Questions tagged [software-industry]

Questions with this tag should be specific to the Software Industry, or to workplace elements commonly associated with said industry. The Software Industry deals with the creation, maintenance, and distribution of software. In addition, the creation of any associated training/documentation, as well as any consulting work, is included under the auspices of Software Industry.

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How can I encourage a 'software development' culture when working in a more traditional company

I work in a company that is more business than technology orientated and are only recently adding a more significant technology component. Their current culture reflects the business and marketing ...
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I get lots of hand cramps from both mouse and keyboard use, how can I minimize that? [closed]

I am a programmer and sometimes I get Repetitive Stress from using the keyboard and mouse a lot. I find that my hand gets 'crampy' after a while and I have to keep switching hands for the mouse. Is ...
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If I'm comfortable in my developer job, should I still keep my eye out for other opportunities?

I've heard job switching is one of the best ways to get big raises, learn new technologies, gain more responsibility, and move up in the development ladder. However, I dread starting all over at a new ...
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Do Software Engineer contractors really make more than salaried engineers? [closed]

I've heard many people mention that as a contract software engineer you can make 20-30% more per hour than if you were salaried - because of no benefits. However, when I look at contractor rates on ...
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How hard is to sponsor an overseas developer from outside the US/UK?

This question has been bugging me for over a year already. I've been working as freelancer or on a remote basis since I started earning money for programming (around 8 years ago). Despite the fact ...
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Will a non-Software development job help my prospects in getting a development job in the future? [closed]

I have a higher diploma, with an excellent grade, and am in the final year of a BSc in Software Development. I am searching for a job, preferably in software development, for any salary, since I do ...
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What is the best way to get a new developer up to speed?

We are a small software company and in going through a technical evaluation recently, it was brought to our attention that we lacked an "onboarding" process for new developers. "Onboarding" is exec-...
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What is the simplest way to find a development job in Canada for a non-Canadian?

I am thinking about moving to Canada. As I understand right now it is required to have a job offer in order to do so. Can anyone recommend a way to do so ?
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What are the advantages to hiring in a big city?

The software company I work at is headquartered in a relatively small suburb of New York, with a small office in NYC. I'm trying to convince upper management to expand operations in our NYC office ...
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What is the difference between freelancer and contractor?

I have been hearing about freelancers, especially in the software industry. What is the difference between freelancers and contractors? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? As to my ...
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How should I deal with colleagues asking me to hide problems with their work?

My specific situation is that I am working as tester for a web application project, and after some low level security tests I realized the application has lots of vulnerabilities. I would normally ...
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How can I overcome "years of experience" requirements when applying to positions?

Summary: I have 2 years of experience, but want to get a job that explicitly requires 3-7 years. I consider myself with sufficient skills. How can I get a job that requires more years of experience ...
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How difficult is it for a European Union national IT professional to get a job in the USA?

I have heard cautionary tales about how difficult (and expensive) it is for US companies to sponsor a European professional for a legal working permit, but I would like to hear from a more reputable ...
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Send “thank you” email after phone interview?

I just had a technical interview over the phone with a manager for a programming job I'm applying to. The company deals heavily with open source, and the phone interview was friendly and rather ...
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Is getting into the minutiae of a technology/language appropriate in an interview?

So I have seen both sides of this question and actually been on both sides as well. In the programming world there seems to be a fine line between great interviewing for the sake of weeding out ...
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About to launch a hotly anticipated, already profitable product. Is now a good time to ask for a raise?

I was hired as a mid-level developer into a large company to work on a product with great feedback from its users. The original authors were bootstrapped and built a great tool. Unfortunately, their ...
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What should I look for when hiring a salesperson? [closed]

I have a software product that may have some appeal to a relatively small, vertical market. I am considering hiring a salesperson part-time (which can be in addition to the salesperson's other work ...
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As a student, how should programming language familiarity be described on a CV/Resume [duplicate]

I am second year Computer Science student and I was going to apply at Microsoft as a Microsoft Student Partner. I am required to create a CV/Resume. Technically I don't have any work experience at ...
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How can I prove the value of a good customer experience over short term profitability?

I'm a software engineer at a large IT company and I've been assigned to work on an ERM project since my first day in the firm. This product is a 'shelf product' - it was developed back in the 90s, and ...
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How should I communicate technical changes to a non-technical manager?

I maintain software A, B, C and database D and E. Database D and E are used internally by software A, B and C. I am often get asked by my manager to put xyz functionality in software A/B/C. She does ...
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How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and experience?

I'm in the US and have 30 years of experience with a bunch of different companies, working in high-tech and the software industry. I have a lot of links, skills, and education which has pushed my ...
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How can I encourage a culture of punctuality in a software company?

As a new technical lead in a new company, what are some additional strategies to employ to change the culture of the development team so that people show up at the time that I've requested? TLDR: My ...
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What are possible career transitions for a seasoned software developer? [closed]

I have been a software developer for 11 years. During these years I worked for number of companies, sometimes changing places twice or three times a year. They say it takes 10 years to reach 'expert'...
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Asking client for a letter of recommendation

I'm a software developer working at a company with several clients. Part of my job is to stay in touch with clients and make sure the software I'm developing for them fulfills their needs. ...
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How can I tell which job requirements matter in software offerings?

Tech job offerings are plagued with over reaching and unrealistic job/experience requirements. They want college grads to have 5 years of experience, list multiple extremely specific technologies they ...
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