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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Are 'Architect' and 'Developer' separate roles? [closed]

Is it actually possible to develop software without also architecting it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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why not use unmanaged safe code in c#

There is an option in c# to execute code unchecked. It's generally not advised to do so, as managed code is much safer and it overcomes a lot of problems. However I am wondering, if you're sure your ...
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Asking potential developers to draw UML diagrams during the interview

Our interview process currently consists of several coding questions, technical questions and experiences at their current and previous jobs. Coding questions are typically a single method that does ...
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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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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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Computer science jobs that don't let you develop software outside of that job? [closed]

I'm 15, and I was talking to my friends about what we wanted our future careers to be. I told them that I would like to have a job in the computer science industry (more specifically software ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should developers be worried about automation that make them redundant eventually? [closed]

Should developers be worried about possible automation happening in their projects that might make them redundant ? I never particularly worried about this myself but I have seen many developers ...
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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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Intern Screening - Software 'Quiz'

I am in charge of selecting a new software development intern for a company that I work with. I wanted to throw a little 'quiz' at the applicants before moving forth with interviews so as to weed out ...