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Is a programmer professionality bound to the language? [closed]

I hear people saying that "a true programmer is not bound to a programming language, because programming goes beyond that", and albeit agreeing on the premise, i consider my professionality pretty ...
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Programming vs Engineering [closed]

I am in high school at the moment and soon reaching stages where I would have to make choices. To introduce, I love programming. I had started learning programming a year ago and have some experience ...
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How to deal with ad-hoc mindsets?

I joined a dev team of six two month ago. People are nice, all is good. But more and more I observe an ad-hoc mindset. Stuff gets quick fixed, at the cost of future usability, there is little testing ...
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How would you explain that software engineering is more specialized than other engineering fields? [closed]

I work with someone who insists that any good software engineer can develop in any software technology, and experience in a particular technology doesn't matter to building good software. His analogy ...
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Regulation of the software industry [closed]

Every few years someone proposes tighter regulation for the software industry. This IEEE article has been getting some attention lately on the subject. If software engineers who write programs ...
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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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Can Software Engineers become certified Professional Engineers (PE)? [closed]

Does anyone know if a Software Engineer can become a certified Professional Engineer or PE for short? I know that my buddies who are Mechanical, Electrical, or Civil Engineers were able to become PEs ...
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portfolio building, working for closed-source vs open-source? [closed]

I've currently graduated from my first run at higher education, landed my first full-time gig as a web application developer, and absolutely love it. My question is that in looking for jobs I ran ...
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When being a technical genius is not enough to be a successful developer? [closed]

There has been a lot of discussion around the excellent question "Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?". I immediately agreed with JoshK that basically said "No" (I'll will ...
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Which specific practices could be called “software craftsmanship” rather than “software engineering”?

Although not a new idea there seems to have been a big increase in the interest in software craftsmanship over the last couple of years (notably the often recommended book Clean Code's full title is ...
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Is Information Technology really Engineering? [closed]

While travelling I met a mathematician who was sitting near me. In a discussion he said: "...there is nothing like engineering in IT or rather programming". A true engineering is what Architecture is, ...
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In the Aggregate: How Will We Maintain Legacy Systems? [closed]

NEW YORK - With a blast that made skyscrapers tremble, an 83-year-old steam pipe sent a powerful message that the miles of tubes, wires and iron beneath New York and other U.S. cities are ...
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What trends do you see for your profession in 30 years? [closed]

Think of the profession 30 years ago. When one single guy was able to code a whole computer game alone! Will offshoring will finally take over? Will languages be so high level than our added value ...
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Are there any unions for software developers? [closed]

Why does Software Engineering not have union representation like other professional occupations, such as teaching? Are there any unions for software developers that exist and are successful?