I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.)
Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999
on Dec 21, 2013 -
I inherited my desktop Mac from my girlfriend last year when she got a new one. We now live together and have our computers on the same network, and now MS Office complains that I don't have a license for this computer. Do I have any options other than buying a whole new MS Office license/package? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath
on Aug 12, 2012 -
I had been using a mac to keep my media files and had been using "Ripit" to rip my DVD's and "identify" to tag the resulting files and put into itunes to watch on Apple TV.
Due to file space I have moved to a PC running Windows 7 to do this. And while I have found software to rip the DVD's I cannot find software to add the tags such as "synopsis", "cover art", and "episode details"?
You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Me-Fi
posted by ndaguiar
on Jul 25, 2012 -
Asking on behalf of a friend: she runs a weekly GoToMeeting webinar that now needs to be captioned in real time. Is there a good software solution? [more inside]
posted by theatro
on Jul 3, 2012 -
Please help me create a calender on Microsoft Excel as I can't find any help online. [more inside]
posted by sockpim
on Jun 25, 2012 -
If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?
posted by vash
on Feb 10, 2012 -
I want to give someone a copy of Final Cut Pro X as a gift. But since there's no physical package anymore, I can't figure out how to do it, and I'm feeling pretty dumb. I thought maybe an iTunes Gift Certificate, but Apple.com says "iTunes Gift Cards and Certificates can be redeemed for songs, albums, audiobooks, videos, and games on the iTunes Store. They cannot be used to buy Apple products." Help? [more inside]
posted by theatro
on Jan 11, 2012 -
How should I go about preparing a historically accurate / vintage PowerPoint presentation? I would like to conform to the abilities and (potentially nightmarish) limitations of, say, PowerPoint 4.0 (1994). [more inside]
posted by sixswitch
on Jan 3, 2012 -
Two actuarial exams passed, writing resume and CV, need to learn Excel fairly well, for basic entry-level actuarial work. Any book recommendations? Or other learning modules? What's the best approach?
I'm fairly competent at learning technical things.
posted by brighteyes7
on Dec 21, 2011 -
I'm a proficient mac user
, but I think I'd like to know more about how my machine works. Where do I go to learn more? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus
on Oct 19, 2011 -
Does anyone know of any computer software that can be used to turn on and off an electronic motor or switch?
posted by *lostatsea*
on Aug 4, 2011 -
Do you have any experience working with art gallery-specific database systems? I'd love some advice on choosing the right software to help organize a mid-career artist and his sprawling archive. [more inside]
posted by Chichibio
on Dec 9, 2010 -
After buying Office 2007 (Standard) on my Vista system, I can no longer change file associations. I migrated from a mixture of Office 2000 Professional and Windows office XP. When I go to the file association dialog box, it recommends odd programs, and no Office 2007 options, hence nothing opens in the new format. It won't change even if I point to the correct .exe file in Office 12 folder. The menu doesn't even offer any Word 2007 options. HELP! Nothing on the web or on the Microdouche website. [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~
on Apr 4, 2010 -
Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software to run on Windows for server monitoring as well as running custom scripts for keeping track application specific metrics. [more inside]
posted by Nothing
on Dec 22, 2009 -
I need some help repairing some text files. I don't really understand regular expressions and so on enough. [more inside]
posted by yesno
on Nov 2, 2009 -
I'm looking for some sort of multi-track looper software. Something I could use during a live performance to record and play along to multiple tracks. [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy
on Aug 12, 2009 -
Excel filter: How do I print a specific column on every printed page without having to physically insert the column to the beginning of every page? [more inside]
posted by jujube
on Apr 22, 2009 -
It's becoming increasingly common in the art world to see various forms of multi-channel video: works or installations in which video plays back on more than 1 screen at a time. If I wanted to create a 2-channel video piece, what technical means would be available to me to play back both video channels in sync with each other? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity
on Apr 8, 2009 -
What applications/software for your mobile device did you find useful/essential for travelling? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on Mar 31, 2009 -
Does anyone have software recommendations for making Venn diagrams? Especially complicated ones? [more inside]
posted by tnygard
on Mar 10, 2009 -
My company is looking for a comprehensive package to manage our IT company, which has grown 1000% over the past 4.5 years. I believe we have outgrown our existing solution.
It has to be scalable, user friendly, integrate with Quickbooks, ideally would integrate with Kaseya, and generally be a very full solution.
is the best thing we have found, but it is not an option as we cannot host it ourself. Outsourcing all client data to another company means we are beholden to that company for life and that is not an option.
We tested Commit but the web interface just wasn't robust. The program itself was very functional, but the interface would lead one to believe that it was intended for smaller shops so we are going to stay away from it.
All suggestions and critiques are welcome.
posted by titans13
on Mar 8, 2009 -
I have to do a demo of a content management system. I was never completely proficient with the tool to begin with, and I haven't used it for two years. I'm not a programmer. I've never done a software demo before. And I have only the weekend to prepare. I need your help. [more inside]
posted by Valuev
on Feb 26, 2009 -
Foreword: No ruby background aside from basic tutorials.
Here's the deal. I've tired the Agile Web Dev (2nd edition) book for rails, very out of date. I need to learn something. I want to learn ruby on Rails. I've gone through the Rails guide on creating a rails blog (http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started_with_rails.html
So, rather then buy it now (3rd edition of book as beta) or just wait, I want to get on the fast track to learn rails 2.2 (soon to be release 2.3) .
Basically I'm looking for a online resource super cheap or free that provides quality information relating to rails and ruby.
Help and suggestions welcome
posted by BoldStepDesign
on Feb 3, 2009 -
We have Microsoft Outlook set to send emails via a POP3 service, but our old Exchange 5.5 server keeps trying to take over when we don't want it to. [more inside]
posted by Zeker
on Dec 10, 2008 -
My husband lucked in to a free iMac and we'd like to set it up for our neice who is 11. Can you help us trick it out? [more inside]
posted by amanda
on Dec 4, 2008 -
My teenage cousin is staying up too late on the internet and my aunt has asked me to help her limit how much time she is spending on it. It is very similar to this question
which has come before. But I'm looking for a software solution. [more inside]
posted by roshy
on Nov 3, 2008 -
What is the easiest, most foolproof way to move files and programs from an old PC computer (XP) to a new one (presumably Vista, sigh). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Oct 24, 2008 -
I'm a tech for a school district. One of my high schools was hit by lightning. The computer that my faculty uses to clock in every day (a windows 95 machine) died. I need a replacement ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Davaal
on Jul 21, 2008 -
How can I create a social networking site? I am in Southern California (Inland Empire/Orange County) and interested in building a social networking/message board/blog site along the lines of Sermo
that isn't really about customizable media and meeting friends, as much as it is for people within a certain specialty, let's say the veterinary community, to share their ideas about their expertise with peers, receive newsletters relevant to their work, and ask for their peers' opinions or advice. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein
on Apr 12, 2008 -
Anyone know of a tool to automatically extract 'Product Keys' from Microsoft Products installed on your machine ? [more inside]
posted by southof40
on Aug 2, 2007 -
How can I continue to operate my one-man software business while out of the country for 3 months? [more inside]
posted by csugden
on Mar 12, 2007 -