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Where can I ask more general technical questions?

Is there a site like Stack Overflow which allows for more open-ended questions? Kind of a technical version of AskMeFi? Bonus points if it's focused on web development. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Apr 28, 2016 - 3 answers

How do I become a digital nomad?

I have been working as a junior developer/"data engineer" for about a year and a half, and while I enjoy writing code, I am unhappy with the 9-6 lifestyle and want to get to a place in my career where I have more freedom. Specifically, the freedom to work remotely and intermittently. What can do I to make that happen within the next few years? [more inside]
posted by dadaclonefly on Apr 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Help Me Integrate with My Company's Payment Processor

Okay, here's the deal. We've got a process for getting our clients signed up and billed that's not working. We want to just throw them a link to a form, fill it out, add their credit card or ACH info, and then be signed up for recurring billing. Problem is... [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 13, 2016 - 5 answers

What coding projects might be interesting to do?

I'm looking to create a few small projects to potentially include in a portfolio, but of course I'm out of ideas. What might be fun to do in Javascript, C#, Swift, Ruby or another language? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Apr 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Is there any to-do list software that supports complex recurring tasks?

For instance, setting a task to recur every 5 days, unless that day is a Sunday, in which case it recurs on the subsequent Monday. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Apr 2, 2016 - 10 answers

What are your best and most popular ideas for bookmobiles?

I'm interviewing for a supervisor position with the bookmobile in a nearby city. It's been re-launched in the last year or so, and they have a staff of 5. I love bookmobiles but I haven't worked on one. What are your best ideas for programming and outreach? What are the coolest things you've seen bookmobiles do? [more inside]
posted by percor on Mar 30, 2016 - 9 answers

How can I "reserve" a name for a programming language?

I'm designing a programming language (yeah, like the world needs another pl). Though the design is in flux, I'd like to "reserve" the name of the language. I don't anticipate making any money from this exercise, so I'm not sure filing for a trademark is the right way to go, nor do I want to spend any money on this. Would creating a github repo do the job? Posting to a tech site? [more inside]
posted by cyclicker on Mar 29, 2016 - 7 answers

Can "for fun" coders weigh in on the What Now stage of learning to code?

You all know what this is - the brief high of learning the basic concepts of data structures, objects, etc, is followed by a devastating realization that you have no idea how to put these concepts together to do anything useful. Can someone who doesn't take this too seriously recommend a next step after the infancy stage? [more inside]
posted by FakeFreyja on Mar 16, 2016 - 16 answers

OK, so not a series of tubes

How does the internet work? Clients, servers, REST, SOAP, packets, protocols, oh my! -- looking for resources to teach a budding programmer how it all works. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Mar 6, 2016 - 9 answers

I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

NYC coding bootcamp earning potential after graduation?

How much can a new developer, fresh from bootcamp, expect to earn in the NYC market? What kind of earning potential does a developer have as they progress farther into the field? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Feb 29, 2016 - 11 answers

Best solution for ad-hoc parsing and reformatting of text?

I handle a lot of screenplays, recording scripts, game dialogue text tables, localization tables, and other text-related files. And I have a need to output to varying formats with varying goals--sometimes to reformat a screenplay to something more standard or to put text in a format that is ready to use by a game or other software. For simplicity's sake, assume that all input and output formats would be plain text. What is a good software tool to help with these format conversions? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Art + Tech in NYC

How does a software engineer interested in contemporary art find people to make tech-y art projects with? [more inside]
posted by airmail on Feb 15, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking to improve IT career chances

Currently looking to find ways to break into IT careers but lack typical routes due to a series of unfortunate events. The worst part is I'm already 24 and completely broke. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Learn to code or...what?

I'm a liberal-arts-ish woman who has some experience with computer programming (HTML, CSS and PHP) and a ton of graphics/design experience. I hear about code bootcamps and lots of people changing careers to CS, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to try and develop my programming skills. But I'm worried I'm not geeky enough to hack it. [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

You speak like a green girl / unsifted in such perilous circumstances.

I would like to create a database, using MS SQL, MySQL or SQLite. I would also really like to create some sort of user interface on top of the database so people can enter information in forms and be able to view reports where the information is sorted and filtered in various ways to make the important stuff a little more easily readable. [more inside]
posted by FiveSecondRule on Feb 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Looking for good regex tutorial

I would like to learn regex and am looking for a good tutorial. Brief details inside. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Feb 4, 2016 - 13 answers

What is the best new video game music to listen to while programming?

I find that video game soundtracks are particularly good background music for programming, but I rarely have time to play new games and discover new music. In the past, I have enjoyed the Superbrothers soundtrack, the soundtrack to Hotline Miami, FTL, certain tracks from Kentucky Route Zero, and the last Deus Ex Machina. Can you recommend post-2014 video game soundtracks that help you to achieve a state of flow?
posted by Svejk on Feb 3, 2016 - 29 answers

Looking for sites or books like Cosma Shalizi's notebooks

I really like the short explanations and exhaustive trove of links found in Cosma Shalizi's notebooks. Are there any other similar sites or books out there? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Help me speed-grok iOS coding and Swift

I'm an experienced programmer who needs to make an iOS app. I like to learn by inference and lack patience for verbose pedagogy, so I'm asking for resources that you would show to a hacker who needs to get up to speed with iOS development. [more inside]
posted by mbrock on Jan 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Concurrent Dialogue Trees in Twine/Twine-likes?

I'm hoping to build a game prototype in Twine (or a similar friendly-to-non-programmers tool) but I'm not sure if it supports what I want to do. The snag is the game is designed around two concurrent dialogue trees that the player can hop between at any point. [more inside]
posted by churl on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Christmas math

Oh hai. This was me. Awesome responses. Now I need some help with cryptograms. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Dec 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Programming Language for a Product Manager

My career has always been on the peripheral of more technical roles and I've excelled without getting to code-specific knowledge but in my job search everyone seems to want a product manager who can use code, even if it's not part of their job. What language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Dec 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Quantified self

I collect a lot of data about myself. I want to aggregate all this stuff in one place for personal use. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Dec 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I make this transfer?

I'm a software engineer who's thinking about transferring to another team at work that does way more interesting stuff, but now my current manager is trying to get me to stick around by making offers of more interesting work on this side. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Advertising/Promoting web development programming online tutoring

What are the best methods to promote/advertise one's online tutoring business? Adwords, classifieds, blogs, or tutoring sites? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Dec 6, 2015 - 3 answers

How to navigate a switch to web development?

How does a Python developer position themselves to move into web development? Specific questions about resume writing, job description/skills, and salary negotiation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

How is coding taught in foreign countries like China, Russia, India?

I would like to know how coding is taught to complete beginners in countries known for the rigor of their academic practice. I am interested in these countries especially because my experiences with American education has shown that much American instruction is more based upon easy-does-it approaches that serve to make things "differentiated" and "student-friendly" thus sacrificing rigor. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Nov 20, 2015 - 16 answers

When to git?

I write a lot of my own programs, and I want to start using version control (git) instead of creating lots of versions of things. I'm not sure, though, when to be doing git-type operations along the way. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Nov 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Quick Data Collection Problem

I have a CSV with one column that contains User IDs. I need to make another CSV that counts how many times each User ID appears in the document, and output it to another CSV That has something like UID1 >> 3; UID4 >> 1; UID20 >> 0. There are thousands of User IDs, so I need to be able to set up a range for it to scan for. Is this possible with free software and not much programming expertise? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Kind and patient places for new adult programmers?

I am a budding programmer. The trouble seems to be that I am well into my adult years and, for some reason, this seems to be an issue for some... [more inside]
posted by tcv on Nov 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me become good at relational databases

I'm a fairly seasoned developer but not much of a relational database expert, though I know the fundamentals. I'm looking for resources to get to the next stage. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Oct 28, 2015 - 8 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Learning web browser internals in detail

I'd like to dig into how web browsers operate under the hood. What are some good resources? [more inside]
posted by underflow on Oct 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Website scraping vs TOS

I'm working on a personal project to teach myself a new programming skill, specifically scraping website data. The project will analyze some data that I can get from a publically available website, and I think others in my industry would be interested in the results. Before I get too far into this, I want to make sure I'm not violating any of he site's terms of service, or find out if this is a generally acceptable practice. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Stable marriage problem... IN JAVASCRIPT

Trying to build an app (using JavaScript) that automatically generates a schedule for an "interview event." [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Oct 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Figuring out next steps in IT career or change?

Have a general bachelor's degree and coming up on 10 years as a Helpdesk technician. I work for local government and make pretty good money (for a Helpdesk field tech guy... Probably 5 bucks more an hour than industry standard). However, I'm bored out of my mind and my motivation is definitely waning. Thinking of programming but not sure whether I would benefit more from an Associates or a dev bootcamp. [more inside]
posted by guyarcher on Oct 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Moving from C# to C++ and from Unity to Unreal

Hola hivemind, I'm a longtime Unity user who's making the jump to Unreal for at least the next 6 months. I'd describe myself as a competent programmer, although my role is often as a hack-y designer. I'd like to know what the pitfalls are when moving between Unity and Unreal as well as C# and C++. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Teach me to robot.

I have an Arduino, and I want to make it do things. I gather that what I really want is a Raspberry Pi in addition to my Arduino. The trouble is, I don't know Python and my C and circuitry skills are severely rusty. So do you know of any online courses or physical books that will teach me all of this as a general subject of "making devices" rather than individual Python, C, and electrical engineering courses of study? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Learn angular offline

Looking for resources to learn Angular.js offline? [more inside]
posted by echo target on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Free curriculum for the self-taught web developer?

I want to build up my skills as a web developer, and just completed CodeAcademy's Ruby course. What's next? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Recommend a second VBA book?

I'm looking for a book recommendation for someone who's already pretty familiar with vba and wants to go beyond the basics. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on Sep 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Is 45 too old to become a developer?

I've been a digital/interactive project manager since 1997. Now I want to go through an 18 week immersion program in web development and jump the fence to become a developer. But I'm 45 years old. Am I too old to get hired? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Aug 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Best resources to help improve/maintain old code

What are some resources (books preferred, but other resources are good, too) that I can use to help me improve/maintain some old vba models in my workplace. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on Aug 24, 2015 - 4 answers

HWÆT WORLD: how should I generate and display graphs of prime numbers?

I haven't programmed much for years. Now I want to play around with different ways of visualising the Ulam Spiral and I'd like suggestions for the right tools to use. I want to generate or load arrays of (say) 100,000 numbers, depict them on a 2- or 3-d graph, and move the lighting and/or viewing angle to give an impression of depth. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Passing on old (but useful?) computer books in the UK

The question has been asked before, but not specific to my location - I'm in London, I'm moving and need to create space, have a whole bunch of computer & programming texts, they are arguably useful to someone, how do I find that person or organization? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Aug 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Where and how can I contribute to solving climate change issues?

OK, I'm scared. I'm a programmer, and although I have several other skillsets, that's probably my most valuable one. How can I use it to help? What organizations should I contact? Are there scientists or academic institutions that need some kind of support in this way? Are there existing projects that I could contribute to? [more inside]
posted by ABCApplePie on Aug 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Getting stuff via HTTP POST for the semi-n3wb

The good news: I've been granted access to a vast wonderland of streaming data that will make all my dreams come true. The bad news: I don't know how to access it. HTTP POST and JSON details inside... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Aug 12, 2015 - 10 answers

How Do I Introduce My 8-Year-Old Minecraft Nut To Computer Programming?

My 8-year-old son is obsessed with Minecraft, and has announced that he would like to create video games when he grows up. My own IT skills topped out around 1982 when I learned to write programs in Basic that printed my name in an endless goto loop. What technologies/languages/apps can I introduce him to in order to leverage his enthusiasm and channel it to something that teaches him age-appropriate programming skills? Assume second-grade math and logic skills and no programming background whatsoever.
posted by A Long and Troublesome Lameness on Aug 11, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I go about starting a website with monthly membership fee?

I would like to start a website that has a monthly membership fee. Can someone suggest what service or software would allow me to charge a monthly fee to access my website? I dont plan on charging very much to access the site and will never have more than maybe 50 or 60 members, so this wont be very profitable for me, and I would like to go with the cheapest and most simple option available. I am not planning on having anything besides just a calendar where you can click on a date and see what events are on that specific day. The services I was seeing seemed to have too many options and I didnt want to be paying to have options I wouldnt use. Thanks.
posted by helloilikebooks on Aug 9, 2015 - 3 answers

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