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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

Games and Apps Deveopment 101 for a Teen?

I'm asking for my 14 year old son...how does one get started in developing games and apps? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Aug 30, 2012 - 23 answers

Bad ideas quickly pushed through

Does this phenomenon, that happens in small startups have a name? Can you point me to any discussion on the topic? [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm on Aug 29, 2012 - 23 answers

How can I make StackOverflow useful again?

StackOverflow used to be my favorite resource for coding questions, but in the last few months it's usefulness has dramatically decreased, and I'm wondering if its just me or are others having the same issue. More importantly are there any tips or hints that will help restore its usefulness as a tool? [more inside]
posted by puppysocket on Aug 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Wordpress Workflow

I'm designing a custom Wordpress theme as part of a project. In addition to the typical Wordpress install, there's also going to be a social media plug-in on top of it (which has already been picked out and installed by another member of the project). This is the most complicated bit of web development that I've done, so I'm curious: what sort of workflow should I set up to make things easy on myself? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for?

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Sloppy MicroChips: Can a fair comparison be made between biological and silicon entropy?

Was reading about microchips that are designed to allow a few mistakes (known as 'Sloppy Chips'), and pondering equivalent kinds of 'coding' errors and entropy in biological systems. Can a fair comparison be made between the two? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Building a Narrowing-Focus Questionnaire

How difficult would it be for someone with intermediate HTML/coding skills to build something similar to the Dog Breed Questionnaire on the Animal Planet website? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on May 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find a freelance coder

Where can I hire reliable coders to do piecemeal coding for me? [more inside]
posted by special-k on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Startup Weekend questions

Have you been a participant, organizer, or audience member at Startup Weekend? I'm trying to understand some things and not go in blind. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 14, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I code a website to use Twitter as an interface?

How do I code a site to parse direct msg tweets, act on them, and then reply? [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld on May 8, 2012 - 8 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

How to move sidebars after main content in source code?

Help me fix my Wordpress theme so that my left and right sidebar appears in the source code after the main content as I've changed themes and lost 90% monthly visitors because of the duplicate content coming up first now (there's like 80 links in my sidebar). [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to make something beautiful, but I need some help with this paintbrush here.

I want to make an awesome web resource, but have hit a wall on the technical side of it and need to know what to ask for. I want to make an image with a slider that reveals and hides different triggerable pop-ups depending on where you move the slider. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Mar 29, 2012 - 25 answers

Can one man still create a complex website

Hello, brightminded and helpful mefi's. I have an idea for (IMO) an awesome new website that I believe will be huge. Is it still feasible in this day and age for a person to buy a stack of books and learn the coding skills needed for a website with very robust features, to say the least? Or will I have to acquire the funding to hire the people to do this? Funding is non-existent at the point in time.
posted by DesmondDoomsday on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Finally at 32, I have a chance to come up for air and I need to focus.

Big changes are coming and I'm not sure how to make the best of them. I am not enthralled in the least in my current career and would like to take a chance on something new, but should I go for something that is very risky that I love, something practical, or something that uses my mind, or is there some kind of career that embraces all of this that I am not aware of? Man this gets long! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Feb 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Need help differentiating between image and text links in CSS/HTML

I'm trying to make my image links in a div start at 0.8 opacity, and on hover, bump up to 1 opacity. This works fine - until I also introduce text links to the same div. Then, the 0.8 starting opacity applies to the text as well, making it look weird. Any way to make it apply to the image links only? Thanks.
posted by kmccormi on Feb 9, 2012 - 5 answers

If answer %NOTFOUND soon, please kill me, else...

I have to code some fairly complicated logic involving nested loops, etc. I am a mere (mortal) student. Please tell me how YOU plan out the coding of complex logic in your programming. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Feb 4, 2012 - 24 answers

How do I relearn how to focus? How do I relearn how to learn?

How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Eavesdropping on what my text editor is up to

Is there a way to write a script that makes something happen outside of MS Word as a result of an event that occurs within Word? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me become a web developer, fellow web developers!

In what order should I learn technologies for web development? There're so many! [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jan 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Should I switch careers and learn to code?

I'm considering doing a career 180 and learning how to code. Should I do this? Do I have what it takes? What is it like to program for a living? Details within... [more inside]
posted by lukievan on Jan 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me get in the game.

I think I have a really good idea for a web-based/social networking/"gamification" project. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Is Textmate for me?

Those of you who are devotees of Textmate, I'd like you to convince me to switch. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Dec 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Bright kid needs a hobby.

My 9 year old nephew does very well in math. He also has a voracious appetite for video games. How can I help him acquire a better understanding of how these games are made? I'd like to see him become more creative with a computer, rather than just spending his time clutching a game controller. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Nov 9, 2011 - 23 answers

Help Me Pimp Their Site Please...

Doing some web design after being out of it a long time and my brain isn't in gear. I'm admittedly rusty and oblivious to the latest trends, codes and plugins for designing some of this basic stuff right now. Main goal: if I can make my client's dream site an awesome reality in a quick manner while remaining as lazy as possible, that would be fantastic! ;) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Nov 9, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I most effectively learn how to program?

I'd love to learn how to program effectively in a language like C++ or Java, so that I can, within a year or so, be somewhat productive. [more inside]
posted by oaklandj on Oct 30, 2011 - 17 answers

Hacking a way through Google+ and Skype audio cancellation

Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Cross-platform code editor for Mac and PC?

What great code/text editors provide a perfectly consistent experience across both Mac and Windows environments? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 13, 2011 - 29 answers

Where can I find great code?

What open-source projects should I look at to see examples of great design and clear coding style? [more inside]
posted by scose on Oct 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Left, right, right, cry, steal Mom's glasses and throw them on the floor, left, left, right

What data-coding problems are sufficiently like my data-coding problem to have built good software solutions to handle it? Or can I write something myself? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Sep 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Let's assume that I am the stupidest person that ever lived. Explain to me what JavaScript is, what it does, and how a moron would go about learning it...

Let's assume that I am the stupidest person that ever lived. Explain to me what JavaScript is, what it does, and how a moron would go about learning it... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Sep 7, 2011 - 36 answers

Coding a matchmaking website

If I wanted to code a simple matchmaking website along the lines of OKcupid, how would I start? I'm a complete beginner at coding. [more inside]
posted by glass origami quicksilver robot on Aug 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to start, and why?

I want to start a serious and large scale (for me, anyway) web project. Could you help me decide between CodeIgnitor and Symfony, as well as figure out tools/scripts/libraries/methods for some of the goals I have for the site? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Careers for someone who can code

I'm good at programming computers. But I don't want to be a software developer. What can I do for a career and what should I be doing now to make it possible? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 25, 2011 - 19 answers

What resources will help me understand how to, and build better iPhone applications?

Hello from Mefi's intern Dom. I'm coming in relatively cold to building iPhone applications and am teaching myself how to do it. What are some good resources/ references that would help make the learning process easier on me? [more inside]
posted by Dominic. Allen on Jul 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Preparing data for Cohen's Kappa in SPSS

Statistics Filter: help me set up my coding data to calculate Cohen's Kappa as a measure of interrater reliability. Taking data from CAT to SPSS. [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Jul 14, 2011 - 3 answers

The C: drive will be erased in 5...4...3...2..... -beep-

Friends are holding a computer prank contest. Need ideas. [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz on Jul 9, 2011 - 44 answers

(Not so) dead man's switch

Does anyone know of software other than Daisyman's DMS that acts as a "dead man's switch", i.e. will carry out a task (send an email or delete a file or similar) if I don't "reset" it within a certain time frame? If not, how would you suggest I go about writing such a program? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 7, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I find the Woz to my (ahem) Jobs?

I would like to find a developer with whom to build simple, fun web apps. The catch is that while I am prepared to invest some cash, I would prefer to find someone who will work in an entrepreneurial way and end up with some ownership of what is created. Where do I find a potential collaborator? [more inside]
posted by skylar on May 31, 2011 - 9 answers

Representing HTML within an XML Schema

How do I indicate the potential presence of HTML within an XML element in that xml document's Schema? [more inside]
posted by garius on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Real-time delay for video: how, and what programming language should i use?

Real-time delay for video: how, and what programming language should i use? Processing? Open Frameworks? Something else? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on May 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Prog-rock for prog-rammers.

Prog-rammer seeks prog-rock. Help me find some new coding music. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Apr 27, 2011 - 41 answers

Multi-skilled graphic designer

Hiring a new graphic designer. Is it realistic to be looking for someone with both print and web design skills and some ability to code? [more inside]
posted by n-clue on Apr 19, 2011 - 22 answers

Can I make a thing go switchy?

Can i put a three-picture, automatically alternating slideshow in a wordpress.com post? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Apr 15, 2011 - 10 answers

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