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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 html / css programmer who comments out all changes he makes to CSS instead of deleting them [closed]

I am currently mentoring a co-worker who refuses to delete code. He currently works as strictly an html / css developer, but when he edits CSS, he does not delete code. He will comment out anything ...
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Client wants to reduce hourly rate at the start of a new project

I am a freelance developer from Uruguay with 3 years of experience in iOS development and about to get my degree as a systems engineer next December. I worked about a month for a new client from ...
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Pressure and uncomfortability as an intern [closed]

I have been working for 8 months as an software developer intern in a small startup, my first job after graduating from Uni. I would say I had a rough start since I didn't find a good motivation the ...
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Is it acceptable to quit in the middle of a project, when I am the only team member?

The backstory: I am a paid intern who did OK initially, and so was handed a fairly major project and was given free reign over it. The project is now over half way done. The client thus far has been ...
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What are the different ways to get the interview calls for Software Developer profile after an year gap? [closed]

I graduated from B.Tech in ECE from NIT Kurukshetra (2012-16). But I had two Backlogs in Engineering because of which I lost my on-campus job as a Software Developer. (In India, Backlog in a subject ...
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Boss thinks I'm incompetent, and I really am, but I want to keep this job [closed]

CONTEXT: I work as a software developer in a very small company (10 people, we all work on the same floor) that specializes in open-source software. I'm on a trial period that is supposed to end in ...
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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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Is it illegal to request full time from foreign contractors in UK?

I have a "good" but so far boring corporate job (Sr. PHP dev) in a german pharmaceutical company, at Argentina, with good benefits (gold health insurance, 3 weeks vacation, paid lunch and snacks). I ...
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How to deal with a noisy senior [duplicate]

I work for a medium sized software development firm who provides ERP solutions. The office space is great and so is the working culture where every department is nicely divided, even the one where I'...
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How to answer “Describe your experience with learning a new technology/programming language”?

I was recently asked in an interview describe your experience with learning a new technology/programming language/framework. How do I answer this besides It was a programming language. It had to be ...
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How should I inform my client that backend changes after a product launch is not just a bug fix or enhancement?

My client and I agreed on an architectural design for an android application, which included the MySQL database. The application has been released, and has grossed a good number of users and data. ...
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How do I convince my boss that the work I've been given sucks?

I'm interning at a fin-tech company that develops products on the Salesforce platform. The duration of my internship was for 6 months, and in the last month, they assigned me the task of developing ...
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As a junior programmer, how do I deal with conflicting instructions from two seniors? [closed]

I am a junior programmer in the company. Two of my seniors have asked me to implement a function in two different ways. Should I write two different implementations as they have instructed, or ask ...
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How to negotiate an offer from a company I already work for as a contractor?

A little background: This company brought me in as a Test Engineer Intern back in January of 2015. I worked for them as an intern through graduation which was in May 2016. In July 2016, I was offered ...
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Accepting job offer based on technology used at company [closed]

I am currently a software developer with 2 years experience with Java and C#. I have been offered a job at a reputable company with a higher salary and better benefits then current employer. However ...
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I submitted an unapproved feature, got in trouble, now what?

TLDR: I pushed (broken) functionality without approval that ended up being caught by QA, and my boss is (rightfully) upset. What should I do? I work as a developer on a digital product. Recently, ...
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What will be expected of me as a professional that won't be as an Intern? [closed]

Currently, I'm an intern doing software development for a medical company, and I absolutely love it. It's a very lax environment where I provide value to the company, and I in turn get a mentor to ...
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How can I manage stubborn team mates?

I am part of a group of developers where I am the one person with the most "modern" web development experience. My team members are not totally clueless, the all come from a WPF/SilverLight background....
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How do i finish a project,if it keeps changing? [closed]

We work on a agile based methodology. As the requirements get refined in every iteration, I try to push myself 100% to finish off the tasks I have been allotted. But somehow I never finish because ...
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Is declining an already accepted offer going to burn a bridge? [closed]

I had a long interview process with Company A. I did a phone screen, an on-site and then had to wait 6 weeks for the third interview (on-site) and then another week for the last telephone interview. ...
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Will moving from QA to Dev back to QA make it harder to find another Dev position? [closed]

The current job I work at is pretty dead end (Dev) but it's full time with benefits and I'm salaried. I don't particularly like it anymore so I've been looking around. I found a position in an ...
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Licensing percentage for supervisor [closed]

Two years ago, I was hired by a university to develop a software system. They had worked on it for five years, but only in a very low priority mode, so all they had was a database layout that was ...
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How to not appear uninterested in an interview

I am a software developer and I have a job with which I am quite happy. However its not perfect, and there are things which I wish were different, such as a shorter commute. Recently I have had a ...
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Negotiating salary as undergraduate [duplicate]

This semester I am doing 1 course. Next semester I will be doing 2 courses, after which I will have graduated. The 2 courses I will be doing next semester are general education courses that I have to ...
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CTO reluctant to help me and other developers

I'm currently working as a senior backend developer in a large company where there are over 100 devs in total. There are various projects going on and work load for senior devs can get pretty hectic. ...
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Should I keep my IC wages the same even though I have a salaried job already?

Not sure if this is the correct stack but I'll give it a shot: United States Software Designer/Dev Scenario: I have a salary job, lets say 100K a year, and I now also have opportunities to work for ...
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Working From home for a small company vs In office for a Medium sized company [closed]

I was looking for some insight with other that may have had to make a decision like mine. I currently have an opportunity in front of me that will allow me to work from home for a small to medium ...
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What does this interviewing process say about a company/role? [closed]

After reviewing my CV, they issued a technical test. They would not proced with the interview process until the technical test was done. The technical test was to build a production-quality fully-...
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How can I avoid getting turned down for a job for 'not having enough experience'?

I have been searching for a job very actively and have been doing many interviews. Last month I did 4 and this month I did 7 so far. I'm trying to identify what I could be doing wrong. I'm a front-...
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How to answer 'what was most challenging about your last job/project' in a programming interview?

I've been asked 'what was most challenging about my last job/project' in all the interviews I had. What types of information are the interviewers looking for when they ask this question?
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Can I Count IT Support Experience As Development Experience?

I graduated with a bachelors degree in computer science, learning mostly Java and functional programming. My internship lead to a job, but I got thrown into a different position than expected. My ...
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Interviewing candidates for “bad” projects

I am a senior developer and I do technical interviews for the small software company I work for. I know there are projects which are terrible to work for (old technologies, complicated clients, ...
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How to lead a group of developers who have much more talent than you

I recently was asked to take a hybrid leadership/development role with the client I am working for. I will be billing at a higher rate and responsible for reporting and other administrative tasks. I ...
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Flooded by recruiters [closed]

Current situation in the Netherlands is really good for software developers. But a bit too good. (There is always something to complain about, first world problems... sorry) I would not update my ...
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Code given by supervisor is unusably buggy, tell him or find excuse not to use it? [closed]

We are under pressure to implement a software project before a deadline and have the software run as fast as possible by then. A minor optimization would be the use of a different data structure. My ...
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Is my lack of web ability holding me back in my programming career?

I graduated from an applied computing top-up degree with a 2:1 (following on from an HND in Computing & Systems Development) in 2015, and went into a graduate software development role pretty much ...
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Facing difficulties in learning new programming language in company

I'm an 3rd IT student in development doing a "hybrid" course. To be more specific I spend 50% of my time in school and the rest in a company. They do pay me (around 80% of the minimum wage in my ...
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How do I persuade employer to buy me a productivity tool that pays for itself? [duplicate]

I'm a permanent software developer in the UK. I started a new job at a startup recently, and requested a software tool subscription that makes me more productive, pays for itself, and makes me a ...
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Concerns over negotiating new contract conditions

I'm an administrative assistant (a data entry operator, basically) at a small business in Australia. I've been here for less than a month; my original contract was for three days but has been extended ...
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Question about new job - comparing 2 viable opportunities [closed]

After carefully considering a couple of opportunities, I think I know what I should do, but first I would like to sanity check my decision against some fellow software developers. For reference I ...
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Offshore Personnel Feeling Left Out from Onshore Team

I was recently hired as an ERP Developer in a Global BPO Company (let's call it 3Ps). I have a manager and a team who's based onshore (US) while I work alone offshore (Philippines). I am their first ...
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How should I tell my boss that I cannot meet the deadline?

I recently started working for a software company in another country. They flew me over to make progress with the project. I did some tasks there and then came back to my homeland to continue working ...
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how can I do a task that I don't like it? [closed]

I'm a junior software engineer (new graduate) and I have only 5 months in my current job (first). While I did the interviews with my manager he told me many things that are not true (in other words he ...
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How to enforce better code practices among junior developers [closed]

I am in a situation where my team has mostly junior developers and recent university graduates. Even with my few years of development experience I already see many things going wrong with the project ...
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Getting your message around scrum master? [closed]

Sometimes it happens that being a part of team, my manager won't understand why it cannot be the way something was example. I am working on a very very bad code clean up and making changes for a ...
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Why can't software engineers work from home most of the time? [closed]

I've recently quit a job that required a 2 hour+ commute (4-5 hour total). This commute was costing me a sizable portion of my monthly income. Luckily, the firm was very casual when it came to getting ...
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What career level should I expect after career change? [closed]

I am currently a 4th year part time student (computer science major, information assurance focus) at a local university and full time engineer in the Phoenix area. My plan is to graduate next fall ...
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Frustration with code supplied by a third-party company [closed]

I am presently the only software developer at my company. A while ago, our company hired another company to rewrite one of our FoxPro apps that used a MySQL database backend into a PHP/MySQL based web ...
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2 remote teams working on a software project, architecture disagreement, how to end the 'crusade'?

I am seeking for advice on how to deal with the following situation: I am a senior engineer working for a collaborative software project between 2 institutes (not companies, we do not have the same ...
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How do I encourage root cause analysis rather than focusing on short - term solutions?

As an IT auditor at my workplace, focusing on short-term solutions seems to be the preferred way rather than doing a root cause analysis (RCA) and letting the results guide further action. For ...