It seems that "computer programmer" is often listed as one of the best jobs in America. There are cram schools popping up promising six figure salaries in 12 weeks. And even a former celebrity has chosen it as a second act. All this because there's apparently a tech talent crunch. But is learning to code the best strategy for a viable career? [more inside]
I'm talking about a start-up app that is like Instagram when it first started (in terms of server needs as well as the kind of professionals that are needed to make it happen). Are there any online resources that can help a layman with a budget explore the depths of such an ominous endeavor? [more inside]
How might I go about building a (big, cooperative) house in Boston? [more inside]
In short: PMP? CISA? Dev? Or all of the above? I'm working at a small IT company (30 people). I have a CompSci degree. I went from programming to business analysis to project management with a side of information security thrown in as I'm responsible for ISO 27001 policy compliance. I'm not a "rockstar" or expert in any of those fields, but I can do them competently. (There certainly haven't been any complaints from the management.) Basically I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none". So where do I go from here? [more inside]
Ok hivemind, you've helped me once before, I hope you can do it again. I volunteer for an NPO that hired a less than competent development shop to create a very specialized membership database using Drupal. That includes migrating from a Filemaker database and a whole bunch of thoroughly detailed specifications for enrollment, payment systems, membership management, member profiles, various back office reports, event calendaring, conference scheduling, etc. etc. These specs describe the functions we want and I think they are clear. What's next for us? How do I find someone good to finish the job? How does bidding for a job like this work? [more inside]
When I post ads to places like Craigslist or Odesk, I get responses from people who have hotel management experience but no reference to software, computers or anything related. Or, from seemingly highly qualified people in India. I would like to be close enough to meet the person I'm paying maybe thousands of dollars for this. I know face to face is no guarantee of honesty, but it feels better than anonymous. [more inside]
I volunteer for a non-profit organization. We've had a work agreement with a small company (Basically one or two guys) to do Drupal development work for a year. Short story: the point person in our organization is suddenly no longer with us (deceased), the developer has terminated the contract, almost none of the specifications are complete. "Agile development! Hand waving! You don't understand." We're out a LOT of money and he is holding any not yet tested code hostage for another 15K in billing. All invoices past (approved by previous guy) and present (which I don't want to approve) consist of a single line: "X number of developer hours at Y rate = gimme Z money". They are autogenerated since the number of hours is always the max allowable under the work agreement and still addressed to the deceased. We are going to the lawyers soon, but... [more inside]
I've been at my current job for 3 months and like it pretty well, but have an interview lined up for a different job that might have more growth potential and a $10k higher salary. Help me weigh the pros and cons? [more inside]
I'm applying for a new tech support/programming job, and I'm unsure which of two older positions to put on my resume. There can only be one. [more inside]
My workplace is in a decline, and I think it's time for me to explore other options. I'm a programmer at heart, an architect and team leader in practice, and a manager in name. Prior to this job I'd had really soul-crushing experiences in consulting, so (for example) I am experienced with but extremely cynical about capital-E "Enterprise" platforms and technologies. I don't want to go back to that world; I want to find a company and a team with a spark of life to it and people with the incentives to help each other out. What's the best way to filter for tech job opportunities that won't sink me back into the muck? [more inside]
Our nonprofit has a ~$20,000 budget to spend on a web coder for our new website. We're developing our wireframes/design in-house. Where/how should we hire a web developer/coder? [more inside]
How can I bridge the gap between knowledge of basic programming and actually contributing to software development? [more inside]
I am a Java developer. I am in a dead end job that used to be awesome but my company reorganized underneath us. Many of our group went to a sister company in the organization, including my old boss. I now report to someone in a distant city, though I am located in NYC. The relationship is good but he is hugely overloaded and very inaccessible and undependable. I've been interviewing, but I had two good possibilities fail recently. I think it's because I need to get to the next level. [more inside]
My employer is asking me to look into recruiting strategies for LAMP/PHP developers. We've been having bad luck finding appropriate candidates and actually getting them in for interviews (posting jobs on CareerBuilder & CL). I'm not really an HR person (nor am I a tech person), so I've never done this before. He's interested in possibly buying resume access on Monster, CareerBuilder, or Dice -- is one better than the others for this type of thing? Any suggestions for other strategies to use? [more inside]
As an editor and localiser, I currently use a job site / web community which offers the following features: (1) allows my profile to be sent to potential clients without me having to apply for jobs - they then contact me with details of the job; (2) allows users to rate clients as well as clients to rate users; (3) allows users to post sensible rates and descriptions of work undertaken; (4) allows users to discuss on forums and support each other answering questions about jobs they're doing. Mr LB is now looking for a similar website in IT development and I'm wondering if there is one. [more inside]
I am starting a new job soon. It's my first job in a corporate office, instead of a startup. What should I wear? [more inside]
I'm about to get a job offer from a small, but reasonably successful, Drupal development firm. It sounds like they may offer me the title of "Senior Developer." In most corners of the software industry, as I understand it, Senior Developer is a good title that implies you're an established professional with 5+ years of experience; 3 years at a bare minimum. The thing is, I actually only have a couple years of part time experience (though with a pretty well known site) and don't have a software related degree. Will future employers interpret "senior developer" the usual way--making this a really nice resume item? Or is the definition looser in the content site development field?
My small team is hiring a developer and a designer to build a website. What is the best way for us to communicate the features that the website needs to have? It is a medium-complexity website - more than a blog, less than Facebook. [more inside]
I'm well positioned (I think), to become a real estate investor. I'd like advice on how to take it to the next step. [more inside]
I'm a web developer, and I'm growing concerned that somewhere down the line from my career, I'll be passed over for jobs because of younger people. Is this concern justified, and if so, what steps can I take to prevent it? [more inside]
I changed careers but the company and position haven't worked out and I don't think I've progressed enough to really progress in the field. How do I switch back, and should I? [more inside]
I am graduating next May (2013) with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Computing Technology from Colorado State University. I have 3 years IT & Network Support experience and just about 2.5 years web development experience through Student positions. I've done the whole freelance thing for the last 5 years as a Wordpress theme guy. How do I approach getting a full time job after college? [more inside]
I'm thinking of getting back into IT. What would you as a hiring manager want to see on my resume that might counterbalance the time I've spent out of IT? What would be the best way to approach this? [more inside]
Name a recent (and good) console game by a British company [more inside]
What is the best way for a web developer to create a custom "chat with the site owner" widget? [more inside]
What skills do I look for in an developer? What do I test? [more inside]
I need to hire an iOS App Developer. Where do I do this? [more inside]
What would be the easist kind of programming job a person could get? [more inside]
What do you wish you knew before joining the iOS Developer Program? [more inside]
Non-developer trying to build an app that uses locations/times/schedules, similar to a "next bus" utili-tool. What should I know before wasting too much time and energy on something that really ought to be left to the professionals? [more inside]
I am new to an apple developer website. I have register to a apple developer website and paid $99. I downloaded IOS 5 beta for iPad 2 GSM and iTunes Beta. After with all the downloads and installations, When I plug iPad to Itunes beta by wire, It says I have to register the device in apple developer site. I went to the site and tried everything to find a page where I can register the device and couldn't find it. Since I am new, please explain to me how to register my device in simple way thanks
How do I prepare a reference book with footnotes and an index so that it can easily be converted into an Android app? [more inside]
I'm looking for a web developer in the UK, for a new startup business. I'm finding it surprisingly difficult to find appropriate companies - the site is fairly complex, and although both of the two companies we've found quoted us 10-15k for it (which seems reasonable), neither has much work of comparable complexity in their portfolio. Does the hive mind have any recommendations, either on where to find such a company, or of one with whom you've had a particularly good experience? It's one of the most important decisions we'll make, and it feels uncomfortable to be making it on no more than googling.
Lesser-know work-at-home positions for someone with a background in Web Development, Online Marketing and Network Engineering?
Lesser-know work-at-home positions for someone with a background in Web Development, Online Marketing and Network Engineering? [more inside]
Contemplating on switching my comp sci major to something specifically related to the automotive industry...
Switching from comp sci to automotive. Is it worth it? Also, work ethics and discipline dilemmas are abound. [more inside]
How do I build an iphone app for my podcast? I want to include the podcast feed, youtube video feed, twitter feed, feedback form and phone number link. (Criteria: must use free tools only, no ads, easy for non-programmer with some CSS/HTML experience, retain ownership and complete control. Bonus points for easy port to Android)
How should I do a long distance job search for an entry level software developer position? Options inside. [more inside]
I recall seeing an open-source project for the iPhone which allowed you to share your iPhone's internet connection with a computer, i.e. "tether". It's not as easy as, um, "proper" iPhone tethering. Also, you must a paid-up iPhone Developer to compile and install it to your phone. But otherwise, yay. But I can't find it anymore. Believe me, I have googled. Ring a bell for anyone?
I'm going to start a position soon as a part-time software developer, one that I might want to keep for a long time. How can I best demonstrate that I'm worth keeping around in this capacity? [more inside]
I'm a front end web developer. My dad is a 65 year old newspaper printer. I'm having a hell of a time explaining to him what i do. The biggest problem is getting him to understand how servers, search engines, and browsers work. Him, "now where do you put the website?"
I'm a programmer looking for some side work, but don't want to just build someone a CMS. What unexpected industries could make use of a developer? [more inside]
Developers, how do you release your internal applications? How do you show progress and highlight what you're doing when the people you report to do not know anything beyond the end product? [more inside]
Help me find a programmer in Argentina!!! [more inside]
I apologize in advance for complaining about job choices when so many people would love to have that problem. That said, should I take this job that is an improvement but still not what I want? [more inside]
How do I go about getting back into hobbies, or finding new ones (suggest some)? [more inside]
I have a Flash game that I'd like to port over to the iPhone but I don't have the time nor the patience to do it myself. Are their any companies out there that will develop the application for you, for a price?
Career alternatives for a burnt-out developer? Is there a world past my IDE that I'd make it in? [more inside]
SEO Filter: My boss has asked me for a blue sky list of SEO tools. What are your favorites? (more details inside) [more inside]
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