System Analyst vs Computer Programmer? [closed]

My question here is relative to jobs. I currently hold a System Analyst position. What is the difference between System Analyst and Programmer/Analyst? Is this position higher than a programmer? Or ...
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Equity derivatives programming

I've been considering applying for some programming jobs that require experience in Equity derivatives and whilst I know what equity derivatives are, I have no idea what sort of things a programmer ...
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How to become a technical architect from a developer [closed]

I have been programming in .NET for the last 5 years. I have used design patterns a lot in our projects. I do have some domain knowledge in financial jargon. My ultimate goal is to become a technical ...
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Is it appropriate in a developer's job description to have “error free” as a key output?

As part of a review of all job descriptions, my company has decided to include the following as a key output: website development completed on time, within specification and error free Given ...
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What should you bring to the table as a Software Architect?

There have been many questions with good answers about the role of a Software Architect (SA) on StackOverflow and Programmers SE. I am trying to ask a slightly more focused question than those. The ...
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What “Industry Classification” is Computer Programming?

Whenever I fill out a survey (especially, but not limited to trade-papers/mags/sites), there’s one question (or any derivation thereof) that always trips me up: Which industry classification best ...
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junior / professional / senior categorization

Hey guys, is it just me or is the categorization of developer levels highly subjective? I get the feeling that every company tries to hire experienced developers as juniors because they don't know ...
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Define “Intermediate” (PHP) developer

I'm looking at the job market (as I imagine many are at the moment...) and I wanted to ask what the general consensus is on the skill levels required for "intermediate" or "junior" developers (PHP). ...
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Is there an infinite amount of knowledge in a programming language?

I can program in Java, C#, C, Scala, and Javascript fluently. I'm comfortable with Objective-C, but I don't remember the conventions used for memory management. I can read Python and Ruby and I've ...
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what do programmers dealing with data driven/machine learning related programming need?

Given the increasing amount of data generated through different web services ( social network, etc), there are must be more and more programmers who are familiar with machine learning and/or ...
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What's expected of a web-developer?

I've been getting into more web development later and talking to people often I'll get "Can you make me a website [for my book]?" types. "Yes. But.... Well, what do you want from it?" "I want it to ...
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How about a development job with no code to write? [closed]

I am curious about my work, where I have to work with configurations of servers, linux, databases, some SQLs but there is no line of code for my favorite programming language: Java. Is it normal that ...
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What is a “Business Intelligence” Developer?

What traits / skills does the Business Intelligence Developer role expect over a traditional Web Developer role?
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How do I decide what type of programmer I want to be?

I've been working at my current work for some time, and I'm considering a bit of a change of careers. I'm trying to decide what it is exactly that I want to do, and I'm really just not sure. I'm not ...
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What tasks should an Architect NOT do or limit to be effective?

There are plenty of questions/answers about what an architect does, but what should someone in an Architect role NOT do? What are the boundaries/limits to maintain to be an effective Architect? I'm ...
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Are you allowed to manage your own time and if so, do you sometimes abuse this? [closed]

The title is a bit vague so let me elaborate: I develop both hardware and software, and I'm in a position where I get a list of 'large' tasks/projects to do but not on a regular basis. Sometimes ...
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What's the difference between a “developer” and a “developer-analyst”?

At larger companies there seems to be a distinction between the two positions. How exactly do they differ?
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The Written Roles of Chief Technology Officer

A follow up to this question: The Written Roles of Software Development Manager What is the role and what are the responsibilities of a CTO when it's done well, with particular reference to how it ...
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Dealing with bad job description and interviewing applicants

My employer has been looking for a new web developer as well as a DBA for a while now with little success. I just saw the job description, and now I can understand why we are getting no interest - ...
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Automation Testers vs Developers [closed]

What are the differences between automation testers and developers?
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Software Development vs. Information Technology

What are the major differences between Software Development and Information Technology. If you have majored in IT is it a fine major but as different as Software Development and Computer Science as ...
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What is the difference between an engineer and a product manager?

It seems nowadays all the develop teams have both software engineers and product manager. I am a newbie to the software industry and I wonder what is the difference? Is it necessary for a Product ...
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If I were to claim I knew C++, what libraries would you expect me to know?

I'm unsure as to the definition of knowing a programming language, so I'm picking C++ as an example. How much does it take to someone to be qualified as knowing C++? Should they just know the basic ...
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What are the roles of a Software Delivery Manager [closed]

I have been told about a position that may be open to me - the role of a Software Delivery Manager. From what I understand this role does not already exist within my organisation. To be perfectly ...
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What is “Scalable Integrated Systems”?

I've come across a job posting that asks for experience with "Scalable Integrated Systems", but honestly that sounds like "generic buzzword," and I'm trying to figure out what the actual work behind ...
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Why “programmer” is defined as designers and “developer” as creator? [closed]

While I was looking to the definition of some common terms in en.wiktionary.org, I was surprised to what I found. It define the programmer as One who designs software. - wiktionary.org and ...
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In an MVC project, does the Information Architect define the models?

The definition of an Information Architect's responsibilities seems to fit neatly with the definition of 'model' in the MVC pattern. But I've never heard the two concepts discussed together. In a ...
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Required skills for a senior level ActionScript/Flex developer

I'm looking to take my Actionscript knowledge to the next level and I've been having trouble finding what it takes to become a senior level AS developer. From my searching this has what I've come up ...
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How to interpret programmer salary survey data, especially concerning different job titles?

I've been trying to understand how my compensation stacks up against the competition. I understand that this can be a bit of a localized question, so I'll do my best to avoid local issues. There are ...
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How much to each part?

I have been involved in a project and now it is coming to an end. The good news is the company will start to commercialize the software which is specific software to ISPs. As a programmer / developer ...
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What should I look for when job-hunting to find a strong OOD focus?

I'm currently seeking a job. I've got a good CV, but little industry experience, and so my difficulty is that I'm not entirely certain what I'm looking for. What I've done is a good BSc in Computer ...