A software developer is a person concerned with facets of the software development process. Their work includes researching, designing, developing, and testing software.

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Should a developer create test cases and then run through test cases? [duplicate]

I work for a company where the development manager expects a developer to create test cases before writing any code. These test cases have to then be maintained by the developers. Every-so-often a ...
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What are programmers made to do in spare time in jobs? [closed]

Well, with no prior job experience I am completely ignorant of how things happen at software companies. I want to know what programmers are made to do when there is nothing to do? Lets consider ...
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Hiring Developers - Any tips on being more efficient? [closed]

I represent a software company that is in process of building a large software development team. We are picky in who we hire and have really good retention rate (most of the devs have been here for an ...
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How to handle this unfortunately non hypothetical situation with end-users?

I work in a medium sized company but with a very small IT force. Last year (2011), I wrote an application that is very popular with a large group of end-users. We hit a deadline at the end of last ...
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What are the pros and cons for having a dedicated T-SQL developer on your team?

Our T-SQL developer just gave his two weeks notice. We have been asked if our team of four developers would like an additional developer. We are offered to do our own T-SQL / Entitiy Framework ...
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Organisation of Application Development Team Wiki? [closed]

Are there any resources available around that suggest best-practice structure for setting up a wiki for developers? I'll be managing a team that has not had the best track record for documentation, ...
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moving from software development to business analysis [closed]

I am seasoned analyst/developer who has grown from a senior dev to lead a small team working on line of business applications for a large company. In a last ten years I have been working within the ...
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What is the structure of a team developing a computer game? [closed]

I wanted to ask if there is a typical structure for a team developing a computer game and, if so, what are the specific roles of the team members. Also, what is the size of such a team (in terms of ...
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Should architect or dev lead tell teammate where to add their code before coding a new feature?

I have experienced with two kinds of team. After a feature is assigned to me, one kind of dev lead tell me the exact file or class to add my code, another kind of team just say the story or ...
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Copyrighting software, templates, etc. under real name or screen name?

My question is hopefully simple--should I copyright my work (art, software, web design, etc.) under my real name or my screen name? My real name and screen name are also easily connected with a bit of ...
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My software is hosted on a “bad” website. Can I do anything about it?

Edit: Thanks for all of the answers, guys! I think I'm just going to include some kind of text on my webpage telling users to only download from the links provided. The thing is that there have been ...
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How to manage a developer who has poor communication skills

I manage a small team of developers on an application which is in the mid-point of its lifecycle, within a big firm. This unfortunately means there is commonly a 30/70 split of Programming tasks to ...
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Is there a way for developers and their clients to make a 'safety net' for the final transaction of software for money?

First off, we presume that the projects in question are not large or important enough for the parties involved to establish a formal contract, and that the parties are not able to meet in person. So, ...
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How to sell my work?

I'm a freelancer, a company I'm working with (which has a government as customer) asked me to write an app (web-based and/or system) to allow them archiving documents, and making them downloadable by ...
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Are R&D mini-projects a good activity for interns? [closed]

I'm going to be in charge of hiring some interns for our software department soon (automotive infotainment systems) and I'm designing an internship program. The main productive activity "menu" I'm ...
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Django development best practices

I have spent some time studying Django and I've done some applications. But I really don't know what is the best approach while developing an application, I mean, there are several options: Make all ...
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Should I store “system b” password in “system a”?

I am developing a system for mailing which has a account id/password to login and I need to store the smtp server account and password for sending mail. Since the mail is auto send I can't request the ...
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Should the gating question in hiring a web developer be “Have you by yourself, or with one or two partners, ever brought a product to market?”

I've just met a guy, an engineer but a software naif, who's designed, produced, and is now selling a very nice product, a backyard zip line. He devised a new braking system for the thing and has a ...
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Software design methods for Java or any other programming language

I'm junior programmer and I would like to know how professionals write their code or which steps they follow when they are creating new software. I mean, which steps they follow, which programming ...
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How do I handle this job situation? [closed]

I am a recent college graduate. I recently interviewed for a Software Developer position. I really like the environment. I got offers from other places but this place just feels really comfortable for ...
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Dealing with a developer continuously ignoring edge cases in his work

I have an interesting, fairly common I guess, issue with one of the developers in my team. The guy is a great developer, work fast and productive, produces fairly good quality code and all. Good ...
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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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How to manage a developer with good knowledge of programming language but very poor analytical skills

I work as a team lead in a fast-growing services company. There is one developer in my team who's not performing well, and unable to solve even the simplest of the problems without being spoon-fed. ...
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How to apologize when you have broken the nightly build

My first commit in my project resulted in the nightly build being broken and people are all over me as we are nearing the release. I want to send an apology email that should sound sincere and at the ...
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What's the best way of marketing to programmers? [closed]

Disclaimer up front - I'm definitely not going to include any links in here - this question isn't part of my marketing! I've had a few projects recently where the end product is something that ...
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Are there any contracting agreement templates online? [closed]

Contracting is fairly common, so I imagine that there's some pre-fab templates for software contracting agreements out there. I'm looking for one that I modify for my needs, pass through my lawyer and ...
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What are developer's problems with helpful error messages? [closed]

It continue to astounds me that, in this day and age, products that have years of use under their belt, built by teams of professionals, still to this day - fail to provide helpful error messages to ...
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Where to find Developers to work for a Start-Up with the pay being shares [closed]

So I'm literally just starting a start-up in the Education Industry. A very broad summary that leaves out the vast majority of the idea is that it's a true education management system, one that ...
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What defines a good developer from an employer’s perspective? [closed]

Suppose the company who the developer starts at is a cooperative, team of 10-15 members. The company follows SDLC. What qualities do you think an employer seeks in a developer? You are welcome to ...
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How: Personal life of a Software Developer [duplicate]

have just graduated and am looking for job in the field of Software Development. Since, I like to go with application developments. Well, being a Software Engineer; Can able to survive personal ...
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What is your favourite/ideal development environment?

If you could describe your ideal development environment, what would it be? There are numerous things to take into consideration, including but not limited to: Hardware Software (Operating System of ...
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What do you use string reversal for? [closed]

In PHP it's strrev(), in Rails it's .reverse, but most languages don't have any string reverse function. Some have array reverse functions that can be used on characters. I was thinking this must be a ...
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Is working in ''Classic Asp'' good for me for the future?

I have completed my post graduation in Msc(comp sci)-2010. Is working in "Classic ASP" today good for me in the future? Because I am fresher and I have learned ASP.NET 3.5 version. Please let me ...
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How important is XML for a developer? [closed]

Is it must that every developer should know XML? How important is XML for a developer? Any suggestion...
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Are 'Architect' and 'Developer' separate roles? [closed]

Is it actually possible to develop software without also architecting it?
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Web Developer or Software Engineer? [closed]

A question that I have been asking myself and really confused which path to take. So I need your guys help as to the pros and cons of these 2 professions in today's world. I love web applications ...
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Tablets Running IDEs [closed]

I am new to the tablet market, but i am trying to learn more. Are any current tablets capable of running programming software such as Visual Studio? I understand they'd have to come up with some ...
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Questions to ask before someone leaves [duplicate]

Apart from the obvious questions relating to specific project work someone is working on are there any questions I should be asking a fellow dev who is leaving the company? So far I am thinking ...
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Methods to encourage good behaviour when using shared servers?

This question was prompted by a comment left on another question pointing to this article. What Is Clean Code? I was thinking about how that sentiment can be applied to shared resources (servers, ...
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Where to get experience with Big Data? [closed]

I have a strong interest in creating and learning about highly scalable web sites and applications which deal with Big Data. For example, many world class web companies and startups such as Twitter, ...
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Does this list of management behaviors actually appeal to software developers?

I came across this list of management behaviors (http://suven.posterous.com/dos-and-donts-leading-software-development-te). I think it has some gems, but I'm not 100% on some of them. I've marked ...
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Can a developer get a discount for Microsoft products? [closed]

If I would start to focus on the .NET platform and be self-employed, then I probably would like to have some Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2010 licenses just for the development ...
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How to improve myself as a web developer?

What technologies, techniques and mindsets would be most beneficial to web developers? I'm a relatively new developer with only 3 months working for an actual web development company. Since I've ...