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Where can I learn/get back to speed with *practical* Java?

I majored in CompSci. I have 7 years of programming experience. I spent 2 years coding in Java. But then I took a break from programming, which lasted for about 5 years, and now I'd like some hand-holding while I'm finding my way back. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Take your libtk8.6.dylib and stuff it.

The headache of distributing python GUI-based applications has finally driven me to consider switching to another language. Is Java a good alternative for ulcer-free distribution of GUI-based applications? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Installing Fedora Commons on OS X Mavericks Server

Digital librarians of Metafilter: I am looking for installation and configuration documentation to get Fedora Commons 3.7 up and running on a Mac OS X (Mavericks) server. Surprisingly, my googling has not yet yielded an up-to-date OS X-specific guide. Can anyone point me to such documentation? Or have you installed Fedora Commons on your OS X server, and have any tips? [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Mar 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Learn me Java

What are some analogous technologies in the Java world, compared to the MS stack? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jan 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Hourly contract rate for SQL in the UK?

I'm an American in the UK and have been hired to do some freelance work for a tech company in Northern England. I'm not sure what to charge for my hourly rate. I am working in SQL, writing queries and turning them into data visualizations for the web (using Ruby and Javascript/HTML). I am very junior, although quite competent at SQL; I'm coming up (and quickly) in the other areas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Minecraft LAN Games (You Are Not My Tech Support Person-filter)

My wife and I wanted to play Minecraft together. Minecraft has that handy "Open game to LAN" button in single player mode. But it's not working. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Nov 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Is there a good, NON-JAVA, non-MS project management tool out there?

I will be starting to work on several small, overlapping projects soon and need a lightweight tool. WANT: Ability to manage 2-3 resources (mostly me, really), schedule tasks, create and output Gantt charts. DO NOT WANT: The security hole of suck known as Java, so Project Libre, OpenProj and the like are right out. MEH, WILL ACCEPT IF NEEDED: Cloud app. I really prefer desktop programs for various reasons, but if the best solution is on the cloud, so be it. A PLEA: I'm going to a presentation on Office 365 tonight with a devotee of MS Project. Please arm me in advance against the call of the dark side! [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Sep 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me get started writing a REST interface in Java.

Help me get started writing a REST interface in Java. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Aug 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there a Twitter widget that doesn't depend on Java?

I want to embed a Twitter feed, but is there an option that doesn't use Java? I just tested the site on different browsers around the office, and at least half of them aren't displaying the feed until I either update or enable Java on those particular machines. Is there another option?
posted by jackypaper on Aug 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Java developers: How do I push myself to the next level?

I am a Java developer. I am in a dead end job that used to be awesome but my company reorganized underneath us. Many of our group went to a sister company in the organization, including my old boss. I now report to someone in a distant city, though I am located in NYC. The relationship is good but he is hugely overloaded and very inaccessible and undependable. I've been interviewing, but I had two good possibilities fail recently. I think it's because I need to get to the next level. [more inside]
posted by kewpiedoll99 on Jul 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a user script to improve the tumblr dashboard: 5-6 columns?

I'm hoping to find a user script for Tumblr that will go from the default 1 column layout to something that has 5-6 columns to take advantage of my widescreen monitor. I've found a userscript that gets partway there ("minimal three column layout"), but it suppresses the Like & Repost buttons. I've tried modifying it to have 5 columns instead of three, but I don't know java for beans. Would someone in the hivemind be able to tweak this appropriately, or know another way to get a better layout?
posted by Decimask on Jul 14, 2013 - 2 answers

JAVA now OK?

I watch a lot of embedded videos that require JAVA. [more inside]
posted by KRS on May 14, 2013 - 8 answers

How to beef up on basic Python/Java and get the skinny on databases?

I'm interested in taking this Coursera course on data science but the description states that "You will need basic programming experience with Java or Python, and some familiarity with databases." I do not have this. How could I get it, preferably online? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Mar 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Summer (Winter?) of Code

I'm hoping to find short (2 month-ish to 6 month-ish) full-time, in-person programs that teach practical computer programming skills (Ruby, Python, iOS, PHP, R, Matlab, etc.) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Mar 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Reverting to Java 6 from Java 7 (Mac)

Asking for a friend: There is an online grading platform that apparently only runs on Java 6, but he has a mid-year 2012 MacBook Pro unibody (13") and it came with Java 7 installed. He needs to be able to enter grades at home, which means he needs Java 6. Both of us are good with technology (and searched Google for information), but the links we found often referred to computers where Java 6 was installed, and then was replaced with Java 7. Help? [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Feb 28, 2013 - 3 answers

How to create a simple review/rating website?

I want to create an intra-company website for my co-workers to rate/review widgets. It will not be a commercial venture. Is there is a free or free-ish way to do this? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Feb 19, 2013 - 4 answers

How to go from good software engineer to God of the Code?

(Java-flavored question) I have work colleagues who can explain how and when the JVM inlines code, or when implicit constructors are made / called based on the access level of global variables. They can think through code like the compiler thinks. How do I get to that level? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Feb 13, 2013 - 16 answers

How to "copy on drag" text in Windows 7?

I need to copy text between a commercial text editor (TextPad 6.1.3 by Helios) and a home brew program used by my company. When I try to do this now, the highlighted text is moved/cut rather than copied. Is there a Windows 7 or TextPad setting I can use to force the behavior to copy rather than cut the text? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Does Wolfram Alpha use Java?

Loading this web page I get an error saying that a plugin is disabled. I've disabled Java. How do I tell if this page is using Java? I've placed the page's source code here if that helps answer the question. Thanks!
posted by dfriedman on Jan 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Java exploits in Mac - how do I get rid of it all?

After running Avast, I discovered some infected Java files on my macbook (10.5.8). I deleted them in Avast, but how do I know if I've gotten rid of it all? Is it on my Time Machine back up? Do I need to change my passwords? Do I need to take this to a Genius Bar, or can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by min on Jan 15, 2013 - 3 answers

I had a compromised Java version. How do I clean up afterwards?

My AV program found 'Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-4681' on my laptop. It's a primer that sets up my machine for future exploits, but I haven't found any further infections using AV or Housecall. What steps should I be taking to assure myself that the machine is clean, and what can I do to prevent this kind of problem in the future. [more inside]
posted by Urtylug on Jan 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Spinning, exploding Excel-driven web app: How or should it be?

Sometimes, I am a front-end web developer. Frequently, I meet new people at work who want to turn really complicated Excel documents into dazzlingly interactive web applications. Besides Excel's "Save to Web App" or "Save to SharePoint" features, such people ask if I can tap into an industry to support this -- perhaps scads of agencies and web-based or downloadable tools that make "websites" or at least customizable, interactive reports from Excel spreadsheets, data, and calculations. I'm yet to find this an abundance of examples of this. Are there? If so, what do you call them? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Jan 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Which of these CS courses should I take?

Which introductory computer science course should I take? (I am a very special snowflake.) [more inside]
posted by lemonadeheretic on Oct 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need some guidance.

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need guidance. [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me build a modern-day website.

Please recommend me some guides about building a modern, lightweight, easy-to-maintain website. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Oct 6, 2012 - 2 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

Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing?

Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing? I'm teaching myself a little Android programming. I'll try upload eventually a free app or two hopefully that the Marketplace doesn't already have a bunch of.
posted by KHinds10 on Jul 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Making mountains out of molehills and rockin' some mo' skills/Butt naked beats with butt naked fills

How do I design a personal website/web portfolio that will dazzle, amaze, or at least intrigue everyone from professional web developers to non-technical senior level types outside the field and convince them that I do indeed, have the skills to pay the bills. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Jul 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Super Java

What are your favorite instances of beautiful, clever, useful, elegant, or neat-o Java from around the web? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Jun 11, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Indie programmer or call-center drone? A false dilemma disguised as hope?

Does it make sense to block off a few months to develop the skills needed to pursue a modest career/business developing indie games and mobile apps for Android, or am I better off just getting an entry-level job at a call center and make a decent amount of money doing sales or tech support? [more inside]
posted by porcupine on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Help a noob out.

Programming challenge: pull XML data with an HTTP GET, process and/or lightly transform it, and output a csv file. Please help me figure this out in Java or tell me what other language to use. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Mar 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Are there really java viruses?

Are there really Java viruses? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Feb 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Automatically adding Amazon affiliate codes

Is there a straightforward way to transform Amazon links to add an affiliate code? [more inside]
posted by fightorflight on Jan 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Java and computers for dummies

Help me get java going on my dad's computer [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Dec 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Java for c# developers

Java for c# developers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 - 7 answers

What are Java deliverables?

Java: What are the expectations of deliverables for an SDK/API/library? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Dec 16, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java?

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java? This is fairly basic stuff, so I'm a little embarrassed to be having issues with this, but I don't have much time. I'm well aware of how to do file I/O with a text file using a Scanner object for input, but how does this work with a spreadsheet?
posted by bookman117 on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Programming sites for kids.

Java for children? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Dec 4, 2011 - 6 answers

When I say year 2000, you say 3900, wait, what?

Recently doing more and more work in java and am wondering why was Java's getYear function was deprecated in favor of the seemingly more cumbersome and error prone "Calendar.get(Calendar.Year) - 1900" ? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Dec 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Java Help

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]
posted by freddymetz on Nov 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Object Oriented Programming Challenges

What are some good programming challenges that encourage the use of Object Oriented programming? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 27, 2011 - 17 answers

Find me (or create me) a crash course in Semantic Web...

Can you find me an online (?) course giving me the essentials of the following alphabet soup of Semantic Web related... things? XML, XHTML, CSS, RDF, OWL, JSON, SPARQL, one of JAVA, Perl, Python etc... [more inside]
posted by KMH on Oct 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Getting from concept to execution

I'm developing a web app in Open BlueDragon with a MongoDB backend. So, uh... how do I deploy this thing, anyway? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Aug 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me snarf image files accessible via a web app

The Mormons have put images of a whole lot of family records online (e.g., here) and people can view and download them for free via a web app. This is super nice of them. But their app is so slow and buggy that doing this page-by-page is driving me crazy. How can I download a whole lot of images at once, or at least automate the process?
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Ruby vs Java, which wins?

How does Ruby compare to C#/Java in terms of speed of development, quality of code and long-term maintainability? A broad question, I know, but my focus is on enterprise applications that might pull in from several large data sources and might be rather large. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

They have a lovely silvery-blue hue and maybe also moonletters?

How can I find and devour blue java (also known as "ice cream") bananas, those rarest and most delectable of all bananas known to man and God? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Jul 18, 2011 - 9 answers

A cross tick

Looking for an embeddable, open-source app to create acrostics online! Something like the java app used by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal but free. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jul 9, 2011 - 0 answers

Howto: IBMJCEFIPS and Tomcat?

How to setup Tomcat with the IBMJCEFIPS provider? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jul 7, 2011 - 5 answers

How much does an inexperienced programmer get paid?

How much should I get paid as an inexperienced programmer doing Java web development for a US government contractor? I’m clueless. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 10 answers

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