Questions about the prospects of getting a specific programming job.

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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 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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Is COBOL lucrative? [closed]

I once had this crazy idea that I might learn COBOL. COBOL developers are getting older and retiring, but there's still a lot of legacy code hanging around that needs maintaining. People have told me ...
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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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Where to look for challenging jobs with a relaxed atmosphere? [closed]

I'm a dev at one of the big-name tech companies. I like the job for many reasons: I do interesting work on a cool product I solve challenging problems and use a lot of high-level skills ...
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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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How to find a software developer position in Europe [closed]

I live in a small Baltic country and I've been working as a software developer for 5+ years, with coding experience of 10+ years. Mainly specializing in C/C++. The problem is that the projects I had ...
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How do I get myself out of a dead-end programming job? [duplicate]

I have almost 9 years of IT experience of which 7 years was worked in an IT company. For past 2 years I have been stuck in a non-IT based company using outdated technology and methodologies. We ...
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How do I transition to an area of development where I don't have experience?

I've been a Classic ASP web developer for the last 10 years and for the second time in two years I'm facing the possibility of being laid off. The biggest difference now is that the job market for ...
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What is VMWare experience? [closed]

Recently a job posting asked for VMWARE experience. I dont have have experience in VMWARE and after looking on google, VMWARE seems to be a company that makes a lot of products. I was expecting it to ...
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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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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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Why isn't functional programming more popular in the industry? Does it catch on now? [closed]

During my four years at university we have been using much functional programming in several functional programming languages. But I have also used much object oriented programming to, and in fact I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Excel programming in job postings

I'm a new grad looking for my first job as a data analyst. Most of the openings I've seen look for some combination of R, Matlab, and SQL, but I've come across some positions that are only looking for ...
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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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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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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 Haskell worth learning? [closed]

I am looking at this question primarily from a career point of view, so I hope you answer it accordingly. I am fairly proficient with Python, can write C++ and I am a final year student of computer ...
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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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Reliable Sources of Salary Statistics [closed]

What are some reliable sources of salary information for programmers? I have no sense of what's considered good pay for entry level developers and testers and I'd like to get some reliable information ...
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Bridging the Gap from Amateur to Hirable [duplicate]

I'm going to ask this question knowing that I risk it being closed for being like some other questions that have been asked in the past. I have read them, I promise. example here: Bridging the gap ...
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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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1answer
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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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Why are part-time jobs in programming an anomaly?

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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Will taking courses in system administration help land a programming job? [closed]

I just completed a B.S. in Computer Science from a less-than-reputable college, and I am having trouble finding a job. Looking around for ways to find a job, I came across an institute that teaches ...
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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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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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Will perfecting my assignments help get me a job? [closed]

I am currently a student with the intention of pursuing a career as a programmer. All of my assignments are functional and complete to the letter but I feel as though there is plenty more work that ...
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What is the role of C++ today?

Currently I'm an IT student and I'm wondering what is still important in C++ today, what for is it used? I completed basic C++ course in my university but I can't imagine where can I use my knowledge ...
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How do I transition from physics and math to programming?

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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Is programming as a career in the US being hurt by competition from programmers in India? [closed]

I don't want to be offensive; people in India matter just as much as people in the US and also need work. However, I'm one of the people in the US. Are there fewer programming jobs in the US because ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Would Java programmers hire C# programmers? [closed]

I learned and used Java in college. After graduating, I got a job in C#. Two years after, there are a lot more positions in Java. Would I have a good chance to be hired as a Java programmer? What ...
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How do I apply a computer science degree to web development?

I'm a web programmer, but I haven't found many opportunities to take advantage of a formal education in computer science. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places, but it seems to me like most of ...
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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 ...