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Ask an Engineering Manager

Real answers to questions about work and life in software development.

Are you just starting your first software development job? Or working towards that next step in your career, and wondering how to work more effectively with your boss and teammates? Just wondering if software engineering is for you, and how to get into the industry? Or managing developers, and wondering how?

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May 30, 2021

What "running things in the cloud" really means. 

Why your dedicated data center is not as cheap as you think it is. 

Why it probably makes sense to use a cloud provider - but might not. 

What purchasing classifications have to do with servers.


Please let us know what you think and answer the  quick and easy...

May 16, 2021

Today's question: What do you think of people changing jobs very often?"

I will tell you what I think, and also how to avoid a negative impression - and why sometimes job change in quick succession might be perfectly OK.

May 16, 2021

So which programming language is the most useful to learn?

This episode considers that question from all possible angles, starting with "I want to build a specific kind of application" to "Which languages is best as the first language for someone just starting to program?".

Spoiler: It's not about the features of the...

May 16, 2021

A question about what different job titles commonly found in software project teams mean:

What is the difference between a lead developer, an architect, a project manager, and an engineering manager?


The episode contains answers like:

- why the meanings are not always precisely defined

- what a lead developer does