Questions about the prospects of getting a specific programming job.

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Approximately how much is solid and broad knowledge of data structures and algorithms worth in the employment market? [closed]

I'm wondering how much I can boost my salary if I was to gain a strong and broad understanding of data structures and algorithms. I know the real basis but there are so many data-structures out there ...
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Is there an existing market for software libraries? [closed]

Kinda have the impression library development is either done by big companies like Microsoft that give them away for free, or the open-source community. Is there an existing market to sell software ...
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Does it look bad to take a break between programming jobs? [closed]

I've been working the same software development job for a few years now but the culture (or lack of proper culture) of the place has finally gotten to me and I have given my notice. To be brief: The ...
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How can I determine what level (entry, mid, senior) I am? [closed]

I have an interview with a company headquartered in San Francisco. They are pretty popular, well publicized, and recently acquired by a semi-notable player in Silicon Valley. The team is probably ...
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Programming jobs for a science based degree [closed]

I am currently in my last year of a Masters in Physics at Uni and I am looking to go into a job that is mainly programming based. As part of my course we have learnt C++, Matlab and as a hobby I ...
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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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Is the development of CLI apps considered “backward”?

I am a DBA fledgling with a lot of experience in programming. I have developed several CLI, non interactive apps that solve some daily repetitive tasks or eliminate the human error from more complex ...
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Is there a marketplace for crowdfunding OSS work? [closed]

Currently there are a few OSS projects that I would like to create and then use, but I just don't have the time to put into the creation of them, or in the case of some projects (e.g. Emacs packages), ...
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Is it possible to get a job in corporate software houses without a degree [closed]

I have been developing web applications in PHP from two years and have worked with three organizations. I started with no programming knowledge at all, I had interest in web development so I read some ...
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Do people who get paid to write code but score low on the “programmer competency matrix” have an ethical duty to find a different kind of job?

People advise me to "find a job doing something that you are good at", but the truth is that I don't believe I am good with anything other than just writing code. I don't think that I can design or ...
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Computer science jobs that don't let you develop software outside of that job? [closed]

I'm 15, and I was talking to my friends about what we wanted our future careers to be. I told them that I would like to have a job in the computer science industry (more specifically software ...
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Can working exclusively with niche apps or tech hurt your career in software development? How to get out of the cycle? [closed]

I'm finding myself in a bit of a pickle. I've been at a pretty comfortable IT group for almost a decade. I got my start here working on web development, mostly CRUD, but have demonstrated the ability ...
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What are general guidelines and advices to estimate how much you should charge for a project, being a novice freelancer? [closed]

I am an experienced programmer but completely new to the market. Someone wants me to do a project for them, but I do not know how much it is worth. What are general guidelines/advices for finding what ...
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Why is Adobe Air so underrated for building mobile apps? [closed]

I've worked with Adobe Flash-related technologies for the past 5 years. I've seen small bugs in some apps, but I don't understand why many big companies don't consider Adobe Air for their mobile apps. ...
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Crappy school, what to do? [closed]

I started programming fairly late. I am 24 years old and about to graduate from a local public university with a really poorly designed curriculum and teachers. Most of the work felt like busy work, ...
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Why the programmer with Ph.D is a bad candidate for the employer? [closed]

I have found this comic pic on Steve Hanov's blog: The most of the points are true obviously. What I can't comprehend is, why having Ph.D is considered as a "bad thing"? Any thoughts?
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Just got an initial job offer. How do I ask for more without any real justification? [closed]

I just got an initial programming job offer for $75k + benefits. It's an initial offer, so I feel like I should give a counter offer to avoid unnecessarily leaving any money on the table, but I've ...
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What are the qualifications for working with development of operating systems?

I always saw a lot of ads of programming jobs before. But I never saw an ad of operating systems development job before. I also never met personally someone who worked as operating system's ...
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Taking too long to get skills for entry level programmer position [closed]

I don't have the skills for an entry level position as a .Net programmer. I am trying to learn what I need but there is too much to learn and too little time. What can I do? About two months ago, I ...
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Why most job offerings are for a <language here> developer, rather than a developer in general? [closed]

In an ideal world: In an excellent article Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice, Patrick McKenzie explains, among other things, that language doesn't matter: A developer is a ...
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How can I get job in company when I unfamiliar with technology [closed]

Sorry if I have chosen wrong stackexchange site for this question. Point me in correct place if any... How can I get job in company that have some unfamiliar technology for me in they Job ...
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Too much to learn, dealing with overwhelming varieties of technologies [closed]

I am about to graduate, and I am already working as a web developer in our library IT department. When I look at job postings I am absolutely overwhelmed by the sheer variety of technologies out ...
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Can any programmer have 4-5 years of experience on Android in March, 2012? [closed]

Today I was reading a job circular that came into our internal yahoo group. It stated Android developer needed with 4-5 years of experience. I am not a developer with that amount of experience. I ...
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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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Software engineer, already in late thirties, would I have trouble finding a new position? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is ageism in software development based on anything other than bias? I have been a software engineer in the U.S for about 10 years now and I am already in my late ...
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What do you want to see in a job offer? [closed]

Which information do you want to see in a job offer for programmers? In which order? What are the most important points for you?
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Have not been working as a programmer since the three years since I graduated and would like to, any advice? [closed]

I graduated with my BS in CS, June 2009 and then took a job near school which they told me would be web site maintenance. It was actually web-based customer service with a small amount of working on ...
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How useful is it to double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science? [closed]

I'm halfway through a double major in both and love the subjects equally as much, I'm just starting to really dislike the people in Electrical Engineering so much so that I kind of want to stop taking ...
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When should a graduate apply for a programming job at tech companies? [closed]

How early do tech companies expect job applicants to apply, and whats the shortest amount of time it will take from applying to a company to beginning to work there? For example, if I'm graduating in ...
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How is Java used in the financial sector?

I am an student with good knowledge of Java, and I'd like to get into the financial sector. How is Java used there? How can a Java developer expect to break into the financial sector and find ...
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What are the chances of getting a good development job without the training in solving programming puzzles?

By "good job" I mean mostly a job that is well paid and involves the development of market-leading products/services (of course within my area of interest). I have a masters degree in economics and no ...
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What type of interview questions should you ask for “legacy” programmers? [closed]

We have recently been receiving lots of applicants for our open developer positions from people who I like to refer to as "legacy" programmers. I don't like the term "old" because it seems a little ...
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Are Business Majors considered for Programming Jobs?

Are business majors like Marketing relevant for programming jobs. Do employers even consider business degree holders as potential candidates? Let's say, if all I had was a business degree, should I be ...
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How to use designs skills as an advantage when looking for a programmer job?

Most programmers are not designers; at least that is what I hear a lot. I consider my design skills to be on par with my programming skills, although I prefer programming if I had to choose one. I ...
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big gap in my resume - advice on getting back on the job market [closed]

My story in a nutshell: Some time after college, after many months of working on my portofolio and job hunting, I got a junior programming position in the games industry. But since I had to move to ...
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Can I apply for “Software Engineer” jobs without being an engineer?

I am from a country in which the use of the word "Engineer" or "Engineering" is strictly regulated by legislation. This means that you must hold a degree in Engineering AND passed an exam to join the ...
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As a young developer, should I be worried about having to use “out-of-style” tech at work?

I'm a recent college graduate (last May!). While I was still in school, I wanted to make sure that I had a job before I graduated, and very early (probably too early) in my job search I settled on one ...
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High School Dropout - Is It Always This Difficult? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can someone find a job as a programmer without an education? I made a lot of mistakes when I was younger and never ended up graduating from even my ninth-grade classes ...
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How to be hired as a remote programmer abroad and not to be an entrepreneur?

The question is quite interesting as for me because I watched jobs adds and mostly they all: A) Require being located the same country a vacancy is B) Employers don't want to hire foreign ...
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Why are part-time jobs in programming an anomaly? [on hold]

I've recently quit my full time developing job at mega-corp, and I decided that I'll look for a part time job. Since then I've talked to half a dozen potential employers, and every one of them had the ...
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any good book on Investment banking for IT professionals [closed]

I have been working as a Java developer for corporate Banking client. Now I want to step into an investment banking domain job. What sorts of resources (books, sites, etc.) can I use to understand ...
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What is the difference between being an IT in investment bank and a professional IT company?

Suppose there are two positions: IT in investment bank: developer for the infrastructure or the platform a famous IT company: embedded developer, linux As far as I understand, since in the ...
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Questions on software development contracting [closed]

I am trying to understand a few aspects of applying for jobs such as the following: Android Developer - Front-end Experience Required - 3 month contract - London - £300 per day - Immediate start I ...
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Where can I find localized information about our industry?

Questions like 'What sort of jobs are available in Houston', or 'What do developers get paid in London' are notoriously off-topic here. My question is: where do those questions belong? Is there a ...
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moving from development to quality assurance [closed]

I'm looking for advice on the best way to move from software engineering to quality assurance type of jobs. Let's imagine a middle aged developer who is not up to date on all the current ...
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Should fresh grads join startups keeping in mind the future? [closed]

I'll graduate next year and the campus drive has secured me a couple of jobs with what we call the "big" companies. But I had approached a startup recently as I really liked their projects and am also ...
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Which is more important career-wise: Length of time spent on a project, or personal projects? [closed]

There is quite a bit of disparity between hiring practices among companies. Some companies look for years experience, or breadth or depth of skill, and others choose other selection criteria. As well, ...
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What career opportunities exist for developers with a degree in computer science? [closed]

I have an upcoming speaking engagement at a local University and will be address students in a 102 computer science course. Being more of an introductory course, there will be comp sci majors, along ...
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Industry jobs in artificial intelligence [closed]

As a relatively new computer science student, I am trying to find my niche within this broader field. My main goal is not academia but, well, a job. As such, I want to choose a specialization or two ...
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What is Business systems exposure?

I saw this job adverted for db admin and one of the things they are looking is for someone who can demostrate in business systems exposure. What does Business systems exposure mean? Have I selected ...