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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


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

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

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