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Help Me Create an Automatic Search to Return Results for our Database

I'm working to check a list of duplicates in our database and I'd like to be able to automate parts of this process. Please help me figure out what tools I should use and how to get started on this so I can learn something and be a more effective database manager. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Nov 21, 2016 - 14 answers

CS things are important too!

How can I make sure to learn a strong foundation of computer science principles while pursuing a masters focusing more on scripting and data analysis? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Nov 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Need life advice, could have been so much better, now a sad code monkey

I am turning 29 this month. I graduated 3.8 GPA with a undergraduate Business degree in 2010 from a good university but then went through about 4 career changes in the last 6 years. I thought this kind of "soul-searching" would help me explore a lot of different areas and find myself. But in fact, I'm so miserable about the fact that I'm so behind and have not built anything worthwhile in the last 6 years. Today, I'm stuck at a uninspiring coding job out in the suburbs and just am staying with it because it pays the bills but I know I can be so much better. I see my peers who are now graduating with their MBAs + PhDs from Columbia and Cornell and getting married or just doing amazing things with their lives in general and feel terribly behind, have so many regrets, extremely depressed. How can I turn my life around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2016 - 14 answers

What's the code for "Late Bloomer"?

I'm 43 and want to learn to code for the fun of it...would love to hear from any non-coders out there who have successfully managed to do this. Can you give me an idea of what I can realistically expect out of this experience? Special snowflake details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by richmondparker on Nov 7, 2016 - 15 answers

Learning to Code apps

I'm interested in learning to code using lessons that are simple, basic, easy, insert descriptor that illustrates how I know absolute zero about this subject and consider me a typing monkey. I was thinking maybe through an app I can put on my phone and muck with on breaks and such. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit on Sep 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Recommended Path And Expectations for Learning to Program iPhone Apps

Recommended Path And Expectations for Learning to Program iPhone Apps? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits on Aug 30, 2016 - 4 answers

From 0 to "programming" in $2500

We are three humanities grad students who have been given a budget of $2500 to learn some "technical skills" that will benefit our digital humanities project (in Drupal). What should we spend our dollars on? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Owl of Athena on Aug 19, 2016 - 14 answers

Preparing for software interviews as an underprepared graduate

I will be starting the last year of my CS degree (combined BS/MS) this fall, which means recruiters are already starting to contact me. And I feel extremely not ready. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Coding Project - How to get started merging PDFs

I'd like to tackle a (I think) small coding project - how do I get started, assuming I know basically nothing. I'd like to have some way of batch merging pdf files based on file names. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Aug 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Modern Software Development Best Practices

Can you recommend practical, concrete resources discussing modern software development best practices, particularly for web development? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Computer Programs for a 10-year old

I'm giving my 10 year old niece an old iMac and I'd like to load up some awesome programs for her to use and learn from. Help! [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jul 16, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I create an automated copyright line in WordPress?

I'm still a novice at WordPress, and I know next to nothing about PHP, so forgive me if I use the wrong terminology for anything. How do I make a function that displays an author's name and the year to automatically generate a copyright line? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jun 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Another brick in the wall

Freelance writer considering education in front- and back-end coding. I've chosen an educational path, but I don't know how to make the best of my new-found skills as I move forward. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis on May 19, 2016 - 3 answers

jQuery: click on a #button, change data attribute of the iframe within

I have a set of buttons that, when clicked, should display a specific iframe. In order to keep all the iframes from loading when the page is first loaded, I have the url stored as a data-src attribute in the iframe tag. How can I ask jQuery to change the data-src to src and load the iframe when the #div is clicked? [more inside]
posted by dozo on May 19, 2016 - 7 answers

What tech stack for building a little Python game?

I'm going to build a simple RPG in Python with my 14yo nephew. Most of the point is for him to learn Python. He's had programming concepts but is very new to Python. What game engine / technology stack should we use that helps us build a fun game but also keeps his head mostly in Python and not in the game engine? [more inside]
posted by gurple on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

WordPress, or roll-my-own cms?

I have a bunch of friends and acquaintances in a particular career for whom operating WordPress as a user is just too overwhelming and complicated. Also, none of the themes or plugins I'm finding are actually geared to meet their industry's information presentation requirements. So do I learn WordPress theme and plugin development so I can wrestle it around to be what they need, or do I create my own lightweight CMS that does what they need while minimizing and simplifying the user backend? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on May 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Code Newbie: help me figure out my next step

I'm a grownup with no particular aspirations for a tech career. Because I wanted a challenge and some intellectual stimulation, I took an introductory computer science class for non-majors, and I really enjoyed it. Now I want to take another CS-related class. Help me figure out which one to take! [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on May 10, 2016 - 14 answers

door number one? door number two??

I was all set to attend a coding bootcamp, but my employer is pulling out all the stops to keep me from leaving. I have to give them an answer by Monday and I don’t know what I’m going to do. Help me? [more inside]
posted by naturalnumbers on Apr 30, 2016 - 21 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

Need to freshen up these skills

There is an online job I'd really like to apply for. It's customer support for a company that provides user experience information for a business's website. I think I'd be good at it except for one requirement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2016 - 3 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

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

Help me find/customize a minimal, text-based Wordpress theme

I want a Wordpress theme like this: Cocoro (that writer is great, by the way, but the blog seems to be abandoned). Details inside. [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on Feb 22, 2016 - 4 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

Coding for idiots?

I want to make an app for my own use. I know basically nothing about coding and don’t know where to start. [more inside]
posted by a hat out of hell on Jan 4, 2016 - 18 answers

Tech upskilling

Can you recommend me some podcasts/ebooks/apps/etc that are aimed for intermediately skilled people who want to learn more about the tech industry, the internet and programming? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Dec 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Building Decent Mobile Apps

There are plenty of tools to help someone build and customize a website without needing to know coding; Wix, Serif, Network Solutions and Go Daddy website builders. Likewise, are there similar tools to help someone build and easily customize mobile apps without knowing code? If so, what and where are they?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 14, 2015 - 1 answer

Are you experienced?

I have started getting interested in how websites work, and am intrigued by the stories about those coding camps where people can jump right in. I am kind of wondering if I could make a go of it in coding, but I don't have much of a background. How can I learn more about front-end coding, experience design, etc. in an efficient, cost-effective way? (Is this a stupid idea?) [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Dec 4, 2015 - 15 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

How can I hire someone to help me a small PHP/RSS project

I'd like to hire someone to help me make an RSS aggregator, to replace a yahoo-pipes<, what is the best way to go about hiring for ultra-small scale projects like this? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Nov 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Learn angular offline

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

How do I discuss my web history in front-end web developer interviews?

I'm a new grad of an online coding school, and I'm preparing for job interviews in front-end web development in Portland, OR. My hobbyist web work experience dates back to the mid-1990s, and I'd like to discuss this work in interviews, but the subject matter may be problematic. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Aug 12, 2015 - 15 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

Should I try to do a computer programming bootcamp?

I'm 41, recently downsized from a legal publishing job, possibly looking for a career change into something involving news websites. Would a coding bootcamp be helpful? Am I too old? Are these programs worthwhile and reputable? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Aug 7, 2015 - 18 answers

coding partner or starting over better?

I am in the UK and learning HTML/CSS/JavaScript & InDesign through Lynda.com. The InDesign comes naturally to me, the coding not so much. The trouble is it's very difficult to get feedback and damn near impossible to find a coding partner. I do not have time to do more than three hours of training everyday and can't take time off. Is there a language/framework/training that would be more progressive to the lone learner?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Please recommend a kid's coding curriculum

My quite bright 9-year-old son has repeatedly expressed great enthusiasm and curiosity about learning to code. I would be delighted to help him, but I'd appreciate a little advice about how to go about that. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Jun 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Temp/freelance jobs for programmers/web developers who can't design

I want to make money with my web development/programming skills, but my main thing is standup comedy so I do NOT want a 'real', full-time job. I also have zero design skills. What should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Using Construct 2 to quickly load HTML5 app on an iPad

We're coding in Construct 2 which exports HTML5 in a number of ways. but we don't want an iOS app. [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Apr 22, 2015 - 3 answers

more than playing around with coding, for $150 a month?

I am playing around with small ways to make a file database accessible to a group without using Box or Dropbox. I have been looking at various ways to learn coding html, css, and JavaScript at home for a couple hours each night and would like to hear about study plans self-learners have stuck with to develop apps and websites in three to four months. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Apr 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Best language/framework/library for voice chat over the web?

I'm thinking about starting a coding project that involves live-streaming and recording voice chats populated by different users of a web app. Does anyone have any recommendations on what technology to use? WebRTC? Something else? And, depending on the technology, do you have a recommendation on the language I should use? If someone has made a module/gem or an open source project that would make it easier to get up and running, that'd be rad. I have experience with Ruby and JavaScript and would be comfortable using either or both.
posted by defenestration on Apr 15, 2015 - 2 answers

Starting late and slow as a self-taught programmer

As someone who's supposedly passionate about programming, I've read a lot of profiles, interviews, and forum threads about people's self-propelled programming careers. I invariably hear one of two stories: 'I started at 12 on an Apple II/Commodore 64' or 'I started learning from nothing two years ago and now I'm a paid junior developer!'. I fit neither of these stories. Do I still have a snowball's chance, or should I give up the ghost? [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Apr 8, 2015 - 19 answers

Static Tumblr pages don't load on Chrome for iPad

I have a Tumblr with two static pages. It runs well everywhere I have tried it except Chrome browser for the iPad. Could someone help me debug this? Totally stuck [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Are There Jobs Out There for Really Junior Developers?

I'm a brand-new grad of a web developer bootcamp and so am just starting out with JavaScript and Ruby. I wasn't the best in my class but I certainly wasn't one of the worst. I love coding and want so badly to become better at it, but I'm finding my bootcamp program's claim that 90% of grads are employed as programmers in 90 days to be very unlikely based on the two interviews I've bombed. Can there really be jobs out there for a bootcamp-grad junior programmer without a CS degree? [more inside]
posted by Yoko Ono's Advice Column on Mar 19, 2015 - 25 answers

Seeking Career Direction, Want A Job Using Photoshop

I like Photoshop. I like math. I’m a deep guy. I’m not a fine artist. I’m not a photographer. I like writing. I’m deep, smart, and interested in the world, but extremely unfocused and pretty unconfident in myself and my abilities. Happiness, serenity, contentment and fun is more important to me than being rich. I was thinking of starting to learn how to do web design. I came to this conclusion after doing some research into jobs that use Photoshop. Is this a smart move that’s worthy of my time, given my interests? [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Dec 31, 2014 - 13 answers

How to print an envelope or two on the Mac?

How can I simply print an envelope or two from my Mac to any printer that can handle envelopes? I'm printing directly on the envelope, but it's a standard #10 envelope--no labels, no odd sizes. I'd like USPS barcodes. I've got a copy of EasyEnvelopes and I've been trying to print from it, but nothing happens on my printer and I can't update it because they charge for it now. Printing other docs works fine. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Dec 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Game design competition, for children?

Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Is learning to code really a good job option?

It seems that "computer programmer" is often listed as one of the best jobs in America. There are cram schools popping up promising six figure salaries in 12 weeks. And even a former celebrity has chosen it as a second act. All this because there's apparently a tech talent crunch. But is learning to code the best strategy for a viable career? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Best book or free program to teach kids to code?

Looking for an easy introduction to coding for a 12 year old. It has to be something he can do on his own, without much adult input. He loves art, drawing, and creating his own cartoon characters, so visual references are a must.
posted by bartlett on Nov 27, 2014 - 11 answers

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