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What are the most exciting programming jobs out there?

I'm not thrilled by my corporate consulting job and someday want to work for or with organizations that contribute to the world in some way or that develop bleeding edge technology. What are they? [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Contract programming position questions.

I interviewed for a remote programming gig recently, and they requested a trial contract before making a final offer. I'd be hired as a long-term remote contractor (year+, 100% telecommuting), not an employee. I have some questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 - 8 answers

When you got everything, you got everything to lose.

I'm 23, and I've had an objectively great programming job for six months. Part of me wants to quit and become a barista or something. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 57 answers

How to approach a Masters in Computer Science

I am interested in going back to school for a masters in something, but probably comp sci. I would like some advice on how to approach this. [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jan 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Automated PDF modification

Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

The path to programming rockstardom

What distinguishes the ninja/rockstar (Ruby) programmer from the understated kind? [more inside]
posted by vega on Aug 13, 2012 - 17 answers

I probably suck at my job.

I'm a programming intern. I probably suck at my job. My boss hasn't noticed yet. How can I get better before it blows up in my face? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 40 answers

How do I know when to leave a good job?

I'm a software developer in my early 30s, working in the defense industry. I'm pretty happy with my job, but wondering if I should move on. I would be looking to move to the San Francisco area. My question is, how do I know when to leave a pretty good job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Male-dominated workplaces that work for women - the good, the better and the best

I'm wondering about what measures can be taken to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces. For women who work in male-dominated fields - how did your company's culture contribute to creating an appealing work environment for you? What can be done to build and foster this kind of culture? [more inside]
posted by remixnine on Sep 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Well these are my options. What do you think?

Do I juggle work and school or just go to school and live off my savings and loans [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Aug 8, 2011 - 13 answers

How soon should I try to jump ship from my job?

After a long period of not-working and contracting, I finally got a job as a web developer. Now I think I'd prefer another job, but I don't feel my skills or my self as a whole are good enough to land something better. Should I job hunt anyway, should I make getting job-hunt-worthy task number one, or can I afford to stay still for a year and accomplish other goals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2011 - 6 answers

When was the last time your boss actually asked you to detect a cycle in a linked list?

Help! I'm really really bad at computer programming interviews. Unfortunately ... I'm a computer programmer. [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! on Oct 21, 2010 - 31 answers

Does anyone need the kind of information work I do full time?

I automate a lot of tasks for my Web publishing company, but I'm not a developer. What kind of information worker am I, and does anyone need what I do specifically? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 - 4 answers

I work in IT. What should my title be?

I work for a nonprofit organization and am moving to the IT department. I can choose my title, but I don't know what title accurately describes my work. Looking for suggestions! [more inside]
posted by thedotorg on Jun 13, 2010 - 10 answers

You're harshing my flow, man[ager]!

I have a manager who constantly interrupts my attention-hungry programming work with easy, quick tasks that she believes "will just take a second, no problem." This destroys my productivity. How does the hive mind deal with this? [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine on Apr 16, 2010 - 35 answers

What first sparked your interest in computers?

I need help finding citations for a story about programmer's inspirations. A giant whiteboard asks for the spark that interested people in computers and the answers are all video games. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Nerd seeks Leigh Steinberg

I'm a veteran software engineer / technical lead working for an internet company. I think I've got an opportunity to really cash in at my job, and need guidance on how best to do this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 - 9 answers

How best to organize python scripts?

What is the best way of organizing python scripts? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Nov 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Unplug from work?

How to better unplug from work? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Aug 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Let's Make Work Easier

I have a very repetitive task that I think might be a good candidate for scripting, but I'm not sure what "scripting" even involves except getting a lot of things done automatically. So how do I get started getting this thing done? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Oct 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Working for Vacation

How do software engineers cope with the enormous stress levels that come with the territory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2007 - 25 answers

Hypothetical software developer hiring situation

A software development specific question regarding the age old experience vs. education argument. [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Jul 4, 2007 - 16 answers

I have some savings and would like to become a programmer. Is it still possible to do this if you're entirely self-taught?

1 year to become a self-taught programmer [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca on May 20, 2007 - 25 answers

How to stop wasting time programming?

Why do I always take the long route when programming? I'm no master programmer - but - I feel like I'm missing something. I'm constantly finding myself trying to tear down one wall or another, in attempt to resolve some issue, only to find halfway into it, that there was a ten minute fix right in front of me. Complications fade away, problem solved. [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on May 1, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I streamline my coding and work habits?

What coding habits and working methodologies help you maximize productivity while reducing angst? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Apr 13, 2007 - 22 answers

Love it or leave it

What's the best way to get a job abroad? Specifically in the broad field of computers? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage on Sep 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Can I got back to school and have a life at the same time?

How can I cut my work hours in half and have my pay scale down accordingly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2005 - 10 answers

How do I align my values with my career?

Please help me better align my values with my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2005 - 11 answers

Hey programmers? Any experience on switching from full time to consulting?

After 5 years working my full time corporate programming day job I'm almost ready to give up the security to spend the majority of my time on exciting non-profit open source projects. But for various reasons I want to keep the corporate job on a consulting basis. Any advice on how to negotiate going from full time to part time? [more inside]
posted by lips on Mar 16, 2005 - 6 answers

What can I do to prepare for an entry-level programming job?

I'll be graduating next August with a Computer Science degree and will be looking for an entry-level programming job. I am very comfortable with Java and reasonably comfortable with C++ and Visual Basic. I do not have any work experience in programming and won't have the chance to gain any before graduation(the unconventional schedule of my current job is what is allowing me to finish my degree in the first place). What can I do over the course of the next year to boost my employability? What other skills should I try to pick up over the next year?
posted by ttrendel on Jun 16, 2004 - 11 answers

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