I'm in a very unfortunate situation, and I'm hoping to hear some concrete advice to help me choose a direction for my programming career. Here's a summary of where I am in life: I just finished a Computer Science degree at a small college in my small hometown. My parents were very unsuccessful in life, and can't offer me real-world advice besides "Get any job you can!" I managed to graduate without retaining much information, and I completely failed to prepare for my life ahead. Now that I'm out of school, I can clearly see how unprepared I am for working with people in a corporate environment. I'm also very reluctant to move somewhere else to find work because 1) I basically already own my own small dream home in a decent neighborhood, and 2) my mother is getting old and won't be able to support herself much longer. She doesn't have any retirement savings, and I'm the only one left in her life to support her.
So, now I'm trying to grow up real fast and make some responsible decisions. I feel like my only hope is to find a way to make money remotely online. I would love to do freelance work, but I can't afford to travel to meet with clients, and I'm afraid I won't understand the projects I'm lucky enough to get.
Alternatively, I'm considering developing my own software/apps and marketing them myself. I'm creative enough to design novel and useful software, and I'm not afraid to handle the marketing and business aspects, but I don't know what "running a business" really involves.
I want to make it clear that I'm not looking for an easy way out. And I don't need to make loads of money to maintain my lifestyle. We've been supporting ourselves on minimum wage income for years. I'm just looking for a feasible plan to support a modest life without risking poverty.
I would welcome any realistic ideas/perspectives about my situation, or a better website to post my questions.
I'm a recruiter for a global translation company and have some tough positions to fill. Recent applicants have been under-qualified. I'm proactively looking for people and sourcing resumes. Besides the traditional craigslist, indeed, monster, dice, etc - what other sites are popular for the tech community to look on when looking for a new job? I like strong tech community sites like stackoverflow, for example, because the people who frequent those sites are usually constant learners vs posting on craigslist and having a less passionate candidate apply.
To get an idea of our needs, example of positions are "localization engineering manager", "OneLink Website Engineer", "IT Server Engineer", ".NET Developer", "Application Developer", "Junior Software Developer"
What would your advise be on perusing a form of agile certification at this point? My main points of concern are whether the knowledge base and methodology has matured enough for the courses to provide value, whether the market has developed an appreciation for certified agile professionals (ROI)?
Naturally if you motivate for certification it would also be nice to know which body you can vouch for.
The only reason to go for certification in any subject is to help you progress in your career. The first thing you need to research is how many businesses are asking for this qualification in their job requirements.
So you have a certificate as an "Agile ..." - how much work experience do you then have with this or that technique / role in an Agile Team?
Depends on the employer: some might prefer certificates over experience, others might do it the other way round (and I'd prefer the latter style!).
Some certificates may provide a different kind of value: they make sure that people of different teams use the same "language", i.e. they certifiy that you understand a set of technical terms in a defined way. That's important when some work is sourced out to different companies.
After working 10+ years at one company, I'm considering changing jobs. Mainly due to the endless re-orgs at my present company. After working at one company for so long, I'm not totally sure what to expect from an employer.
I've been applying mostly to Fortune 500 companies. The one that's come off as the most professional so far had one downside. They don't give local admin rights to the developers. I won't mention the name, but this is a financial services company. Other than that, everything sounds good so far. Good pay, advancement potential, 40 hour work week, bright co-workers, profitable business model ( for the division I'll be working at least) etc.
What is your experience? Have you worked for a company that doesn't give admin rights to developers? I do have that now & I work for another Fortune 500 company, but like I said, the unstable environment is wearing me out. Have you encountered any other major bureaucratic hassles that you tolerated? Or left because of?
FYI, I've definitely considered that I'd be happier at a smaller company, but I'd like to try one more large company a shot before I do that.
If you really need local admin rights as a developer or not, depends on the software you have to develop. With COM controls or Windows Services, that would be a PITA, but with .Net / Java desktop applications, I do not see a problem.
How "bureaucratic" is their software development process? How many papers have to be signed off before you can check-in a bug fix - none or many? The daily bureaucracy is far more important than local admin rights. But bureaucracy can be found in companies of any size, and also big companies can have modern development processes.
By the way, I know a company which insists on encrypted hard disks, causing the start of the computer to be terribly slow, and of course all later hard disk accesses...
Have you worked for a company that doesn't give admin rights to developers?
I have worked for several financial corporations and they only gave admin rights to developers.
Have you encountered any other major bureaucratic hassles that you tolerated?
Requiring business casual every day.
Requiring that the 'group' justify themselves every 3 months in front of a review board. Failure could mean layoffs.
I can tell how I treat the first one now, I raise my salary requirements. If they want to pay me more money to show up in other clothes then I will do it.
There can be advantages to some companies. For example at one the company policy was that developers only worked 37.5 hours a week (5 x 8 hour work days with .5 allocated for lunch.) I worked more but there wasn't any discrimination for working that and no pressure to work vast number of hours and you will see that in smaller companies almost universally.
It depends on your confidence level.
Without local admin, every time you hit a blocker due to security restrictions you'll have to wait x days before you can continue that work stream. So long as the company pays you for that time, what do you care?
I am currently working for Winbooks, a Belgium company in Vietnam. The company has its own Framework base on .NET Framework. We make Web application. The idea about the Framework is that HTTP Response to client will be converted and render by Adobe Flash but not a logical ASP page.
This is the first time I work with this kind of Framework.
At the first glance, i see it's very convenience because I do not have to worry about the CSS , HTML , AJAX , JQUERY , MVC, Postback or everything like that in a traditional web application. So, I have no chance to put myself into these programming technique fields.
I am kind of a 1 year experience programmer and I always keep my head for improving my skills. Should I continue to work or back to traditional company where I have chance to work with what I used to?
so i got a job as a web developer recently, and is given a web project, this is my first job as a web developer. the client is a cosmetic company, they want me to create a web whose main objective is for data gathering? so basically, it's some kind of informative + community like web, where they gives out info like news and tips on cosmetic, the main purpose of the web is the community system, they want to implement a forum like system, where user can post tips and comment on those tips.
The problem is, originally, the company wants, that to comment or post tips user must have a facebook (facebook is REALLY popular in my country) account. but my employer, suggest them to add a member system too. So what i am confused is i've never seen a web before where user can comment eihter with facebook or with their own comment system(with member login).
so what do you guys think about this? should i tell my employer to change the system back to original? or is there a way to do the problem i have? or are there any other suggestions?
There are lots of systems that allow you to use other systems (such as facebook or twitter) to authenticate so that they can post a comment. One option is to have a users table in your database where you store all your users and then a column in the table to store what type of user it is, i.e. facebook, twitter, google, your own member, etc.
When they want to login you'll need a separate link or a dropdown for them to select how they want to authenticate (facebook, etc).
Based on what you describe here you really just need to support multiple types of users by adding a flag to your user table and then also by providing the various login options.
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Thanks for the reply. Another question, what about the comment box? for example facebook API comment box have those like,reply, and other stuff in it. how can i make a user who logs in as a normal member can reply those who uses facebook (if i use fb comment box), does this means i must modify facebook API? or should i just not use fb comment box, but my own comment box for all user.
I guess it depends on what you want to do. If you want to actually post to facebook then you'll need to use their api. If you just want a comment box that looks like facebook you just need to write all of the code yourself.
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