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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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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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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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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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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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What is a development stack?

I am just now in the process of looking for jobs as I am about to graduate from college. An interviewer asked me what my current 'development stack' is? I know this is probably a really basic ...
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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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The way to describe the scale of software in the CV [closed]

I'm writing my CV, and having trouble explaining about the software for enterprise I developed in my previous job. Now I'm thinking of writing following 4 things for each software. Abstract ...
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What should I look for when job-hunting to find a strong OOD focus?

I'm currently seeking a job. I've got a good CV, but little industry experience, and so my difficulty is that I'm not entirely certain what I'm looking for. What I've done is a good BSc in Computer ...
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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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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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Does a programmer really need college? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Becoming a professional programmer, without going to college? I am currently a junior in college, however I have had multiple jobs programming since high school. ...
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Applying for job: how to showcase work done for (private) past clients?

I want to apply for my first "real" (read: non-freelance) Ruby on Rails job. I've built several apps already. My best work (also the most logically complicated app) was for a freelance client, and ...
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7answers
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Software developer interview questions: is speed everything? [closed]

Maybe I'm just less smart than other people but for once I'd like to say that all the puzzles, riddles, code questions and code-on-paper exercises seem just a bit hard to me. I've always thought of ...
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What is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.? [closed]

My resume is no longer relevant. It can no longer contain an adequate description of my technical abilities. One can get a much better sense of what I am capable of by looking at my GitHub ...
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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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How important is it for a programmer to have an online presence? [closed]

I've noticed more and more mentions (both in posts here and in actual job descriptions) of programmers' "portfolios" - typically their public profiles on sites such as this, GitHub, etc. How ...
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Entry level software developer technical interview… I need preparation advice [closed]

I'm pretty fresh out of college. So I don't have a lot of experience with job interviews. I'm interviewing for an entry level software developer job. I've already made it past the first phone screen ...
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What type of interview questions should you ask for “legacy” programmers? [closed]

We have recently been receiving lots of applicants for our open developer positions from people who I like to refer to as "legacy" programmers. I don't like the term "old" because it seems a little ...
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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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Can I apply for “Software Engineer” jobs without being an engineer? [closed]

I am from a country in which the use of the word "Engineer" or "Engineering" is strictly regulated by legislation. This means that you must hold a degree in Engineering AND passed an exam to join the ...
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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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Why is it so difficult to get a programming job? [closed]

I Have been looking for a job in the past 10 years. Since I believe the subject I know better is programming, I have been trying to find a programming job. I send my curriculum to a lot of companies, ...
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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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Ideas on writing a meaningful resume which is not a compilation of buzz words? [closed]

I'm am about to commence redesigning my resume all over. What I'm stuck with is where should I draw the line between writing everything down and writing too little. I don't want my resume to be a ...
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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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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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How do I prepare for an interview with a jack-of-all-trades CV?

I have a CV with a vast array of different technologies that I've used at my former jobs. In my experience at those jobs, I employed parts of those technologies depending on what the job required, but ...
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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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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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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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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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Is experience very important when hiring/being hired in your country?

In the Indian IT industry, I have found that regardless of the candidate's skill level, filtering is done based on number of years of experience. I have found that people with 5 years of work ...
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Finding a new job when my skillset isn't matching the job ads

I am a C++ programmer and have worked on various web apps using Perl, Ruby, etc.. I have decent a knowledge of Java as well. The problem I face while applying for jobs is companies have specific ...
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Is it more difficult to maintain moral ethics in IT industry..? [closed]

is it more difficult to maintain moral ethics in IT industry? or it is just that this industry has its own code of conduct?. I have another profile with karmas close to a thousand. This posting is ...
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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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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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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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Made a windows gadget for the local tram company without request. What now?

I'm too lazy to look at a pdf/table when the next tram is, so I did a windows widget that always tells me when the next one is. You can add, edit and delete trams to be watched. I don't work for this ...
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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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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
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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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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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Why should I not do a masters degree [closed]

I have left university on July 2010 where I studied web design (as we all know you learn more by your self but that’s not the issue at the moment). Since then I have not managed to find a job (apart ...
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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 ...