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Help me find this job!

I am a telecommuting web software developer focusing on Java/JEE. I enjoy what I do but feel mostly isolated. Help me find a new gig! [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Aug 27, 2014 - 1 answer

Finding other beginning web developers to form a study group with

How can I find other beginning students of web development to form a study group with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Best resources for learning SQL for database newbies

I am making a transition from an Excel-based reporting analyst to a database-oriented role in which SQL will be the primary necessary skill. I have next to zero database experience. I'm looking for resources that would be effective at teaching me what I need to learn. More within… [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Hiring a programmer for a clinical project?

I'm working with a professor of medicine, and she has a clinical decision algorithm that needs to be turned into a website with a database backend. We need to find a person. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Aug 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Automators against automation?

I am looking for research on, or organizing around, the ethics and social fallout of automation from the standpoint of the workers doing the automating (i.e., computer programmers and allied trades). [more inside]
posted by enn on Aug 14, 2014 - 7 answers

I need to find a programming job in San Francisco in 1953.

Story research filter: My imagination was sparked by a recent comment about how computer programming was considered a suitable career for women in the 1950s and 60s, akin to clerical work. I'd like to learn more about what working life might have been like for these women, and about computing in general at that time. Bonus points if you can help me name some companies in 1950s San Francisco that might have employed my character. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Aug 13, 2014 - 22 answers

Which algorithms changed the world?

A recent post to the blue proposed a set of equations that changed the word. As a computer professional, I'm curious, which algorithms transformed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Web devs, what do you look for before installing open source code?

I've been working on an open source project hosted on github. The code (js+react) is just about ready for a big public launch, but I'd like to make sure people have as few reasons as possible to dismiss it. What are your pain points when it comes to external libraries and frameworks? Lack of a clear tutorial? Missing or ugly API docs? What makes you likely to hit the back button?
posted by asher on Aug 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Short-term housing in San Francisco

I'm considering attending a six-month web development bootcamp in San Francisco that runs from October to April, and I'm wondering what I can expect to pay for housing. I'm interested in learning both about cheaper arrangements like SROs in Chinatown and housing oriented towards students, as well as about what it might cost to get a room in a "normal" multi-bedroom apartment for that period. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Why is there such a huge difference in web developer salaries?

I'm studying web development. The yearly salary estimates I've found online range from $40,000 to $80,000 or more. What gives? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jul 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Need some programming career advice

Need some special snowflake programming career advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

So you want to be a robot psychologist…

What are some computer science-related/IT jobs that help people or society at large? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Jul 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Coding Bootcamps and Career-Switching and Admissions Strategies, Oh My!

I'm starting to seriously plan for a career-switch to programming, going the Coding Bootcamp route as a way to jump-start my skills, my portfolio and my networking. I want advice on how best to prepare and what to expect. Snowflakes, as always, inside. [more inside]
posted by firechicago on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Writing a Simple Python Script

I have thousands of records of variable length from which I need to remove the last four digits. This seems like it should be an easy job for Python, but I keep hitting a wall. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Converting math to code

Wanting to code. Can't read calculus. Kinda stuck. Help? [more inside]
posted by ericc on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

How to Win Friends and Influence Peopleware

What books can I read about the people side of managing software developers, as opposed to the process side? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me use Excel to save my job

So, I just got promoted to a new position at my company (Yay!). Unfortunately, the new requirements involve scheduling a ridiculous number of people. It turns out my predecessor has just been doing dozens of iterations manually until one kind of worked, but every slight change puts a bunch of other things out of wack. I feel like Excel could probably be capable of doing it, but I have no idea how I would go about designing such a spread sheet. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Hivemind, please help me choose a career direction

In short: PMP? CISA? Dev? Or all of the above? I'm working at a small IT company (30 people). I have a CompSci degree. I went from programming to business analysis to project management with a side of information security thrown in as I'm responsible for ISO 27001 policy compliance. I'm not a "rockstar" or expert in any of those fields, but I can do them competently. (There certainly haven't been any complaints from the management.) Basically I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none". So where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth Judge And The Explosive Xerox on Jun 13, 2014 - 2 answers

The right hand of darkness

My right hand and arms have slowly been developing an ache or cramp over the last two weeks that gets worse when I use a trackpad or smartphone. (I'm right-handed.) I'm also starting a software engineering internship tomorrow. What should I do to keep my hands okay? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Easy Peasy iPhone and Android App Creation. For Dummies.

I'm not looking to create the next Flappy Bird and make $50k a month, I'm just looking to create apps that go with my published books, and man, is there a lot of choices out there. Help me suss them out! [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Jun 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Strictly Business, like EPMD

What are some techniques I can use to get through a day job that is sometimes really grating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2014 - 5 answers

As an hourly contractor, what tasks should I charge for?

I'm an independent developer. I work from home, and I charge most of my clients by the hour. Often, a project will require the computer to do something while I twiddle my thumbs; for instance, downloading, uploading, running, or compiling a lot of code. I'm divided as to whether to charge for this. [more inside]
posted by user c on Jun 4, 2014 - 14 answers

I need to write a Node.js UDP Echo Server

I need to write a UDP echo server in Node.js, but I'm having trouble parsing the available tutorial, could use some expert help. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on May 28, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I do more coding while still using my Civil Engineering skills?

I want to make mapping and programming a bigger part of my work, while still using my background in water resources. What are some career options that might give me that opportunity? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on May 23, 2014 - 1 answer

What are the most exciting programming jobs out there?

I'm not thrilled by my corporate consulting job and someday want to work for or with organizations that contribute to the world in some way or that develop bleeding edge technology. What are they? [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Making Excel do stuff for me, automagically!

Where can I find snippets of vba macros that I can use/reuse? What are your favorite macros that you use and can't do without? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on May 18, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I extract this fancy VGA font?

I have access to an old Toshiba 386 PC (T2000Sx) with an extremely unusual VGA system font; which I would like to recover as a font file and document in a web site. How can I write a program which reads the font data from VGA memory and writes it to the floppy? [more inside]
posted by knz on May 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Where can I learn/get back to speed with *practical* Java?

I majored in CompSci. I have 7 years of programming experience. I spent 2 years coding in Java. But then I took a break from programming, which lasted for about 5 years, and now I'd like some hand-holding while I'm finding my way back. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Pro-gramming for the amateur-grammer

I have a number of projects in mind that boil down to: make a database, then overlay an interface so that users can do some simple queries from a webpage or (ideally) a webapp on mobile. What programs should I be looking at to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on May 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Should my math student have some Unix skills?

I think my son, who is on an AP math trajectory in high school, would benefit from getting some familiarity and basic programming skills in the Unix world. I've noticed math depts in some universities include study of these skills in early years. Are there some tutorials we could use in the OS X environment to get a leg up? [more inside]
posted by Mei's lost sandal on May 5, 2014 - 17 answers

I have no IDeaL what I'm doing (IDL programming for absolute dum-dums)

So, I recently got selected to do undergraduate physics research this summer. Great! Awesome! Yay me! However, my research advisor has asked me to use something called IDL to analyze tomographic images of compounds and turn them into 3D images. This is good news, because IDL is used a lot by astronomers to analyze astronomical data, and I want to continue my education in astronomy. But, I've never used IDL ever before. I'm not even sure exactly what it is (a programming language?). My question is this: how do I get up to speed so that I can hit the ground running with my research? Difficulty: Research begins in two weeks. Details: [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Apr 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommend "how I made/fixed this software" podcasts by women

I love programming/sysadmin case studies, I love women's perspectives, and I'm swinging back into listening to podcasts. Help me find more of what I love? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Apr 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Freelance programming career?

Does anyone have some advice about how I could start a freelance programming career? [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Apr 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Complex conditional text: compare values, spit out sentences

I have a project where I am tasked with presenting many data points, and need to have a comparative sentence or two before each section featuring the highlights of the data. "In this section, X is the highest value!" [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Apr 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Concrete steps from academic economics into data science/management

I would like a job that allows me to write programs or scripts for data processing/analysis. I am trying to understand what a move from academic economics to data-science/management would involve for me in terms of specific steps and goals. What would I need to learn, and what should I prioritise learning? Should I study at home or take a course? When (i.e. after how much or what sort of study/self-study etc) should one think about actually applying for those sorts of jobs? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 4, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I move to a new technology stack after 4 years of .NET?

I have been working as a .NET developer for the last 4 years. I would like to change technology stacks. How do I find job openings that are language-agnostic? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Apr 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Getting a programming job for non-CS majors

If you work in some area of computer programming, but didn't have a degree in the field, how did you get your start?
posted by drezdn on Mar 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Going back to school for computer programming

Barring any unexpected dream jobs arising in the meantime, I will be heading back to school in September for a 2 year college diploma program in 'computer programming'. What are the job prospects for this qualification? I am in Canada. [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Mar 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Trying to help a complete beginner get their bearings in web development

A relative is already a technical person (masters in electrical engineering) who is trying to switch careers and get into web development. I'm looking for good resources to get her up to speed on the building blocks of web dev. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Mar 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me hire a programmer

I am working on my dissertation, and I need to hire someone to write some code that will scrape content off of a password-protected site that uses AJAX. I don't really know how to go about doing this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Moving away from Visual Studio/Resharper?

I've been using Visual Studio/Resharper for years, for whatever reason I've been determined to break my reliance on it, or at least prove I can work without it. I've been working in more node applications and thought it'd be a good reason to get out of it. Can I really get an equivalent experience out of Sublime/VIM/emacs? How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 25, 2014 - 4 answers

A computer program that could learn... anything?

Has anyone ever tried to make a generalized learning program, such that it could be fed any kind of data, and would correlate it all, and eventually be able to form new conclusions or answer complex questions relating to the data? [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Feb 23, 2014 - 17 answers

What is the best way to do deal with out-of-control tech recruiters?

I am searching for a new job in software and one particular recruiting agency is contacting me by phone to a degree that I consider harassment. I am interested in one of the jobs they're pitching, though. What's the best way to handle it? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Feb 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Dynamic web forms: find a builder or make from scratch?

I have a couple web forms I'd like to make: one for a professional purpose, another for personal use (though that could exist as a program or an app that I don't know about). Is it better to find a service that will allow you to build conditional forms, or can they be made from scratch with some ease? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Corpus of printed letter images

I like playing around with text recognition algorithms, but am stymied by a lack of a good corpus to train and test my code against. I'm looking for a large number of images of individual printed letters, labelled with the correct letter. (With the letter in the file name, or each set of letters in a directory, or something equivalent like a metadata file.) Something like this, but more of it.
posted by Zarkonnen on Jan 16, 2014 - 3 answers

I wish life wouldn't get in the way of my lifelong learning

How do you balance "life" (ie. full-time work, family, chores etc) with hobbies/projects that can't be done in short time periods or occasional bursts of action, but require a longer sustained activity? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jan 12, 2014 - 11 answers

iOS development... how do I get even better?

I always see developers such as @rpetrich and @winocm making iOS jailbreak tweaks and things of a really high caliber of development. Just looking at some of their code and it's lower level complexity makes me feel intimidated and makes me feel like I'm just not good enough. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted by Artw on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Software job: Am I going to get fired? How to make it go best-ish-ly?

Do verbal warnings predict firing? What should I expect if I do get fired, and how do I make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 25, 2013 - 29 answers

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

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