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Beautiful Code 2015

I want to look at and think about other people's design decisions as part of my effort to become a better software engineer. What open source code bases have taught you something valuable about the art and craft of writing code or the ins and outs of managing large, distributed software projects? [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze on Jun 15, 2015 - 11 answers

How much should a junior engineer at a startup/consultancy in SF make?

I just graduated from a web development bootcamp and am starting to look for my first job in the field in the Bay Area. I'm getting wildly different advice about how much money I should try to get paid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Article about unmaintainable software on bank mainframes

Please help me locate an article I read online a couple of years ago. Essentially it went like this: the core software that banks use to run transactions is very old and hard to maintain, and they're terrified of breaking something by trying to integrate new features. Therefore, "instant" transactions via online banking aren't really instant: what actually happens is that there's an elaborate front-end emulating the functionality of the core system. Every night the front-end system delivers all the queued-up "faked" transactions to the core system, which actually processes them. [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

I need some advice for working with tech recruiters in NYC

I am a senior engineer looking for software development work in NYC. I'm attracting a lot of attention from recruiters, and I need some advice for how to work with them. I'm concerned that I've already made a huge mistake. [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Please help me decide if I should move back to NYC from SF

Can't decide if I should move back to NYC from SF. Please help me find some new ways to think about the problem. [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Dec 4, 2014 - 27 answers

What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC?

What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

How do you measure a software engineer's productivity?

I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Oct 20, 2014 - 32 answers

Software job: Am I going to get fired? How to make it go best-ish-ly?

Do verbal warnings predict firing? What should I expect if I do get fired, and how do I make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 25, 2013 - 29 answers

New to the US but not to software engineering- help advise my husband.

My husband just moved to the US and so is not so familiar with the local software engineering scene (actually, not so familiar with the scene at all as he hadn't even visited the US before this). I'm American and can guide him a little, but not too much because I'm not in software or a related industry. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Mar 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Software job: good, bad, mediocre?

First job in the software industry. Is it good, awful, or just mediocre? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 27 answers

Aptitude-based hiring and on-the-job hiring in software companies?

I'm looking for software companies that do 1) aptitude-based hiring and 2) on-the-job training: "If you pass a (often language-agnostic) programming test, in addition to in-person interviews, maybe a code review, etc., we will train you for your job." What companies in the Chicago area follow this model? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Nov 5, 2011 - 1 answer

Where can I find great code?

What open-source projects should I look at to see examples of great design and clear coding style? [more inside]
posted by scose on Oct 2, 2011 - 9 answers

When is it necessary to write a cover letter?

When is it necessary to write a cover letter? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Apr 25, 2011 - 16 answers

Resume help : how to express my (slightly) complicated work experiences

In need of resume help. Abridged version : I worked for Company A, and then Company A split into two companies, Company B and Company C. Company A no longer exists. How do I list this on my resume? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 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

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

Do I need the 32-bit or 64-bit Oracle client?

I'm migrating a data-driven web application written in classic ASP from a development server running Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) and a previous version of IIS to a new development server running Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) and IIS7. I need to install the Oracle 10g client on the new server to connect to an existing Oracle DB, but that DB is served on a machine running 32-bit Windows. So which version of the Oracle client for Windows should I install, the 32-bit or 64-bit version?
posted by saulgoodman on Jun 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Is time collection the norm in software engineering?

Is time collection (as in, recording what you work on to the nearest 15 minutes) the norm in software engineering? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Feb 14, 2010 - 18 answers

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