Computer Programmer Job Description
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The development of a software application begins with a design document and building the initial application framework or an engine. This includes taking care of network connections, building data transfer pipelines, data communication between different languages or databases and plenty of others, depending on the type of an application being developed. These duties are usually performed by the lead software engineer. There is usually one of them on a team. It is not at all uncommon for software engineers and computer programmers (however you want to call them) to work in teams as well as independently. Working in a team environment implies the use of software development tools such as version control (Perforce or Subversion), IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) such as InteliJ IDEA, EditPadPro, Eclipse and a few others. Some of these software tools cost a fortune and require a license, others are free.
In a start-up company environment, a software engineer is required to work long hours, usually 8 to 10 hours a day sometimes working overtime and/or on weekends. This is sometimes exhausting but it is counter-balanced by a good salary. More than often, and this is true especially for the software development companies located on the East Coast (San Francisco, The Bay Area, or Silicon Valley), as a computer programmer you will be exposed to the software developer culture, which means that you are assumed to be part of the team, work together with others, be friendly and communicative and have a sense of humor. This is sometimes tough to perform for people who have spent years of studying programming in their bedrooms at night by themselves, as a personal interest and a passion or a simple hobby. The concept of a social programmer can sound like a paradox sometimes, but in reality many software engineers are bright, friendly and social people as opposed to the pop-culture belief that all programmers are anti-social geeks.
Programmers and Software Engineers of all kinds make between $65,000 to $150,000 thousand dollars per year and higher, depending on experience. It is not uncommon for well-organized and presentable companies to be funded by investors. While it is relatively difficult to get funding for your own start-up company (funding comes in stages or series), once this is achieved, the company starts looking for a new office and interviewing applicants for potential candidacy. The interview process usually takes an hour, often two hours or more as the candidate is being interviewed by the Hiring Manager and then the CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and even some of the already-employed Software Engineers at the company. Different questions are asked during the interview that reveal more about the candidate's previous experience, salary history and the type of work that he or she has been previously exposed to.
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