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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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What's the difference between Entry Level/Jr/Sr developers? [closed]

Other than title and pay, what is the difference? What different responsibilities do they have, how knowledgeable/experienced are they? Basically what would you use to determine which one you (or ...
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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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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's wrong with being a code monkey? (Or, what is a code monkey?)

Programmers tend to talk about being a "code monkey" in a derogatory way. "Don't work there, you will just be a code monkey!". I have two offers for jobs, one at a small company, one at a very large ...
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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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What is the job title hierarchy amongst software engineers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the suffix after software engineer/developer job titles mean? (i.e. Software Developer III) work advancement titles I've been struggling to understand job ...
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Should we use progressing job titles for programmers?

I'm currently thinking about job titles for my team of programmers. Historically it's been pretty flat, with most people just "Programmer", and a very few people "Senior Programmer". But both those ...
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Whats the difference between a Software Architect, a Software Engineer, and a Software Developer (Programmer)? [closed]

I'm reading through the CNN article about the highest paying jobs in America. A software architect is listed as #1. A software engineer listed as #9. And a software developer (programmer) is listed at ...
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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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Are 'Architect' and 'Developer' separate roles? [closed]

Is it actually possible to develop software without also architecting it?
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How many developers actually have private offices? [closed]

So I know everyone here is all about private offices, how many developers actually have them. I am sort of half skeptical. I can believe that lead developers have them, but thats normally just one ...
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Is software development an engineering discipline?

Can software development be considered engineering? If no, what are the things that it lacks in order to be qualified as an engineering discipline? Related to this is this question on Stack Overflow ...
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What is the difference between these senior software engineer titles? [closed]

I'm currently a senior research software engineer at a large company and am being offered a "senior staff engineer" position somewhere else. I am not sure if the new position's title conveys a ...
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How important is my job title? [closed]

I work on two internal, mission critical applications. Let's keep it simple and call them "Foo" and "Bar". Nobody outside of the company has ever heard of them - like I said, they're internal apps. ...
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What's the difference between junior, middle, and senior developers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Whats the difference between Entry Level/Jr/Sr developers? There seems to be three common java programmer qualification levels: Junior Middle Senior What makes a ...
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Why are good programmers referred to as Ninjas? [closed]

How is a Ninja programmer defined? If it is just an experienced developer, then is there really no better way to describe that? Ninja sounds like a childish marketing ploy designed to attract ...
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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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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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What is the senior web developer's role in the team?

With a team of 3 other web developers i have the title as lead web developer for a year now. This is my first job as a lead. I'm pretty set on what my roles are from management. I'm curious what ...
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Software Developer vs. Project Manager vs. Product Manager [closed]

I've been a software developer for 10 years. I like being a developer and no surprise I strive for sense of achievement. However, I normally find myself doing stuff that needs to get done regardles of ...
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How to become a technical architect from a developer

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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Do you believe it's a good idea for Software Engineers to have to work as Quality Assurance Engineers for some period of time?

I believe it is. Why? I've encountered many Software Engineers who believe they are somehow superior to QA engineers. I think it may help quench this belief if they do the job of a QA engineer for ...
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Difference between software analyst, software developer and programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: System Analyst vs Computer Programmer? What the main occupational difference? Which one pays generally better? Which has the better Work–life balance? I am asking ...
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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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Are robotics engineers also programmers? [closed]

I am going to be a senior next year, and I have done lots in computer programming and electronics. I am thinking of studying robotics when I go to university, but I am not sure how much programming ...
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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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Job title inflation and fluffing [closed]

When you work on the same project for a relative long time you get more experienced. You may also master many new technologies. Besides the coding you may also do what would classify other roles. ...
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What is the actual difference between Computer Programmers and Software Engineers? Is this description accurate? [duplicate]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the difference: Computer programmers write programs. After computer software engineers and systems analysts design software programs, ...
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Microsoft's Software Development Engineer in Test position [closed]

I was curious about MS's Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) position. I've heard a lot of people speak negatively and positively about this position. I was wondering if any current or ...
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Can “Junior” be used in a resume? [closed]

I don't know if "Junior" is a useful title. Can the title Jr. Developer be used in a resume? I want to be a good fit for something that is entry level, but still challenging. Examples: Jr. Web ...
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Why are IT and development job titles so cryptic?

I'm a new intern in a fairly large company's IT department. I've been learning a whole lot of stuff and I'm loving every minute of it. However, the more people I meet in the company, the less I ...
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work advancement titles [closed]

After some googling I was unable to find out hierarchy of different titles in career development. Especially the connection between Senior Engineer and Software Specialist is unclear to me. Which one ...
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As the team leader/manager, what kind of role should I seek when we switch to Scrum?

My company wants to start using Scrum, and in real scrum there is no place for a real team leader (manager). What is the next step for the dev team leader? Should I be a (chief) system architect/tech ...
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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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What do you call a developer with automated testing specialty? [closed]

Having been hired as a developer (5-6 years experience), I suggested to my employer that I also take a formal responsibility for our work with automated testing. Basically I find it interesting and ...
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Difference between Software Engineering and IT?

I see mostly everyone distinguishes between being a Software Engineer and being in IT on the jobs sections of their site. What is the distinction?
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Lead Programmer definition clarification

I have been working on PHP and MySQL based web application for more than 5 years now. I started my career as an Intern, and worked my way up through Jr Developer and Software Developer to Sr. Software ...
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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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How can I find out what a job title means at a company?

I am in a dilemma about a job offer from a top 10 semiconductor companies in SF bay area. I have about 10 years of experience at various small to large (> $1 billion) companies in bay area. After my ...
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What Is The Relationship Between Software Architect and Team Member [duplicate]

I work for a small company which has less than 100 persons. Several months ago, this company offered me position of SA and I accepted. There are three teams in this company, and I work for one of ...
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What is the difference between web designers and developers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the boundaries between the responsibilities of a web designer and a web developer? Web designers and developers work in the same project, I've been searcing for ...
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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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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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Is Embedded Engineer and Firmware Engineer the same Job?

I'm looking to steer my career of Computer Scientist a little more into robotics. I've been analyzing and junior embedded positions might be a good opportunity to start. However, searching through ...
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What's the difference between a solution and platform architect?

I'm having trouble finding any information regarding the job title "platform architect". What is the difference between it and a solution architect?
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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 ...