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luv2sled writes: I have a CS degree and about 5 years of software development (mostly in Java and UI development). Unfortunately, it's been a few years since I've used any of these skills. For the last 7 years, I have been working in Product Management/Development. I have found this work to be less than satisfying and would like to move back to software development. Any suggestions on how to make this transition?
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How to get back into software development

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  • Brush up on C# and .Net as well as some T-SQL and SQL Server and take an entry level job.
    If you already have experience developing it'll come back to you quickly. You should be able to prove yourself as a competent intermediate/senior developer after about a year.

    Next, ask your employer to compensate you accordingly. If they refuse you'll have a year's worth of relevant work experience to put on your resume.

    You'll hear a lot of people telling you to avoid Microsoft and .NET, but ignore them. C# developme

    • I concurr with this.

      C# and Java are the two 'big ones' right now.

      C# is much much much much easier than Java. First time I used it, felt a bit like cheating.

      Learn by doing by the way. Don't grab a book - grab a project.
  • Some people would suggest programming languages or books.. etc
    No, the issue at hand isn't what language to use, because that's something you decide after you determine what to do. You shouldn't determine the 'how' before the 'what'.
    My advice? Find a daring project. Something you feel is very difficult for you to do, but you know can be done. At your stage I'd say it's not the method that's lacking; it's the interest.
    Just do something fun and borderline crazy, go all out.

Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.