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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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Team member is vehemently against code formatting [on hold]

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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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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Mainly front end, suggested back end task [on hold]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I found out that I made a bug in production after deploying the app, what's the most professional way to handle this?

I deployed a very important app (internal business application) last week; over the weekend, I realized that there is a bug in my code but I already deployed the app. The bug is very trivial and it's ...
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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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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 appropriate to slightly change the name of my degree?

If I have a "BS in Software Development", would it be okay to change the name to "BS in Software Engineering" on my resume? Could it negatively impact background checks or education verification if ...
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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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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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Should I have been more open about my disagreement with my boss in this scenario?

We recently had a bad software release for a particular customer. I think the problem is that Bob, the QA engineer, isn't doing testing. I think he is shirking at work. I have privately shared my ...
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A coworker distracts me too often

I am a software developer. I work in a relatively small company (30/40 people) and we are all in the same open space. I am the lead of the iOS team, and I have a problem with the lead of the Android ...
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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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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 ...
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Are online courses regarded as the equivalent of professional experience?

My background is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Last year I paid and attended android developer nano-degree by google course. At the end of it I uploaded my capstone project on play ...
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How to use recruiter's message to get other job than he offered me?

During my study of IT at a technical university, I worked almost a year as a Software Developer. I worked with Java, Spring and a little bit with React. After this experience, I do not want to work as ...
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Technical interview and code test [closed]

So I got a task to code some "home work" for a technical interview, where we are going to discuss what and why I did it this way. I normally dont se any problem doing so. But the case I got recently ...
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Expected time to become proficient at mid-level role?

I appreciate this may be fairly opinion based (and of course will vary from company to company), however - I'm hoping there may be some general rules of thumb in terms of what a hiring manager would ...
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App startup founder wants my help to solve urgent software engineering problem affecting considerable percent of users - says will give a token sum [closed]

App startup founder wants my help to solve urgent software engineering problem that affects a considerable percentage of users - Says will give a token sum. It is a problem that the founder's in-...
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17answers
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How to be diplomatic in refusing to write code that breaches the privacy of our users

I am a team lead in a company located in Manila, and I am currently writing an app that has a seriously questionable feature request for its Android users -- which is to secretly record its ...
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What to do when my ideas aren't chosen, when I strongly disagree with the chosen solution?

Bit of a psychological question I have here in relation to working as a programmer. In your work environment, when you're working on a particular system and that system needs to change due to ...
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Professionalism: protecting code quality

TL;DR: Questions under the text I am a software developer at the R&D center. Due to my seniority, I am oftentimes asked to review time/scope critical changes to our code-base. Due to the hectic ...
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11answers
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How to deal with an employer who refuses to allow copyright attribution in software

As a mobile developer I am currently building an App to go live on the AppStore. The designs include a link that goes off to show all attribution used. This app uses MIT & Apache 2.0 licensed ...
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Co-worker/friend asking for a code review

I have a co-worker who I got to know through a mutual friend before we started working for the same company, although he s been working in the company for a year more than me, he was kinda relaxed and ...
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Is QA's job only to perform Quality Assurance of developer's work? [closed]

I am a software developer. I almost always receive unclear and ambiguous requirements from my BA. For almost every new release, BA provides me with a document, and my development is tested on the ...
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3answers
562 views

What to do if I am feeling useless at work?

Context: I had was on a 4 month school internship in a software development company. After these 4 months, I stayed at the company as we discussed it before the internship. It's been 2 months since ...
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When to inform my manager that I want to leave in one year from now? [duplicate]

I have been working in this company for the past 3 years. This is my first job, I started it as an intern while I was studying for faculty. I was then hired as Software Junior, and this year I was ...
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Supervisor gives too short a time to finish tasks

I just got a job as a web programmer at this company. This is my first job. During the interview, they asked me to create a website, I created one using HTML and JavaScript. As I started working, I ...
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Recruiter is asking for sample code

After a good telephone conversation with an IT recruiter, he asked for sample C# (software) code of a project of my current employer. Although this is a logic question, it is impossible to send code ...
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Co-worker team leader wants to inject his friend's awful software into our development. What should I say to our common boss?

In theory, he is on the same level as me. In practice, he is above me (as de-facto team-leader). I am working in development/devops, with a partial overlap with his projects. We just had a meeting ...
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How does one deal with coding boss writing production code ignoring standards and process?

I joined this small company a couple of years ago, of at the moment less than 10 employees. The main product is a SAAS-application where the customer base is growing steadily. The founder and CEO ...
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Supervisor putting me to impossible deadline, ignoring feasibility warnings, and failing to deal with the fallout

tl;dr: My supervisor chose to try to deliver a new feature within an unfeasible org-wide deadline, put me on development for it (despite my early warnings), made me feel like I'm at fault for it not ...
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I inherited a huge codebase when my boss retired. Am I obligated to maintain it outside of project work?

My former boss wrote a very large application which is over 20 years old with hundreds of thousands of lines of code. He would spend many hours off-book, doing maintenance and making improvements. It ...
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1answer
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Senior employee thinking about perspectives/career

I run a small software company. We have a pretty small development team which is in charge of developing a web/mobile app. Each developer works mostly independent from each other, as they work on ...
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How to move forward from what's essentially a prototype, which was never intended to be sold to high-profile clients

Ok so I started off with this prototype piece of software in my attic and now it's has become a company. I really can't be too specific, but imagine a server side scripting thing that is now being ...
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How to diplomatically resolve an unreproducible bug your manager wants addressed?

I work in the software industry in a junior capacity and have been unable to reproduce a bug. This issue has apparently been seen < 3 times at a customer site, and a senior member of the team ...
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Coworkers obsessed with cups and kettle water levels [closed]

I'm currently on a full stack developer internship at a software consulting company. I'm in my second month, and have experienced the weirdest culture shock. I have done an internship term before, at ...
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How to get coworkers to apply common solutions

We work in small teams on a few apps that all rely on one central API, which is also developed in-house. The team working on this API is composed entirely of senior developers. With every rollout of ...
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Employer is getting involved with my open source projects

Upfront info: I'm a UX Developer. Employed for a year and a half at my current position. I didn't sign any sort of contact/non-compete when I started my employment. My employer said I could include ...
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Does work experience on obsolete technology/platform count?

I have a good amount of experience (about 6 years) working on the Symbian platform. While I have learned a good deal about mobile application and framework development and about mobile computing in ...