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Yet another career advice question from a frustrated software developer

For most of my career I've just floated downstream taking a position that seemed interesting enough, or at least an improvement - and then found myself unhappy when it wasn't a good fit. I want to be more intentional in my job search this time - I'm hoping the wise folks of green might have some ideas of industries and jobs I should be researching. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Sep 5, 2014 - 3 answers

please recommend Books on Large Continuous Software-Development projects

I've been tossed into the deep end of a large continuous software-development project. Agile software development processes? Development, System Testing, Acceptance Testing and Production? Separated Presentation (Web) Tier, Application Tier, and Data Tier server environments? ITIL Best-practices?? What BOOKS do you recommend so I can get a handle on all this stuff? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Aug 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Getting started with EC2 and SOA

I want to write a web app that deploys to EC2, but not having any prior experience I'm struggling to find the info I need to get started. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Developer looking for high-performance portable dev laptop

I'm a software developer who is finding himself more and more in need of a very powerful, very portable machine. Here are my requirements: Now, I've checked out the new MacBook Pro and I can spec it out this way, but it'd cost 3k. I'd insist on 16 GB for the MBP as I would be running parallels and doing windows dev with visual studio, and would dedicate at least 8GB for that environment. What I want to know is, does such a machine exist other than the MBP?
posted by pennstatephil on Nov 19, 2013 - 27 answers

Talk to me programmers!

Is it worth changing careers, getting a masters in CS? [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Where Can I Learn About Mobile Software Development?

I'm back in the web software development world after about 7 years selling already developed software. Mobile software development barely existed the last time I talked to a client about development projects. I understand the web side of things just fine still. Mobile I'm clueless on. Is there a good book or maybe website(s) that will help get me up to speed, and stay there? I'm running sales, so I'm not going to be writing any code. [more inside]
posted by COD on Apr 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Tool for building a reference guide website or document generator?

Is there a word for these types of web-based tools, and a widely-used way to make them? One: a way make a web-based reference guide / glossary / help centre. Two: a tool that will generate a custom 20-page PDF based on complex user inputs, complete with table of contents. Are there open-source, well-supported solutions for building these things? Maybe a way to combine some plugins for Drupal or Wordpress? I really have no idea how to tackle this. [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Mar 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Dot Net development tools?

Any suggestions for good Dot Net development tools? I'm interested in suggestions for a wide range of tool types, for example (but not limited to) unit testing, code coverage, style enforcement, bug finders, profiling, code/API documentation generation, installer/distributable packagers, continuous integration, build systems, report generators, static code analysis, decompilers, IDE enhancements, etc., etc. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Feb 8, 2013 - 11 answers

introduction to programming

I'm to give a half an hour talk to a group of year 12 (snr high school) students as a really brief introduction to software development. Half an hour isn't a lot of time. Has anyone got an idea of an activity this small group (+/-10) can undertake to get them thinking as programmers? I'm generally casting around for ideas.
posted by mattoxic on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Compiling an open source project in Visual Studio for dummies?

I need to compile an open-source software package, originally intended for a POSIX machine, in Visual Studio. I am comfortable with the ./configure > make > make install cycle, having done it many times, but I have never used VS in my life. Can someone explain to me like I am six, what I would do to begin doing this in VS? I can't make a makefile, because configure is a bash script. I realize I could use MinGW or Cygwin, but I've been asked to avoid that if possible. I already have VS (C++ version) and also SDK installed on a Win 7 box. Let's assume for this question that using a pre-built binary is not an option.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on May 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Product Management/Development Books

Good Product Management/ Product Development Books [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 18, 2012 - 1 answer

iOS Heart Rate Monitor..

I have a question about my Scosche myTREK heart rate monitor for my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 12, 2012 - 0 answers

I need a broader view than what slashdot is giving me now

I realized recently, that I've lost somewhat of my network that kept me up to date on technology trends, software development methodologies and up and coming frameworks. I'm specifically in the enterprise JEE world. What are some software related blogs that you use as a Senior/Lead/Architect? [more inside]
posted by kookywon on Feb 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Where is this online post about a software architecture model?

For the sake of my dwindling sanity, can anyone point me towards the blog post I read about a "concentric" model for data-driven software architecture? I've googled like mad but haven't come anywhere close to it because the only search terms I can come up with are either vague or have additional meanings that pollute the results. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on Feb 15, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the best way to get a job in software development with no previous experience?

What's the best way to get a job in software development with no previous experience? More details inside.. [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Dec 29, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I most effectively learn how to program?

I'd love to learn how to program effectively in a language like C++ or Java, so that I can, within a year or so, be somewhat productive. [more inside]
posted by oaklandj on Oct 30, 2011 - 17 answers

What do you call someone who configures software?

What do you call someone who configures software? [more inside]
posted by lips on Jun 22, 2011 - 17 answers

Finding a robust content syndication platform for social media distribution

Developers and content curators: Help me with some market research. I am trying to find an off-the-shelf solution or to spec out how to develop a solution to the following problem. My organization is looking to setup an internal collection, curation, and distribution system to push multimedia content to hundreds of social media accounts (in dozens of languages) with potentially hundreds of users. Ability to enable push-button publishing via Facebook, Twitter, and other APIs through a plug-in architecture. Sound interesting? Read on. [more inside]
posted by Hammerikaner on May 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Open-source front end and commercial back-end? Is this feasible?

I have written software that I would love to make open source. However, I would like to take the back-end, the core of the application, and sell Android and iOS implementations of it while keeping the front-end for PC development open. Is this possible? Practical? Even worth considering? [more inside]
posted by hellslinger on Apr 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Finding a Tech Job in a New City with No Contacts

A continuation of part 1 of my "looking for a new place to live" saga, I'm now ready to start a serious hunt for a (preferably) software development job in a new city. Problem is, I don't have any contacts in the cities I'm interested in. What's the best way to land a job in one of these towns? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on Mar 21, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I move my dev environment to another PC?

What's the best way to do a complete clone/copy/export/duplicate/mirror/whatever of an Eclipse-based development environment and move it to another PC? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Mar 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Be my computer science sherpa.

Tabula Rasa => iOS Developer [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Mar 10, 2011 - 8 answers

courting the tallest companies on earth

What do I need to learn, and what experiences do I need to attain to get a top software development job? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Feb 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Solution is null

How can I explain this software bug to management? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Feb 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Thoughts on software team status updates

I'm a project manager for a small software group (6 engineers) and I'm considering a different approach to gathering status from the team. I'd like to throw it out to the MeFi community first to see if it seems like something that would be beneficial and fair from the developer's point of view. It's basically a weekly list of tasks that are shared with everyone. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Jan 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Where is a good place in the UK to hire full-time or freelance UX designers?

I work for a mid-sized publishing company in London and we're starting to build smartphone and tablet apps. We have technical resource in-house for building the apps and people to handle both the product and project management. What we really lack are great UX designers - where's a good place in the UK to look for the people who can make our apps brilliant to use? Happy to consider hiring full time or getting freelancers in.
posted by Sifter on Dec 20, 2010 - 2 answers

need a head hunter

How do I find a good technical recruiter in the Bay Area? Of course, the catch is that I want to maintain my confidentiality due to current job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Know of any good workplaces for software developers in the Twin Cities?

I'm a software developer who's thinking of changing jobs. Can you help me figure out which companies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area I should be looking at, and which ones I should stay away from? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me be a good team lead / manager

I may be accepting a tech lead/manager role, managing a software team which is not yet really Agile. Please recommend books and resources on managing Agile development, and team leadership/management in general. Please give your advice on how I can do this well.
posted by orthogonality on Sep 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Are there 3rd party applications / services that can track user behavior and link to site's user demographics?

Are there 3rd party applications / services that can track user behavior and link to site's user demographics? [more inside]
posted by gnash on Sep 6, 2010 - 0 answers

Help me learn autonomous simulation

I would like to write some basic software that, without any user input at all, simulates an event such as a crew traveling in space. What do I need to learn in order to get from the "if launch was successful then print 'CONGRATULATIONS'" stage to the "if crew member #3 is depressed and she is co-pilot, then set $mistake_likelihood higher" level of detail? [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 3, 2010 - 10 answers

How to license soundbites from a defunct TV show for an iPhone app?

How would I go about obtaining licensing/permission to use soundbites from a no-longer-running major network show in an iPhone application? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Feb 1, 2010 - 3 answers

What's the best agile project management tool?

What's your favorite agile project management tool? [more inside]
posted by bshort on Dec 1, 2009 - 9 answers

What version are we on now?

How do software authors determine the version numbers of the releases? I am writing software for a specific electronic device. I am not using version control on it yet. (Yeah, shame! Truth is, I am intimidated.) [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Oct 21, 2009 - 22 answers

Need money now thankyou.

What are some good tech-centric temp agencies in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house?

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house? [more inside]
posted by MeatLightning on Oct 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Show Me the Money

SellingSoftwareFilter: How do we make money from software that a colleague has developed from scratch (in Australia)? [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Oct 8, 2009 - 6 answers

"Proactive? Paradigm? Aren't those just words dumb people use to sound smart?"

Where does one proactively look for software (specifically Flex) jobs these days? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Resources for creating a good, extensible file format

My team and I are writing a computer application for which aspects of the file format are very likely to change in future releases. The format is in XML. Does anyone know any resources on the web that lays down general principles about how to make a file format that is as extensible as possible for the future (and minimizes the possibility of cross-version breakage)?
posted by SilentSalamander on Sep 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Pay for Flex?

What, anecdotally speaking, are Flex developers getting paid right now in Los Angeles or a similar city? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 24, 2009 - 1 answer

Can I use the Time Management Matrix in my software?

Can I use the "Time Management Matrix" in a commercial software product without any legal repercussions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Don't Know Much About Mainframes, So I'm Intrigued...

What is a modern mainframe computer? IANAP [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Jul 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at?

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at? [more inside]
posted by jackson5 on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 answers

So I wanna develop my own ERP software...

I'm a freelance software developer and I have a customer contract for building a software product that supports their manufacturing business. [more inside]
posted by dfreire on Jun 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Coop TLD Registrars?

I'd really like to get a Coop TLD, but I'm having a hard time finding an affordable and easy-to-use registrar. [more inside]
posted by thebigdeadwaltz on May 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Finding an open-source programmer?

I'm involved in a group of small/nonprofit organizations that would like to financially support the starting of an open-source software application. While I am technically-minded, I'm not a programmer -- and I don't really know what to look for in one (hopefully to be found on MeFi jobs!). Help greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by liquado on Apr 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Stock data for use in black box trading application?

Stock data for use in black box trading application? [more inside]
posted by Hypocrites on Mar 28, 2009 - 3 answers

iPhone SDK: ApplicationVerificationFailed

How do you get rid of the "ApplicationVerificationFailed" error when trying to test an application on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by remi on Feb 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Questions about creating websites for small businesses.

I have a few questions about creating websites for small businesses. [more inside]
posted by JeffL on Feb 2, 2009 - 8 answers

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