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C++ for Snowflakes

I'm looking to get good at C++ fast. I have a math phd and many years of experience with collaborative python development (including just a small touch of cython), but now need to start coding in C++. What are some good resources to get me where I'm going?
posted by kaibutsu on Sep 23, 2014 - 12 answers

My kid stumped me with a question about the speed of light

On a car trip yesterday my kid posed a hypothetical question. I was blown away, and I have no idea how to answer it. This is what she said. "So light takes 90 minutes to go from Saturn to Earth. What if, instead of shining a light on Saturn, you had a long metal chain that stretched from Saturn to Earth. A person on Saturn pulls on the chain. How long would it take the person on Earth to feel that pull?" [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Sep 22, 2014 - 32 answers

Learning to use classes in C#

Mr. Killian is struggling in an intro to C# programming class, specifically learning to use classes. Are there online resources out there that would supplement his classroom work? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Aug 31, 2014 - 12 answers

What is the best C++ Integrated Development Environment for a noobie?

I'm not a complete noob when it comes to programming. I started off in TRS-80 basic and progressed to Pascal, Visual Basic, Matlab, and a bit of assembly language and HDL. [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants on Mar 3, 2014 - 6 answers

How to fix (lldb) error in Xcode?

I'm a new Xcode user (and a just learning C++). I'm trying to work with "if" and "else" statements. My program seems to run just fine for the "if else" and "else" statements, but my "if" statement at the beginning returns the result "(lldb)". More inside. [more inside]
posted by junipero on Feb 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Hybrid shopping

Are there any Prius C owners out there? Will I like having a Prius C? I'm considering buying a 2013 Prius C Three or Four in the next few weeks. I test drove one the other day and really liked it. I'm going to do another test drive on the highway to see how it feels. My goal is to make a purchase that last week of December. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Relativity and time dilation ... how's that work again?

I am writing a story with science fictional elements, and I am finding whatever practical knowledge of time dilation I ever had has dissolved into the mists of time. Help me out? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Oct 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Acid/Vitamin C and ADD Meds

For someone who takes Adderall for ADD, will drinking acidic drinks (including say juice, soda, or homemade drink with apple cider vinegar) and/or taking vitamin C supplements mute or dull or interfere with the medication? Talking to pharmacist and googling has yielded some very mixed and confusing answers, and I'd love it if somebody knew enough to give a definitive answer.
posted by skj√łnn on May 14, 2013 - 10 answers

When was the designation "S. en C." first used in Mexico?

When was the designation "S. en C."after a company name first used in Mexico, as in 'Cia. Abarrotera "El Cisne" S. en C.'? An answer of the type "was used at least as early as" would also be helpful.
posted by kirsti on Feb 26, 2013 - 4 answers

OOP class design conondrum..

OOP class design conondrum. I am designing a set of classes for an online survey/quiz engine. I need some help with designing my classes. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Best book for beginning C++ student?

What's the single best book for a beginning student of C++ to work through over a period of a month or two?
posted by killdevil on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 20, 2012 - 8 answers

C++ filter: How do I get a filename from a FILE * pointer?

Is there a way to find out the filename associated with a specific FILE * pointer? (OS: Red Hat EL 5) [more inside]
posted by tckma on Apr 12, 2012 - 28 answers

Stuck In between a Chorus and a Hard Place!

Im writing a song right now on my acoustic guitar, my first song, and I'm a little stuck, I've got some good chord progressions, I know my key (C) I just dont know where to go from there [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Same as it ever was?

Is the speed of light constant on the timescale of the universe? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Mar 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me phone screen interview candidates more effectively?

Help me do a better job of phone screening candidates for largely-technical/programming positions. [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Jan 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Best documented ASP.Net Open Source Projects

I am looking for the best documented open source ASP.Net 4.0 website/application available. By 'documented' I am not referring to a user guide for the Wiki/Blog/E-Commerce site or whatever it is, I am referring to accompanying documentations which details how the code works, how it is put together. A document which would act as a guide to someone who was reviewing the code/design/database etc.. Documentation which would help a developer to understand the technical architecture and structure. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Nov 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Building reports with Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express

I have developed a project management C# website using Visual Web Developer 2010 Express and SQL SERVER 2008 Express. I now have urgent need of some reporting functionality, and I am not at all clear about what my options are. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Nov 2, 2011 - 3 answers

How is it possible to write fizzbuzz in 73 bytes of C?

A number of people have posted undisclosed 73-byte C solutions to the fizzbuzz code golf challenge. How on earth are they doing that? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Oct 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Where can I find great code?

What open-source projects should I look at to see examples of great design and clear coding style? [more inside]
posted by scose on Oct 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me pick a new programming language to learn

I'm a developer at a C++ shop right now, and would like to expand my skills in order to be more versatile and marketable. What's the next programming language I should learn? (I know some assembly, and very basic HTML)
posted by Stephanie Duy on Jul 24, 2011 - 31 answers

Help me convince my boss to upgrade from ASP.net 1.1 to 4.0

I need to make the case to my ultra non-techie boss for upgrading our ASP.net 1.1 website to an ASP.net 4.0 website. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on May 28, 2011 - 6 answers

help me make technology empowering

Help me increase my technology/computer knowledge and resourcefulness so I may help others in my community get the most out of digital tools. Or: How do I apply the DIY/empowering/hackerly approach to computing in a way that benefits others? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Decoding the question of the coder I need

What kind of Web programmer/coder do I need for this project? Where do I find such a person? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Where should the spacing go?

Where should you put the space in function defs/callls in C-like languages? [more inside]
posted by knz on Feb 8, 2011 - 29 answers

What looks good with #AFC398?

Programmers: know any good algorithms for picking colors, modifying colors or choosing colors that go well together? This is specifically for code. I'm NOT looking for apps that let you choose colors. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Feb 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me get started audio programming

I've been studying C++ for the last year and some change, and I'd like to start merging this study with my work in audio synthesis. What's a good way to get started programming audio applications? [more inside]
posted by Horizontally a Champion on Dec 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me refactor our web application

What's the best way to break apart an asp.net c# web application? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on Nov 11, 2010 - 1 answer

What Computer language should I master to reach a 60-80k salary?

Most profitable computer language to learn in 2010/11? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 on Oct 27, 2010 - 25 answers

Coding Practice

Programming Filter: I'm applying for software jobs, but I don't want to forget what I know. How should I practice to keep my skills sharp? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Oct 21, 2010 - 22 answers

f all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail

Are there any C# or Java tutorials anywhere as good as Larry Wall's Programming Perl? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Sep 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Getting a part-time programming job without a degree...

How do you go about when you look for a part-time entry-level software developer job? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Programs to learn on?

I'd like some program ideas to implement. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Why does this work in a Windows Forms solution but not a as Class Library?

I have a driver written in C++; it's set up as a solution within a VS 2008 project. If I go and create a new "Windows Forms" solution and reference the driver, it works fine (Intellisence works, it compiles etc). But when I try to do the same exact thing with a "Class Library" solution it will not see,link, whatever anything in the driver. I know I'm light on information, but its that simple "Class Libary"->Fail Winforms-> "No Fail"! I can't seem to come up with any good google searches for this either. Please help me hive mind!
posted by rickim on Jul 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Writing website for charity...should I copyright it?

I have been laid off and, along with looking for work, I thought I'd learn some new technology and add to my resume. I am now working on a web site for a charity that uses Bing/Silverlight to find meeting locations. One of my former co-workers said "You had better copyright it" which made me wonder if I needed to and if I do, what kind of license do I give the charity?
posted by CodeMonkey on Jul 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Focusing on the concrete skills, rather than abstract, in C++

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python is mentioned a lot as a great way to learn the Python programming language. Does something comparable exist for C++? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

C with Doxygen > XML > PDF

Any experiences working with Doxygen XML output? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jun 22, 2010 - 4 answers

I want to write an app that downloads files.

I want to create a very specific software application. Which language should I use? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Apr 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Enforcing a time limit on a page using JavaScript, C# (ASP.NET 1.1) and display a countdown timer also.

I need to enforce a five minute time limit on a page using JavaScript, C# (ASP.NET 1.1) and display a countdown timer also. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Vitamin Killers

How does Vitamin C and E cause your life expectancy to decrease? [more inside]
posted by bkeene12 on Jan 9, 2010 - 14 answers

Your script is my command!

[Software Development filter] I am working on a project that uses a PC (Windows) and a dedicated microprocessor to perform a specific task. I want to create a scripting language that will allow the user to write their own sequences for the tool. [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Dec 22, 2009 - 27 answers

Help with a simple Visual C# coding problem?

Oh God. Where to start? This is, at its heart, a programming question about C#. It's probably not a very hard programming question, either. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Learning C++ or Matlab from scratch

Is it possible to learn C++ or matlab for financial engineering without a strong background in math or previous experience in computer science or engineering? Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by jsmith78 on Oct 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me filter my data!

I'm trying to get more comfortable with Linq and I'm having some trouble. I have a list myprojects that is initiated when a session is started (and discarded at the end). I have a projects entity and repository and have a form setup to add projects to myprojects. This works. I have a reports entity where there might be many reports to a single project. I'm trying to use myprojects to filter the reports and this does not work. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Oct 12, 2009 - 4 answers

What does it mean when someone flashes you a "C" while driving?

Tonight around midnight, in South City St. Louis, MO, my mom pulled up to a stoplight left of a pickup truck, and the thirty-something, white, crew-cut haired driver flashed her a hand sign that looked, from her perspective, like the letter "C." He did this several times over the next couple minutes whenever he pulled along side her, until she managed to lose him. Has anyone seen this before or know what it means?
posted by Hollow on Sep 27, 2009 - 18 answers

What the *?

int *ptr=(int*)2; ...could someone explain the use of the second asterisk? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Aug 16, 2009 - 21 answers

Calling all algorithm lovers!

I need help solving an interesting algorithm using 'C'! [more inside]
posted by niwnfyc on Jul 15, 2009 - 6 answers

How do you traverse a really large library like .NET?

I'm working a project that requires some custom programming. This is outside of my usual domain, I'm feeling overwhelmed by the amount of objects and libraries available to me. I find most of my time is spent looking up what to include and how to do simple things that are easy once I find what I'm looking for. What's the best way to go about learning the libraries? Should I just sit down with a big reference book? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Any Storm In A Port?

Can I port an open-source project to another language without violating its BSD License? [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Jun 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me escape the quotes!

Visual Studio 2008 IDE Question [more inside]
posted by sepsis on Jun 7, 2009 - 6 answers

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