8
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8answers
980 views

How can I determine the level of talent a prospective programmer has? [closed]

I have a friend who asked me whether I can be her mentor as a programmer. I had to tutor several junior programmers in the past so I have experience working with / tutoring people on different skill ...
0
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3answers
596 views

SAP / ABAP training issues as a junior programmer [closed]

I recently got my Computer Science degree and was recruited by an SAP Partner as a "SAP NetWeaver Consultant" (at least that's what the boss calls me). The job placement stated that no previous ...
33
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3answers
2k views

How to train junior programmers for today's (complicated) web environment?

Currently our company develops applications consisting, most of the time, in Ruby on Rails web servers and a bunch of different REST clients, from kiosk systems in Java to embedded devices in C/C++ ...
15
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12answers
2k views

Teaching myself, as a physicist, to become a better programmer

I've always liked physics, and I've always liked coding, so when I got the offer for a PhD position doing numerical physics (details are not relevant, it's mostly parallel programming for a cluster) ...
20
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7answers
1k views

How many juniors should a senior mentor?

Our shop's size increases dynamically, so we are planning to hire a few new junior developers but we would not like to overwhelm the seniors with too much mentoring and training. How many (usually ...
6
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3answers
672 views

How to Gauge Junior Developer Knowledge

I've started mentoring a junior developer. I've read the community wiki on how to mentor and have been following many of the suggestions in there. The developer has a couple years experience, mostly ...
17
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10answers
2k views

Who should train new programmers? Junior or senior programmers?

On my team, we often require the most senior programmers to train/mentor the brand new junior programmers. However, these same senior programmers are the ones who are doing the bulk of the real, ...
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8answers
3k views

How to mentor junior programmer who may not be a good fit for programming? [duplicate]

I'm in a bit of a precarious position. I'm working remotely for a client that has recently brought in a junior developer straight out of college into the project. He works physically at their office. ...
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14answers
2k views

Is not being paid for training normal?

I'm a recent college graduate, and I recently had a interview with a company for an entry-level programming job. The company told me that they require two months of unpaid training for all entry level ...