A junior programmer is also known as an entry level or intern programmer.

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How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?

Recently, I started my first job as a junior developer and I have a more senior developer in charge of mentoring me in this small company. However, there are several times when he would give me advice ...
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Started wrong with a project. Should I start over?

I'm a beginner web developer (one year of experience). A couple of weeks after graduating, I got offered a job to build a web application for a company whose owner is not much of a tech guy. He ...
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How can I find a good open source project to join? [closed]

I just started working a year ago, and I want to join an open source project for the same reasons as anyone else: help create something useful and develop my skills further. My problem is, I don't ...
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Is the phrase “never reinvent the wheel” suitable for students?

I find myself constantly running into this expression "don't reinvent the wheel" or "never reinvent the wheel" when I ask some questions on SO. They tell you to use some frameworks or existing ...
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How can I salvage my internship?

I'm currently working as an intern at a very large, non-software development company. The position I applied for wasn't specifically a development position, but the team that hired me wanted a CS ...
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Recommendations for teaching junior programmers good coding style

I am a big fan of good coding style, producing clean, clear code that runs well and is easy to use and integrate into larger systems. I believe that we programmers are essentially craftspeople who ...
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Woes of a Junior Developer - is it possible to not be cut out for programming? [duplicate]

(Let me start off by asking - please be gentle, I know this is subjective, but it's meant to incite discussion and provide information for others. If needed it can be converted to community wiki.) I ...
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Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?

A key issue with mainframes is that the cohort of supporting programmers is dwindling. While normally this wouldn't be a problem in that a falling supply of programmers would be offset by an ...
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What's the best place for a high school programmer to get his work noticed? [closed]

I'm a 16 year old high school student, with a passion for computer programming. I'm in grade 11, and I've been learning it as part of the school syllabus for about 8 months. I've gone beyond what's ...
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Differences between programming in school vs programming in industry? [closed]

A lot of students when they graduate and get their first job, feel like they don't really know how to program even though they may have been good programmers in college. What are some of the ...
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What should junior developer expect from their senior team lead

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. I work for a small company, in which few people are developers, others are QA/Test and 1 is ...
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Hiring a Junior Developer, What should I ask?

We are currently hiring a junior developer to help me out, as I have more projects than I can currently manage. I have never hired anyone who wasn't a friend or at least an acquaintance. I have a ...
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Are code reviews necessary for junior developers?

I've worked at two companies, who each had a different methodology when it came to code reviews: In the first company, a code review was conducted by the team leaders and was required after the ...
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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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What to do when you are faced with programming task that you have never done?

I started my career as a .NET developer 3 months ago and after a long training plan on diverse technologies, patterns and concepts the developers who were supervising me have decided that I am ready ...
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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++ ...
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Are long hours and no benefits the norm for a junior programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asked to put in extra hours I am currently in the final 6 months or less of a project scheduled to be a year long. Currently I am facing really tight deadlines for our ...
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What should I expect from my first programming job? [closed]

I just got hired for my first programming job! I am 25 and have been using Java academically for 6 years. Now that I have been hired I am nervous that my skills will not be what the employer expects. ...
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What can a senior programmer do that a junior can't? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should you call yourself a senior developer? I often see offers for senior programmers and the rule of thumb seems to be that you need to have worked three years to ...
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Why do new programmers seem to ignore compiler error messages/runtime exception messages? [closed]

I think we’ve all seen this. Beginners ask questions on Stack Overflow that follow the basic outline... I’m trying to do (very vague description of the goal) but it doesn’t work/I get an ...
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How to improve programming skills as a Junior without Senior [duplicate]

At the moment I'm 23 and working as a junior programmer at a software service provider. While I'm really happy with my job and my colleagues, I sometimes would love to have someone who could tell me ...
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Should senior programmers be required to take on and mentor a junior developer? [closed]

In a shop that is intended to be tight-knit and supportive, should it be part of the culture that senior developers are paired with junior developers as mentors? Or should this mentoring be something ...
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Re-gaining confidence of senior programmer [closed]

My boss found out I'm not as smart as he thought. An example from my experience: I'm a junior programmer, and I work in a team of two, my boss (senior programmer) and myself. I was tasked with ...
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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 ...
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How to overcome programming by coincidence?

In the book The Pragmatic Programmer, the writers mention the programming by coincidence concept. It explains what it is, why it is caused, what are the dangers you may encounter and it compares with ...
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What Impact Do Scripting Languages Have on Junior Programmers?

I had a discussion with one of my teachers the other day. We debated the impact that simpler scripting languages (like Python or Ruby) have on junior programmers. He argued that scripting ...
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It's my first week of work, I've got the code checked out and am told to look around it until I have an assignment next week. What do I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I've been in this situation before and I kind of just poke around the code while really surfing the internet. I care about this ...
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Is it good to review programs with seniors and boss even if it is working fine?

In my company, before delivery of any project, my boss asks my seniors to review programs written by me or other team members or sometimes boss also sits with us for review. I think it is a good way ...
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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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Helping junior programmers get past their shortcomings? [closed]

What are your common gripes about junior developers that join your team or whom you have to work with? Obviously they are inexperienced so you can't expect them to know everything, but what skills are ...
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Do I need a degree in Computer Science to get a junior Programming job? [closed]

Do I need to go to Uni to get a job as a Junior C# coder? I'm 26 and have been working in Games (Production) for 6 years and I am thinking of a change, I've had exposure to VB6, VBA, HTML, CSS, PHP, ...
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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) ...
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Why is Python recommended as an entry level programming language?

I've read here on P.SE more questions in which beginner programmers are advised to pick Python as their first programming language. Don't get me wrong, I like Python. I like it a lot! But its ...
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How to locate source code that implemented a certain feature?

I was wondering what are some techniques to locate which code implemented a specific feature, on a desktop application. I am a junior developer, with only professional programming experience lying ...
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As a Junior Software Engineer should I say that something has been done wrong if I feel so?

I recently joined a company and it is my first job. When reading the code base, I felt that the code was not well written. It seemed to me that the code had most of the problems mentioned here and ...
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What are the skills you look for when hiring a fresher/newbie for developement? [closed]

I really want to ask this questions to my fellow developers here in Programmers.SE because i am hiring freshers for my company.. Even though i know some basic questions that can be asked to a fresher ...
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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 ...
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Dealing with estimates as a junior programmer

I have been working for a couple of months now in a company that estimates (for the general population, not juniors specifically) tasks and then we are given the task, solve it, it goes through two ...
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What stands out on a Junior's CV [duplicate]

I am looking for advice, hopefully from people more experienced that me. I am going to start applying for junior positions for .net development in the summer. At the moment the only thing on my CV is ...
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Why is it always “what language should I learn next” instead of “what project should I tackle next”?

Why do beginning programmers (like me) always ask about the next language they should learn instead of asking about the next project to tackle? Why did Eric Raymond, in the "Learn How To Program" ...
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What to do when you have exhausted all avenues to fix a bug

I am a Junior Programmer(4 months career experience so far) working on a Cross Platform Mobile Application (1 person team - so its just myself). I have a bug in this program/app which is pretty large ...
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Should a new programmer focus on a single technology until he's proficient at it? [closed]

Ok, I've been teaching a buddy how to program for a while now. He's a very fast learner, and he's quite good at programming so far. However, he has one "issue" I keep trying to correct. He jumps in ...
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Five new junior developers and lots of complex tasks. What's now?

Our company has hired five new junior developers to help me to developer our product. Unfortunately the new features and incoming bug fixes usually require deeper knowledge than a recently graduated ...
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What should I expect from a technical evaluation for C++? [closed]

I have been asked to go for a technical test/evaluation for a job as a junior developer, mainly using C++. This is my first test/evaluation, and it is 2 hours long. My C++ is a bit rusty as I have ...
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How important are the people I work with? [closed]

I'm a very lucky individual who's managed to push a job I enjoy as a junior developer (I say push as I was hired as a Business Analyst but moved into development by proving I could do the work). I'm ...
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How to become a more organized programmer? [closed]

I am a programmer that can code. But I find that I can get thing done, but not get thing do well or like most of the open source communities do. Well, I use some of the library from git hub. I find ...
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How big is the gap between what you learn in CS curriculums and what you need in real life projects?

I'm in my last year in a 4 year CS curriculum and I would very much like to contribute to a FOSS project. Unfortunately, I feel that there is no way I can do useful coding, whether it is bug fixing or ...
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How to inspire an intern with programming? [closed]

The situation is this - we took an intern for a summer with a mind that if he will catch up during summer, we will keep him as a part time junior developer. We took him after his first year in ...
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As a programmer, what am I supposed to know like the back of my hand? [closed]

I am talking of stuff related to programming only and not system or network administration. I am about to finish college and get a programming job, so I am interested to know about this. Although ...