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Coding a random generator

I'd like to create an online idea generator but have no coding knowledge. Is there an easy way to do this or do I need to learn a bit of programming? If so which language would be best? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Jul 26, 2014 - 3 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

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

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

Random webpage loaded from a list every 10 mins?

Clever web coding ninjas: I require an html webpage to be loaded from a list / directory at random every ten minutes. This cycle repeats indefinitely, with the next random page being pulled up automatically for as long as the browser is open. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2014 - 21 answers

Are the Skillcrush classes worth it?

That's basically it - I'm not finding any reviews online. Has anyone else taken it? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 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

where should I look to find a programmer to help me with amazon s3?

I tried setting up my own vpn for my personal use via amazon s3. there are youtube tutorials on the web but I realized I'm out of my depth and I would like to hire someone to help me. only where should I go? is stackoverflow a good place to post such a request? or where do you go to find capable freelancers who can do a job like this?
posted by krautland on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

How to make Flash based music player for Facebook?

I am starting a music/lifestyle blog. I want to be able to post songs from the artists on the blog (with their permission of course) on the blog's Facebook page to get the word of mouth going. I don't have enough web expertise to code from scratch, but if I had a player I could customize, I can modify the look and feel to my the blog. Any ideas on a Flash based mp3 player I could use? It could work on other platforms but it definitely has to work on Facebook too. PS. thinking of something along the lines of what soundcloud uses www.facebook.com/soundcloud
posted by FireStyle on Feb 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Venn Diagram with Links?

On a WordPress site I'd like to add a simple, two-overlapping-circle Venn diagram -- though I'd like the text within to be various links. How would you recommend best implementing this (with a basic to intermediate understanding of HTML and CSS)?
posted by asranixon on Jan 30, 2014 - 3 answers

Give this kid a kick-start in doing clever computer stuff, please?

My awesome 12 year old nerd son has (finally) expressed serious interest in creating his own games, learning coding and whatnot. This is way out of my league, and googling just confuses me because I don't know what we need. Suggestion for sites, learning resources, etc? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 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

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

I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?

Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Hourly contract rate for SQL in the UK?

I'm an American in the UK and have been hired to do some freelance work for a tech company in Northern England. I'm not sure what to charge for my hourly rate. I am working in SQL, writing queries and turning them into data visualizations for the web (using Ruby and Javascript/HTML). I am very junior, although quite competent at SQL; I'm coming up (and quickly) in the other areas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2013 - 3 answers

What's my career

Help me find a new career where I don't have to take my job home with me. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Nov 13, 2013 - 29 answers

Life after coding

I'd like to hear about people who have left the computer programming/software development field, particularly for jobs that don't involve sitting in an office all day. If you've done this, how did you manage it? How old were you, and how long had you been in the software industry? What kind of job did you end up in? Do you like your new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

iOS to Mac development

I'm currently doing iOS development (junior level) as part of my employment as well for personal app development. Is there a guide out there that can help me expand into Mac development using my knowledge of iOS development as a starting point?
posted by antgly on Oct 23, 2013 - 1 answer

How does DailyLit split up books into bits?

How do sites like DailyLit split up large text files into smaller files and then email them? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Please tell me about Arabic alphabetical lists

Can anyone who writes Arabic tell me what a proper Arabic alphabetical list should look like? Can anyone who knows XSLT help me with this Arabic list once we know how it should look? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Aug 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Changing Careers Back (or The Once and Future Techie)

I made a career change (technology to law) a few years ago, and now I'd like to change back, as I had a decent career before and have a pretty foul one now. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Coding in a corner of the world

I’m a US citizen and would like to go somewhere for a coding 'vacation' for a few months. Essentially I just want to live somewhere cheap and work to improve my software development skills – learn new languages, build a couple projects, etc. Where could/should I go? [more inside]
posted by twobit on Jul 15, 2013 - 19 answers

How does this code run?

So I'm boning up on my web development skills, and came across an interesting little box at http://www.mydestination.com/moscow (scroll down to 'Book Your Trip'). How'd they do that? NOT looking to copy it, just learn about how's it done. Plenty more inside. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Jun 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Create downloadable iCal files in PHP/MySQL/Bootstrap?

I have a PHP webpage that lists events happening at a conference by reading from a MySQL database. Is there an easy way to have PHP create downloadable iCal files so people can download individual events to their iphones/Androids etc., without my having to create individual event files, and without setting up a bunch of Google Calendar items to link to? (more detailed explanation inside.) [more inside]
posted by dnash on Apr 30, 2013 - 16 answers

What are all these programming languages good for?

Ruby, Python, PHP, JavaScript, etc! Help me bring my very outdated coding skills back from the grave! Can anyone either explain or point me to a good resource that explains concisely why I'd want to use one programming language vs another? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck on Apr 18, 2013 - 29 answers

Coding Bootcamp Reviews?

I'm interested in independent information on the coding bootcamps that have sprung up in NYC. Especially the Flatiron School. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Apr 13, 2013 - 4 answers

What is the best programming language for the job?

For a personal project I'm working on, what would be the best programming language if I wanted the user to be able to input some text and image choices and have them receive the information back in an eBook? I've used PHP before to store and retrieve that information, but I'm not sure it could handle the conversion to an ebook. [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Apr 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me create a 10 hour coding project to assess contractors for hire

I'm trying to hire a full time coder for my business. I build, maintain, and remodel my own portfolio of websites (PHP, JS, WP, HTML, CSS, MySQL, etc). Once I have a few candidates I would like to assign them all the same small (paid) project so that I may assess their abilities. What should the test include? All candidates will be US-Based. $6000/mo budget cap. [more inside]
posted by Th!nk on Mar 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Working with Javascript and Google Fusion Tables...help!

Working on an important open gov data project to support public schools. Need to know how to grab data from a single Google Fusion table cell using javascript...And of course, we are trying to stay up all night because we launch tomorrow. Help?
posted by jeanmari on Mar 12, 2013 - 2 answers

How can a schlump like me learn PHP in the shortest possible time?

I didn't ask for this! My employer is moving me to a position that will require a working knowledge of PHP development, but my skills are nowhere near up to snuff. "You learn quick, just pick it up" they say! I don't know where they got the idea that I DO in fact learn quickly, but I guess now I have to! So what can a guy like me do to pick up at least a passable proficiency relatively quickly? I can put in the hours, but I would rather put in the hours efficiently, if you know what I mean.
posted by Willie0248 on Mar 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Great tunes to code to?

Hello, I'm trying to get a playlist for my hubbie for him to code to - ideally electronica, drum and bass, EDM or even modern classical like Arvo Part. Only caveat is that there must be no lyrics - I'd love to hear your favourite picks! I've got a bunch up already at blip for him - he listens to my radio station there - user name - emilybear - to give you an idea of what I've got there currently but I need more, so much more as there's a whole lot of coding to be done. Thanks!
posted by ebear on Feb 19, 2013 - 28 answers

Company has my cv. I changed parts concerning the past. Send it again?

Should I sent a potential employer and updated version of my cv, when the difference concerns the past? In the version they have, I didn't include one project I was working on, but I would include it now. [more inside]
posted by Triton on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Immediate PHP programming interview prep.

I have a programming job interview TOMORROW. Can you help a fellow out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I find web development projects to work on?

I was told I can't code anymore, but I love to code. I want to keep up with cutting edge technologies, and while I'm learning -- why not develop projects that people need while getting a part-time income. One problem: Where can I find projects? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Jan 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Finding a tutor for front-end coding.

After a more than 10 year long hiatus spent in the business side of technology, I'm looking to get my hands dirty again. I'd like to find a tutor. [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Jan 17, 2013 - 2 answers

More than one color to resistor number, what to do?

Resistor color coding (the electronic color coding) has more than one color combination to resistor value. How do you know which one to use? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Wordpress for dummies?

Wordpress question: How difficult is it to learn wordpress for someone with no experience or knowledge of it? Assume that the student is around 18 years old and has basic computer literacy but has never heard of wordpress before. Thanks for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there a better/faster way to operationalize the coding of messy text data?

I'm trying to tag and code about 4000+ unique paragraphs of data. These are opinion responses to two similar questions. I manually went through the first 4000 responses and it took weeks using Google Refine. I'm wondering if there's a way to operationalize this to be a bit easier and less time consuming? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

What next for web design?

How best can I get on a good track to grow and learn as a web designer? I've been using Codecademy, but I'd like to branch out. [more inside]
posted by mean cheez on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Separating the wheat from the chaff when hiring a Web Designer

What would be a good FizzBuzz question for a web designer? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Nov 27, 2012 - 13 answers

/usr/local/binwonderingwhatthisisfor

Development on OSX. I lots of kiddie-pool programming experience, but I'm starting to do learn web dev and working with frameworks is leading to a lot of confusion regarding paths, dependencies, permissions, and file structure. What's a good resource that lays out the "how & why"? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Nov 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Is a failed project as a learning experience something to hide?

On my resume and/or in a job interview, do I mention my participation in the Google Summer of Code if I failed miserably at it (technically) and then handled that failure really badly (socially/professionally)? [more inside]
posted by mock muppet on Nov 10, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm a designer taking a Treehouse course on iPhone app-making and the code part doesn't seem to be sinking in. Any tips or tricks to get myself into that kind of headspace?

I'm a designer taking a Treehouse course on iPhone app-making and the code part doesn't seem to be sinking in. Any tips or tricks to get myself into that kind of headspace? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Oct 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Help a beginner learn Java/J2EE

I need to learn Java/J2EE. Where do I start? What resources are out there? How do I become a good programmer overtime? [more inside]
posted by turniphead on Sep 28, 2012 - 4 answers

My Gut Is Saying "Run" but My Brain is Scared

I posted this question a few months back but would like to... ask again with a little more details. I bit the bullet and signed up for classes again, and after my first half day back, I'm now at home having a panic attack regarding my decision. I'm a historic preservation graduate student, and after a whole year of freaking out about what I want in life, all I really want is a job that pays well, or an incredibly marketable skill. I doubt I will get either with this degree. [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute on Sep 25, 2012 - 17 answers

How can I separate this data column properly?

Question about splitting data into columns: I have one column of data that I'd like to split into seven separate columns. A typical, complete row in the column looks like "mefi:1,​ask:3,​meta:2,​projects:5,​jobs:5,​music:6,​irl:4" where the number values can be anywhere from 1-6. The problem is that if any one or more of the seven subsites are left unanswered, the entire value is missing (there is no "[subsite]:0" or "," as a placeholder). Consequently, separating the column into seven distinct columns using the comma as the separator causes the data to fall/shift into the wrong output columns if any one or more of the seven subsite categories are missing. How can i fix this? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 21, 2012 - 7 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

Looking for a better way to alter a Tumblr theme

What is a good way to edit a Tumblr theme when I have limited experience with "modern" HTML used in tumblr themes? I have a tumblr and I picked up a decent looking free theme, but it seems to be missing some elements. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 16, 2012 - 1 answer

What PHP frameworks and libraries make you more productive?

New PHP project in the works that I'm going to us as an excuse to learn a new-to-me framework. Kohana and Laravel are at the top of my list, but is there anything else I should consider? The project will be relatively simple, so a microframework might also be appropriate. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Actually PHP, your mom is an unexpected T_ELSE

PHP / Wordpress filter: I need to hide some aspects of my site behind if ( is_user_logged_in() ) functions, but being a newbie to PHP I don't think I'm getting the syntax right. Specific code is beneath the jump. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 31, 2012 - 4 answers

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