Questions tagged [software-development]

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Received a job offer without details, what happens if I sign?

After going through the recruitment process for a company, I received a job offer for a software development position, on a contractor basis. I am interested in working for them but the offer is very ...
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How to avoid these duplications and streamline?

I working in a departmentA, where i write my own code and perform required task. Some other departmentB working on the same area (departmentB not aware of departmentA already completed), which I ...
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How to ask for a different contract after a 6-months internship?

Background I'm a junior developer with a 1 year and 6 months of experience. I'm currently in a start-up (14-20 employees) where I'm working as a web developer on the company's main app/product (it's a ...
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What should I do if I find a software is horribly designed? [closed]

Say, I am assigned to work on a software project in a university. The software is horribly designed, and the source code doesn't even have 10% comments. They said that they have been working on this ...
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Applying for student internship, company replying way too slowly

I'm a student looking for a software developer internship at a company. A company that I like, which I think I would fit decently in position has been in contact with me, and they've shown interest. ...
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Would there be any value in creating a tool to simplify code navigation? [closed]

A friend and I noticed that it's difficult to grasp new sets of code. In school, we're taught concepts in the form of visual representations - graphs. Would there be any value in creating something ...
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What percent of computers in a software development company is a Mac computer? [closed]

I am looking to buy some computers for my startup company. I see Mac computers are 2 or 3 times more expensive than Windows computers with the same specs. So I am interested to know if is it a matter/...
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How can I repair the working relationship?

I have worked as a web applications developer for a small software company (10 full time employees plus two semi-retired directors) for two years. Going back, I worked in support and databases, but ...
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How to submit initial reply without seeing website

This week I joined a new contract. There had been issues relating to making the developer environment ready but I been told to assess the website code and report/advise. But since I am a front-end ...
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What specific questions I must address/answer in cover letter for profile software developer (Europe~Germany)?

I am a software developer planning to apply for full-time jobs in Germany and nearby countries in Europe. I understand the importance of cover letter in a job application but I struggle with abstract ...
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How do I balance self-learning and asking for help for maximum learning?

I'm a software developer and I recently began my first role out of university. I studied computer science and I have about 1.5 years of experience from internships, so I should have enough skills to ...
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Are 2-page resumes loathed in the Software world?

After several years in CS Academia, I'm applying to SWE roles. I have rich employment history for being 30-something years old, with technical and academic positions all of which have had strong ...
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Quality vs Development Time & a jerk Manager

Quality vs Development time As a developer I like to deliver quality. This means thinking out an sensable architecture, reading docs (in case of integrated a new package to the code base or when ...
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Switching from Frontend (Javascript) to Go Backend Engineer [closed]

I have been predominantly a full stack developer more on the frontend using the javascript stack (React, Node, Typescript), however, I am being hired for a job that will focus more on the backend ...
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Dealing with a co-worker who is a shameless careerist? He is deliberately bad at things that don't add value to his resume

I work as part of a 12 person software development team, which is one of several in the organization. We have a relatively new junior developer (6 months) who has managed to catch the eye of senior ...
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What should I do when I have nothing to do at the end of a sprint?

This is my first software development job. Initially I paired a lot with other developers but recently I’ve started doing smaller tickets on my own because I have just enough enough experience to ...
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Unemployed for a year and struggling to clear technical interviews

I am a 28-year old software developer in Toronto, Canada and I was let go from my job in Jan. 2020. My superiors (direct manager and HR manager) told me it was a business decision. It was my first job ...
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Team member who works alone

I'm a backend engineer (age: 30) in a small startup (25 workers). I came to this company 6 months ago and my team consists of 4 engineers and a manager. A couple of months ago, my manager hired a ...
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How much should I be doing as the Junior Developer?

Background: Junior Software Developer working for 3 months at a new company, been paired up with a Senior Developer (4+ years) on an on going User Story for about 2 months now Issue: Contrary to ...
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Doubts about being hired from abroad

I'm a .NET developer with 4 years of experience. Now I live and work in Russia. However, I've been thinking of searching a job somewhere abroad (Europe, presumably). It would be nice to get a full-...
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Being offered a promotion due to the Software Development Manager / Software Architect leaving. How do I ask for a proper raise?

Background: I work as a software engineer (C, TypeScript, PL/SQL and PHP) for a small technology company (less then 50 employees) in the Chicago area. I've been here for a year and 9 months as of ...
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How to help an experienced developer transition from junior to senior developer

I have a subordinate developer on my team who has 15 years experience and has decent technical skills, yet requires the kind of handholding that I usually associate with junior developers. He asks for ...
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How to deal with a developer that has poor skills but with whom I get on well? [closed]

I'm a Tech Lead since 4 months, as a Freelance, for an end customer. One of "my" developer has really poor skills and, despite a severe amount of time spent to teach him and help him, I haven't ...
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How do I communicate (with trust) to my boss, that our app is spaghetti code

I am the sole developer at a company. Before I came on board, the app was developed by a freelancer. I am working through the code base and making massive improvements. These improvements are not ...
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How can I get my programs to be used where I work?

I mostly work alone as a programmer in a small department, within an organization of about 500 people. I have been creating web-based applications for the internal network, mainly to replace old ...
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Difficulty assuming ownership of a project from a colleague

I am a frontend developer and I have been asked from my boss to assume ownersip the project of a colleague, but it is not really official. This colleague is a backend developer with hardly any true ...
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Is It Normal for Early Career Developers to Feel Demotivated?

Working at my first job as a software developer and it seems every task comes with a deadline of this Friday. Mostly applying patch works or undoing previous features. I do have the technical skills, ...
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Is it normal for a computer science intern to not work with any code or developers?

I am doing an internship at a company. For a while now I really have been disappointed with the sort of work I've been doing. I haven't really gotten to work with any code, with any of the developers, ...
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How can I teach an IT team member a bit more common sense? [closed]

I'm looking for inspirations including courses I could send a colleague to to make him a bit easier for me to work with. He's been with the company for years, but in my team for a few months. Although ...
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Would a hiring manager be annoyed if my reason for moving was due to management style?

I'm meeting with a hiring manager in my company to discuss moving teams internally. I'm anticipating them asking me why I want to move. If I be honest, it's because my current manager's management ...
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I have been hired by a tech company but the contract states all my work is their IP [closed]

I've been actively coding for many years, including freelance works, open source works and etc. I'm joining a new tech company as their software developer which has the clause below in their contract, ...
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Should I share my source code with new employer? [closed]

I have been working in what could be described as a niche marine sector for the last 12 years. Over the last 5 years, I taught myself how to code in python and a few other languages. Once I became ...
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How do you analyze why generic apps bring in a decent income? [closed]

If this is the wrong place, point me to the right one. Thanks. I come across about me pages showing people who show themselves travelling, having children, maybe owning houses, motorbikes, teslas. The ...
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How to help revive my career after 3 years of being unemployed (autism playing a big part)

My question is as the title says, how can I help revive/restart my career after having been unemployed for longer than I have been employed? Here's the situation. I have a bachelor's degree in ...
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How do to ship “utility” code that's not really part of the “value add” work

I hope this is the right forum for this. I do software work for clients and typically the client owns the code I write. Now this work can include "utilities" i.e. useful code that I have ...
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How to prepare for staff engineer roles

I am an experienced engineer with more than 10 years of experience. Recently I interviewed for staff engineer/principal engineer positions in some companies and noticed the following weakpoints: I ...
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Advice if you are not ready for your position? [closed]

I Dont know how this story begin, but my Story are related to this Moving forward as a new CTO for students I'm Working on small starup with 4 person including me . I'm the CTO in that company, and ...
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This is my very first developer position and I'd like to know what I should expect and what I should be doing to prepare [closed]

I'm very excited about a new job offer I've just accepted as an entry level developer. I am set to start in June 2021 so I have a good chunk of time until then. This is my very first developer ...
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How to know if I am a 'Real Developer'

I am in my 5th year as a developer (3.5 years as junior/mid level and now a senior dev). My current role is not going well (people issues). Anyway, I said to one of the managers I was thinking of ...
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How to get motivated to work on tasks that doesn't help you improve

To me there are two aspects of any task assigned to a developer in a software project. These are not exclusive so a task can be (for example) 40% aspect 1 and 60% aspect 2: Task requires you to learn ...
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How to deal with arrogant people pretending to want “discussions”?

I'm working as a software development consultant (contractor) for a small/ish enterprise. We have this software engineer I'll call John. The team consists of me, the CTO and John. John is a Senior ...
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Should I become a senior programmer before I can become a software architect/lead-tech/CTO of a tech company? [closed]

I am a graduated CS, mid-level developer with few self project experiences in Angular/Android-Java/SQlite/JavaScript Node.JS/MongoDB/C#/Python/C++ embedded-linux systems- OpenCV, etc. I have a vast ...
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Who should answer developers questions and help them solving their problems or choosing proper libraries?

Is there any position in software development companies who answers the questions of the programmers like: "Oh I get this error! I searched for that error and couldn't find the solution. May you ...
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Manager Argument about coding speed

A non technical manager keeps arguing that the team should code faster to deliver on the scheduled release date. We tried explaining that issues arise, thinking and coding simply cannot be sped up to ...
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Are agile processes taking too much time in a sprint?

The agile processes are focused on increasing velocity but at the same time seem to require lengthy meetings. Assuming a 2 week sprint, if I understand correctly, at the very minimum there must be: a) ...
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Is it professional to declare in a contract that I refuse to work with certain widely used technologies?

In my not too long experience as a software developer, I have encountered with people (usually my bosses) using software which is very much not suitable for the scale of the project I was working on. ...
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Adjunct Lecturer for 3 years applying for entry level software job. How do I convey leadership qualities?

Title says it all. I've been an adjunct lecturer for 3 years while completing my masters degree. I want to convey that I have leadership skills through this position. What's the best way to say it or ...
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How can I get an information security team to see that their over-the-top security measures are only decreasing security?

Summary: I worked for a small startup, that was acquired by a mega corporation. Its IT security policies are excessive, but they don't add more security, and prevent me from doing work. How do I ...
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Should I demand a percentage per sale?

I'm working with a small company that produces electronic devices such as dataloggers and electronic sensors. I used to be a full time employee there but due to some personal problems I'm now working ...
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Is giving a software team “Free Fridays” for their own projects mutually beneficial? [closed]

I'm starting to manage an existing small team of software developers (5 people) at a large (1000+ employee) company. While taking over the team, I've asked them for ideas on how to improve things in ...

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