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Software Engineering Internships

I am an undergraduate senior in CS looking to apply for software engineering internships for summer 2017. I also have plans to enroll in my school's one year CS MEng program after graduation, but ...
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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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How should I prepare myself for a more supervisory role? [closed]

I'm currently facing the strong possibility that I will be in a more supervisory role in my office than I was previously before. While my skills as a developer have been strengthened very neatly by ...
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Programming language - level of knowledge - yrs of experience [duplicate]

when listing skills I have, e.g. Programming language, how common and reasonable is to have it arranged like: programming language - level of knowledge - years of experience. e.g. Programming ...
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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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How to move forward from what's essentially a prototype, which was never intended to be sold to high-profile clients

Ok so I started off with this prototype piece of software in my attic and now it's has become a company. I really can't be too specific, but imagine a server side scripting thing that is now being ...
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Asking for documentation before starting new job

Soon I will start a new job as a senior software engineer. It is the first time that I will be in that position (only held Junior before), and I want to start my new job as good as possible. Would it ...
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Is it OK for a senior engineer to be involved only in design? [closed]

I am a software engineer with 8+ years of experience. In my projects currently assigned to me, my manager is urging me to do only the design part, not the implementation. His doctrine is that senior ...
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How do you balance career growth and technology relevance with obtaining years of experience in one workplace?

After coming out of an interview with a dev manager, I left thinking about his emphasis on employment duration. For context, his network engineer has been on the team for 11 years. As developers we ...
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Can taking a few months off for personal development make it harder to re-enter the workforce? [duplicate]

I am working as a web developer. I'm 26 and I have about three years of experience. I've been bouncing around jobs to find one that I really like and each time it's a disappointment. I want to leave ...
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Potential employer asks for code sample

I recently interviewed for a software development position where the employer asked me to provide a code sample to judge my experience level. I provided an application I recently completed as a side ...
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How can I find individual (not team) programming work? [closed]

A career aptitude test I took revealed that I prefer working by myself over teamwork. I was studying computer programming, but this test made me reconsider my choice. How can I find computer ...
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How important is a college degree for a programming job? [duplicate]

I am wondering how important a college degree is for a programming job ... By that I mean to what extent would it hurt me not to have a college degree to eventually get hired for a programming job . ...
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Is it ever appropriate to tactfully speak your mind regarding your work supervisor without using inappropriate language?

I'm working in a temp development contract as a front-end developer. During the interview process, I expressed my background as more full-stack to back-end than pure front-end. Despite my honesty ...
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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 to tell managers you've been given too much responsibility as a junior?

As a junior developer I've been on two projects at once, One was a rather big project that had the whole team working on it but the second one is a smaller project that only I am working on. I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use coding excercise from previous application? [duplicate]

I'm a software developer. When I apply for a job, one or both of the following things happens: I am asked for some sample code or projects that I have worked on. I am given a short coding exercise to ...
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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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Had a job interview for a company in Germany and I live in Kosovo. What are some things to know about “international” interviews? [closed]

I had this interview for a Software Development position. I'm from Kosovo and the job opening was in Germany. They were also offering visa sponsorship. I'm a Web Developer and the position was open ...
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Is unpaid overtime commonplace for developers? [duplicate]

Without disclosing too much detail, a project that myself (the only junior on the project) and the team that I work in had to finish a 7 month project in 3 months. This meant the whole team had to ...
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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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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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My employer (client) wants me to work in “ghost” mode [closed]

Here's the context: I'm a freelance software architect/developer and have started working for a known company 3 weeks ago, for at least one year. They recruited me because they completely failed ...
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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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I was offered a manager role without additional pay or seniority after I recently was given a raise, should I ask for more? [closed]

I started at this small software company (approx 100 people) about 2 years ago. I'm pretty early on into my career and I started as a base software engineer. About 6 months ago, my manager left the ...
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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 do I handle a bladder infection and my job? [duplicate]

I hope the title makes sense. I'm young and on my first job and just encountered a very uncomfortable situation I don't know how to react to. There's more threads on how to handle illness at work ...
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How to deal with a nit-picky coworker

I'm a self-taught software developer here. I am wondering if anyone has advice about how to handle a coworker (with about 1 month of experience at my workplace compared to my 18 months) who takes ...
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Should I talk to my team lead about unintentional sexism within the team?

I am a woman working with other three male developers on a client project. All of them are nice and open minded and we get along well. It's all good in informal conversations but when it gets to ...
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Staying focused during automatic processes, “It's compiling”

I recently ran into quite an ironic situation. After changing a small part in some code and telling my computer to start compiling, I switched to a website and ran into this: [xkcd comic 303 by ...
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Nine months into a new job and I want to quit. How can I improve the situation? [closed]

I am having a lot of difficulties at my job. I liked it for the first six months and now I hate it and want to quit. I am an intermediate web developer at a large company making an internal product ...
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Recruiter is asking for sample code

After a good telephone conversation with an IT recruiter, he asked for sample C# (software) code of a project of my current employer. Although this is a logic question, it is impossible to send code ...
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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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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 can i show our client that we need to build tools to reduce bugs and improve productivity [closed]

I'm a software developer working outsourced to a client. Currently our productivity is low due to lack of tools to automate recurring tasks, also due to the lack of common software base, each project ...
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We were working on a project for a month. How do i start talking about money?

Scenario: Me and my friend (i'm 15 and my friend is 16 years old) were at hacker games contest!(basically an event where you have 48 hours to create software/game and present it to the public). After ...
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Is it common to require employers' acceptance for private software developments?

I was offered a new position as software developer. The new contract would require me to get a letter of agreement from my new employer in case I develop software in my spare time and want to sell ...
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Do I own the code I wrote for work related purpose, if not written at work? [closed]

I'm an employed software developer. According to my contract, all the code I write for my employer, belongs to my employer. However, I wrote some code at home, which uses my employers in-house SDK. ...
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When to be concerned about a subordinate or employee

I am a developer that is managing a small group. All members of this group, including myself are working remote. One member of this group that we'll call "Bob" is having trouble and very slow to ...
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My project was cancelled out of nowhere, and I no longer had a job. Does this sound like I was fired for poor performance? [closed]

I was hired by an IT company to build a web based application for client management and billing. The project was going well and I was getting good feedback when out of no where I received an email ...
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How do I prevent my manager from abusing a contract specification that breaches my privacy?

I'm employed as a software developer. In my country the employer is not allowed to monitor your activities due to privacy laws. However, due to the nature of some of our clients, our company is ...
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Company wants me to do a coding test for a management position [closed]

I'm doing an interview with a company for a software developer manager/leader position. The position will take around 20% software development and the rest will be managing the team and client facing. ...
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.NET developer CV issue

We know things like ADO.NET and Winforms are part of .NET. Now, how do you classify these technologies when it comes to CV : 1) e.g. do you just write knowledge of .NET and let them figure out what ...
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How to handle lack of supervision in start-up?

This is a question I should have asked quite a while ago and is no longer relevant for my current situation, but I believe the answer still holds value. I hope this is not a problem ! Context French ...
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Salary cap without a raise, but yet the contract states I can get a raise if I have a successful review? [closed]

After some salary haggling, I signed a contract to work for a company. The contract stated my salary, 40 hours per week, a review in a year with a possible raise for a successful review. Well, the ...
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I finished my task, what to do now? [closed]

I have finished a little task that took 2 months to develop, but my boss is on vacation for 3 days. I am planning to report that I am done to her via Skype chat and ask what to I should do next. ...