Development/Programming Career Articles

Continuous Improvement: The Importance of the Team Retrospective

Even good agile teams can get better. Mark J. Balbes walks you through how retrospectives have impacted his team and shows you options for yours.

Project Management Is Not Enough: 4 Crucial Agile Techniques

Why you need automated testing, continuous integration, test-driven development and -- yes -- pair programming for agile to be successful.

You Can't Do Agile If You Haven't Seen Agile

Do all the research you want, but according to our expert, successful agile transitions require someone who's actually spent time in an agile environment.

Agile and CMMI, Part II: Tips from the Trenches

Facing CMMI appraisal? Mark walks you through how he completed the Risk Management and Decision Analysis portions of CMMI Maturity Level 3 for his agile shop.

What Does an Architect Do in an Agile Shop? An Agile Architect Explains All...

If you're wondering what a software architect does in an agile development environment, you're not alone. Mark J. Balbes shares what he does and how it all comes together in better code.

When Milliseconds Make Millions: Why Wall Street Programmers Earn the Big Bucks

David Ramel follows up his "Highest Paid Programmers" article with a look inside the world of high-frequency trading (HTF), where coders earn top dollars and even nanoseconds count.

What Do the Highest-Paid Programmers Make?

How much can a programmer get paid? Our reporter went on a quest to document the high-end salary range for programmers, including the highest verifiable salary. Here's what he found out.

Developers Gone Bad: Fired Programmers Strike Back...With Nasty Code

Sometimes programers get fired. And some of those individuals try to exact their revenge.

Job-Killing Decisions by Techies: What Not To Do 

From the expected (spilling company secrets) to the ridiculous (taking left over pizza), here's how some developers saw their jobs – and sometimes careers – come to the end.

Developer, Network Architect, Help Support Make List of Best Careers for 2011

In this year's "50 Best Careers" list, released Monday, four IT-related jobs made the cut: computer software engineer, computer support specialist, computer systems analyst and network architect.

6 Off-the-Beaten-Path Colleges for Recruiting Top Development Talent

Sure, you can compete with every other company for developers from MIT, Stanford and Cal Tech, but here's six other schools with top-level Computer Science programs that you should be looking at.

Frustrated Developer Releases Intell Analysis Software as Open Source

Intelligence analysis software is about to go open source. Matthew Burton, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst and software developer, is working on an open-source version of a CIA software tool called "Analysis of Competing Hypotheses."

Inside the Microsoft Developer Job Interview, Part 3 of 3: Tips & Tricks for the Interview Itself

Microsoft hiring managers and interviewees share inside advice for nailing the interview process.

Developers Say Time Constraints, Poor Testing Top Project Challenges

In a new survey, more than half f application developers say they don't have enough time to complete their work and nearly a third said testing is their top challenge.

Inside the Microsoft Developer Job Interview, Part 2 of 3: Tips & Advice on Preparing for and Answering Questions

Part 1 of this series covered what's changed and what you can expect in general (e.g., lots of code). In this second installment, those who've gone before (and who are doing the interviews) give you tips, tricks and advice on exactly what to expect/how to prepare.

Inside the Microsoft Developer Job Interview, Part 1 of 3: What To Expect/What's Changed

Will Microsoft still really ask you how to move Mount Fuji? How much coding (and what kind) will there really be? Find out in the first of this three-part series.

Report: IT Salaries Edging Upward

IT salaries at enterprises inched up slightly this year for the most part, according to a study published on Monday.

Report: IT Systems Engineer Named Best U.S. Job

San Francisco-based research and analysis group Focus has named systems engineer as the "best job in America."

Reports: Small IT Spending Increases Expected in 2010

Global IT expenditure is expected to increase slightly this year, according to reports released this week.

IT Starts To Dust Off Shelved Projects

A study released Thursday found that at least some IT projects that have been shelved are back on companies' drawing boards.

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