Questions around the proficiency of a particular technology or ability. Examples could be proficiency in C# or gathering requirements.

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Aging vs. Coding Skills [closed]

A little background, since it can be part of my point fo view. I'm a C#/Java programmer with age of 23, coding since my 18's. I started studying C and working with Cobol, and after 1 year I quickly ...
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C++ skills higher than C skills?

I feel that the often seen C/C++ doesn't really describe my skills in my CV. So I'm planning to separate it into advanced C++ knowledge and mediocre C skills. Do you think this is confusing for the ...
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What is considered “good programmer” professionally? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer? Sometimes I hear someone say "good programmer" once I saw I guy saying that he was going to promote programmers that were ...
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What qualities does an “average” programmer have? [closed]

There's a lot of talk around this site and elsewhere about comparing the productivity of excellent programmers to "average" programmers. Likewise, there's talk of how to become a great programmer ...
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how do i tell my boss that i don't know how to do what he wants me to [closed]

my boss recently gave me details of a new program he wants me to write. After I started thinking about he told and doing some research, i feel like the project he has given is outside of my ...
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How I do become a better programmer as a junior developer [closed]

I am a junior developer in South Africa. I just graduated from college last year. My current employers hired me as a developer but they do not give me anything to develop and I've been working here ...
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How easy is it to obtain an entry level programming job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What core skills does a new Computer Science Graduate need to be employable? So, I'm in my next to last semester as a Computer Science major and I am wondering about ...
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Can a candidate be judged by asking to write a complex program on “paper”?

Sometime back in an interview, I was asked to write following program: In a keypad of a mobile phone, there is a mapping between number and characters. e.g. 0 & 1 corresponds to nothing; 2 ...
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What does a company typically expect from a Perl developer?

Are there any common expectations from perspective employers when they hire a Perl developer? For a student who likes Perl and Linux and would like to get a job as Perl developer, what would you ...
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Work experience instead of education? [on hold]

I wanted to name this topic as "Education vs. Experience", but this topic already exists. I've read that discussion and though what I'd like to ask is related with that topic, the question is quite ...
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Where do I learn most - by going to industry or pursuing a doctorate degree?

I enjoy learning new things, and thus I want to pursue a career where I can continue to do so. I'm currently doing my Master's thesis and will finish my degree beginning of next year. After that I'm ...
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My lead does not co-operate (may be lack of knowledge or unwillingness) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad? I am working as a developer and individual contributor in a team. My lead has around 10 years experience, but I ...
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Will using Linux make me a better programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a programmer know Linux? I've been wondering for a while now, since Linux is open sourced, and I can tinker with everything, will using Linux and tinkering with ...
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How to rate myself as a programmer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer? I am sure many of us think of themselves as good coders, my question is how to be sure of this? How to know that i am ...
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If a fluent coder disregards good practices, doesn't his fluency work against him?

I am working on a fairly large and buggy application - and due to the way it's written (I'll spare you details, but it violates rules in most areas you can think of), it is next to impossible ...
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Are there any good online assessment tools for programmers? [closed]

I'm preparing a session for an important number of programmers. So this year I won't be able to interview them all individually as I usually do. The goal is to identify common weak points. For ...
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What skills to master to become a better ASP.net developer? [closed]

I've been an ASP.net web developer for about 2.5 years now. I would describe my technical training before that as being "classical" C++. It seemed like it took an eternity to get up to speed with ...
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What constitutes competency in XML in the .NET world?

I see a lot of .NET job postings that list XML as a required skill. What should one be able to do in/with XML to have confidence that this requirement is satisfied? Modeling? Work with XPATH? ...
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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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Is it worth being computer languages polyglot?

You can often hear that programmers should learn many different languages to improve themselves. I still go to school and don't have big programming experience (a little more than year). But what was ...
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Should I not show all my skills?

I have been programming for a very long time and I have in depth knowledge of several technologies. Recently I applied for a web development job and in my resume I had listed all the skills - HTML, ...
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How to describe your skill levels in the CV? [closed]

What are possible/standard words to describe your skill levels in different programming languages in your CV? I currently use these three: expert advanced beginner I do not consider myself an ...
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I have free time for Android development. I'd like suggestions on how to tackle this effectively [closed]

I'm finishing college for good tomorrow, then leaving my current programming job the next day. I'll be looking for opportunities, but I may end up with a month or two without a job, so with lots of ...
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Should a developer be forced to memorize details?

Many times I forget things about my application. I don't memorize the table names or what a query did and I search to get what I want. My team leader told me I'm supposed to memorize the table names ...
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Do some programmers know some secrets that we others don't? [closed]

I will not bother you with details of my discussion so I will present it in the form of a short instance. A java guy has been following articles and publications of a famous programmer (a kind of ...
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How should a programmer prepare for a new job? [closed]

I have just graduated from college and have about 2 months time before I start working at the company. I have experience in C, C++, Java and a bit of Android (developed an app last summer, stopped ...
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Is splitting up programming tasks a good idea?

We have a small but growing team at work, and are thinking of doing things differently. We develop websites from scratch and do HTML/CSS/Javascript/PHP/MySQL coding. Currently, we all work on things ...
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What are some good tests for OO modeling skills?

I'm looking for simple models with concise, concrete problem descriptions and greater than 50% chance that a particular answer provides a particular insight into one of a number of skills, to be given ...
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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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Working with Linux for Job Requirements

It is seen on many Job Qualification Requirements about being familiar with Linux(*nix, as the way its posted). With so many variants of Linux, which one should one focus on. From what I know, the ...
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What do you need to master a language and its technology? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to really master a programming language Let say about Java(just a sample, you can talk about C#, PHP, C++ ... it's just similar) and 10 (ten) levels, 1 is newbie and ...
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I'm in over my head at my job. What should I do? [closed]

About 8 months ago I was hired as the sole developer at a small company to take on a certain project. Although there are other small projects that come up from time to time, I've been spending about ...
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What can I expect when moving from University to a real programming job? [closed]

I'm about to move into my final year at university, and it's finally kicked in that in just over a year from now, I'll be doing my best to secure a job. Yet I still have no clue about the level of ...
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How to present self-taught knowledge?

I work as a senior software engineer (5+ years of exp) at the moment at my company, developing some networked systems. Since a year, I've noticed that I'm becoming increasingly interested in ...
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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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What skill set should an engineer have in order to build a large social networking site? [closed]

I am trying build a social media site, but I need a hands on senior engineer/architect to guide and assist me in the server-side development since I am a rookie. Technology (which I am familliar ...
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Applicability of the Joel Test to web development companies

QUESTION: How can you re-write the questions of the Joel test to apply to web developers? 1. Do you use source control? (source control for all aspects of your app, including configuration, ...
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How to Identify Bugs

Sometimes I come across something that doesn't entirely work right or just doesn't make sense to me and I often refrain from thinking it is a bug in the library or code I am using. For instance ...
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best practices for solving Object Oriented design questions during technical interviews

after getting a Object Oriented design question during technical interview - for example, design a car rental program - what would be the general steps (a.k.a best practices) that the interviewee ...
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What should I know or learn to get up to speed on being a software QA engineer?

I've been a software engineer in .NET for the past 3.5 years, and did my own integration and unit testing, but nothing too extensive. Now I'm being interviewed for an entry level QA job, and I wanted ...
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How to evaluate Java skills

I was asked to make a table in which developers in team could use to evaluate their Java level (Maybe from 1 to 5). And then they will know what they are lacking so they could focus to learn on that ...
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How do you know you're writing good code? [duplicate]

Serious question here. I love programming. I've been messing around with code since I was a kid. I never went the professional route, but I have coded several in-house apps for various employers, ...
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What is TCL, and is it a marketable skill?

I've gotten pretty far in some interviews for a company which seems to use several technologies I've frankly never heard of. The big one which I'd be working with if I got the job is TCL. What is ...
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To maximize chances of functional programming employment

Given that the future of programming is functional, at some point in the nearish future I want to be paid to code in a functional language, preferably Haskell. Assuming I have a firm grasp of the ...
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In a multidisciplinary team, how much should each member's skills overlap?

I've been working in embedded software development for this small startup and our team is pretty small: about 3-4 people. We're responsible for all engineering which involves an RF device controlled ...
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How do you keep your basic skills from atrophy?

I've been programming for about 10 years, and I've started to migrate to more of a project management position. I still do coding, but less often now. One of the things that I think is holding me back ...
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How do I improve my code reading skills

Well the question is in the title - how do I improve my code reading skills. The software/hardware environment I currently do development in is quite slow with respect to compilation times and time ...
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Is it possible to measure if someone is a 'good' programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer? There are a number of questions here about recognising or considering someone as a good/bad programmer. These are all ...
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How can I improve my communication skills? [closed]

Jeff Atwood suggests that becoming a great programmer takes serious communication skills. What are the suggested ways for a programmer to develop his communication skills?
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Is programming as a profession in a race to the bottom? [closed]

It seems to me that the programming industry is in a race to the bottom. If we take the practices of: Not taking time to implement best practices Using other's people code as much as possible ...