Questions tagged [software-development]

Questions regarding the Workplace interactions and considerations that are involved in the process of designing, implementing, testing, deploying, etc., a software product. Please refrain from posting coding questions, as those belong to Stack Overflow instead.

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How to deal with a colleague with a very bossy attitude

I do apologize if I'm not following the format, but I need something that I can use as a baseline for the future. I work for a quite big software company, and among the projects task we are assigned ...
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Why do some jobs (tech, software dev) require current enrollment in school or recent graduation?

In the US for tech jobs I often see on job postings requirements that mention the applicant must be currently enrolled in school or recently graduated (6-12 months ago). These are not internship ...
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Should I clean uncompleted projects from my GitHub?

I'm a self taught software developer. Back when I was teaching my self how to program and how to use git, I ended up making a huge number of repos - some are incomplete, some are just notes. Over the ...
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First dev job. Am I just a bad developer, or is my company/coworkers the problem? [closed]

Here's my current situation: I am a junior PHP developer since almost 2 years, previously only QA Never got a proper introduction or overview, still often encounter code/entire projects I've never ...
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Supporting developers who insist on using their pet language

I've joined a team of around five developers building a microservice-based website, in a shop that emphasises autonomy and learning. However, it turns out one of the developers is writing "his" parts ...
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I have wasted 3 starting years of my career. Is there any way to start over? [closed]

When I graduated I got a slightly above average job working on Java Servlet technology. But then I acted on some poor advice from people who were close to me. Although it was a mistake, I listened to ...
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How do I explain that I don't want to maintain old projects?

I am currently working as a programmer with 3 years of experience in the Netherlands. At the start I worked at some projects I started from scratch and I really enjoyed those. I also acted a bit as ...
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Limit negativity inside Software Quality Assurance team

I am the technical co-founder of a small software startup with a complex product. Needless to say, it is hard to find a balance between adding new features which customers pay for while keeping ...
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Is this worth to return to project where I had negative communication experience with colleagues and solution architect?

I've been working for the same employer for many years. During the last 6 years, I was working on two projects: Project A, where I used to be a team member for a short period of time and after that I ...
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How to transition from an unprofessional software developer to a better one?

We have been strung along by an unprofessional software developer for almost a year past the expected completion date. Progress is slow, promised dates are never kept, communication is all but ...
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Colleague prefers to roll their own solutions that are completely unnecessary

How do I help a coworker with more years of experience write cleaner code? Let's call them Dario. What are some tips on how to gradually introduce clean code concepts while still being respectful and ...
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My colleague thinks I'm showing off, how do deal with it? [closed]

We both are pipeline developers working in an animation company. As we are developers, we deal with text-editors/IDE. I use certain tools that suit my needs. A coworker who is unfamiliar with that ...
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What's the best way to manage someone with a great degree but few skills? [closed]

On the Hot Network Questions list today: "Just graduated with a master’s degree, but I internalised nothing." Suppose that OP or someone in the same position has just been assigned to me as a ...
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Should I bring design diagrams to a software developer interview?

If my current workplace allowed me to bring masked versions of design diagrams of a (solo) software project that I worked on, would it be a good idea to bring them to interviews? Would interviewers ...
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Employer wants to use my work email account after I quit, is this legal under German law? Is this a GDPR waiver?

Background info: I am leaving my current job in the next couple of weeks. (If you want to know why just check my other questions.) Germany, Junior Developer Yesterday I got a list of all the things I ...
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How to resolve situation with less specialised senior dictating how to do my job when he doesn't like the solution?

I'm a software developer with about 10 years experience, working as a consultant since end of last year, through an agency that put me with my first client where I've now been for half a year. The ...
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How should I react to a hiring manager offering undocumented benefits during the interview process?

I recently made the mistake of not asking upfront what the compensation and benefits package were for a company I was interviewing with and we only discussed benefits after receiving the tentative ...
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How to convince boss that learning new technology or brushing up during downtime pays off?

I have posted about many challenges at my workplace, and the issue of how to manage downtime is one that we've been struggling with, and I speak on behalf of my colleagues as well. What exactly do we ...
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Is it worth getting a CS degree if I already have another (unrelated) one? [closed]

I am employed as a software developer, and currently have a few years of work experience in that role. I have a bachelor's degree in a field not related to CS (Linguistics). I'm also currently 2 ...
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Determining why an employee who is very quiet seems to be unhappy

I manage a team of software developers. I have an employee who is unusually antisocial. It's not just that he's quiet, he won't even nod to you if you pass him in the hall. On the other hand, he is ...
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First sign that you should look for another job?

I'm in my first software development job and have been only working at my company for a year. I am wondering how people know when to find another job and when to stick at the job they have. I find ...
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Intra-team friction

I joined a new software company and was put in a team that suffers from a bit of friction, in particular with one developer and a Product Manager. Apparently at times the PM has been asking the devs ...
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Will a 22 credit Computer Programming minor that covers most major topics, along with self teaching, prepare me for a career in software development? [closed]

I am an intended Econ major who is slowly realizing he wants to pursue a career in software dev/engineering. I started programming with Python in the winter and am currently taking Harvard's CS50 as a ...
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Hate new job and feel overwhelmed

I was hired at this company about 4 month ago as a junior software engineer. Originally I came from a background in physics and also worked as such for years, but I wanted to switch careers. So I ...
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Project manager constantly interrupting development team

What do you suggest to do about a project manager that keeps interrupting the development team by going to their room, asking "what's up", "how is going" and "where are we with development" on a daily ...
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How to manage frustration from dealing with spaghetti codebase and feeling like I can't deliver

Some context: I'm a newly hired developer (1.5 years) at a software testing company. For a while things were going great. I was able to dive in relatively quickly, but there have been some speed bumps....
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First raise after 9 months as a software developer [closed]

I am a junior iOS developer with 9 months of experience and in short there will be my first performance review. I believe that I was hired at the right price on the market; but I have learned from my ...
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Experiencing a desire to play a more technical role [closed]

I am currently a Product Manager at a large software company. I have been doing it for 3 years after a career change from sales. I do not have a technical or business degree but have been able to ...
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Is maintaining 10-15 projects simultaneously considered normal for a software engineer in a small company?

I am working in a very small software company (2 developers - I am a senior one and an intern, and 2 designers) for 3 years. The working environment of this company is good. I worked very happily for ...
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Who decides on the job offer salary? [closed]

I recently interviewed at a software development company (~300 employees) and they have called me to come again when they will give me an offer. I interviewed with a HR person and the team lead, and ...
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Mainly front end, suggested back end task [closed]

I've been doing front end at my job lately (roughly three years). It is going OK. I did some other stuff too in this period using other front end framework, and some Java-desktop. Recently my boss ...
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My interviewer asked me to do a coding challenge in a framework I've never used. Red flag?

As the title suggests, I did a 20-minute phone interview for a remote software developer position. One of the questions was "have you used any frameworks with X language, specifically Y framework?" My ...
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Team member is vehemently against code formatting

I am the manager of a small team of developers (5 engineers, including me). A few months ago, on the suggestion of another colleague we introduced mandatory code formatting in the code base, for our ...
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Introducing software management practices in poorly managed company

I believe the company I work for has very poor software&people management practices. I want to approach upper management about this. I believe I should have a concrete explanation on what the ...
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Negotiating salary for junior position - software dev

I am soon to graduate (one month) and I'm going to have an interview with the HR and the manager of the team (final stage of the recruitment process, I've passed the technical tests) in a cool company....
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Mentoring a new developer to search

I've recently gotten into the position where I am in charge of mentoring a new developer. While I'm very happy to oblige and and positively influence the career of a younger individual I'm seeing ...
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Why is non-professional technical experience sometimes snubbed by interviewers?

I once interviewed for a software developer role in a big IT company. The interview was done in front of two interviewers: a "regular" one, and a "trainee" who was shadowing and taking notes. When ...
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What jobs would allow someone with a Computer Science Degree to work part-time? [closed]

I am a college student who is majoring in Computer Science. I understand that there are very few jobs for people with Computer Science degrees that allow you to work part-time. Even so, I would like ...
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How to avoid making self and former employee look bad when reporting on fixing former employee's work?

A former employee in good standing has changed jobs. Unfortunately a lot of their work just prior to leaving did not satisfy some acceptance criteria found by QA, and had other bugs. I'm picking up ...
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not going on a get to know meeting (recruiter)

Recently a recruiter contacted me via linkedin. Telling me "their team had many novelties, and were looking for a software developer in say C#" and was suggesting a meeting of "getting to know each ...
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Junior developer struggles: how to communicate with management?

I learnt programming at home and was a brilliant bootcamp graduate (that is, by the standards of that bootcamp, which is certainly not as good as top US bootcamps*), I found a job fairly easily ...
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Job role transitioned into that of a Team Manager from a Quality Manager. Basic Job Market research does not show avenues [closed]

Part of a re-org that happened in our company, several Dev and QA Managers have had to transition into a Team Manager role (I moved from QA manager to this role). In terms of responsibilities, it is: ...
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How do I tell my manager that his code review comment is wrong?

Recently during code review, my direct supervisor wrote a comment suggesting a change on some code I submitted. Normally, that is not a problem (and I understand that is the very point of code reviews)...
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Plan and negotiate with / for software development company contractor

I'm working in a 15ppl company as the (only) IT guy (Master of Computer Science) and my task was/is to oversee a software project development. We have worked with an (outsourced) software development ...
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Released my first web application and I got a job offer to do contracting work. I dont know what to do [closed]

I am a system administrator by trade, but I want to move in to web development. I started learning on my spare time and I released my first personal project and have gotten positive feedback and an ...
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Senior software developer [closed]

There is a senior software developer that I'm really not sure how he got there. But the style of coding is very bad. For example he has this scattered all over the project. public boolean myMethod() ...
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How to manage lack of specs for QA department?

I work at a small company as a web developer. There are 10 developers and 2 QA personel. There are no product owners or project managers. There is one analyst and the CPO. The CPO is quite busy as he'...
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How to politely follow up with coworker who ignores/forgets IMs?

Context: I am a fairly new intern, with an assigned mentor who is expected to be my first line of help when/if I need it. Our most frequent communication is via an internal IM system, which is nice ...
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How to deal with legacy software and split opinion?

I realize there is a pattern, when the engineering team/department has legacy software in their portfolio and managers (usually non-technical but not necessarily) declare the software as good. On the ...
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Is it permitted to study/learn a topic while under NDA?

What can a programmer do if he or she has signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), but is asked to do a program that requires lots of learning? I think the problem would require graduate level ...