Questions tagged [software-development]

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How can I address being asked to do more than I feel I'm capable of?

I'm a junior developer and finished my training about a year ago but I have been programming since I was 15 so I have a fairly good understanding of programming. The company I work at is based in ...
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Choice between front-end developer or business analyst role?

I completed a degree in computer science mixed with business management and have 7 months experience as a front-end developer, I've enjoyed it but sometimes get quite overwhelmed. I think I doubt my ...
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How should I handle a blunt response to a code review comment?

My team member and I work in different time zones. I happened to review a particular piece of code and posted a comment asking if we can use a different method instead of the one that was used. The ...
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How to communicate to developers about security vulnerability detected when not included in user stories (requirements) [closed]

I work as the team lead of the IT Security team where I work. A major part of my job duties is leading vulnerabilities scanning, management, and remediation validation. I frequently interact with ...
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“Professional software development experience” meaning

A job is asking how many years of "professional software development experience" I have. What does that mean exactly? Any software development done for a job? Or something more strict like using ...
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Our top dev doesn't want new challenges

TLDR: One of the top developers is busy up to the brim, and doesn't want extra responsibility. How can I best manage the situation? This dev, let's call him John, has been involved in a specific ...
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Software Student - should I take semi relevant part time job?

I am in my second year of software engineering and is currently awaiting a part time job offer. Which is good, especially during these corona times when job opportunities have dried up. The job offer ...
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Manager proposes bold idea (for inspiration and boosting morale), that is complete nonsense. How to handle this?

Theses are challenging times for business. I work for software development company that has developed mainly desktop software (Embarcadero C++ Builder) for years (for sales domain). We have had ...
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Am I wrong to ask for help when I run into an issue

I was given a task to add a few textbox by a senior which she only gave me a few files from Project A. The few files provided by the senior was not enough to compile on its own. I check with the ...
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Software developer work day productivity: Is there an ideal code editor usage percentage? [closed]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most IT firms have started a work-from-home practice. To track their employees' work, they are using various time tracking software. Our company (which provides services ...
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How to handle coworker that keeps pushing his favorite programming language?

My coworker loves X programming language. They have privately worked on some projects with X language, and at every opportunity they will mention than some new project could be written in X language. ...
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How can I prove that I am familiar with a certain technology?

During a job interview I was asked if I had any experience with Software Technology X. I had not. But I was curious and afterwards I got intensively involved with Software Technology X. I watched ...
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Can I mention tech stack in Employment Reference Letter for “Software engineer”?

Can I mention tech stack in the "Roles and Responsibilities" part of the reference letter ?. "Employment Reference Letter" is required for Visa/PR/New Job. And Letter looks something like this ...
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How much can one learn software development (in general, programming) on their own? [closed]

I know that this question may not be appropriate for the intentions of this forum; but there is probably no better place for me to ask this. I live in the UK (just thought this maybe relevant) and I'...
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Development team not adhering to coding standards

I recently joined a development team at a company and have found that coding standards are not adhered to and seen as unimportant. Development on this team is done primarily in Python and PEP8 and any ...
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Why are shorter hours such a problem for companies?

Why are companies in general opposed to employees working shorter hours? Shorter hours means less expenses for salaries. And while a lot of the fixed costs for office space and stay the same, this ...
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As a tech-founder (with no shares), should i sell my code to the startup? [closed]

i am here to start a small discussion for the given topic, as i am in the position right now and try to make a decision which turns out to be harder than i thought. Back in 2018 i joined a very ...
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How to get my contract renewed when my supervisor is not happy with my progress as junior developer

After finishing my studies as a computer engineer, I got this job with absolutely no professional experience, and the employer knew that all the projects that I've worked on were just university ...
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Is it appropriate to send Linkedin invite after being told it was succesful interview and will go further?

I was told that the interview is successful and we want to go further with you. After knowing this, is it okay to add interviewers on linkedin after some weeks?
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BSc&MSc in Mechanical Engineering, PhD in Applied Math looking for types of jobs [closed]

I received my MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering (solid mechanics) and PhD in Applied Mathematics. I am considering both academic and industry jobs. Due to instability and short-term nature of ...
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How to properly give estimates on highly variable tasks?

I am an embedded developer, often tasked with bringing up prototype hardware. This tasks are highly variable in the tame it takes, mostly due to reasons outside of my control and this is not known ...
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How can I get my coworkers to review my code?

For context: my productivity as a software developer is tied to delivering my work, and delivering my work is tied to having my code reviewed and approved by co-workers. But lately I've been having ...
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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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Just found I was supposed to be working on a completely different project since 8 months ago. How can I handle this?

Kinda shocked at the moment. I’m a dev who works on a team of about 20 developers. Apparently I (along with another developer) was assigned to complete a specification about 8 months ago. I learned ...
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How to ask management to stop raising goals we're failing to meet?

For the past several months, nearly all of the developers in my project have been exclusively allocated to fixing defects. The various managers involved have set goals for the number of defects that ...
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How to approach manager to tell her I have desire to change jobs?

I have been at my company for just over 2 years and it was my first job after graduating university. I work as an accounting analyst. I have been teaching myself programming and I have had the ...
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How to deal with developer with “special role” in a scrum team?

I took over the job of a product owner in a scrum team (size: about 10 people) a few months ago (where I was a part of the development team for a few years before). The team is one of about 20-30 ...
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When should a company hire developers versus outsourcing them?

I am trying to create a web and mobile application. But I am confused between hiring developers or just outsourcing the project. Some people say it's better to outsource your project, but when I ...
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How to gracefully refuse customer request?

We are a small team of developers making and maintaining a software product with a high number of users. We are also in direct contact with users who ask us many requests about the product. We ...
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Got a Software Developer job offer, but didn't tell I haven't obtained my degree yet [duplicate]

TL;DR: I have a job offer but I haven't passed the final oral exam yet due to personal reasons, which I didn't mention to them earlier and now they're asking for a copy of the degree. I live ...
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What would be the downsides of having a “you break it, you fix it” policy in the dev team with the goal of reducing bugs?

I’m a software coordinator who leads a Scrum team that unfortunately is generating a lot of bugs which annoys management. My manager says that the problem is a lack of individual accountability and ...
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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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Why are developers averse to maintaining software? They quit at the end of a project or leave if they find they are doing maintenance?

I’m the manager of a department with a tech team that has a high rate of turnover and I want to dig into the reasons for that. We have had 40 developer in the past three years (funded team size is 12) ...
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experienced in front end: should I also learn back end?

I know this is more software development related advice, but I hope someone can give some input. I am 34. I have say 5 years programming experience, two in desktop, three in front end. Now my idea ...
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Was offered a position-change in the startup founded by our company but my boss doesn't agree with this

A year ago the company where I work founded a startup to develop an IoT device, and since my hiring (August 2019 as a Junior Full Stack Developer, I am 19) I have been working on its mobile app as the ...
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Failed interview after situation handling

A few weeks ago I got an interview for a job as simulation engineer in the aeronautics industry. It was going quite well during the technical questions (some C code, Python, and Linux) and previous ...
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Assigned to a buggy, failing project days before it is due

I have been working for 1 year now in a tech company as an Expert Unity 3D developer. And few days ago, I got "promoted" to a new project. It is a Unity3D project that a customer paid for (with a huge ...
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Why do I feel like I'm working very hard yet feel very unproductive? [closed]

I'm a software developer and think myself very fortunate as I really enjoy writing code and learning about it and feel confident in my abilities. When I finish what I wanted to do for the day I feel ...
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Should I tell a colleague that he probably won't be taken on?

I work in a software company and a new colleague who has been working for us for three months is getting some criticism in his absence. Our senior developers say he is performing poorly (his ...
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Are QA's meant to be slaves? [closed]

I am a QA working in collaboration with developers from different teams. I want to know why most developers treat QA's like their slaves? For example, I raised a bug, told the bug assignee that the ...
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How difficult it is for you to find a part-time job as a software developer?

I'm an experienced developer with a BSc. in computer science. In the recent years I mostly program with Python and Django. I saw many jobs positions, but I got the feeling that almost 100% of them are ...
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Post New Job Positions for 2 Web Developers at the same time or post one now and another 3 months later?

We are planning on hiring 2 new developers. One front-end developer and one-backed developer. We currently have a team of about 7 developers so this would bring us up to 9. We are trying to push ...
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How much should I involve in the business as a software developer? [closed]

The question seems to have an obvious answer for most you but stay with me for a while... In the world of agile Scrum which is nowadays the top used software development methodology either as-is or in ...
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(Embedded Software) How do I know SAFe methodology is compatible with my own mentality?

I am about to change my job for an automotive embedded software company, doing ASIL D development. Such a company put a highlight in their SAFe framework. Now, given my little experience, when working ...
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Feeling marginalized work-wise. What should I do?

To better explain, I mean marginalized in terms of tasks assigned, and not socially marginalized. I will further explain the situation. Now, to give a better background: I started an internship in ...
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Should I resign current position before seeing and agreeing to contract with shares for new position?

Long story short, based in the U.K I worked for a small company. The company got bought out but a much larger company which I have been with for nearly 2 years now. My previous boss has left and ...
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How much equity do I deserve as the sole developer?

I apologize for the length of the post. The last two paragraphs are a more brief summary. I began working with this company a year ago with the assignment of handling general office tasks. Very ...
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Software/Web Development Team Job Title [closed]

Let me give you a little background information before I start my question. I was working at a local web development / marketing company that went out of business. I worked there for about 10 years, ...
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Signed up to be a full stack developer, have done next to nothing but React in the 6 months of my first job. How screwed am I?

I work for a company which for the longest time did not have a consumer facing application. That meant that frontend was a second thought and that they have never hired for skill in it. I was not ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a software engineer to do CI manually for a company?

I work as a software engineer at a company, that has an outdated build infrastructure. Things like continuous integration are practically impossible. We don't use Git BTW. There is a company with a ...

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