Dear Metafilter, I need to automate some tasks at work, and I'd like to make it happen quickly. [more inside]
I am a telecommuting web software developer focusing on Java/JEE. I enjoy what I do but feel mostly isolated. Help me find a new gig! [more inside]
A recent post to the blue proposed a set of equations that changed the word. As a computer professional, I'm curious, which algorithms transformed the world? [more inside]
So, I just got promoted to a new position at my company (Yay!). Unfortunately, the new requirements involve scheduling a ridiculous number of people. It turns out my predecessor has just been doing dozens of iterations manually until one kind of worked, but every slight change puts a bunch of other things out of wack. I feel like Excel could probably be capable of doing it, but I have no idea how I would go about designing such a spread sheet. [more inside]
I like playing around with text recognition algorithms, but am stymied by a lack of a good corpus to train and test my code against. I'm looking for a large number of images of individual printed letters, labelled with the correct letter. (With the letter in the file name, or each set of letters in a directory, or something equivalent like a metadata file.) Something like this, but more of it.
How do sites like DailyLit split up large text files into smaller files and then email them? [more inside]
I'm pretty dim, but I've been told to write a scope of work for a dynamic webpage. Can you help me with the lingo? [more inside]
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]
For basically my whole teen-to-adult life I have wanted to write AI for video games as a hobby. Mostly games of the overhead strategy type, think Red Alert, Warcraft (not World Of), Starcraft and so forth. [more inside]
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]
Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
What's the single best book for a beginning student of C++ to work through over a period of a month or two?
I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
Which aspects of computer science are profitable and worthwhile? Help a high schooler going off to college... [more inside]
I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
Programmingfilter: I created a program to output Pascals Triangle in Java (in Arrays). How can i change the shape of the output from a Rightsided triangle into a (typical for a Pascals Triangle) Isoceles shape? [more inside]
Anyone know of good online or in-person (in the Philadelphia) training options for R statistical programming? [more inside]
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]
I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
I'm wondering about what measures can be taken to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces. For women who work in male-dominated fields - how did your company's culture contribute to creating an appealing work environment for you? What can be done to build and foster this kind of culture? [more inside]
Achievement unlocked: successfully ended a conversation instead of walking away! games for Aspergers
How can I create a game that will give quest lines, experience, achievements, rewards for accomplishing social life skills? [more inside]
I want to learn about programming and making websites. Where to start, and how to proceed from there? [more inside]
Friends are holding a computer prank contest. Need ideas. [more inside]
I want to develop a browser toolbar button which leads people to content related to what they are reading in their browser. I need some help understanding how complex this project is.... [more inside]
What was the first computer operating system to use device drivers as we would recognize them today? Bonus question: when was that specific term first used?
What's the best way to do a complete clone/copy/export/duplicate/mirror/whatever of an Eclipse-based development environment and move it to another PC? [more inside]
AskLAFilter: What's a better place to learn computer programming from: Pierce College or Los Angeles City College? [more inside]
Programming Filter: I'm applying for software jobs, but I don't want to forget what I know. How should I practice to keep my skills sharp? [more inside]
Very general question: Freelance programming - how/what/when/where? [more inside]
This question made me start thinking about learning computer programming. Two questions: do you think there's any value in doing so, and if so, how would I start? Details about me inside. [more inside]
Are there any good podcasts on Computer Science research? [more inside]
I'm looking to write a graphical front-end for a text-based data fitting and plotting program. Is it better to program an interface from scratch or write an extension for a plotting program such as Igor, Origin, Mathematica, etc.? [more inside]
I have two large (10k-100k) sets of strings. I want to match the items in the sets up in pairs based on similarity. Levenshtein looks promising but costly. [more inside]
I am a graduate student who works with a lot of very computationally sophisiticated people. I'm doing okay with the content of my work (which is focused on computational modeling only to a certain degree) and feel comfortable acquiring new high-level skills. But there are a lot of basic skills, vocabulary, and background knowledge that I don't have, and it's slowing me down! What do I need to know, and how do I learn it efficiently? [more inside]
Is there anything like University of Phoenix, except not a "scam" or a "diploma mill"? [more inside]
[Software Development filter] I am working on a project that uses a PC (Windows) and a dedicated microprocessor to perform a specific task. I want to create a scripting language that will allow the user to write their own sequences for the tool. [more inside]
I will need to change careers, but I have a bit of time to plan this out. What should my next computer- or education-related job be? [more inside]
How can I (non-programmer), create a customized installer? (see details please!) [more inside]
Should I go back to school and take some computer programming classes? I've got my MLIS and work in Archives now, I'm sorta interested in Content Management but I have no useable computer knowledge. Would an introductory course help me see where my strenghts are and what I might possibly be good at? I'm not sure where to go from just having my Master's on top of the fact that I'm not sure I want to stay in the Archives field. I'm more interested in Records Management but I know I lack a lot of the tech experience
When designing a programming project, what is the usual method for imposing speed requirements, such as "function X must accomplish so-and-so in 2 seconds or less"? The problem here of course is that all computers run programs at a different speeds.
Teach me how to program a robot for my upcoming programming competition! I'm looking for tips, tricks, and sources of inspiration to help write an awesome AI. [more inside]
Where's my food? How to make a web ap that tells me how to find vegetarian food easily? [more inside]
What computer skills should I acquire to be relevant today? Dreamweaver? HTML? Flash? I don't even know what the options are! [more inside]
What's the modern day equivalent of old school "line number" BASIC as a tool for young children to play and learn with? [more inside]
Suggestions (books, projects, things to learn, things to do) for a 2nd year Computer Science Student over Winter Break?
Suggestions (books, projects, things to learn, things to do) for a 2nd year Computer Science Student over Winter Break? [more inside]
[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break!
[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break! [more inside]
Help me advance my computer education! [more inside]
I am currently a second semester programming student and I missed class because of jail; I was trespassing. my problem is, in my structured programming class we are using C/C++ and I need to know how to make an array of strings: multiple strings stored in an array. can someone help or guide me in the right direction.
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