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

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Would licensing software engineers increase skill and salary levels? [duplicate]

When I apply for jobs I have to compete with too many other software engineers who have little or no skill and dilute the candidate pool. I feel it devalues our profession and ultimately pushes down ...
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Work experience instead of education? [closed]

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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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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Importance of hobby projects [closed]

I want to know, how important is it to program in your spare time? Is it necessary to work your 9-5 as a programmer and then get home and work on your hobby to become a better programmer? This said, ...
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If a fluent coder disregards good practices, doesn't his fluency work against him? [closed]

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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Options for a lead programmer who prefers programming to leading? [closed]

At the beginning of this year I was promoted to a lead developer role after our team's lead developer moved to a different department. I have about 5 years of job experience and due to availability ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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Programming practice - Is there a site that has a daily “write a method to do X” type challange? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Programming Puzzles Looking for ways to help me improve my C# coding skills. I thought it would be handy if there was a site that asked you to write a new method every ...
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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? [closed]

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's wrong with being a code monkey? (Or, what is a code monkey?) [closed]

Programmers tend to talk about being a "code monkey" in a derogatory way. "Don't work there, you will just be a code monkey!". I have two offers for jobs, one at a small company, one at a very large ...
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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? [closed]

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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How to Identify Bugs [closed]

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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What should I know or learn to get up to speed on being a software QA engineer? [closed]

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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“Half of everything you know will be obsolete in 18-24 months” = ( True, or False? ) [closed]

Just ran across this, and wondering if anyone has a way to prove or disprove this statement: Something to keep in mind ... what's the half-life of knowledge in high tech? It tracks with ...
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In a multidisciplinary team, how much should each member's skills overlap? [closed]

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? [closed]

Coding is only one aspect to professional programming. My job requires me to code, but it also requires me to do other things for extended periods – sometimes days or weeks go by when I'm not just ...
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How do I improve my code reading skills [closed]

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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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 ...
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Building general programming skills? [closed]

I currently am quite new to programming, I've had exposure to a few languages (C#, PHP, JavaScript, VB, and some others) and I'm quite new to OOP. I was just wondering what is the best way to build ...
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Can you be a manager and a programmer at the same time? [closed]

Managing other programmers while you are yourself a part of the programming work force. It's a very common scheme, at least in the companies I worked for. Can you be a good programmer or a good ...
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Is “as long as it works” the norm? [closed]

See my more recent question: Is programming as a profession in a race to the bottom? My last shop did not have a process. Agile essentially meant they did not have a plan at all about how to develop ...
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Learning to be a good developer: what parts can you skip over? [closed]

I have set myself the goal of becoming a decent developer by this time next year. By this I mean full experience of the development 'lifecycle,' a few good apps/sites/webapps under my belt, and most ...
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Is practicing meditation a good or bad thing for programmers? [closed]

I'm practicing mindfulness since a few weeks, a popular form of secular meditation which concept is to focus yourself on the present moment. It works so great I don't understand why not more people ...
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Programming skills, problem solving genius or language guru? [duplicate]

In my short experience here at programmers.stachexchange, when someone needs help to get started at programming quite a lot of users suggest learning this or that language, but few suggest learning ...
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Programming languages that improve your programming skill in general? [closed]

What languages would you suggest a programmer to learn, not because they will have a lot of use of the language (but they may have), but because it will improve one's programming skill in general and ...
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Woes of a Junior Developer - is it possible to not be cut out for programming? [duplicate]

(Let me start off by asking - please be gentle, I know this is subjective, but it's meant to incite discussion and provide information for others. If needed it can be converted to community wiki.) I ...
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What personal milestones can you use to measure growth in your programming abilities? [closed]

How can you determine objectively, over time, that you are getting any better at producing code? For example, I may sit here and feel that "I know <language> now, and I use <technique> ...
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Ways to use your skills as a developer to give back to the community/charities [closed]

Recently I came upon a community event called GiveCamp. GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web ...
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Can one get a solid programming foundation without going to college/university? [closed]

First, I have already searched the site and read all the previous "self-taught vs. college" topics. The majority of the answers defended that going to college was the best choice, for two main ...
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KPI's for Programmers [duplicate]

Do you know any Key Performance Indicators for Developers? What should be measured and monitored?
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Programmer aptitude test [closed]

I have many friends that see what I do, find it interesting and ask me the question Do you think I could be a programmer? My response is ... ummm ... do you like math? I'd like to have a ...
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How to keep a team well-trained? [closed]

I'm currently mentoring a small team of 4 junior dev in small software company. They are very smart and often achieve their tasks with a high-quality job but I'm sure they still can do better - ...
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How do you judge if you're paid enough? [closed]

How do you evaluate how much you feel you ought to be paid as a junior programmer?
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What are the skills you look for when hiring a fresher/newbie for developement? [closed]

I really want to ask this questions to my fellow developers here in Programmers.SE because i am hiring freshers for my company.. Even though i know some basic questions that can be asked to a fresher ...
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Why does changing from one language to another make a programmer fresher? [closed]

Right now I have been working on language X for the last 2 years. I am very good at it, but language X is not popular so jobs are not readily available for it. Consequently, I am thinking to change ...