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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How is a “Software Developer” different from a “Software Consultant”? What makes a consultant?

I have seen a lot of people claiming themselves to be a "software consultant". These consultants do what a normal software developer does, write code, estimate tasks, fix bugs and attend meetings etc. ...
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Where should my team start with becoming “modern”? [on hold]

I'm a relatively new developer, fresh from college. While in college and during subsequent job-seeking, I realized that there were a lot of "modern" software development methodologies that my ...
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How can I bootstrap a software development community at my school?

I'm a student at the University of South Florida who's frustrated with the educational environment in the Computer Science program. Right now, I'm taking "Program Design." I should be learning how to ...
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What to tell a manager who tells your estimates are too much for a genuine task [duplicate]

My manager keeps complaining that the estimates we have come up with are too much for the customer— every time he asks us to think like a customer and see whether the estimate is valid, but my point ...
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Why do code-bases in n-tier development have an equal amount of, if not more, JavaScript code now?

I've been doing web programming for a long time now, and somewhere, I lost track of why we are doing what we are doing today (or how did we come to do things this way)? I started out with basic ASP ...
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Software developer and programmer [duplicate]

Is there a difference between a software developer and a programmer? For example, a person in the IT industry, who develops software using some tool or some specific language and may not be aware of ...
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Software teams and surrounding support teams [closed]

Help me understand the need for managers, product managers, program managers, design architects, engineering directors, and all other auxiliary job titles that surround software development but don't ...
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How can I convince my manager to contribute back to the open source community? [closed]

I'm currently working within a large corporation that has a department specifically for open source development. The idea being, someone comes to us with a project, and we develop solutions based on ...
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Do you have to be good in English to a software Engineer? [closed]

I have college teacher who is really average in English. He claims that he a Senior Software Engineer in C#. When he teaches the class, most students including me don't understand what he is saying, ...
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As back-end developers, should we learn software testing? [closed]

As a junior developer, I'm working in a company that develops software for the airline industry. We have a test team, so I don't have any motivation to learn testing software. My friend is working for ...
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Question about requirements [duplicate]

I know that functional requirements are requirements that tell the system what to do while non-functional requirements are about quality and constraints. For below requirements, which of these will ...
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How to convey that a project is too ambitious? [duplicate]

I started my first job as a software developer while still a senior in college. It was at a small IT and computer repair shop, and I am the first and only programmer to work there. Now two months ...
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Should an IT consultant charge for time spent on planning? [closed]

If you do consulting/freelancing as a software developer, should you charge your client on time spent on planning? By planning I mean long phone calls, on-site meetings, etc.
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How a VB6 programmer can update his skills and get qualified for the current job opportunities in the USA? [closed]

I'm going to the U.S.A. and was wondering how I can get a job there. I've been a developer for 3 years. Well, I've been working on big projects like the core banking system of one of the biggest banks ...
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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 apologize when you have broken the nightly build [closed]

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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Is it customary for software companies to forbid code authors from taking credit for their work? do code authors have a say?

The company I work for has decided that the source code for a set of tools they make available to customers is also going to be made available to those customers. Since I am the author of that source ...
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Advice for beginner programmer [closed]

I am beginner in software development. I noticed when I try to learn one technology let's say .NET I lose my grip over other for example Java. I thought it would be better to concentrate on one ...
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Do hiring managers have a hard time accepting developers who have a “business look alike” personal app but are NOT entrepreneurs? [closed]

Directly post graduation from University, I decided to build my own web app (Ease My Day) while waiting to get a job as a software Engineer. The reasons to build this app: Gain solid hands on ...
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What does backup procedures and troubleshooting guidelines mean for a system

I am writing the documentation for a piece of software which I have made but I don't understand what it means in some aspects. It asks me to write about backup procedures but what exactly does this ...
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What language do companies like NASA use to create their applications? [duplicate]

So obviously NASA need programmers to develop applications for them, be it VOIP applications, applications for control of machines and AI, etc. But in what language do they actually use for this? ...
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Programmer-to-Programmer, what would you ask? [closed]

I can't discuss specifics but let me begin by inserting you into a fictitious scenario that closely mimics the one I'm in. You have just been brought in as a engineering consultant to help finish an ...
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How should we handle extra cosmetic features in Scrum sprints?

I was reading the Scrum documents and it says that the tasks in Sprint should be "potentially shippable". I am confused by what this means. Suppose in Sprint 1 the goal was, "user registration form". ...
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How can I earn money on my software? [closed]

Over last several months I had written some good piece of numerical software in C# in .NET 4.0. Currently it has only versions for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 but thanks to Mono/Xamarin it wouldn't be ...
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Building an executable [closed]

I am an Electronics engineer so forgive my newbieity. Ok I want to build an exe file for multiple steps to be done on a windows when someone press on that file. the steps are: Install a media ...
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Is rapid prototyping incompatible with software requirements specification?

From what I've learned last term on SWE courses, a big part of it is writing documents, so it seems that a software requirements specification (SRS) should earn points for my end-of-course project. ...
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How can a single person use agile method? for software application [duplicate]

I am looking to do a personal project on a web application. on my methods section I'm finding it difficult to choose just one Agile Method so here is the list I am trying to combine those or just a ...
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Programming languages and variety [closed]

So the issue I have as an undergraduate Software Engineering student, is the topic on which languages must one carry under their belt for future markets. I've been having this debate with teachers and ...
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In reality, a developer also administers DBMS and system? [closed]

I really don't know where else to ask. So here it goes. I'm working at a very tiny company that makes ERP software and websites. 1 developer with + 10 years experience. 2 developers with + 3years ...
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Should a persisted and 'finished' by state transaction be editable to any user

This question has been bugging me for a while. I came from a background where I taught that when a transaction reached some state (FINISHED, PRINTED, etc) it should no longer be opened for ...
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Recommended Abstraction to transfer data over a nework than byte[] array?

I was curious, why do we prefer byte[] array to transfer data over the network and not anything else? Or if I am missing anything, what are the other ways to transfer the data over a network.
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Migration from a complex C++ application to C# a — good idea?

We currently have a complex VC++ software application, which uses a library like ObjectARX to build the dll. I feel there are many features in C# like Collections, Generics, and other libraries which ...
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Synchronization in the given Code

I had an interview few weeks back, and I was asked to write a code with Setters and Getters. I had written the following code; // Just an example Class ABC{ private int num; public void ...
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Solutions for floating point rounding errors

In building an application that deals with a lot of mathematical calculations, I have encountered the problem that certain numbers cause rounding errors. While I understand that floating point is not ...
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Do Tech Firms use a lot of Algorithmic Practices that we studied in college? [closed]

I am yet to start my career, I have a profound interest in algorithm design. I somehow fail to understand that, how would a tech firm use the algorithmic paradigm? I mean in real life projects do we ...
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Share Mulitple Classes as one dll or a lib with Mulitple Projects

Currently I have some shared class files(.cpp and .h) which I include them in around 20 Projects. Currently I have to include them in all of the projects. So if I get some business requirments and I ...
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Secure an Application/Software by expiration with Date?

I have been working on some software application and I update them every 6 months. Currently, the way I track the date is by extracting the date from the system when the user installs the application, ...
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Is there industry demand for developers who have no GUI experience?

Is there still demand for developers who crate software without GUI's in the industry? Are jobs still in demand? I only ask because I write a lot of software for myself in C. I mainly use FreeBSD ...
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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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How to handle deleting record with associated records?

this is not a technical question but rather about the right logic on handling delete with foreign key constraint. First of all, Im very new to programming and a dummy about software engineering. Im ...
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What needs to change for Software Engineering to become a formal profession?

Unlike other professions (such as Accounting, Law, Medicine, etc.), there is no profession-wide certification for Software Engineering. I am well aware of the multitude of technology and methodology ...
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Working in a company that does not comment their code at all? [duplicate]

I work for a small software development house (10~ developers, a few product managers and a few support staff) that sells various products and services to organisations internationally through ...
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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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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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Impact of ending contract with know-ins-and-outs lead developer of a project [duplicate]

I have a long time running project. Its been running for about 6 months. The project is very big. The lead developer/team leader designed the project and the whole project is in his brain. He knows ...
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Software Design and architecture from Scratch [duplicate]

I know a lot about programming syntactically. What I am unsure is about how should I go to build a software from scratch. How should be the objects be designed and how should they interact with each ...
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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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Is the following diagrams correct for RAD and Agile methodologies?

I do not know if this would be the right stack exchange site to ask this question but I have been researching on RAD (Rapid Application Development) and Agile methodologies and was trying to find ...
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Web developer to software engineer [closed]

I'm currently a web developer building web apps in PHP and Javascript. I really enjoy the programming aspect more so than the front end design side of things. I would to like to start to focus my ...
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How to prevent my executable being treated from AV like bad or virus?

I'm creating a piece of software, that will run on windows and will act like launcher for the game, to serve as an auto-updater and file verifier in client siede PC. One thing I don't understand, why ...