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How to decide between two very different software engineering positions? [closed]

I will soon have two job offers, one for an ETL/Informatica Developer role, and one for a C#.NET mostly-backend developer role. I have some experience with .NET in the past, but zero experience with ...
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I was hired to create a department but I do not get more people

I have been working in my current company for over a year, I am the only one doing activity X and the only expert at it. I was told I would lead a department regarding activity X after a year or so ...
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How do I know if I should apply for a frontend or backend role, if I have experience in both? [closed]

In software development, there's such thing as a fullstack developer, this means I have the skills of a frontend developer plus the skills of a backend developer. This might be an advantage when ...
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New manager doesn't believe in me and reprimanded me for asking questions

I'm a junior developer. In my first week back after time off due to some issues, my new manager reprimanded me because a senior dev team member complained to him that I was asking him questions about ...
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Should I pursue work with niche tech that is probably going to die soon (Xamarin.Forms)?

I am working currently as software engineer in .NET team, taking care of support of already existing application or rewriting them to new base. I currently work with almost everything that has .NET as ...
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Can I Ever Become a Decent Programmer?

I have recently been reflecting on my frustrations in trying to become a better programmer, in particular thinking about what Jeff Atwood has said on the issue here and here. He quotes Bill Gates ...
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How can I support parallel development on a code porting project? [closed]

The company where I work in the UK has a lot of VB6 applications which they wish to move to .net Core. They want me to lead this, which is fine. The problem is, the first application which they wish ...
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How might I avoid significantly overestimating the time required to deliver a potential client's software project?

Spoke with a potential client about delivering a computer vision app (making calculations deduced from human body pose joints, in addition to UI navigation work and refinements). I estimated this ...
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Promotion to "Senior" after less than 2 years of working, potential dangers?

For some context, our team looks as follows: We're 1 manager (also our best developer, he's responsible for servers, pull requests, DBA, IT architect etc etc), 1 teamleader, 1 senior dev and 5 new ...
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How valuable are logic test results during developers' recruiting process? [closed]

I was recently asked to take a logic test (it seems a lot like IQ test) from Alva Labs by the recruiter. I scored 6 of 10 (which is considered average). However, right before that I had another test - ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

I will soon have a meeting with my manager, in which she will want to assign me to exclusively frontend development. I am a full-stack engineer and enjoy both frontend and backend development. But the ...
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What are some good questions for gauging what various software teams are like to work with? [duplicate]

I'm interviewing for software engineering positions for multiple different teams at a single large tech company, where cultures can be quite different among teams. In these interviews, what would be ...
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Torn between (what I consider) professionalism and company attitude, how to proceed? [closed]

I work with software. I am not the most senior of devs, but I'm also no longer very junior either. Looking back, I see my own evolution and progress, skills-wise. I can confidently take on much larger ...
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What is the correct way to approach the request that "new developers should not be able to access the codebase"

We are a small team of developers working on a web app. I answer directly to the company directors, who are responsible for hiring decisions. As a cost saving measure, new developers are often hired ...
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How to handle the situation when the software has created lot of records and they are incorrect due to configuration error?

I created software that imports data and creates records (sales orders) automatically. Records are created in two different ways - A and B - depending on the configuration setting X. My client C is ...
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Unable to focus on programming around 3-4 PM every day. How can I fix this?

I tend to get exhausted mentally and can't really program more on most days starting at around 3 to 4 PM every day. From there I'll kind of just be out of it mentally and unable to produce code that ...
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How should my company deal with contractors that ignore our technical guidance?

I'm a senior software engineer that works in a small group (4 other colleagues and one immediate manager to us). For an R&D project, we work with a contractor to develop some software tools and do ...
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How long would be reasonable to notify my company of my resignation in advance, without mandatory notice period?

I joined my current company last year. When I signed my contract, they explained to me that I would be on a year-long trial period, during which there is no notice required for any party to terminate ...
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Coworker refused to help me unless I switch my software to dark mode

This was my second week at a new job (I'm a remote developer). I asked one of my new coworkers a question and shared my screen with him. He said "well, first you need to switch to dark mode"....
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should I leave my company or stay so my manager can assign me work

I joined a telecommunication company 7 months ago as software engineer, I have more than 12 years of software development experience. The product is new with no client yet. Initially I worked with ...
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How to ask different set of work because of no support

I am in my probation period and I was hired as mid-level developer. While I have been doing a good job as mentioned in my one-to-one with my manager, recently I have hit a snag. There are two problems ...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

I am currently working as a newly assigned lead developer on the frontend code for a project which my employer wants to deliver to various clients. Some of the clients are very big names. ...
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Do I need to list Javascript/CSS/HTML skills on resume if frameworks/libraries are listed?

If I've listed skills like Angular or other Javascript/CSS/HTML frameworks and libraries on my resume is it still necessary to specifically list HTML/CSS/Javascript as skills? I feel like one would ...
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How do you handle being the only tech guy in a non tech team?

The company I currently work for has a terrible amount of processes that require manual work, thus they are very limited in the amount of projects they can take, as their processes do not scale up, ...
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Risk of taking another job

I am curious how do people make decision in such situations. Say I am Software developer (Front end), with say 4 years of experience roughly. Now, on my current job, I handle all the tasks well. Pay ...
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Software development shop doesn't have standard technology choices for web-development

The company I started working at about 6 months ago has no "standard" or "default" technologies for web application development. The company is fairly new to hiring developers, so ...
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Is there a market for life scientists converted to software developers

Is there a market for life scientists (biomedical research and related fields) that at some point want a change in their career path and switch to software development? Say the career so far was a MSc ...
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How do I demonstrate my value against "more experienced" managers/directors in interviews?

I am a mobile software developer that's applying for a Mobile Engineering Manager position at a new company. During my initial phone screening with the company's technical recruiter they were using ...
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Should I give my employer all my medical records?

I have been a software developer in a large organization for more than a decade. I have ADHD and see a psychiatrist every 3 weeks. Boss is now demanding access to all my health records or said he will ...
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How to attain more decision making authority in role

What is the best strategy to move forward when addressing a workspace environment where my role is unclear, I am not given any authority for decision making although being in current job 5 years and ...
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Is Tech Stack knowledge important? [closed]

I am working as a software developer for about 5 years. I already changed my job 5 times, so I have a little wider knowledge about the requirements of some companies, but I feel like I am still a ...
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How to get credit on a joint task with a team member who is reporting the task

I have been told to work with a new team member on a ticket they were assigned. It is their ticket so they report on it during meetings. Originally my manager intended for me to work on this ticket ...
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Being moved to a new team but was not told which team they will move me to

My manager told me that my team is getting split into two, and that after the split, I will be with half of my team temporarily for a new project and will be moving to a new team after the project is ...
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Hired as a developer and working alone so improving is hard

Context: Been in IT for ~25 years, developing web+databases+apps/datascience/helpdesk/sysadmin depending on where I was at - I feel like I am a specialist of nothing, and ~average at a lot of things. ...
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Contacted company asking if there's an iOS software engineering role, and they responded saying QA would be a perfect fit. How can I navigate this?

This is a startup whose product I'm passionate about, but I would like to ensure I'm not "stuck" in a different career path since I want to continue to do iOS software engineering in the ...
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Is it bad for software developers to sign their comments in the code? [closed]

I am a software developer and I work in a big team where everybody works on everybody's code. I am used to comment a lot, indicating what I am editing, why, and what is expected to happen after a ...
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I am 6 months into the junior software position but still can't code well ,should I quit?

I am a fersh graduate from a degree which is kind of a combined degree in business management plus programming(so 50-50).To be honest, our programming curriculum was a complete disaster.And I didn't ...
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What are common practices for syncing Engineering with Design?

At my last job, I led a team that was building an iOS app from scratch. We (the engineers) worked closely with a Design team. The two teams struggled to sync their work. Design would produce UI mocks ...
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Is it really so important to have experience of working in big (software development) teams? [closed]

I decided to check if there are any interesting job opportunities in my area. Several words about my job experience and skills: I am self-taught. I have 2.5 years of working experience: 1.5 years in ...
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How to find the correct job label for my current programming skills? [duplicate]

Essentially I'm a Python developer who so far has successfully managed to build two personal projects: An executable tool that helps the user with the making of an NFT collection and its metadata, by ...
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Trouble collaborating on code with a project leader

heh this is too long. tl;dr my project leader takes over my projects, changes my code without discussing it, and is non-communitive. WWYD? I work for a small consulting company with about 15-20 ...
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Small software inaccuracy may induce cascade of unfounded complaints - should I acknowledge the situation and communicate it back?

As a software developer I have observed that small software inaccuracy/inaccuracies (bug, but small and quite hard to define and understand from the user point of view) (that may sometimes happen) may ...
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What should I do with a highly valuable unique ability that is consistently unused? [closed]

Many people have unique valuable abilities that they do not know what to do with. This question is not about my specific situation. I am asking a general question and providing my situation as an ...
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Is there a practical way for a software developer in the UK to join the reserves?

I am a mid-level software developer not currently a reservist. This link shows a case study where the reservist serves Tuesday evenings and weekends as and when required – usually one to two times a ...
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Warn my employer [duplicate]

I'm actually kind of new in my company (been here for 4 months now) and my boss has been really kind to me in the way of giving me responsabilities and thrusting my judgement. I'm a programmer analyst ...
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Should I contribute to an open source project with a private account or one tied to my corporate identity?

While working on a software project for my company, I came across an open source library for our language of choice, that does almost everything I need. I thought about submitting changes with the ...
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Should I convince user to use feature

I was tasked with making a new software for internal use and I implemented a new feature that I think would improve business process accuracy. However the end user doesn't want to use it (thinks it ...
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Is the extreme don't-ask-us-just-google-it mentality safe? [closed]

I'm still a student, but I've been working in a hospital as an "IT developer" for almost two years now (one day a week, since covid homeoffice). I totally understand that they don't have ...
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Is it ok to use my open-source projects as dependencies at work?

I work at a startup company and we're in the phase of creating some pipelines (GitHub actions) and making our program's foundations stronger. In my spare time, I create a lot of tools for my personal ...
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Is this multi-company employment relationship a usual practice?

I was approached by a recruiter. After some discussion they said that the potential opportunity would be to work for a company we'll call Company A, and for the first 1.5 to 2 years with a client of ...
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