Questions about the prospects of getting a specific programming job.

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How to find a job as a developer with a charity [closed]

Can anybody suggest the best way to go about finding software development jobs within charitable organisations? This comes from an experienced developer who dreams of working for a company he ...
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Will a computer science college degree ever hurt my employability? [closed]

Too often, I can see that there are many viable programmers without college degrees in Computer Science, Informatics, etc. Now that I've been reading more articles about underperforming education ...
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Searching for job openings beyond those that just specific programming language?

I currently consider myself to be a X language programmer (just using a variable here since this isn't about the language), I've invested time into learning the platform and like working with it. The ...
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Doing a passive job search while employed, dealing with the barrage of messages from untargeted Recruiters, HR people? [closed]

I'm currently employed with what is basically a startup company, I took the job to gain more experience on the platform I want to work on. I want to entertain options for possibly moving into a new ...
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I've got my Master's in Software Engineering… Now what? [closed]

Recently I completed a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA, US), because I wanted to have some formal education in software (my undergrad is in Math Ed) ...
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What does remote position with possibility of re-locating mean? [closed]

I have a verbal job offer for a position where I made it clear that I would be working remotely and they said no problem they have lots of remote workers. However they have said that I should not ...
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How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career [closed]

I've been working with .Net since it first came out and have done my best to use the latest and greatest things from Redmond. That being said, I've been working for the past year in the ...
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Framework is important too much in job selections? [closed]

I am a lover of ASP.NET MVC and a hater of ASP.NET Webforms, so I am always looking for a job where they use MVC. But here firms are usually not using MVC . Also I am not good in Webforms and really, ...
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Is it possible/likely to be paid fairly without a college degree? [closed]

Some back story, and then my question: I took a "break" from getting a university education last year to work full time as back end developer on a GIS application at $10.50 an hour. Later that year ...
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How viable is a PhD in software security research?

I am planning to do a Ph.D in software security. My school is giving a full scholarship for "Detecting security vulnerabilities from source code and binary code" project. Is is worth taking it? I ...
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What are the most cost effective ways of increasing your marketability to employers

There's a difference between becoming a better developer and showing you're a better developer to potential employers or to your current employer (ie. raises and such). I'm wondering what the most ...
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How to hunt for software developer jobs if it is hard to travel on site interview [closed]

I am a software developer with 3 years of experience in different domains. I was trying to find a job via online sites. Particularly I tried to send motivation letter with CV to UK vacancies. All ...
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Is it better to be specialized in a few areas or have general abilities in many?

My situation is this. I will be graduating soon with a degree in Computer Science. I did have a job for a while working as a Web Developer for a small graphic design company. During this time, we ...
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Do job postings exaggerate their requirements? [closed]

I feel like a reasonably qualified programmer, but a lot of job postings I run into make me feel otherwise. Almost all of them separate qualifications into requirements and desirables, but even the ...
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Lisp popularity on the rise. Anyone know why? Seen this first hand?

I recently found this article/table: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html It shows a big rise in Lisp's popularity. Does anyone know more about this? What applications ...
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Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia? [closed]

I'm looking for a high-paying position in software, especially involving graphics and imaging, but preferably outside the world of universities and large government research labs. These are ...
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Where to look for a programming partner?

Say that you want to start a new project (I'm talking about a serious project — e.g if you had an idea that seems good and profitable — not about something you start just to learn a new ...
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What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?

I'm at a place of potential career change. Among the options is to stay in software development but move into commercial and enterprise systems work. My past has been mostly working with scientists ...
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Can I get a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer if I'm self-taught? [closed]

I'm an employed, self-taught application developer. Although I love development, I'm fairly bored. To offset this (and because I love to learn), I study advanced mathematics, physics, engineering and ...
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Career strategy for those of us who *like* re-inventing wheels? [closed]

Yeah, I hear all the popular wisdom about not re-inventing the wheel. It may be allowed that making some tiny wheels from scratch is good practice for beginners, but generally in real life, we ...
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Can a developer move into a fast-paced career later in life? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How old is “too old”? Most developers I know pushed really hard to get ahead in their careers early on, then maybe slowed down about 10 to 15 years in to ...
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What defines a “cutting edge” technology?

Many advertisements for s/w engineering jobs say , "...we work on cutting edge technologies..." Once a guy from job consultancy described it like "this company works on cutting edge technologies" . ...
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programming languages and credible data on market conditions

Is there a consortium,research organization or any credible reporting body that can confidently say what computer language will have more jobs in a given year and in years to come?.
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Career Shifters: How to compete with IT/ComSci graduates

I am wondering what are the chances of a career shifter (mid 20's), who have maybe 3-6 months programming experience vs. younger fresh IT/Com Sci graduates? You see, even though I really love ...
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How do I transition from physics and math to programming? [closed]

I'm a physics PhD with little actual programming experience. I've always liked programming and played around with BASIC, Pascal as a teen, but the extent of my experience writing complex programs ...
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In this slow job market, I have no choice to take a job that uses VB.NET and is going to use C#. Advice? [closed]

I really don't want to do VB.NET, but I need a job and I need a job fast. The two positions I am looking at both have existing apps in VB.NET, but are looking to convert them to C# and do new ...
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Are there opportunities working as full-time paid programmer for Non-profit organizations

Some recent events in my life have made me want to contribute more to causes I believe in rather than just working for a profit-driven company. I have been thinking that if I could find a non-profit ...
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Does professionalism in job postings matter?

I came across this job posting: http://www.justin.tv/jobs/jobs. The page contains some bad language ("No bulls--t"). I personally find this vaguely offensive, and it would certainly put me off ...
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Getting into Medical Development

I'd like to start coding for medical techs such as 3D Echocardiograms and other imaging and sensor based technologies. I'm fine with the coding and design aspect but are there any resources on ...
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What should I improve if I'm looking for a C++ job? [closed]

I've been really frustrated recently. It's so hard to get a C++ job. I learnt some J2EE, but I really don't want to do this in my career. I am student, will graduate very soon. I am looking for C++ ...
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What are the best ways to professionally increase your online presence?

I've been hunting around the job market for a little bit now and I've been shocked by some of the things I'm seeing. Software developers who make themselves more "known" online are getting far more ...
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How do you compare programming job offers from companies in different countries? [closed]

This isn't really a programmer-specific question, but I'm not sure of a more appropriate place, and I think the users of this site are best able to answer the question in the context of programmers. ...
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How do I know when my development skills are good enough for a real job? [duplicate]

I've been studying computer science on my own for a few years, but I don't personally know anyone who programs. I was wondering how you know when you're ready to start looking for a job? Does lack of ...
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How to market yourself as a software developer? [closed]

I have noticed that this is a frequent issue among younglings from technical areas such as ours. In the beginning of our careers we simply don't know how to sell ourselves to our employers, and ...
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What do you do when you realize your job requires you to do something out of your depth?

For a large software project recently, I was really out of my depth. And I did actually know this; and that the only reason I was employed was mostly a lack of other qualified candidates. The job was ...
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What should I concentrate on?

Let me first give you a small background. I am a high school student in my last year of high school. When I get to college, I want to take up computer science, because I really love software ...
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Is it better to have publicly viewable FOSS code even if it is not your best work compared to none at all for employment?

I have a number of foss tools I have written and have released but under aliases. I guess I am worried that the code is not my absolute best and is not the most robust code around. So I have always ...
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Logical progressions through the job market

I'm 5 years out of a unrecognised university where I did Software Engineering. First job was VB.NET, one job was Python, Linux and Web development. I feel cast as a web developer. I'd love a role ...
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How do I find fun companies?

When looking for jobs, I'm not sure how to determine whether the company is fun to work for or not. I want to work in companies that are open, innovative, and make a good contribution to the world of ...
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Is it still relevant to learn C these days? [closed]

Back in the uni days, I had the opportunity to study C for one semester but I didn't take it any further because I can not see many job opportunities for C hence I learnt Java. These days I see more ...
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How do you determine which skills are marketable?

While this question might be relevant to other fields, I'm interested specifically in searching for jobs as a developer. Namely, when you are searching for an applying for a new job you might look for ...
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Having MSc or Bsc with Experience, what's it worth in industrial environments?

I'm a fresh graduate in Electronic & Telecommunication field, and in our University, we can have major and minor fields in the relevant subjects. So, I majored in telecommunication and minored in ...
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Learn a NoSQL or become a badass with traditional RDMS - Where is/will the work be? [closed]

New Question Version: I've got the opportunity to spend 3 months getting good at something, its going to be either a NoSQL technology like Cassandra or optimising relational database systems. I ...
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How to search for a tester?

As a freelance developer, a few times I tried to find some testers to be able to let them test my software/web applications. If I try to find them, it's because most of the customers are not intended ...
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Assembly & The Programming Field [closed]

As it were, I do enjoy programming in assembly. I know that as a rule, assembly is platform specific so 'x' assembly will not help me if I had to work with 'y' machines. That said, how common are (at ...
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Choosing a Programming Language [closed]

i've taking part in some conversations around here and it seems like choosing a programming language is an event like, wether you like coca-cola or pepsi, you cant like both. Sometimes its even worse, ...
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How to find entry level positions in a new city [closed]

I am just graduating from a computer science degree (tomorrow is my last exam). I have been thinking about job hunting this semester but I wanted to focus on my studies and part time job so I am a ...
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Do employers hiring for software jobs care about the classes you took in CS masters program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do employers hiring for Software jobs care about the classes you took in CS masters program? I'm torn between two classes right now for next semester( Software Design ...
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Do employers hiring for software jobs care about the classes you took in a Computer Science Masters program? [closed]

I'm torn between two classes right now for next semester (Software Design and Advanced Computer Graphics). I would enjoy Advanced Computer Graphics more, but I feel the software design class would ...
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Is it more valuable to double major in Computer Science/Software Engineering or get an undergraduate CS degree with a Masters in SE? [closed]

A friend and I (both in college) are currently in a debate over which is better, in terms of employment opportunities, experience, and education: a Bachelors degree in both Computer Science and ...