Questions tagged [software-development]

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Developing in an academic institute

We are currently an academic institute of around 50 people. The institute does typical industry research, batteries, metals, magnets, etc. Recently, they began more and more relying on algorithmic ...
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How to politely decline a job because of the following reasons

I've got an interview invitation from one of the places that I've always wanted to work in. Thing is, I'm a student, and I sent my resume 2 months ago before my semester started. Since I didn't hear ...
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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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Asking for details about a job rejection? [duplicate]

TLDR: Spent several hours applying to niche job I was excited about, got rejected with 0 details about why - is it bad form to ask for details? We all face job application rejections all the time, and ...
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What does it mean if I am non billable on my project yet a useful resource. Will they fire me?

I work as a non billable member in my company. But I complete my tasks assigned to me on time for my project. Is there a chance that in future my company will fire me just because I am non billable?
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How long to wait before becoming successful freelancer as a mobile app developer [closed]

Usually how long does it take to become successful as freelance mobile developer I spent 6 months time freelancing part time but looks like I am reaching no where ,not sure should I continue ...
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Forced into safety critical python

I'm at a company that works with electrical products and we have a raspberry pi based system which tests the products we manufacture. When it was being designed, my old line manager decided that it ...
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How do you keep professional software work sustainable?

Summary question: how can I find/create a workplace where there's enough time to do a good job, learn what's needed, and count on regular hours? Long question/explanation: I've noticed most workplaces ...
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Don't quite understand why companies ask LeetCode problems in software interviews?

I am seeing so many companies ask LeetCode questions for software engineering jobs. (even for just developing website's front end). Those questions can be very specific and not something that a ...
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How to avoid these duplications and streamline? [closed]

I working in a departmentA, where I write my own code and perform required task. Some other departmentB is working on the same area (departmentB is not aware that departmentA already completed) which ...
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Should I quit my job if I am taking over a bad code base with not-so-good support from the original creators?

I recently started working as a developer for a start up. I have a little more than two years of programming experience (college + internships), and at this new job they asked me to do some feature ...
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Employer wants to leave me hanging and select the other one co-worker as a software developer

I have been in this company as a trainee software developer for a month now. I am on probation period for training. The coworker joined the company on the same date and he is from the same university ...
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Future Career Opportunities for UI/UX Developers [closed]

I'm an IT specialization Student and I'm interested in frontend development I have no idea about these fields can anyone give me a broad idea if UI/UX is good or have more career opportunities
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Large discussions with my manager about software decisions

I admit, I don't know to manage one situation, I have doubts about the best approach with the pull requests with a particular reviewer.. I would appreciate all the possible feedback to understand ...
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Received a job offer without details, what happens if I sign?

After going through the recruitment process for a company, I received a job offer for a software development position, on a contractor basis. I am interested in working for them but the offer is very ...
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How to ask for a different contract after a 6-months internship?

Background I'm a junior developer with a 1 year and 6 months of experience. I'm currently in a start-up (14-20 employees) where I'm working as a web developer on the company's main app/product (it's a ...
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What should I do if I find a software is horribly designed? [closed]

Say, I am assigned to work on a software project in a university. The software is horribly designed, and the source code doesn't even have 10% comments. They said that they have been working on this ...
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Applying for student internship, company replying way too slowly

I'm a student looking for a software developer internship at a company. A company that I like, which I think I would fit decently in position has been in contact with me, and they've shown interest. ...
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Would there be any value in creating a tool to simplify code navigation? [closed]

A friend and I noticed that it's difficult to grasp new sets of code. In school, we're taught concepts in the form of visual representations - graphs. Would there be any value in creating something ...
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What percent of computers in a software development company is a Mac computer? [closed]

I am looking to buy some computers for my startup company. I see Mac computers are 2 or 3 times more expensive than Windows computers with the same specs. So I am interested to know if is it a matter/...
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How can I repair the working relationship?

I have worked as a web applications developer for a small software company (10 full time employees plus two semi-retired directors) for two years. Going back, I worked in support and databases, but ...
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How to submit initial reply without seeing website

This week I joined a new contract. There had been issues relating to making the developer environment ready but I been told to assess the website code and report/advise. But since I am a front-end ...
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What specific questions I must address/answer in cover letter for profile software developer (Europe~Germany)?

I am a software developer planning to apply for full-time jobs in Germany and nearby countries in Europe. I understand the importance of cover letter in a job application but I struggle with abstract ...
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How do I balance self-learning and asking for help for maximum learning?

I'm a software developer and I recently began my first role out of university. I studied computer science and I have about 1.5 years of experience from internships, so I should have enough skills to ...
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Are 2-page resumes loathed in the Software world?

After several years in CS Academia, I'm applying to SWE roles. I have rich employment history for being 30-something years old, with technical and academic positions all of which have had strong ...
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Quality vs Development Time & a jerk Manager

Quality vs Development time As a developer I like to deliver quality. This means thinking out an sensable architecture, reading docs (in case of integrated a new package to the code base or when ...
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Switching from Frontend (Javascript) to Go Backend Engineer [closed]

I have been predominantly a full stack developer more on the frontend using the javascript stack (React, Node, Typescript), however, I am being hired for a job that will focus more on the backend ...
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Dealing with a co-worker who is a shameless careerist? He is deliberately bad at things that don't add value to his resume

I work as part of a 12 person software development team, which is one of several in the organization. We have a relatively new junior developer (6 months) who has managed to catch the eye of senior ...
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What should I do when I have nothing to do at the end of a sprint?

This is my first software development job. Initially I paired a lot with other developers but recently I’ve started doing smaller tickets on my own because I have just enough enough experience to ...
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Unemployed for a year and struggling to clear technical interviews

I am a 28-year old software developer in Toronto, Canada and I was let go from my job in Jan. 2020. My superiors (direct manager and HR manager) told me it was a business decision. It was my first job ...
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Team member who works alone

I'm a backend engineer (age: 30) in a small startup (25 workers). I came to this company 6 months ago and my team consists of 4 engineers and a manager. A couple of months ago, my manager hired a ...
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How much should I be doing as the Junior Developer?

Background: Junior Software Developer working for 3 months at a new company, been paired up with a Senior Developer (4+ years) on an on going User Story for about 2 months now Issue: Contrary to ...
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Doubts about being hired from abroad

I'm a .NET developer with 4 years of experience. Now I live and work in Russia. However, I've been thinking of searching a job somewhere abroad (Europe, presumably). It would be nice to get a full-...
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Being offered a promotion due to the Software Development Manager / Software Architect leaving. How do I ask for a proper raise?

Background: I work as a software engineer (C, TypeScript, PL/SQL and PHP) for a small technology company (less then 50 employees) in the Chicago area. I've been here for a year and 9 months as of ...
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How to help an experienced developer transition from junior to senior developer

I have a subordinate developer on my team who has 15 years experience and has decent technical skills, yet requires the kind of handholding that I usually associate with junior developers. He asks for ...
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How to deal with a developer that has poor skills but with whom I get on well? [closed]

I'm a Tech Lead since 4 months, as a Freelance, for an end customer. One of "my" developer has really poor skills and, despite a severe amount of time spent to teach him and help him, I haven't ...
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How do I communicate (with trust) to my boss, that our app is spaghetti code

I am the sole developer at a company. Before I came on board, the app was developed by a freelancer. I am working through the code base and making massive improvements. These improvements are not ...
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How can I get my programs to be used where I work?

I mostly work alone as a programmer in a small department, within an organization of about 500 people. I have been creating web-based applications for the internal network, mainly to replace old ...
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Difficulty assuming ownership of a project from a colleague

I am a frontend developer and I have been asked from my boss to assume ownersip the project of a colleague, but it is not really official. This colleague is a backend developer with hardly any true ...
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Is It Normal for Early Career Developers to Feel Demotivated?

Working at my first job as a software developer and it seems every task comes with a deadline of this Friday. Mostly applying patch works or undoing previous features. I do have the technical skills, ...
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Is it normal for a computer science intern to not work with any code or developers?

I am doing an internship at a company. For a while now I really have been disappointed with the sort of work I've been doing. I haven't really gotten to work with any code, with any of the developers, ...
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How can I teach an IT team member a bit more common sense? [closed]

I'm looking for inspirations including courses I could send a colleague to to make him a bit easier for me to work with. He's been with the company for years, but in my team for a few months. Although ...
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Would a hiring manager be annoyed if my reason for moving was due to management style?

I'm meeting with a hiring manager in my company to discuss moving teams internally. I'm anticipating them asking me why I want to move. If I be honest, it's because my current manager's management ...
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I have been hired by a tech company but the contract states all my work is their IP [closed]

I've been actively coding for many years, including freelance works, open source works and etc. I'm joining a new tech company as their software developer which has the clause below in their contract, ...
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Should I share my source code with new employer? [closed]

I have been working in what could be described as a niche marine sector for the last 12 years. Over the last 5 years, I taught myself how to code in python and a few other languages. Once I became ...
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How do you analyze why generic apps bring in a decent income? [closed]

If this is the wrong place, point me to the right one. Thanks. I come across about me pages showing people who show themselves travelling, having children, maybe owning houses, motorbikes, teslas. The ...
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How to help revive my career after 3 years of being unemployed (autism playing a big part)

My question is as the title says, how can I help revive/restart my career after having been unemployed for longer than I have been employed? Here's the situation. I have a bachelor's degree in ...
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How do to ship “utility” code that's not really part of the “value add” work

I hope this is the right forum for this. I do software work for clients and typically the client owns the code I write. Now this work can include "utilities" i.e. useful code that I have ...
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How to prepare for staff engineer roles

I am an experienced engineer with more than 10 years of experience. Recently I interviewed for staff engineer/principal engineer positions in some companies and noticed the following weakpoints: I ...
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Advice if you are not ready for your position? [closed]

I Dont know how this story begin, but my Story are related to this Moving forward as a new CTO for students I'm Working on small starup with 4 person including me . I'm the CTO in that company, and ...

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