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Working for free? [closed]

I came across this article Work for Free that got me thinking. The goal of every employer is to gain more value from workers than the firm pays out in wages; otherwise, there is no growth, ...
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Bounty points for fixing bugs?

Ever heard of a company awarding bounty points for bugfixes? Making team members work to do the most, as some bonus money will be dependent on it? Having them split, or pay bounties to others to ...
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What defines a good developer from an employer’s perspective? [closed]

Suppose the company who the developer starts at is a cooperative, team of 10-15 members. The company follows SDLC. What qualities do you think an employer seeks in a developer? You are welcome to ...
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Employers and Intellectual Property

I have heard of companies that require their developers to sign agreements that say any code developed by that developer while they are employed there belongs to the company. I am extremely ...
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Is it normal for programmer to work on multiple projects simultaneously

On a current job I have 2 projects to work on. First is very huge system and the second one is smaller but it also big (first project is being developed for 12 years, second for 4 years). At first I ...
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Education vs. Experience [closed]

I'm going through a rough time. I'm a CS student at UIUC, which I hear is one of the top schools for CS. I love computers and programming. I've been pretty much doing it my whole life. I'm a freshmen ...
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Discovered large security hole in someone elses website… What to do?

A chap I'm bidding to do some development for has a social network he wrote himself. Not the next facebook by any stretch. But a few thousand local users. I went to have a look at it to see what ...
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Would a cut and paste coder ever get past a job interview?

As a long time cut and paste coder I never committed much of the syntax of a language to memory. Even worse, I now use google to solve many of the coding problems which are of the type typically used ...
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finding high end software contracting jobs [closed]

I've been contracting for about 3 years now. I am currently a contractor for a web firm. This is a hourly position. I want to find larger projects. I had read that some people are able to only do one ...
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Switching Programming Languages [duplicate]

I'm a senior level Delphi developer looking for move into either C# or possibly Java roles. I have around 8 years of development experience of which pretty much all of it is in Delphi, I have very ...
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Balancing full time work and personal coding projects

I am nearing the end of developing the major pieces of my website that I have been working on in my spare time for the last 3 months. My goal is to get it released by the end of next month 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 is the etiquette in negotiating payment for a software development job?

The reason I'm taking a general business question and localize it to software development is that I'm curious as to whether there are certain trends/etiquette/nuances that are typical to our industry. ...
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How are developing countries affecting the web design and development field?

While searching ELance.com I noticed that companies from developing countries, such as India and Pakistan, were snatching up a lot of the freelance jobs at a low pay. How are foreign countries ...
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How did programmers work back when a computer was very expensive, rare, as big as a room?

I assume they weren't able to sit in front of a computer for the whole day like we do today. So how did they write their program? On a piece of paper and type it later when the computer is available? ...
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How can you distinguish a good consulting firm from a body shop?

It seems to me that most consulting firms do little more than match resumes to positions, typically with insightful criteria such as "X years experience in technologies Y and Z." But there are also ...
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Opinion and help of the following job interview questions

I'm not familiar with job interview and software development terminology. So my questions are: what's your opinion of the following job interview questions and what is the best way to respond, ...
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Which skills would you look for in an offshore junior developer? [closed]

Suppose you have to interview a developer for a (not senior) developer position. The catch is that the developer is not from your country and your company would have to invest some money and time to ...
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Java but no JEE experience

I have quite extensive Java experience (many years of Swing, desktop apps, gigantic applets), but have done very little JEE - only one single gig for 9 months, but that was very narrow work where I ...
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Programming-Related Summer Jobs For A High-School Student? [closed]

I'm a high school student, currently finishing my grade 12 year of high school. I have already been admitted into a software engineering program at at least one university, and I have decided on this ...
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How to switch From Java to .Net? [closed]

Has anyone out there done this? Did you have to spend a few years learning .NET before you could get a job or were there employers just willing to throw you into the fire based on your Java ...