Questions tagged [software-development]

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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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What advice should I give a coworker dealing with a conservative team lead?

A coworker complained to me that his attempts at providing better, or unorthodox (compared to existing) solutions in his work are being cut short by his team leader. The manager in question is new ...
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Should I bring design diagrams to a software developer interview?

If my current workplace allowed me to bring masked versions of design diagrams of a (solo) software project that I worked on, would it be a good idea to bring them to interviews? Would interviewers ...
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As a senior developer - architects/senior management making decisions based on their own (future) resume rather than company's best interest

I'm a senior developer and as well as the "coding up software" and "mentoring others" I get involved in a lot of meetings about future direction, how we will carry out the latest strategy, etc. My ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What to do when your company consider estimates are part of your KPI? [closed]

I’m a software developer working for a finance firm of about 50 employees, 15 of which developers. I joined the company less than one year ago on a contract. I’ve recently been praised for my ...
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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 ...
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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 can I avoid creating a time plan for remaking software i have zero documentation of?

I'm an intern and my work consists in rewriting existing scripts running on a proprietary platform, using technologies (javascript, css, html and php) very different from the original ones (mostly vb6 ...
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Hired as a one-man development team and struggling [closed]

Question Is it unrealistic to expect a single computer engineer, however bright, to bear the full responsibility of designing and launching a hardware/software product? Background I studied ...
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Put on embedded project without the necessary skills or knowledge

About a year ago I started working for a small company (10 employees). The position was as a python software developer for a cloud platform. My contract says I'm to work as a "python developer" ...
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How do you have conversations about lack of technical expertise? [closed]

I've been working for almost a year as a sort of graphic designer that can develop, or a developer who knows photoshop. As a side project, my manager and I have been working on a web app, and I've ...
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Colleague prefers to roll their own solutions that are completely unnecessary

How do I help a coworker with more years of experience write cleaner code? Let's call them Dario. What are some tips on how to gradually introduce clean code concepts while still being respectful and ...
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Will a 22 credit Computer Programming minor that covers most major topics, along with self teaching, prepare me for a career in software development? [closed]

I am an intended Econ major who is slowly realizing he wants to pursue a career in software dev/engineering. I started programming with Python in the winter and am currently taking Harvard's CS50 as a ...
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Asking for IT equipment in first couple weeks of new job?

I'm starting a new development job in a week or so, and when I was there to under-go code testing, I was shown what would be my desk. I noticed it only had two monitors, both 19 inches. This, for a ...
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Should I point out that a tool update will break our builds in the future?

We have a build server at work that handles our software releases. It runs a particular version of the tools. I have updated my tools and noticed that my builds were failing locally. I investigated ...
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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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Is Software Development not for me? [closed]

I started working as a Software Developer about 7 years ago. Since then I have had multiple different positions in different companies. I started in the software department of an engineering company ...
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How do I deal with a coworker who offloads his work and personal tasks onto other coworkers? [duplicate]

I have a coworker that has no problems with offloading his work or even private things on other coworkers. He does not do this with me, since I have rebuffed him once, but he does this with a ...
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Can I claim nonprofit work at my company on my résumé?

I am actively working for a software development company. One of our clients is a nonprofit organization. I am doing a good portion of the programming for them. Is it appropriate to put on my résumé ...
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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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Accepted developer job but got reassigned to IT

What would you do in my place? I'm an intern, the money is good and the total conditions are awesome. But it's not what I wanted at all. I really could use the money now but I'm afraid that this will ...
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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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How do I encourage coding standards with a new co-worker?

Long story short: An older new(ish) starter with more industry experience is blindly ignoring our coding standards. I don't know the best way to resolve this. Sorry for the long post, thanks for ...
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How to handle blame for issue not handled by seniors?

I work as a junior software developer in a mediocore service cum product based company. I was given an issue to fix urgently. It took some time for me to analyse the problem; this was acceptable in ...
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Enforcing your own work hours when joining a new team [closed]

I work at a large company in London as a software developer. The company doesn't really have work hour expectations than the usual 9-5 and most developers tend to vary how they work. Unfortunately ...
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Demanding time for continuous delivery as condition of taking job [closed]

I have been asked to interview as a software developer at an e-commerce company. As I am very interested in test automation and continuous integration / continuous delivery I have set systems up for ...
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How to deal with a manager who doesn't follow process

I'm a software developer and we've recently implemented code reviews. The process should go like this: The developer submits a pull request. The developer's partner reviews the code, and approves it/...
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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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Boss asks me to be more “mature”. I'm not sure what he means by that [closed]

I've been working in a small company for a bit over a year. It's my first job straight out of university, so my employer understands I'm inexperienced, yet still they were happy to hire me. I had a 1-...
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Can a junior software engineer be blamed for difficult tasks? [closed]

Here's the situation: I am a junior software engineer and I am part of a team of two developers. I was paired up with a software developer lead who worked on the front end section for the software. In ...