My mother was a secondary school teacher, and roughly 15-20 years ago I was reading a book of hers that involved a classroom game or experiment or lesson where each child in the class followed a set of individual instructions, passing information around to other kids and making decisions and so on. The net result of all of this was that the whole classroom would end up effectively running a program to play a game - I *think* it was noughts and crosses, but it was a reasonably complex program with maybe 20 separate sets of instructions for different people. [more inside]
In my last question, I asked for algorithms that changed the world. Now I'd like to know, what are the data structures that changed the world? [more inside]
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]
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