Questions tagged [software-development]

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Responding to questions/requests from coworker who is known to shift blame

I'm the main software developer on one of the products for our company, my coworker 'Bob' is in another department but works with the product I build in some capacity (non-technical). The situation ...
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Dealing with coworker who always blames others [closed]

I am a QA of 10 developers and we have a new developer who has been troubling me for 5 months. Every bug I assign to him I always get complaints from him. Then when he sees one bug he would tell ...
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How to provide constructive feedback on a colleague to the manager?

Background : I work as a senior engineer in a software project (~3 years old). Recently, a new engineer was added to work with me for a couple of months to help resolve some of the issues (bug fixes) ...
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Job posting from company is way more than I make after years [duplicate]

Recent job posting by my company showing minimum entry level salary(the start of the range) for a job requiring the same technologies is 15k more than I make. The only difference is an Associates ...
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Objective in a new software job when no objective is given [closed]

Two weeks ago I started a new job in an automated medicine dispensing company. The company is not very big, around 50 employees. I was hired to work 50% / 50% with automated medicine dispensers (...
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Is there a well-adopted term for a developer with a skill-set between a junior and a senior developer?

The blanket terms "junior" and "senior" for development roles abstract away a lot of the minutiae of a developer's skill set, which to me seems good and bad depending on the context. The way I ...
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My coworker doesn't do anything at work [duplicate]

I am a software development student and I have got a job at a Hardware Company which also makes Software. Currently I have an internship elsewhere and I work there on Saturdays. We work in a team of ...
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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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How to ask colleagues to include me in Decisions?

I am a Lead Developer for a startup company and in the last couple of months some of the Product Owners (PO) have talked to members of my team about changes in the software development process and ...
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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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Open-sourcing libraries developed for company (or using for personal portfolio)

I'm a developer building a portfolio for new job applications, and am tempted to publish (putting up on github publicly) some libraries that have been byproducts of projects done in my current job. ...
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Should I tell my project manager that I am not capable to do a task that even a senior can't do?

I am on my way to the final month of the probation period which is the third month before knowing that I should look for a new job. I start as a junior developer and work with a framework that I never ...
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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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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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Am I fulfilling my senior developer role expectations?

I’ve recently joined a very large organization as a senior software developer in the US. This is my first senior position and my first company of such scale. I am very excited and overwhelmed at the ...
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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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What's the best way to manage someone with a great degree but few skills? [closed]

On the Hot Network Questions list today: "Just graduated with a master’s degree, but I internalised nothing." Suppose that OP or someone in the same position has just been assigned to me as a ...
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Software Industry - How to succeed as a junior developer?

I was thinking for a while about the title of this question and I do not know it fits this well or not. I have already been working for 6 months as a software developer (C# developer) at one of the ...
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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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Limit negativity inside Software Quality Assurance team

I am the technical co-founder of a small software startup with a complex product. Needless to say, it is hard to find a balance between adding new features which customers pay for while keeping ...
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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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Will working on an old technology stack affect my career?

I recently took a position at a new company. I have experience as a full stack developer for 5+ years. From my understanding of my new position, my main focus will be mobile development but I will ...
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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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First dev job. Am I just a bad developer, or is my company/coworkers the problem? [closed]

Here's my current situation: I am a junior PHP developer since almost 2 years, previously only QA Never got a proper introduction or overview, still often encounter code/entire projects I've never ...
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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 politely say 'no' to a request from a manger to work longer hours?

I'm a software developer, contractor. I work 8:30am to 4:30pm with a 30 min lunch break, I made this very clear when I started. I think legally I'm meant to take 1hr lunch break but I want to leave ...
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Software development skills or projects - what to focus on when starved for space in resume

Space in CV's is very limited resource, often forcing to find a compromise between amount of listed information and brevity. In case of software development CV's, which of these approaches do you ...
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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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I'm a software engineer with no marketable skills [closed]

I graduated in ECE (Electric-computer engineering) with an emphasis in logic design and digital design. Straight out of undergrad I took an EDA (Electronic design automation) software job for a ...
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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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When a company tells you to only spend an hour on a programming interview project, what level of work are they seeking?

I have been given the following programming project for an interview: Create a web application that reads our API and construct a webpage that shows [three types of data] and updates using the live ...
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Would it be rude to ask for a phone interview instead of an in-person interview?

I've been searching for a new job as a software developer in the last few weeks and have noticed that in every single one of the interviews there's a pattern. First, there's a "get to know you" ...
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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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Hate new job and feel overwhelmed

I was hired at this company about 4 month ago as a junior software engineer. Originally I came from a background in physics and also worked as such for years, but I wanted to switch careers. So I ...

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