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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 - 23 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

How do I start working as an on-line coding instructor/mentor?

I'm an experienced but largely self-taught programmer. I'd like to earn money teaching other people to code, either on my own or (maybe when I get more documented experience) working for a company. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Aug 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Cool examples of generative art

I'm teaching an Intro to Programming course to first year design students. I'd like to show them examples of cool art and design projects with a strong programmy feel: interactive, algorithmic, data driven, mapping, etc., to get them excited about learning to program. [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Genetic Algorithms for finding duplicate mailing addresses?

Hi! I have some limited programming experience (I've learned the basics of Python about 3 times now (then I don't use it, and then forget it :D), not to mention using Unity3D, some some stuff in AutoHotKey, and finally time with Lua via the Minecraft ComputerCraft mod) & I'm looking to find a way to leverage what I understand to be the raw optimizing power of genetic algorithms for the purposes of removing duplicate addresses from an arbitrary mailing list. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Aug 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Non-Basic Web Programming Resources / Workshop

I need recommendations for resources (esp. a workshop) to help improve my code, organization, and process. I work in JavaScript and PHP (Drupal). I'm not a rank amateur, but have no formal training and operate on my own. I'm essentially a junior Dec without a senior, and I expect my work is about as ugly as you're probably thinking. I need help beyond the CodeCademy / Treehouse type stuff - they're far too basic. [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Jul 21, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I get a job as a programming teacher in a coding school?

Apart from contacting schools directly, are there effective ways of getting oneself "shopped" by recruiters or recruiting websites for this sort of position? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Jul 17, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I handle this interview/job offer situation?

I just went for an interview but they took it a lot more seriously than I did and now I have to tell them that I don't want the job (even though I am starting to be in need of it). How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Jul 3, 2015 - 25 answers

Are there rules for coin choice in returning change from machines?

A person on FaceBook has pondered why self-service checkouts always return two 20p and one 10p coin (UK obviously) as opposed to a single 50P coin. Which led me to wonder - is there a general approach for choice of returned coins in programming coin-operated machines? Do you get rid of the lower-value shrapnel first? Or do you try to strike a balance somehow to ensure availability of most combinations of returned values?
posted by GallonOfAlan on Jul 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me transition into a career in Programing!

So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Coding for yourself when not at work

Have you found that your ability to write code for yourself, in your spare time, dries up when you are programming full time for a living? How do you deal with that? or is it just an inevitable cost of coding for a living? [more inside]
posted by aestival on Jun 30, 2015 - 29 answers

Seriously, everyone on the web is scripting nowadays.

Why is the web written in scripting languages? It seems most web development today - at least on new-ish websites - is done in scripting languages: PHP, Python (Django/Flask), Ruby (Rails), JavaScript (NodeJS), etc. Is there something about scripting languages that makes them especially well-suited to server-side web development compared to other languages? Or is it just that scripting languages are popular and have useful features, so naturally they're applied to lots of programming tasks today - including web development?
posted by Tehhund on Jun 26, 2015 - 22 answers

I need an app launcher, for a single app, not the popular kind.

I make Windows videogames, and my latest engine doesn't let you select screen resolutions. I could change it so it does, but I'd rather make a small program that first lets you choose resolution (and set fullscreen and such), then launches the game app. But then wait (I said in my head), hasn't someone already created this launcher tool? Please help me out. Have they? [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Jun 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Landing somewhere between programming and therapy?

What are some careers in the sweet spots between people and technology? What is your day-to-day life like, if you work in a capacity that blends these two? I know a bit about UX research and I've taught computer classes, but I'm looking for some more specific guidance. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jun 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Resources on how expensive hiring programmers is

Just want some quick stats, such as how many hours it takes to find a good hire. Google isn't helping [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich on Jun 12, 2015 - 7 answers

Tech job; bay area vs Chicago?

What feels different between applying for tech jobs in San Francisco/Bay Area versus applying for tech jobs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

CS junior, needs recommendations for career path, companies to apply to

I'm about to be a junior in computer science (CS) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I'm passionate about programming, but I am also interested in numerous other subfields of technology. I don't like having to rush (at anything -- this post was edited and rewritten many times); I prefer polish, good design, and careful work, where everything is intentionally and thoughtfully crafted. Where should I apply for internships and look for careers? [more inside]
posted by vixsomnis on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

scp return codes different?

I'm working on testing a modification to a bash script for work. I'm trying to scp a file to the same source directory. For testing purposes, I've altered the permissions on the target directory so that the scp'ing user doesn't have permissions to write to it. The first try I get a return code of 1. The second try I get a return code of 0, even though the permissions haven't changed and the file actually fails to transfer. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

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