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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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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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Should I Put Useful Java Libraries on my Resume?

I'm currently 2 months into my first full time software engineering job, and getting a lot of experience with technology they don't teach you in college, like Project Lombok, Mockito, Google Guice ...
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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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Contractor faced with scope screep - Should I fulfill none, some or all client requests?

I am a contractor in a software development project that is a bit of a nightmare and suffering from Scope Creep. Background: I took on a project to develop a web application for a client. I was to ...
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I was hired for one job profile, then assigned to another job profile which I don't want to continue with [duplicate]

I was hired for a job profile the company needed and one that I love. But on joining, the passed me on to another type of job, which I had not learned before and had no plans of learning in the near ...
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Handling difficult client in freelance? [closed]

I'm doing a freelance project which has a fixed price. First I gave them a time estimation and finalize budget for the app. They don't like to pay for hourly rates. After wireframes were finalized ...
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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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How can I pad out my appraisal objectives?

I am a software developer and we are having an appraisal for the past calendar year. One of the sections in the appraisal form indicates that I have to list five objectives and score them accordingly. ...
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Learning at work

In IT business, is it common for companies (managers) to allow employees to allocate working hours for learning new tools, frameworks etc? As I am a junior/mid-level front-end engineer, spending 10 ...
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Leveraging success on an important project for a promotion or raise

I work as a Software Developer at a small company. About a month ago I had a conversation with the VP about a issue one of our largest customers is having. Without any orders I took it upon myself to ...
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How to make the severity of a problem clear to my boss?

I work at an "all-round" IT company that is focused on providing hardware and software infrastructure. I am the sole web developer, as such, I deal with everything on this front on my own. I do not, ...
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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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Dealing with long periods with no work

Background Information I work as a junior software developer for a large company and am a part of a small team of developers. A lot of our work has been outsourced to an offshore team. Recently some ...
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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 align different scrum teams and promote cross team collaboration?

I'm currently working in a scrum-like development environment that holds 8 teams of developers (each with their own scrum master, project manager and analysts) that all work on different applications ...
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How to handle an analyst that ignores feedback

Preface I am a contracted developer on a young project (less than a year old). Agile is relatively new to this team, and I have been giving a lot of feedback to help improve on the Agile workflow ...
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Is continuing professional development (CPD) available to software developers?

Trying to keep the overall question + answers applicable to anyone in Software, but advice RE my specific points at the bottom would be amazing! A little backstory I left college in July at 18, and ...
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Delegating Work to Showcase Another Employee

I'm currently working as a sole web developer on a project that requires all of my attention. Working alone on a project of a larger scale is, in my opinion, a great experience in the way that I ...
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Is it career-killing to change field at 30? [closed]

Here is my story: By education I'm not a software engineer, however after graduation I got an offer to work as an iOS developer which I accepted right away. The reason behind it was that I was ...
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Objective analysis of the situation [closed]

I joined as a frontend developer in a large company. When I first came into my team, they handed me a project for supporting legacy code and developing new code. After some time, they told me to ...
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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 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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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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Is it unprofessional to contact an employee who left for help?

I am a software developer who recently left for a new employer. In my last few weeks I met with a lot of people and did knowledge transfers to help with projects I had worked on that may need work in ...
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How to handle when another dev screwed up a project?

I was working in a project and I finished all my tasks. Another dev started to work in the new tasks. Now I have downloaded the project and its with some build errors on it. How can I handle with ...
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Dealing with aggressive complaints by the head of different department in our company

I work in the IT department of a bigger company. For the last couple of months I have been in charge of tech support of a couple web applications, I only do this occasionally since I work in ...
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Is it ever appropriate to tactfully speak your mind regarding your work supervisor without using inappropriate language?

I'm working in a temp development contract as a front-end developer. During the interview process, I expressed my background as more full-stack to back-end than pure front-end. Despite my honesty ...
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How to deal with a senior leader who is frequently finding shortcomings with others' work?

I am dealing with a senior leader (let us call him John) who always seem to be pointing out others' mistakes and shortcomings in everyone's work via email. John frequently does this to architects, ...
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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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What can I do to improve a difficult coding environment due to lack of documentation? [closed]

I started a new job a couple months ago. I came onto a project with tens of thousands of lines of C code. The codebase is huge and there is little to no useful documentation. When I need ...
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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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Does it make sense for a junior developer to take a Scrum Master course? [closed]

I work at a large IT company as a junior software developer (in Denmark), yesterday my team lead offered me to take a scrum master course and certification, which I of course accepted right away, ...
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Injury because of bad ergonomics

Basically I am sure I have a back injury caused by my chair at work. All material in my job is bad for the ergonomics. I measure about 181 cm and I'm using a chair a chair that isn't suitable for my ...
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Being Blamed for my seniors mistakes what can I do? [duplicate]

Hi for a bit of background I a developer in the UK and we work in an agile environment. A senior developer (let's call him X) and myself are working on a project, now I like the guy, he's a nice guy ...
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Made redundant from my first software development job, need guidance on how I should engage with potential employers

Today I received the unfortunate news that the project that I and two others had been working on has been cancelled due to lack of funding, and that our services are no longer required. I was a junior ...
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Software Industry - How do I deal with legacy code and clean code effectively?

I am currently working with a company which has produced a lot of useful, but old code. Many of my peers and software developers have spent a lot of time building this library and use it extensively. ...
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My work is blocked by depending on another person who won't respond

At my company I recently joined, there is one main person who understands the database schema. There are many tables and many fields, and it is not at all intuitive what many of these mean. ...
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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 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 ...
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What can I do to understand a medium-sized project with no documentation? [closed]

I recently finished college and started working at a software company. They have a main application (consisting of over 2000, maybe 3000 source code files), written mainly in Java and Flex(Adobe Flash ...
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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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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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As a prospective intern, how do I evaluate how easy it would be for me to improve a team's practices?

I've been offered a summer software development internship on a close-knit team of four people. It looks good, except for some very troubling development practices. These include: No version ...
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How can I quantify the value of my position without before and after metrics?

First a little about what I do: I'm a developer. I work in our company's Application Support department (Help Desk). My official title is "Application Support Engineer". I do a lot of different ...
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Is it possible to work at Google and Amazon at the same time? [closed]

For the sake of this question, please ignore all practical limitations, such as conflicting work times, etc. I'm more interested in the legal possibility. I know that Google has a non-compete clause ...
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Switching technology at peak of your career - Things to consider while making a choice [closed]

I am an expert in an obsolete technology which is still being used at few places. I would like to learn something new and change my career path. How to make sure all my years of experience in ...
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Software companies who train from scratch: what's the catch? [closed]

Context I've started looking into programming/software development jobs. I don't have a computer science or software engineering degree. I did do two years of a Computational Linguistics degree, ...
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How do i switch to development job after having experience in Software Testing? [closed]

I am Software Testing Engineer with 2.5 yrs of experience (both manual and automation testing.). I feel like i am stuck in this job and aimless that how to switch to development.Also i cannot just ...
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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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Adding Github repo to my resume [closed]

Besides repos for basic school projects, I have one private Git repository for an app I'm making with several friends. That repository contains code that utilizes much more advanced programming ...