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Learning Programming Intensively != Intensive Bootcamp

How would you run the cost-benefit analysis of learning to program on one's own versus completing a programming bootcamp? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me model some curves that have a certain time profile.

I've got a bunch of curves that (I hope) show some common profile over time, although they maybe scaled versions of each other: at any index along in the curve >1, the next point is conditional on all (or some) of the previous. See this greatly simplified example. [more inside]
posted by ed\26h on Sep 9, 2014 - 8 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

Recommendations for an easy, customizable Python Parser for NLP?

There are loads of options (too many!), but I can't figure out if there is a basic parser that I could use and tweak a bit, or which might be the most straight-forward to create a new parser for a language variety without one. Any ideas for someone with limited skill would be awesome at this point. [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on Jun 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Python Webhosting

HostGator's business plan, while attractive in just about every way, is unfriendly to the Python developer. Having gone around in circles about getting lxml installed* I'm ready to bail. Are there any recommendations from the Python developer crowd for a friendly web host? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Python on a mac

What are your "best practices" for managing/using python on a mac? [more inside]
posted by pjenks on May 24, 2014 - 14 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

Python or Processing for first year design students?

What language should I teach design students to program in: Python or Processing? [more inside]
posted by signal on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Take your libtk8.6.dylib and stuff it.

The headache of distributing python GUI-based applications has finally driven me to consider switching to another language. Is Java a good alternative for ulcer-free distribution of GUI-based applications? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there a way to upload to Box.net through automator?

I would like to upload a file to Box.net through either automator or applescript and have that function (action) return the shared URL for use later in the script. Is there an easy way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Self-teaching programming skills -- some bumps in the road

I know MOOCs have like, a 7% success rate and I'm starting to viscerally understand why. How do you keep yourself on track, as a self-guided learner? How do you shift gears between multiple programming languages? How do you refresh yourself on material after a lapse? Special snowflake background details within. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Sep 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Intensive programming "bootcamp" in California?

I'm interested in taking a month or possibly two off work and focusing intensely during that time on a very practical course of study related to web development. What are my options in California similar to this program? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

First Python script, as a web app, using APIs & Excel. What do I need?

This is a bit of a convoluted problem, but I'll try to keep it brief. I work for a SaaS company that is totally awesome. I love what I do, but I want to develop on my skills at coding to help further my career and give me more interesting work opportunities at said company. In order to do so, I've been learning a bit of Python here and there, hoping to build on my HTML/CSS knowledge for web app development. I have a project in mind that involves writing a Python script that will combine data from Salesforce, a web form, and an Excel spreadsheet into one shiny CSV file/spreadsheet. Bonus points if it can use the Salesforce AND GoToTraining APIs simultaneously, since it'll be combining information from both sources. This will be a slow project, since I'm a bit of a newbie to Python. What libraries should I use, and what resources can help me get there? After I finish some Python courses, where should I go? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Jul 8, 2013 - 3 answers

What should I bid to implement a fairly simple Python scheduling system?

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting with someone to talk about implementing a local scheduling/database application. Most everything I know about the project suggests it's something I could do in my sleep. Thing is, I desperately need the money, I don't know how much to "bid," and I have a long history of undervaluing my work. How much should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 10, 2013 - 21 answers

Have Users Change a Running Python Script's Variables over the Web?

I'm writing a simple simulator with python and I would like to be able to have my users log in to the simulator over the internet and change their own set of variables. [more inside]
posted by millerizer on May 22, 2013 - 14 answers

I can FizzBuzz! Where do I go from here?

I am teaching myself how to program. But there seems to be a big gap between intro courses/resources (CodeCademy, O'Reilly books, Learn X the Hard Way) and Actually Doing Things. Help me figure out a road plan? [more inside]
posted by Phire on May 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Happy little (binary) trees. Is there a Bob Ross of coding?

Is there a Bob Ross of coding? I'm looking for a particular style of educational video which shows developers working through problems. It should include a voice over describing what they are trying to accomplish. It should also show the types of decisions they are making as they work through the problem. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Apr 14, 2013 - 8 answers

cs 001: so you don't know what you're doing

I need a coding project, and I am completely lost. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Apr 10, 2013 - 11 answers

How to distribute a python Tkinter GUI from one Mac to another

I've been writing python software with Tkinter GUIs as a hobby for a while, but for the first time, I've made a some pieces of code that a few other people want to use. Unfortunately, I've been really frustrated by attempts to distribute the software because of incompatibility with Tcl/Tk installations on computers I'm distributing the software to. I'm on a Mac, and I'm distributing to other Macs at this point. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Apr 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Python, Pyglet, Pygame and Py-Me

Which is better: Pyglet or Pygame? [more inside]
posted by barnacles on Apr 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Attribute trouble when instantiating a class in Python 2.7

I'm having maddening problems creating objects in Python. Details inside [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Mar 13, 2013 - 2 answers

It's a CMS, a webapp and a database browser: how do I do this?

I'm rebuilding a old website that doesn't quite neatly categorize in the it's a blog / it's a CMS / it's a table browser / it's a webapp thingie. After a few years out from web development, it seems fit to examine my whole strategy and ask how best to do this. [more inside]
posted by outlier on Mar 8, 2013 - 5 answers

How to beef up on basic Python/Java and get the skinny on databases?

I'm interested in taking this Coursera course on data science but the description states that "You will need basic programming experience with Java or Python, and some familiarity with databases." I do not have this. How could I get it, preferably online? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Mar 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Summer (Winter?) of Code

I'm hoping to find short (2 month-ish to 6 month-ish) full-time, in-person programs that teach practical computer programming skills (Ruby, Python, iOS, PHP, R, Matlab, etc.) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Mar 4, 2013 - 5 answers

How to store mathematical expressions as binary tree objects in Python

For a project, I need to store mathematical expressions as binary tree objects in Python, with each operator or operand being stored as a node. But I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around it; partly because this is my first real dive into the object-oriented pool and the specific nuts and bolts seem a little bit out of my reach. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Mar 3, 2013 - 17 answers

How can I practice coding? (PS How can I tell if I suck at it?)

I'm pretty much a Kindergarten level Python learner. Basically, I'm on Exercise 41 in Learn Python the Hard Way (and confused), and I'm in a 100-level class learning Python. I am not a math person, although I do like formal logic (if that means anything). My biggest problem is that I think I try to solve problems too creatively, i.e. I always try the most complicated/convoluted solution possible, which is usually wrong. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Feb 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Best practices for scientific Python prototyping/debugging?

I'm using Python in my research now to build some models and analyze some data. I've done this with Matlab and R in the past and became fairly used to running individual lines or blocks of code at a time and doing a lot of interactive printing and plotting from the console. This behavior seems to be a bit more difficult in Python and I'm trying to find the best way to be productive. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Spinning, exploding Excel-driven web app: How or should it be?

Sometimes, I am a front-end web developer. Frequently, I meet new people at work who want to turn really complicated Excel documents into dazzlingly interactive web applications. Besides Excel's "Save to Web App" or "Save to SharePoint" features, such people ask if I can tap into an industry to support this -- perhaps scads of agencies and web-based or downloadable tools that make "websites" or at least customizable, interactive reports from Excel spreadsheets, data, and calculations. I'm yet to find this an abundance of examples of this. Are there? If so, what do you call them? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Jan 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Maybe we're just not meant to eat python

How should I cook python? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Dec 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Automated PDF modification

Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

How to create a heatmap without external services?

How can I create heatmaps of geographic data, without relying on an external web service or API? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Dec 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Which of these CS courses should I take?

Which introductory computer science course should I take? (I am a very special snowflake.) [more inside]
posted by lemonadeheretic on Oct 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need some guidance.

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need guidance. [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

from making books to making websites

Looking for a path to front-end web development as a career [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Standing on the shoulders of giants

I'm looking for a list of the best (however you define it) third-party Python libraries. E.g. Django, Beautiful Soup, PIL, etc. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Sep 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

IDLE hands and the hacker's workshop

Please help me have some semi structured way to help people who show up to python office hours without any clear direction. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Sep 8, 2012 - 7 answers

RStudio equivalent for Python

What is the closest equivalent to RStudio for Python? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Aug 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Browser based programming environment?

I want to set up a browser-based programming environment for my projects that I can access from the web whenever I'm not at home. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Making mountains out of molehills and rockin' some mo' skills/Butt naked beats with butt naked fills

How do I design a personal website/web portfolio that will dazzle, amaze, or at least intrigue everyone from professional web developers to non-technical senior level types outside the field and convince them that I do indeed, have the skills to pay the bills. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Jul 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Online teaching of Python or R?

I've been asked by a colleague as to how they can learn programming for their professional advancement. Because of the area they work in, the possible languages would be Python or R. Complicating factors are that they (a) don't feel confident about self-learning and so (b) would like something more like a traditional classroom or workshop approach but (c) are in a remote foreign location, far from any educational facility, at least in their native language. So what we're looking for is an online classroom of sorts. [more inside]
posted by outlier on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

beginner book on python

I have done some java but I am still a novice programmer and would need to start from a beginner's level. Could anyone please give recommendations for suitable good books. I will also try the official python tutorial as well, but I don't find online resources on their own to be as good as having a book to supplement helpful online materials.
posted by conrad101 on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Python for screen-scraping?

I want to code a really basic screen-scraper to make a tedious work task slightly less tedious. I'll probably be doing it in Python. Some assistance required! [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Give me a roadmap for coding

Suggest to me a roadmap for learning to code. Ideally geared towards Python. [more inside]
posted by prunes on May 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Python for Putzes, Part 2

I'm looking for brilliant metaphors to explain the ins and outs of object-oriented programming. Know any? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Source code for reading?

What Python and PHP source code can I read to become a better programmer? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Protean web framework

Is there a web framework/toolset that can handle (consistently) the whole spectrum from static content to full applications? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Mar 26, 2012 - 8 answers

help me learn python ...

Recommendations for a Python tutorial for someone with no programming experience? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Help a Python newbie out!

Programming noobfilter: I have a Python script that does some things to a proxy log file: it can count and rank the top 20 urls accessed, users and source IPs. Three further problems and code inside: [more inside]
posted by monocot on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Unleash the snake!

How do I put my stupid simple Python scripts... on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Feb 8, 2012 - 4 answers

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