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Technology and design patterns for x-platform app?

I'm going to take the plunge and build, frankly, an insane application. I won't get into the nitty gritty, but suffice it to say it's a "world builder" app. I am just starting to figure out what I'm going to need, tech-wise, to build this thing, and I'd like some feedback from people who may have some experience in interface building, database design, cartography/GIS, graph theory, star-maps, and other such things.... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on May 15, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I move to a new technology stack after 4 years of .NET?

I have been working as a .NET developer for the last 4 years. I would like to change technology stacks. How do I find job openings that are language-agnostic? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Apr 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Learning to Contribute to Software Projects

How can I bridge the gap between knowledge of basic programming and actually contributing to software development? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me handle doing a programming interview in an unfamiliar language!

I've been invited to interview for a software development internship at a company I would really like to work for. However, after I'd said yes, I received the detailed outline of the interview, including a test partly in a language I have yet to learn. How can I best prepare in a short amount of time? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Oct 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Was my boss rude today? Or was his response reasonable/normal?

I think my boss didn't handle things well today, but I need some help because I have lost all perspective on this situation. I'm only 7 months in as a system analyst (programmer) and I guess I don't get the biz yet. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 12, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I learn to think like a software developer?

I'm a tech writer who writes customer-facing documentation. I have a vague goal of becoming the kind of tech writer who can write developer documentation. So I'm trying to begin to understand what that would look like and what kind of skills I would need to pick up. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jun 11, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I make a living as a freelance software developer/musician?

I'm currently doing the 9-5 for a company as a software developer during the week and am a church organist on Sundays (as well as a few other freelance music gigs), but I would like to leave the office behind and become a freelance developer so I can spend more time on music. I've thought about this a lot, but now I want to actually DO it. What steps do I need to take to make this happen? Does anyone have experience being in this type of situation? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

How to organize a team creating ONE app with two distinct users groups

The product will target two completely different groups of users, with different deadlines. Should we be separate teams or one team? What other applications are there that does something similar and how are they managed? [more inside]
posted by tedunni on Jan 25, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I effectively manage project tasks?

I'm a senior software developer who has been working as a project manager/project design lead for the past year. Essentially, my role is to manage the tasks involved in developing web applications. What can I do to become more effective? Are there any books on the subject? Help me improve! [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Jan 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me stop waffling about my continuing education in Software Development

In the field of software development, is it better to have 5+ years experience or a Bachelor's Degree? (snowflake) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Handling complex business logic without if-then-else

I'm working on a web app (PHP) that generates a personalized health guide based on a few user choices. The logic behind the generator is complex enough that if-then-else statements would get too nested, having too many conditions and difficult to maintain. I've been reading about rules engines, DSLs, karnaugh maps, finite-state machine, decision trees, rete networks and behavior trees. In addition to being utterly confused, I'm unsure which of these is the best approach for my app. Which one do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 22, 2012 - 4 answers

I'm in charge of software development practices and need some help.

My role at work is growing from being a plain programmer to being in charge of our development process. Sounds great, but we don't have a process so I need to come up with one. I need techniques and tools to improve our end product. [more inside]
posted by borkencode on Feb 14, 2012 - 12 answers

"give a talk"-style technical interview

There's a computer programming type job I'm going to apply for where the interview process includes a "give a talk to your future team" component. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Help software developers work on their own!

I've been working with a group of 2 other senior engineers for several years. We each have about ten years experience doing web development, mainly doing high volume e-commerce sites. Our work is client services based, companies come to our company to build sites out. We'd like to do this for ourselves. Our question is very basic, what our options for bidding work or getting clients? Do recruiters ever have projects they give out to bid? Bonus: the other two engineers are female, so we'd qualify for any contracts that give weight to women owned businesses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 - 3 answers

The user is always right

I get really frustrated with the process at my workplace, particularly meetings. After many details, I have a couple of questions about work (specifically software development and project management decisions) and how to deal with meeting-related frustration. [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Nov 23, 2011 - 30 answers

If I I go there will be trouble if I stay there will be double

Please help me decide where to go next in my career as a software developer. Warning: long and neurotic. [more inside]
posted by sockomatic on Aug 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Is there such a thing as an 'easy' programming job?

What would be the easist kind of programming job a person could get? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 22, 2011 - 25 answers

Software development tools for developing other things?

Software developers, project managers, anybody trying to improve complex processes involving lots of people: Help us manage and improve a training program. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Jul 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Working on my Night Course

I would like to take an evening/night-time course in software development/computer programming in London. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on May 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Resources for making US software work in South America

Could you direct me towards information about what it takes to make a US software product available and work in countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina? [more inside]
posted by rmless on Mar 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding.

ApplicationDevelopment Filter: The IT Director at my company balked at my suggestion that we conduct User Acceptance Testing on every requirement to be included in an upcoming release. Moreover, she told me that testing every requirement has not been a best practice for over 10 years. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Aug 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Is telecommuting just another "let's live under the sea!" solution?

Have telecommuting jobs helped anyone's personal projects gain momentum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Is there a website that tracks information about companies that have offshored information technology jobs?

Is there a website that tracks information about companies that have offshored information technology jobs? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Nov 26, 2009 - 0 answers

Help me with job titles associated with software development

Which jobs should I be searching for a stepping stone in the world of software development and eventually project management? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Oct 12, 2009 - 23 answers

How do you avoid hard coding SQL statements in PHP?

Is there a good way to prevent hard coding of insert/update sql statements in PHP? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha on Mar 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Writing software on contingency?

Developing software on contingency - how much should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by SirOmega on Feb 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Fantastic software development blogs?

I have Kathy Sierra withdrawal. What blog should I read instead? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Oct 5, 2008 - 1 answer

How do I get software development projects?

I'm a software developer who's tired of corporate 9-to-5 and wants to quit my job, and support myself by working on programming projects while focusing on building my dream business. But how do I get my foot in the door on (not "need a small website") software projects without really having a network of connections? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Jul 21, 2008 - 8 answers

What's the market for Mac software like?

What does the market for Mac software look like? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on May 28, 2008 - 12 answers

Examples of large software systems built with well-known open source components?

Can you think of examples of large or important software systems built with well-known open source components? I could use them in the introduction of a paper that I'm writing. [more inside]
posted by mausburger on May 4, 2008 - 25 answers

Project Manager ain't happy, ain't nobody happy

Good online resources for help with writing procedures and creating flowcharts? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Mar 18, 2008 - 2 answers

How do you write great help docs?

What are good resources for improving online help and user documentation? [more inside]
posted by Palaverist on Feb 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Structuring a FOSS Support Contract

A very successful business has just decided to build their next mission critical application using free open source tools developed by my small little consulting company. They want to contract with us for ongoing support and improvements. How should we structure the deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2007 - 7 answers

Explaining how to report a bug

I'm having a few non-technical people test a webapp. What's the best one pager you've seen that explains the proper way to report a bug to a developer?
posted by gwint on Aug 20, 2007 - 7 answers

How should I continue with my open source web app idea?

I've have this idea for an open source web application project. Currently, there isn't much more than sketches, light research and ideas resulting from my own experiences of using similiar products. I would like to do something real out of this but the scope of the project is far too big for me alone. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 5, 2007 - 16 answers

Can't we negotiate?

After only a week or so of job search, I've been offered a software development position at a little startup that does almost exactly what I want to do. Seriously, I cannot imagine a more ideal group to work for. I'm supposed to contact them next week to discuss terms and salary. However, during the interview, some of the statements seemed to imply that they didn't have the budget to satisfy my requested salary. I really want to work for these folks, but don't want to sell myself short. Can you think of creative suggestions I might make during negotiations to make up the difference? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Oct 27, 2006 - 19 answers

Funding Open Source Development

I'm looking for examples of open source projects that were funded in advance by contributions and pledges from interested users. [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Success Factors for Iterative Development

What are the success factors in implementing an iterative software development process? [more inside]
posted by sexymofo on Jun 9, 2006 - 7 answers

Alternatives to SourceForge?

Alternatives to SourceForge? [more inside]
posted by knave on May 17, 2006 - 4 answers

What are some good software development/open source blogs?

What are the best software development/open source blogs? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr on Feb 15, 2006 - 11 answers

and it begins...

DevFilter: For those of you who have started large-scale software development projects, what worked during the initial design & framework stages? Did UML->C++ work for the class framework? Was UML remotely worth it (my first instinct is no, but I've never done a project this big before). Other ideas? Things you'd do differently next time?
posted by devilsbrigade on Dec 7, 2005 - 10 answers

trac?

Is anyone out there using this? How do you like it?
posted by lilboo on Jul 20, 2005 - 5 answers

Ethical to markup off-shored services?

My small company has been working on a relatively significant time and materials-based software development project for the past three months. We still have three months more of this to go. At any rate, because we don't have the expertise in house nor do we really have the need to build up a QA area (this is a one off project), we are looking into off-shoring the testing of the application. Is it ethical to markup the offshored hourly tester rates? [more inside]
posted by Flem Snopes on May 20, 2005 - 5 answers

Software Development Methodology

Software Development Methodology/Process. I am seeking advice/resources/experiences which could improve a small software company's ability to deliver quality software on time and on budget and the lives of the people who work there. [+] [more inside]
posted by kenaman on Dec 22, 2004 - 19 answers

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