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How to leave my first job? [on hold]

So I've decided to leave my job. There's a number of reasons, but I suppose the final straw was when I came back to my desk to overhear my manager trash talking about me to a co-worker. She was ...
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Would comments increase the chance of being fired? [closed]

I have had this burning question for a while. If I have a job and I comment my code well, to the point that anybody can now understand my hard work, would it make me less indispensable to the company? ...
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What is the norm for introducing new hires to a code base? [duplicate]

After college I worked at one company for 6 months, and I've just now joined another one, bringing the grand total in my career so far to two. So the first company had a few hundred thousand lines of ...
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3answers
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How should I introduce a new programmer to a complex project?

We have a pretty complex project with 100 or so classes, multiple custom elements, etc. We have a new senior programmer who will work on this project. How should we approach the task of introducing ...
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4answers
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How to scope code base health when interviewing for new a company? [duplicate]

I've recently started working for an awesome company, on a product which is a steaming pile once you go under the hood. Apart from asking for a code review (which I doubt I'd get anyway), what are ...
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Just being hired as a senior developer, never even been a junior developer, what should I expect? [closed]

I've been a freelancer and a coder by night for a while, and recently, I've been hired after several levels of interviews in a nice NY company, even though I've some lacks in specific fields. Is this ...
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4answers
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As a soon-to-be-grad, will my skills and/or career suffer if I join a startup where I'll be the (equal) senior-most developer? [closed]

tl;dr: I'm a grad, worried about not learning a lot and improving my skills if I join a startup where I won't have senior devs mentoring and helping me. I do have other offers. I'm in my final year ...
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2answers
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Slowly realising that I should have asked for a way higher salary [closed]

I've been working in this new company for almost half a year now and I'm beginning to realize that I made a terrible mistake when I proposed my salary. This is my first "real" job, previously I've ...
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4answers
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How many days is it normal for a new hire programmer to take to get up to speed? [duplicate]

I have just landed a role as a C#/Asp.Net developer at a large software house. I have previously worked at a much smaller software house for about two years but it was a varied/mixed role there, and ...
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1answer
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How much poor quality code should a junior put up with? [duplicate]

I am a junior developer who has been working at a new job for a few weeks. I am working with a large framework for scientific desktop software, adding pieces of functionality. While there are general ...
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2answers
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Is it common to spend your first few weeks at a new job trying to fix your designated workstation? [duplicate]

I recently graduated from college and landed my first development job employed as a Junior Java Developer to develop a web application with Java, JBoss, Struts/Spring. I love coding and feel happiest ...
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3answers
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Study a project to be able to maintain it in future

I've joined as a fresher (trainee) a software company developing for Windows Store. I don't know much about C#. My company has started Windows Store development recently. They didn't do .Net ...
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2answers
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Can I ask the job interviewer to show me their code before joining the company? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking for a code sample of the company at an interview Last year I changed jobs twice.. In the interviews with the companies, everything was so ideal and perfect. ...
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3answers
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Continue working full time on projects or get a job for appearances on resumé? [closed]

Current situation: About five months ago I got a degree in something that has nothing to do with programming. Since then I have been intensively studying/working on programming projects the last five ...
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9answers
1k views

What is expected of me as a recent graduate? [closed]

I just recently graduated and now work as an entry level software developer. I've been there for 2 weeks. Is it normal for me to feel like I'm the stupidest person in the room? I feel like the interns ...
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1answer
290 views

Optimal number of years per job [closed]

Some developers keep their job for too little, as if they have commitment issues. Some keep their job for too long, as if they're afraid to leave their safety zone. What is the optimal number of ...
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4answers
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Which job should I choose [closed]

I have a two job offers currently one from a upcoming funded start up (I) and other from one of a large established software giant (A) I is paying me less than A but I has potential to pay me better ...
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4answers
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Joining a Team on a Broken and Non-Controlled Project, Possibly Developed by Beginners? [closed]

Context: A firm which markets oneself with all kinds of partnerships and like a programming firm, but feels to me to be a firm employing cheap students at low wages to work on their major product ...
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4answers
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Who usually does the use case analysis in the team?

I've just started my first IT job in a team with two developers (junior and senior), a project leader and an architect. My role is not yet completely defined and I said I'd be ok with both programming ...
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9answers
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How should I go about learning a very large and complex application? [duplicate]

Being a young and fairly inexperienced developer recently employed by a "real" software company I'd like some opinions and pointers on how to do the following: Approaches on how to get familiar with ...
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9answers
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How do you refrain from doing too much when maintaining code?

At my previous job, I was in a relatively easy ASP.NET developer role that had me turning over a large number of small database systems for internal use within the company. I churned out the required ...
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What to do when you are not doing what you are supposed to at work?

First off, I think my title is maybe a bit vague, so feel free to edit. My current situation is as follows. I recently decided to leave the previous company I worked for due to a number of reasons, ...
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1answer
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Tips to succeed in a new job for my situation [closed]

Here is my situation: I am switching to a new company in a new city as an engineer [code, test, performance etc]. I was not particularly successful in my previous role [at least not as per my ...
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6answers
1k views

Balance between workload and helping new-hires

I've been at my first job for about 2 months and I've started to notice that there is a delicate balance between workload and helping new-hires. Since there is a lot of pressure from managmanet to fix ...
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7answers
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My company won't let me listen to music anymore [closed]

I began programming at the age of 14 and over a decade has gone by, during this time, a day hasn't gone by when I don't listen to music, radio or podcasts. When I'm programming at home or in work, I ...
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4answers
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job handover checklist [duplicate]

I have resigned my old employer to start a new job, and I need to prepare a handover [documentation to be taken by some new employee that haven't arrived yet, and would be some weeks from when I go to ...
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7answers
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How to create Job Security? [closed]

I just started a new programming job and have been told that I am doing well. However, I'm worried about being laid off because of the economy and how the company is faring. Currently, I'm quietly ...
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4answers
3k views

How do I know how much to ask for in salary? [closed]

I'm heading into my first job (i.e. they're bringing me on for a full position) in Software Development and am quite nervous about how the whole salary negotiation thing goes. Glassdoor.com says that ...
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2answers
1k views

Contract-to-hire - determining rate? [closed]

I'm in discussion with a company for a full-time web development position. Since the position would require telecommuting or a relocation of my family, we've agreed on doing 2-4 weeks of contract work ...
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4answers
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Deciphering foreign code [duplicate]

What is the best strategy to go about understanding some one else's code for a medium sized project, if the code is not well documented and does not adhere to many coding standards?
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13answers
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Non-Solicitation clause in my offer letter - Prospective employer says this is non-negotiable. Is this a deal-breaker? [closed]

I recently received an offer from a company that I'll call ACME. In the NDA that came with the offer this clause appears: 2.Non-Solicitation. I agree that so long as I am employed by ACME and ...
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Why do companies tell me they want me as an in-house employee, not as a contractor?

Context Money is not what is at issue here. What is at issue is independence and to make sure I will contribute by working at my field of expertise, tactfulness, and ensuring everyone's expectations ...
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1answer
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Starting a job in the financial sector, advice needed

Starting a job in the financial sector in the next couple of weeks. I have never done financial programming (EG Loans, mortgages, etc). Just to get acquainted and familiar with this kind of thing, ...
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12answers
1k views

Job in other country - relocation package [closed]

I have the opportunity to work in an 'overseas' country. I have passed the technical interviews and I am at the 'offer' stage. Everything is ok, except for the fact that I am expected to pay for my ...
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1answer
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Does work experience gained while waiting to join a company, count?

My cousin has got his offer letter from a software company (he got placed while in his final year of engineering), but the company has said that he'll have to wait for an unknown number of months ...
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Is it a good idea to take a dev job knowing you'll be leaving shortly? [closed]

I'm currently in a very stable, comfortable dev position where most of my growth as a developer is solo. My current team doesn't really discuss software development and not everyone is interested in ...
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4answers
1k views

How many second chances have you got in an interview?

A few days ago I had an interview for a medium company (130 people) for a developer job position, and at some point the interviewer gave me a wild bunch of question regarding TCP, Network flows and ...
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3answers
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Test task : real tasks or not?

Just had a discussion with coworkers about test tasks for programmers. Is it morally appropriate to ask programmers do some helpful work for the project in their test tasks or such company just uses ...
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What hardware do newly hired programmers get at various companies? [closed]

Looking at various pictures/office tours of software companies (Facebook for instance), I see a lot of the same hardware in terms of monitors (Dell monitors). I was wondering when companies hire new ...
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Is there value in having new developers (graduates) start as testers / bug-fixers?

Hi Programmers Community. What are your thoughts on the following: Is there value in having new developers (graduates) start as testers / bug-fixers? There are two schools of thought here that I ...
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New grad with my first programming job lined up: What is the advice you wish you had at this stage? [closed]

I am a new grad with what appears to be my first job lined up (1 solid offer, another place still courting me, so not sure exactly what I will be doing yet). What advice do you wish you had when you ...
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5answers
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Proposal for a new position at work

I have an idea at work for a new Product Manager position at our office. I work with several developers, and it would be helpful to have someone working in a type of "Scrum Master" capacity, dividing ...
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Is this Job Smell? [closed]

Went for an interview and from what I could gather from the interviewer: Development is done to a 'wire-frame' specification where users get constant feedback and can change their mind at will I ...
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1answer
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What strategy to use when starting in a new project with no documentation?

Which is the best why to go when there are no documentation? For example how do you learn business rules? I have done the following steps: Since we are using a ORM tool I have printed a copy of ...
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5answers
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Dealing with a fundamental design flaw when you're new to the project

I've just started working on an open source project with around 30 developers in it. I'm working on fixing some of the bugs as a way to get into the "loop" and become a regular committer to the ...
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What job is better for a newbie, one that requires you to create a new program frequently, or something like software maintenance?

One of my friends has just completed his college degree and is ready to join the programmers' world. Today he has two offers, one with new projects every time, and another with software maintenance. ...
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How to earn team members respect as team lead

If you were hired into a new company as a team lead (say a team of 10) one of the important things to do is to earn the respect of the members of the team. In the early days the new team lead may know ...
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How do you go about training a replacement?

I recently asked about leaving a position and got a lot of great answers. One of the common threads was that being around to train the new person would be expected and could go a long way. Now ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for reasons after rejected after the interview? [closed]

I thought I did okay in the interviews but apparently the interviewers didn't think so. Is it appropriate to ask for a reason after I have received the rejection email? After all I don't want to annoy ...
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New Starter Introduction and Induction Process

First day at work for a new programmer. Assuming that the company has covered all the usual corporate stuff (benefits, paperwork, health and safety and so on), What are the things you should be ...