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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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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 [on hold]

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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About our career options [closed]

I am currently working in the US as a Software Engineer on my post-graduation F1 visa OPT. Keeping in mind the visa concerns, I had a few questions: Which developed countries (in your opinion) would ...
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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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2answers
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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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13answers
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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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6answers
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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
545 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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414 views

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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2answers
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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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10answers
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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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12answers
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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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
474 views

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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3answers
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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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6answers
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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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5answers
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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 ...
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Is it unprofessional to call code “garbage”?

Intro: I’ve been writing software for over 15 years and currently lead a team of ~10 developers with whom I conduct code reviews daily. My comments are generally direct, honest, and straight-forward. ...
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Is it feasible to attempt to get a job for software development without being a legal adult?

I am looking for a source of income this summer, and I am 15. I have several years of experience with software development and about a year of web development experience with PHP, JavaScript, etc. and ...
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I was asked to build an enterprise web application on my own, and am starting to feel overwhelmed

I came to my current place of employment as an contracted IT support technician of the most generic variety about a year ago. I had only an associates degree to my name and most of what I knew both as ...
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My progress is stagnating and I don't want to disappoint my supervisor (Internship) [closed]

I don't know what I should do at the moment or what the best decision is at this point. Through some contacts I got a nice internship in a country far away from home (I got recommended by my last ...
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How can a local firm with real employees compete with upwork and sustain its owner well? [closed]

A member of the internet writes "I enjoyed programming when I was little, so I founded a programming company at 20 and now I have two companies with multiple employees". Then I look at Upwork and ...
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How should I address a 1-year break from work due to mental health?

I have a first class Computer Science degree. I worked at a prestigious fin-tech company for 6 months then decided to quit because my mental health was in a very bad state. Now after about a year gap,...
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How to know if I am a 'Real Developer'

I am in my 5th year as a developer (3.5 years as junior/mid level and now a senior dev). My current role is not going well (people issues). Anyway, I said to one of the managers I was thinking of ...
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Job responsibilities - developer Cv

I have a short summary in my job responsibilities which looks like: Development and maintenance of internal web applications using HTML, CSS, Javascript, React.js, Ext JS. However, there is one ...
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1answer
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Is it a wise decision if I switch companies with higher base salary but higher cost of living? [closed]

For the last 6 months, I've been a full stack developer in a small company that pays quite poorly. But I live with my parents, so I don't really have much financial responsibilities. I was offered a ...
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12answers
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Is this ordinary workplace experiences for a job in Software Engineering? [closed]

I'm currently working my first job as a Software Engineer. Prior to this position I've worked at places such as Wal Mart, Sam's Club, and Circuit City. I'm currently finishing my last two classes ...
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How to tell your boss that unforeseen work will delay a project?

I'm a new team lead on a project integrating my companies' software with an outside vendor's. This project was planned out and estimated before I came on, so I'm pretty much just following the roadmap....
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Co-worker sabotaging/undoing my work [closed]

Context: I just got hired as a software developer in a team which has freshly transitioned from networking to development. Before me they hired another developer a year ago who has been since then ...
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2answers
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Feeling overwhelmed at work

I was hired at this company about a month and a half ago as a junior programmer. I realize that they were looking for a senior dev, but felt like I could do the position with a little training based ...
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I am having great difficulty with Calculus in college and I want to know if I should start looking at other options [closed]

Firstly, I apologize if this is off-topic here. I looked in the help center and I didn't see anything that specifically said questions relating to education were off-limits here. I want to know if I ...
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How can I ask my manager more development tasks rather than maintenance and bug fixing?

Background I'm currently at a cross section in my career in a corporate. I'm almost a year working as a software engineer; in that period of time I've passed a team straining about the team's back-...