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Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

vintage science and engineering book series... by cover.

Years ago I saw a flickr set (I think) of the covers of a vintage series of books on science and engineering. Each cover (under the dust jacket) was a single color and featured a simple embossed diagram of the book's topic (e.g rockets, electricity & magnetism), with no text. They were gorgeous. Please help me find the series title!
posted by you're a kitty! on Jan 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Engineering design mistake

I can't find a Wikipedia page I saw a while back. It was about a sort of design error or cognitive bias whereby designers or engineers reject as irrelevant (or are unaware of) a relevant factor in the requirements of a design because it is outside of their field. It gave an example which was about designing and providing water supplies in Africa. There were known ways to prevent a certain disease in the water, but the engineers were not familiar with them, so the disease spread.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Oct 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Designs for a designer?

Suggest me a rewarding and inspiring career side-step. I desperately need to find a new job, but the obvious ones directly on my career path are just not working for me. I'm looking for a more creative/design environment which will value my engineering skills and to which I can bring my unusual innovative experience. [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Jun 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me see the light!

Weird art/design/engineering filter: I need help designing a small, self-contained unit that will make a beam of light "visible" by filling the unit with smoke. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Dec 18, 2011 - 12 answers

My Girlfriend Wants To Go Back To School For Design...and I'm a lousy guidance counselor.

So my girlfriend wants to get into a design field and go back to school for it. What's the fastest and most affordable way for that happen in a meaningful way? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 4, 2011 - 9 answers

BFA ID + BA Engn = Yes?

Working on a BFA in Industrial Design and considering getting an Engineering degree as well. Is a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Nov 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Please help me identify and apply this skill

I feel like I have a particular skill related to engineering, but I need help defining it in clear terms and figuring out what kind of job it would be useful in. [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jun 12, 2010 - 17 answers

autoCAD or manual drawing, which should I go for?

autoCAD or manual drawing, which should I go for? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on May 31, 2010 - 12 answers

Engineering toolbox and the design process

What are some good places to find concrete examples of people using computers / math / engineering tools to solve (difficult or easy) problems in an intelligent manner? [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Feb 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Mobile Software Design Guru Reading?

where can I read about the system and software design for mobile? preferably something written within the last year or two? any particular mobile code gurus out there? primarily focusing on mobile web. Any of these books worth getting? They appear to have positive ratings and relevant content descriptions on Amazon. 0321269314 1847193439 0596155441 [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jan 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Seeking clicking mechanism or design...

What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Nov 21, 2009 - 13 answers

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Any Solid Edge v20 experts out there?

How do I create my own draft templates in Solid Edge v20? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on May 18, 2009 - 0 answers

Function databases?

I listened in on an engineering design lecture a few days ago, and was fascinated to find out that there are apparently databases out there that contain all the different ways some common functions can be accomplished - for example, getting liquid out of a cup. What are these databases called and where can I find them?
posted by archagon on Jan 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Calling All Engineers!

I am stuck on a "design of machine components" project. Anyone care to take a crack? Its actually a pretty simple spring problem. [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Nov 24, 2008 - 5 answers

"Tell me what company you keep and I'll tell you what you are."

I'm currently looking for a job in the Vancouver or Victoria BC areas, and I'd like some suggestions on companies that do the kinds of things I'm looking for. I'm a Mechanical Engineering Technologist trained at BCIT, with all my post-grad work experience in manufacturing. I'm looking to move my career into a design focused job that has elements of Mechanical and Industrial design. Job classifieds have been pretty meagre, and I'd like to take a proactive approach instead of waiting for something great to come along. [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on Nov 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Student Design Journals?

Do you know of any design journals that it would be feasible to submit student work to? I'm looking for either journals specifically targeted to students or journals that are not super high-end. [more inside]
posted by Maia on Oct 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Which path to go for product design/usability/human factors?

I'm a jack-of-all-trades type of guy interested in getting into product design/usability/human factors. I'm somewhat convinced getting a degree in industrial engineering is a good start. Any other paths to consider before I commit to that? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo on Oct 2, 2008 - 12 answers

How could I forget to mention the bicycle is a good invention

I'm building a two-wheeled cargo trailer for my bicycle, and I'm mounting standard caliper brakes on each wheel of the trailer. I want to control both brakes with one handle i.e. I squeeze the handle, and both calipers close. How can I set this up? [more inside]
posted by optovox on Jul 5, 2008 - 9 answers

Redundancy and Safety Tradeoffs in Industrial Design

How do industrial and product designers or human factors engineers or ergonomics experts talk about the safety implications of redundant controls? [more inside]
posted by gum on May 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Buying an Oscilloscope

I'm an electrical engineering student/hobbyist looking to buy an oscilloscope. I'd like to spend around $200 ($300 max, probes/shipping included). What should I look for, and where? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Apr 16, 2008 - 10 answers

I need a Magnetic and Photbeam Sensor!

Can you show me a photo beam sensor or a magnetic sensor that is close to the size of my pinky? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Dec 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Design/engineering - where to begin?

CareerFilter: Help me break out of the cocoon of mediocrity. I've been underachieving for the past five years. I need to find a career path that I find worth-while and satisfying. New media design? Engineer? [more inside]
posted by nemoorange on Sep 4, 2007 - 5 answers

What is the metal, engineering equivalent of an erector set?

I need to make a relatively small (incorporating 1/4" rods) metal assembly. What is the metal, engineering equivalent of an erector set? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Apr 6, 2006 - 13 answers

Floors - how do they work?

How are floors held up in a typical house? Such as, for instance, a Dutch colonial? How much weight can they support?
posted by adampsyche on Aug 26, 2004 - 9 answers

Solving Computer Problems

In the teach a man to fish cat., what's the best way to solve computer problems?[mi] [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Jun 23, 2004 - 12 answers

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