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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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Employer hired the wrong skills, what can I do? [on hold]

I have just been hired by a tech start-up as their back-end software engineer and start in 2 weeks, along with 1 other front-end web dev. The initial project that will determine the success of the ...
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What would be a fair split of ownership for a new service I and another company created

I am currently working at an online marketing company as a software developer. A few months ago I started my own software company (sole proprietorship, eenmanszaak in Dutch). I am still studying and ...
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How should I respond as a developer if manual testing is assigned to me?

I'm software engineer at a private service based company. Even as a developer, we generally get repetitive development tasks. Now today my manager asked me to help with manual testing to meet the ...
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Should I add the less than 6 months experience to my resume(company thinks absconding)? [on hold]

I worked for less than 6 months as a SD for a company But I left as I could no longer bear the unhealthy work culture as it was affecting my health also. So I took a few days leave (informed) but then ...
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Colleague used admin access to view my private employee order

A colleague of mine in a different department is a developer for an internal, employee-only discounted retail site within our company. Today, I made a rather large purchase on that site before heading ...
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Reconciling the “team” nature of software development with the need to have accomplishments on my resume as a contract worker?

I am a software engineer two months into a one year contract as an employee with a company. In this company, I have run into a dilemma. No particular engineer is responsible for any given part of the ...
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How can I better communicate possible pitfalls?

In about a decade of working as a full-stack software developer, I've found that through experience I'm easily able to predict well ahead how things could possibly "go wrong". Most of the time I can ...
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(Alternatives to) Sensory Deprivation for Concentration & Productivity

I found that my concentration and productivity are higher (probably up to 50%) when I wear ear plugs and when I work in a relatively dark room (shutters almost closed). That's probably not surprising ...
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What language should I be learning? C# or C++? [closed]

I know this seems long but please, please read it. You could change my life. And please, dont just repond after looking at the question, please read the context of my situation below. Hi. I'm a self ...
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I feel I’m not growing as a professional in my current job [closed]

Since a month and a half, I started getting bored at my job (I'm a mid level SQL Developer): there's not tasks related to my job, and I don't see any projects coming (at least, my manager haven't told ...
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Younger junior colleague who behaves like the boss

I would be grateful for advice on this situation. I'm a senior developer with about 10 years of experience. Until recently my team consisted of myself, my manager, and a staff engineer. We've been ...
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I dislike Front-End but a lot of Junior Positions are FE only. Can I take such a role with a view to moving in to Back-End /Full-Stack later? [closed]

I'm a Junior Dev with 4 months professional Full-Stack experience. I'm leaving my current job soon for a better fit, but don't have the technical background necessary for many positions I'd like. I'd ...
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Are there drawbacks to first releasing all features, and then fixing bugs? [closed]

It has been decided that the software engineering team I work in should: write code for all the features our product should include by date X after date X, only fix bugs I want the best for my team ...
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Am I entitled to royalties on a product I created but didn't think of?

I've been working (unpaid) in my off-time as an Electrical and Software Engineer to create and develop a product for a start-up company. The original idea for the product was not my idea, but ...
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Job is not exactly what I expected, I'm bored [closed]

I'm a young fresh graduated software engineer, I have started at my first position 5 months ago (once I graduated as a Software Development Engineer, basically a Java EE developer). I am getting more ...
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My boss wants me to use a certain program on my computer [closed]

So my boss wants me to use Outlook as my email client. His main reason is because he wants to standardize, which I can understand. Another reason he pointed out that he wants me to use Outlook is ...
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As a junior engineer I have been put in charge of a project outside of my capabilities. How can I communicate this to my management?

I am currently working as an electronic/software engineer at small Australian company. I started here as a part of my work experience required by my university. After I graduated, I have continued to ...
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why do software companies only typically have one or two related software offerings? [closed]

I really wish there was more freedom and more products being made. Instead of devoting more hours of effort to a product that is already producing money, why not start development on another project ...
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I find myself assigning blame and I don't want to

Back in June I completed a task and asked a project manager to notify the client it was completed in a public work chat. That project manager stated it is not their project but will talk to who they ...
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What does it mean to be self-organizing team in Agile Methodlogy? [closed]

As I am learning about Agile Methodology.Got confuse with Self- organizing team topic.I understood the theoretical concept of self-organizing team but want to know how does it really work in ...
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Bothered with direction co-op is going

I am 2 months into a 6-month co-op (extended internship for those unfamiliar) centered around machine learning. Thus far I have been assigned to work on a couple of projects, all of which have been ...
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Software Industry - How to succeed as a junior developer?

I was thinking for a while about the title of this question and I do not know it fits this well or not. I have already been working for 6 months as a software developer (C# developer) at one of the ...
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Is it unavoidable taking shortcuts in software development sometimes? [closed]

In my experience as software developer, I found work situations where you have to deliver a project in a very short time and with a very small number of resources (included team members). Your boss ...
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How can I deduce whether I'm just experiencing the impostor syndrome at work or I'm actually inadequate?

I joined the automation team at a big company in my country about a year ago, straight out of university. Since then I've gotten involved in half a dozen projects, but haven't actually completed any ...
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Objective in a new software job when no objective is given [closed]

Two weeks ago I started a new job in an automated medicine dispensing company. The company is not very big, around 50 employees. I was hired to work 50% / 50% with automated medicine dispensers (...
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Can I work extra hours freely and voluntarily?

I work as a software developer for a company based in Spain. I really enjoy developing software and actually I do it in my free time quite often. In my team we have a long list of "nice to have" ...
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What to do when product managers don't give proper requirements?

I am a QA in the IT team of a big global company. Our company expects that requirements/expectations for development and QA work/stories are written by product managers/PM and/or business analysts/BA. ...
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How to politely say 'no' to a request from a manger to work longer hours?

I'm a software developer, contractor. I work 8:30am to 4:30pm with a 30 min lunch break, I made this very clear when I started. I think legally I'm meant to take 1hr lunch break but I want to leave ...
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What are AWS requirements for Senior Software Engineers? [closed]

I'm seeing a lot of senior engineer jobs that require Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience in addition to software development experience. Can anyone expand on what this means? Does it refer to ...
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As a senior developer - architects/senior management making decisions based on their own (future) resume rather than company's best interest

I'm a senior developer and as well as the "coding up software" and "mentoring others" I get involved in a lot of meetings about future direction, how we will carry out the latest strategy, etc. My ...
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How do I ask for 2-3 days per week remote work in a job interview?

I will soon be applying for jobs. I'm still a junior developer with some but not too much experience under my belt. One thing I'd love from a new job would be the possibility to work remotely for 2-3 ...
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Feeling bored with software development. Should I change career paths? [closed]

just looking for some advice really as I don't know where to turn. I am currently working for a fairly large tech company, working as an application software engineer. I've been here for a couple of ...
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Sharing sourcecode in informal startup

Context: I am currently part of a small group of students/professionals which is attempting to build a startup. We are in the early stages, MVP development and validation, but not yet incorporated. ...
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How do you deal with the emotions of not being the one to find the cause of a bug?

I've had a couple of occasions where I've been trying to find the root cause of a bug. These are bugs that might originate with the code or server configuration but their effect is quite broad so ...
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Boss wants me to ignore a software API license

I am a software developer at a European company. My boss wants me to develop some software that consumes an external API and stores the received data in our own database. The policy of the external ...
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How can I shift my job responsibilities back to programming?

I am a junior developer. I was hired 2 years ago as a software developer in a small company (About 20 people). My job was clear: programmer. The work went very well. I developed everything that was ...
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What advice should I give a coworker dealing with a conservative team lead?

A coworker complained to me that his attempts at providing better, or unorthodox (compared to existing) solutions in his work are being cut short by his team leader. The manager in question is new ...
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What role title/level should I put on my resume? [duplicate]

I have a few years of experience as a software developer in different companies around the globe. Most of the companies were start-ups or software development wasn't their main business. I've started ...
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Open-sourcing libraries developed for company (or using for personal portfolio)

I'm a developer building a portfolio for new job applications, and am tempted to publish (putting up on github publicly) some libraries that have been byproducts of projects done in my current job. ...
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Dev: After 3 years of work I have nothing on my Portfolio - Feeling stuck! [closed]

So I am a developer. I have worked for my dads super small software company the past 3 years. I wasn't part of the regular team though. I had an idea for an app and somewhat naively started working on ...
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Should I tell my project manager that I am not capable to do a task that even a senior can't do?

I am on my way to the final month of the probation period which is the third month before knowing that I should look for a new job. I start as a junior developer and work with a framework that I never ...
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Is it ok to use a software at work that was previously built at home?

My question is similar to this one, but the difference is that I already had a lot of code ready when I was first asked about the task. Not sure it makes any difference though. Is it ok to build ...
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How to convince company to let me do more development, rather than QA? [closed]

I was hired as a software engineer in a company and there are multiple teams. The company hired me in a development team. After getting hired I came to know that they have a different process for QA. ...
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Software development skills or projects - what to focus on when starved for space in resume

Space in CV's is very limited resource, often forcing to find a compromise between amount of listed information and brevity. In case of software development CV's, which of these approaches do you ...
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How do I handle an extremely late delivery?

I took a client on in February for a mobile app. Another developer had built some infrastructure and I told them that I might try to save some of the infrastructure. We made an agreement for certain ...
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How to deal with a colleague with a very bossy attitude [duplicate]

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 ...