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Can you reassure me that majoring in computer science and trying to find a job in technology and software as a woman isn't going to be terrible? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 13, 2014 - 44 answers

You had me at 'hello world' in n log‚ÄČn operations.

I want to duplicate the experience of taking a college course on algorithms and data structures. I am unlikely to stay in sync with a fast-paced online course with firm deadlines. What are my best options otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Sep 15, 2013 - 8 answers

I want to be able to read CS and math research papers with ease.

I often find myself crossing interdisciplinary lines and reading research papers, trying to understand some new practice or algorithm in math or computer science. I start out thinking "I just need to understand these basic concepts and I'll crack this", but end up with a very tired brain at 5am, having tried to mainline dense trees of Wikipedia and Eric Weisstein'sWolfram MathWorld, and still not feeling like I retained everything. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Aug 1, 2013 - 9 answers

How to take notes in CS classes?

I find taking notes in my Computer Science classes challenging. Can you share with me your techniques for taking useful notes that are specifically helpful for CS courses? [more inside]
posted by estlin on Feb 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Going back to school at 33 is a great idea! Right?

Recently I've been thinking of going back to school to get a Computer Science degree but I have a few questions: [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Jan 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Giant CSV Files Needed

Where can I find publicly-available scientific data to use in an Excel project? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Oct 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Show me how to flip a coin 15 times and tell me all 32,768 possible outcomes

How do I find every possible outcome of an arbitrary length set of coin flips? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Mar 22, 2012 - 8 answers

What will happen after PhD programs (hopefully) accept me?

I am (very nearly) finished with my applications to computer science PhDs, and I realized I don't really know what will happen next. Assuming I get in anywhere, what sorts of contacts with programs are in store between their decision and mine? [more inside]
posted by silby on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 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

What forthcoming theory of computation textbook did I see?

Help me figure out what computer science book I heard about on the web a while ago. [more inside]
posted by silby on May 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Transferred to Brooklyn College

I've transferred to Brooklyn College from College of Staten Island. I'm in the Computer Science major. I'm wondering if there is anything to keep in mind when studying there. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Should I work as a freelance programmer?

Very general question: Freelance programming - how/what/when/where? [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Computer podcasts with more science?

Are there any good podcasts on Computer Science research? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jun 1, 2010 - 3 answers

college is ending and the real world is closing in

I'm about to graduate college. I am torn between computer science and the arts. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by 200burritos on May 5, 2010 - 34 answers

Is joining Upsilon Pi Epsilon worth anything?

Is joining Upsilon Pi Epsilon worth anything?
posted by riffola on Apr 2, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I explain programming to a 12-year-old?

Looking for some resources for explaining a programming career to middle school kids. [more inside]
posted by tantivy on Mar 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Will the goverment torture me?

If I go to a local engineering college and a friend of mine turns out to be a terrorist, will the government torture me? Or am I just being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Feb 25, 2010 - 23 answers

Regex Help for Adding +14 to a Series

I'm trying to use Regular Expressions in Textmate to do a Find/Replace. The goal: Find id="1", id="2", id="3", etc. and Replace with a value of +14, so that I replace yields id="15", id="16", id="17" etc. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by pinto on Mar 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Games Programming vs Software Engineering

Help me pick a second major for my computer science degree. [more inside]
posted by hgws on Jul 5, 2008 - 22 answers

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