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Sep
18
comment Will taking a job in web development prevent a low-level programming career?
You "want" to get a job, or you "need" to get a job? If you don't need the money, stay the hell away from the PHP gig. Work for free on some low level C/C++ open source project, or just put that extra energy into your thesis.
Aug
20
comment Is it possible to get a job in a high-demand company without having hobby projects?
Why the downvote? This answer is based off of first hand experience...
Aug
19
comment How can I transition to a job using the Microsoft stack?
This is soooooooooo completely false. I know 2 fortune 100 companies where an MS cert plus a degree is an almost-guarantee of an interview... and if you can sell yourself, a job. That doesn't make it right per se, but that's the way things are.
Aug
18
comment Mono is frequently used to say “Yes, .NET is cross-platform”. How valid is that claim?
This is off-topic for the question. Head over to a business planning site and browse some sample plans to see what is truly crucial for a business... Tech X vs Tech Y is about as crucial as FedEx debating Ford vs. GM for delivery vans.
Aug
18
comment Mono is frequently used to say “Yes, .NET is cross-platform”. How valid is that claim?
There's successful businesses built on all platforms... When planning a business and executing on that plan, the platform rarely comes into play... Especially for web projects.
Aug
18
comment Should developers accept overtime/weekend work/denied bonus payments?
You might be interested in a little history of startups, including 37 signals: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/37signals They only adopted the take it or leave it approach once they had achieved a certain level of success. That doesn't work for incubator/bootstrapped companies, typically... One of Y-Combinator's mantras is the idea doesn't matter nearly as much as the founders themselves... Why? Because Paul Graham knows business models often change once the selling process starts ( paulgraham.com/founders.html )
Aug
18
comment Should developers accept overtime/weekend work/denied bonus payments?
Wayne -- It's typical in a startup... A company may come to you and say if you can get them a certain feature in a certain amount of time, then they'll buy your product. If the company is bootstrapped or tight on cash, then you'll generally accept the terms in order to keep cash flow positive. The employee's vested interest would be having a paycheck that cleared.
Jul
8
comment Contract-to-hire - determining rate?
+1... If only more neophyte contractors realized the amount of overhead involved with the sales pipeline, etc...
Jun
22
comment Codeigniter + JQuery + Processing.js to replace a Delphi App
I thought Delphi provided tools for web programming? You'd get a lot more mileage being able to reuse all that code instead of having to branch everything off into a php port.
Jun
20
comment Will it cost me a lot if I chose ASP.NET and IIS?
Speaking from personal experience, it helps to have at least back-of-the-envelope calculations of your profit model before building something.
Jun
17
comment PHP framework most similar to ASP.NET MVC3?
WebMatrix is by far the best free environment for developing PHP on Windows, but I've been scared of Cake after Rasmus did his performance presentation a few years ago.
Jun
16
comment What was Java enterprise programming like before Eclipse?
Yeah... I remember those early java-based IDEs... You could time the window re-paints with an hourglass.
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
In addition, the hiring process isn't the only time evaluation occurs: The "10x more productive" crowd should be seeing an increase throughout their salary history, which should carry over into the market.
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
My understanding of econ is indeed limited by only having 12 undergrad hours in the subject... Of course the market isn't perfectly efficient, but you're way off base saying that it's totally inefficient. I have been on the hiring side for several years, as well as the interviewee side. Plus, I'm good friends with some guys I went to college with that are now recruiters, and we compare notes. The companies I've worked at have never had a problem finding good people. We always had stacks of res. Of course I've always worked at places that paid well and offered quite a bit of developer autonomy.
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
Again, supply & demand: scarce resource = higher salaries.
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
@Rein -- you didn't read correctly. I didn't say they would be the same, I said they would be a lot higher. Instead, what the data shows, is that tech salaries have stagnated or declined in the last few years: m.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/16/…
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
Further, a "couple of months" was in relation to someone that already has several years of experience, coming into a new platform.
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
@Rein -- you can say that all you want, but simple econ doesn't bear it out. If it did, then you would see the salary of the top programmers a lot higher. A top doctor or lawyer will clear 500,000 USD per year... A senior software engineer at google has an average salary of $130,000 (glassdoor). I think what you meant to say, was that you couldn't find someone 3x as productive for the price of an average engineer.
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
Tesserex -- that should be translated as "We can't find programmers that know all of our alphabet soup of technologies, at a price we are willing to pay.
Jun
14
comment What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
"""You should know at least one programming language really well, and it should preferably be C++ or Java. C# is OK too, since it's pretty similar to Java. You will be expected to write some code in at least some of your interviews. You will be expected to know a fair amount of detail about your favorite programming language.""" steve-yegge.blogspot.com/2008/03/get-that-job-at-google.html