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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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How useful are IT headhunters/recruiters when looking for a new job? [closed]

Since they exist for several fields with varying degrees of usefulness, I'm curious as to the reputation of headhunters/recruiters that focus solely on IT professionals (e.g. programmers, software ...
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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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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 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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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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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 should you leave behind for your successors?

Assume that you're a sole developer leaving a job. What kind of information/material, outside of the code itself, should you create and leave behind for your replacement? An obvious answer is ...
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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6answers
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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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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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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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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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8answers
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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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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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1answer
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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 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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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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7answers
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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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12answers
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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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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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9answers
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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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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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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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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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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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New job and my boss is frequently absent [closed]

So I just started a new position at a great company that is pretty much a dream to work for. The only problem is that there's a steep learning curve for the type of data I will be working with, and my ...
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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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Would you put your stackoverflow profile link on your CV / Resume? [closed]

If applying for a new job, would you put your stackoverflow profile link on your resume? This would show the employer you're an active member of the development community and also provide an insight ...
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Is mentioning my blog on my resume helpful or hurtful to a job search? [closed]

I have a blog that I use mostly to record solutions to problems I have had, that I had some trouble finding an answer to. Mostly problems where the online doc I googled provided too much info, and I ...
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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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9answers
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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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5answers
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When is it the right time to start applying for jobs?

I am a graduate student in CIS, had BS in EE. I will be graduating next spring. This means I still have one more semester before I graduate. I really don't want to start looking for jobs after I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...