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What do you do when you realize your job requires you to do something out of your depth? [closed]

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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5answers
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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 do I decide what type of programmer I want to be? [closed]

I've been working at my current work for some time, and I'm considering a bit of a change of careers. I'm trying to decide what it is exactly that I want to do, and I'm really just not sure. I'm not ...
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5answers
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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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4answers
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Is diversifying my programming knowledge good?

I have skills in so many programming languages, such as Java, C++, C, Obj-C, Scala, Haskell, and Matlab. However I don't know/like web programming at all. I also get bored very quickly. Thus I haven't ...
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2answers
558 views

Equity derivatives programming

I've been considering applying for some programming jobs that require experience in Equity derivatives and whilst I know what equity derivatives are, I have no idea what sort of things a programmer ...
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7answers
757 views

During interviews, how do I gauge a company's respect for my position?

I'm a web developer who previously joined a software company not knowing their value and respect went to big data analysis, not their website. Sure, they needed a public-facing website, but I ...
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3answers
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Working with multiple clients

After applying to multiple contracting positions, I landed a few interviews which I then was accepted to do the work. I am also a full time college student, but I do have about 25-30 hours free a ...
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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 ...