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Just resigned as backend developer. How do I acquire the skills needed for my next job? [on hold]

I am an engineering graduate from a Non CS background. I have been working as a backend developer for almost two years now. The tasks had become a little repetitive for me and frankly speaking a ...
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Reviewing old code database, how to start interacting with the dev team?

TL, DR: There was this software product being developed in my company, I needed to review a lot of the codebase. How do I talk to the development team? The not-so-short version: Due to several ...
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Technical disagreements with my boss

I have a disagreement with my boss to do with asserting floating point values in unit tests. It seems to me that he does not have a real understanding of the problem. His position: Tests should ...
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Boss just abruptly quit after 13 years at the company. No replacement yet identified. Other developers have recently quit. Others seek to leave

I am a recent graduate in my first job after university and have been at my current company for 3 months as a software engineer. On Friday, it was abruptly announced that my boss (the guy who hired ...
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Am I fulfilling my senior developer role expectations?

I’ve recently joined a very large organization as a senior software developer in the US. This is my first senior position and my first company of such scale. I am very excited and overwhelmed at the ...
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Is it better to warn your boss about a mud puddle or be the one providing the towel and fresh clothes when he falls in?

I am one year into my first job out of university and am currently up for a promotion to the second level of our technical track. I was reviewing the original specifications of a piece of software ...
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Landed a software development job that operationally is a mess and has little potential career growth. What can I extract from this?

I am a recent graduate on my first full time software development job. The job promised mentoring and effective development, but has in the 6 weeks I have been here provided none of those things. ...
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How to handle a hostile and vengeful junior coworker(leased external employee) in my new job? [closed]

Background I am in the 3rd week of a new job as Senior Java developer. There is a scrum team consisting of leased external developers, some junior to me, some senior. Situation with junior colleague ...
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One of my best engineers feels that he is slower than the rest of team, how can I determine the real problem (so I can solve it)?

I have a distributed scrum team and the developer in question is one of my best (produces quality code, knows his tech stack, can communicate well, etc). However, he keeps feeling like he doesn't ...
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Management micromanaging sprints

I work at a smallish company as a software lead. So far I have lead one team for the full duration of the project, and have been managing my current team for about 6 months. While the previous ...
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how to switch from embedded to python? [closed]

i have 5+ years of exp in embedded system in medium scale company. here i am working on only PIC controller. so now it became difficult for me to switch to other company. may i know the courses which ...
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Heaviliy criticized by the senior developer - how to get out of it [closed]

I am a junior developer, I work in my company from about 1 year and 3 months and I was heavily criticised by my current senior developer, to the point that I start thinking that maybe there is ...
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Employer hired the wrong skills, what can I do?

I have just been hired by a start-up as a back-end engineer, along with 1 other front-end dev. They want us to developer a complex mobile application within a short deadline. The front-end is a ...
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What would be a fair split of ownership for a new service I and another company created [closed]

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)? [closed]

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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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. ...