Questions tagged [software-development]

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What are AWS requirements for Senior Software Engineers? [on hold]

I'm seeing a lot of senior engineer jobs that require Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience in addition to software development experience. Can anyone expand on what this means? Does it refer to ...
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Employer wants to use my work email account after I quit, is this legal under German law? Is this a GDPR waiver?

Background info: I am leaving my current job in the next couple of weeks. (If you want to know why just check my other questions.) Germany, Junior Developer Yesterday I got a list of all the things I ...
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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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Boss wants me to ignore a software API license

I am a software developer at a European company. My boss wants me to develop some software that consumes an external API and stores the received data in our own database. The policy of the external ...
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How do I ask for 2-3 days per week remote work in a job interview?

I will soon be applying for jobs. I'm still a junior developer with some but not too much experience under my belt. One thing I'd love from a new job would be the possibility to work remotely for 2-3 ...
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Sharing sourcecode in informal startup

Context: I am currently part of a small group of students/professionals which is attempting to build a startup. We are in the early stages, MVP development and validation, but not yet incorporated. ...
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Feeling bored with software development. Should I change career paths? [closed]

just looking for some advice really as I don't know where to turn. I am currently working for a fairly large tech company, working as an application software engineer. I've been here for a couple of ...
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How do you deal with the emotions of not being the one to find the cause of a bug?

I've had a couple of occasions where I've been trying to find the root cause of a bug. These are bugs that might originate with the code or server configuration but their effect is quite broad so ...
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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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How can I shift my job responsibilities back to programming?

I am a junior developer. I was hired 2 years ago as a software developer in a small company (About 20 people). My job was clear: programmer. The work went very well. I developed everything that was ...
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What role title/level should I put on my resume? [duplicate]

I have a few years of experience as a software developer in different companies around the globe. Most of the companies were start-ups or software development wasn't their main business. I've started ...
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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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Dev: After 3 years of work I have nothing on my Portfolio - Feeling stuck! [closed]

So I am a developer. I have worked for my dads super small software company the past 3 years. I wasn't part of the regular team though. I had an idea for an app and somewhat naively started working on ...
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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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Is it ok to use a software at work that was previously built at home?

My question is similar to this one, but the difference is that I already had a lot of code ready when I was first asked about the task. Not sure it makes any difference though. Is it ok to build ...
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How to convince company to let me do more development, rather than QA? [closed]

I was hired as a software engineer in a company and there are multiple teams. The company hired me in a development team. After getting hired I came to know that they have a different process for QA. ...
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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 do I handle an extremely late delivery?

I took a client on in February for a mobile app. Another developer had built some infrastructure and I told them that I might try to save some of the infrastructure. We made an agreement for certain ...
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How to deal with a colleague with a very bossy attitude [duplicate]

I do apologize if I'm not following the format, but I need something that I can use as a baseline for the future. I work for a quite big software company, and among the projects task we are assigned ...
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Why do some jobs (tech, software dev) require current enrollment in school or recent graduation?

In the US for tech jobs I often see on job postings requirements that mention the applicant must be currently enrolled in school or recently graduated (6-12 months ago). These are not internship ...
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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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Supporting developers who insist on using their pet language

I've joined a team of around five developers building a microservice-based website, in a shop that emphasises autonomy and learning. However, it turns out one of the developers is writing "his" parts ...
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Should I clean uncompleted projects from my GitHub?

I'm a self taught software developer. Back when I was teaching my self how to program and how to use git, I ended up making a huge number of repos - some are incomplete, some are just notes. Over the ...
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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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I have wasted 3 starting years of my career. Is there any way to start over? [closed]

When I graduated I got a slightly above average job working on Java Servlet technology. But then I acted on some poor advice from people who were close to me. Although it was a mistake, I listened to ...
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How do I explain that I don't want to maintain old projects?

I am currently working as a programmer with 3 years of experience in the Netherlands. At the start I worked at some projects I started from scratch and I really enjoyed those. I also acted a bit as ...
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Junior developer struggles: how to communicate with management?

I learnt programming at home and was a brilliant bootcamp graduate (that is, by the standards of that bootcamp, which is certainly not as good as top US bootcamps*), I found a job fairly easily ...
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How can you discover meaning and purpose in your development work when it feels so monotonous? [closed]

As a developer, I find myself going through this phase where I feel like my work is unrewarding and like I just pound keys for a paycheck. Even having worked on applications driving social and ...
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Is this worth to return to project where I had negative communication experience with colleagues and solution architect?

I've been working for the same employer for many years. During the last 6 years, I was working on two projects: Project A, where I used to be a team member for a short period of time and after that I ...
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Team member is vehemently against code formatting

I am the manager of a small team of developers (5 engineers, including me). A few months ago, on the suggestion of another colleague we introduced mandatory code formatting in the code base, for our ...
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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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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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How to transition from an unprofessional software developer to a better one?

We have been strung along by an unprofessional software developer for almost a year past the expected completion date. Progress is slow, promised dates are never kept, communication is all but ...
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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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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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My colleague thinks I'm showing off, how do deal with it? [closed]

We both are pipeline developers working in an animation company. As we are developers, we deal with text-editors/IDE. I use certain tools that suit my needs. A coworker who is unfamiliar with that ...
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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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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 convince boss that learning new technology or brushing up during downtime pays off?

I have posted about many challenges at my workplace, and the issue of how to manage downtime is one that we've been struggling with, and I speak on behalf of my colleagues as well. What exactly do we ...
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How to resolve situation with less specialised senior dictating how to do my job when he doesn't like the solution?

I'm a software developer with about 10 years experience, working as a consultant since end of last year, through an agency that put me with my first client where I've now been for half a year. The ...
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How should I react to a hiring manager offering undocumented benefits during the interview process?

I recently made the mistake of not asking upfront what the compensation and benefits package were for a company I was interviewing with and we only discussed benefits after receiving the tentative ...
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First sign that you should look for another job?

I'm in my first software development job and have been only working at my company for a year. I am wondering how people know when to find another job and when to stick at the job they have. I find ...
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Determining why an employee who is very quiet seems to be unhappy

I manage a team of software developers. I have an employee who is unusually antisocial. It's not just that he's quiet, he won't even nod to you if you pass him in the hall. On the other hand, he is ...
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Is it worth getting a CS degree if I already have another (unrelated) one? [closed]

I am employed as a software developer, and currently have a few years of work experience in that role. I have a bachelor's degree in a field not related to CS (Linguistics). I'm also currently 2 ...
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Intra-team friction

I joined a new software company and was put in a team that suffers from a bit of friction, in particular with one developer and a Product Manager. Apparently at times the PM has been asking the devs ...
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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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How to manage frustration from dealing with spaghetti codebase and feeling like I can't deliver

Some context: I'm a newly hired developer (1.5 years) at a software testing company. For a while things were going great. I was able to dive in relatively quickly, but there have been some speed bumps....
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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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Project manager constantly interrupting development team

What do you suggest to do about a project manager that keeps interrupting the development team by going to their room, asking "what's up", "how is going" and "where are we with development" on a daily ...
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Is maintaining 10-15 projects simultaneously considered normal for a software engineer in a small company?

I am working in a very small software company (2 developers - I am a senior one and an intern, and 2 designers) for 3 years. The working environment of this company is good. I worked very happily for ...