Questions about the prospects of getting a specific programming job.

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How old is “too old”? [closed]

I've been told that to be taken seriously as a job applicant, I should drop years of relevant experience off my résumé, remove the year I got my degree, or both. Or not even bother applying, because ...
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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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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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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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Would you put your stackoverflow profile link on your CV / Resume? [closed]

If applying for a new job, would you put your stackoverflow profile link on your resume? This would show the employer you're an active member of the development community and also provide an insight ...
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Job hopping, is it a problem? [closed]

How would you, as someone involved in the hiring process (manager,interviewer, etc) feel about a candidate that has changed jobs every 1-2 years? updateThanks for all the input everybody, some really ...
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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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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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Why are more programmers not freelance these days? [closed]

Leaving the whole pie to only a few of them, amplifying the huge differences between the two status. Pay is a (huge) one, not having to do overtime is another. I leave the question open to hopefully ...
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Is OO-programming really as important as hiring companies place it?

I am just finishing my masters degree (in computing) and applying for jobs. I've noticed many companies specifically ask for an understanding of object orientation. Popular interview questions are ...
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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 programming jobs would be best for a mathematician? [closed]

I'm a math professor that is losing his job, and I'm trying to gain programming skills, since academic jobs are scarce these days. Are there particular types of programming jobs that I should try to ...
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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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Are there drawbacks to taking a job where I will be using a unique programming language?

I just graduated from college with a degree in CS, so I would like to find a job where I can learn more about the field and build up some professional experience. I've interviewed at a company that ...
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Be a better programmer or an irreplacable employee? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a programmer be indispensable? Before I worked for a web development company, I asked a lot of questions of friends who were working as developers for tips about ...
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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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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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Will staying in this position affect my career negatively? [closed]

I work at a small software company where the owners are also the managers. My concern is that any and all progression in technology is met with utter disdain by management. Some of the comments are as ...
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Incentives to offer programmers [closed]

I'm going to be co-founding a business in the coming weeks that will cater to web development, design and web application development, possibly extending into software development in the future. I'm ...
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Jobs that use programming which aren't in the technology sector [closed]

In the last chapter of "Learn Python the Hard Way" the author says: Programming as a profession is only moderately interesting. It can be a good job, but if you want to make about the same ...
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How do I not undersell myself when looking for a job, while remaining honest?

I'm 10 months out of school and I lost my first programming job last week. I personally know a lot about different stuff - just look at my StackOverflow account, but I don't feel I have the ...
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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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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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Why is it so difficult to get a programming job? [closed]

I Have been looking for a job in the past 10 years. Since I believe the subject I know better is programming, I have been trying to find a programming job. I send my curriculum to a lot of companies, ...
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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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Is it getting harder to hire VB.NET developers?

I'm a consultant, and my last two engagements have been at VB.NET shops. It's become apparent to me that these organizations have a really hard time finding FTE developers. Have any of you observed ...
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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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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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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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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 crucial are computer science topics toward getting a job? [closed]

I've been considering moving to a new city (getting seduced by those big city lights), and I'm trying to decide if my lack of "computer science"-y skills is going to make me overly uncompetitive. Let ...
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Why are programming salaries higher than most other common “educated” careers? [closed]

I have wondered about this for a long time, and I haven't been able to find a suitable answer, even on this website. When comparing an average programmer's salary to other common careers, where ...
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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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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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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 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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Does C# experience translate well to C++?

My programming classes in school were C++, but I ended up working a job doing C# for the last few years. If there was a position that required say 1 or 2 years experience in C++, would my experience ...
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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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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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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 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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Does being a software tester make you a more well-rounded developer?

I'm interested in the prospect of spending a few years as a tester: it seems like two or three years as a tester in anyone's CV is a big gain. Are there any skills you can get as a software tester ...
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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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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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What is the solution for “not enough commercial experience”?

I have almost 2 years commercial experience in web development. Yet every time I apply for a job I get a call back "Sorry you don't have enough commercial experience for this position." The last 6 ...
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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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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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How do you get involved with a Startup? [closed]

As far as I know most startups don't advertise positions and usually don't want to use recruitment agents due to the fees involved. What's the best way for a programmer to get involved with a ...
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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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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 ...