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How can I find a programming job with purpose?

I've been working as a software engineer for 10+ years an I really love programming, but the jobs I've had so far haven't filled me with a sense of purpose. How can I find a job where the work I'm doing has a positive effect on the world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2014 - 20 answers

How to print an envelope or two on the Mac?

How can I simply print an envelope or two from my Mac to any printer that can handle envelopes? I'm printing directly on the envelope, but it's a standard #10 envelope--no labels, no odd sizes. I'd like USPS barcodes. I've got a copy of EasyEnvelopes and I've been trying to print from it, but nothing happens on my printer and I can't update it because they charge for it now. Printing other docs works fine. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Dec 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Game design competition, for children?

Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 16, 2014 - 1 answer

Best book or free program to teach kids to code?

Looking for an easy introduction to coding for a 12 year old. It has to be something he can do on his own, without much adult input. He loves art, drawing, and creating his own cartoon characters, so visual references are a must.
posted by bartlett on Nov 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I go to school to be a SysAdmin?

I can't find work in my field and am increasingly desperate. I need to find some kind of path to employment and have been looking at my options in my local community college. Can you all help me make sense of IT as a career option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 12 answers

How to build a certain kind of blog

I want to create a blog for my students to explore math content. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Nov 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Lego Mindstorms or something better for my nieces/nephews?

I have six nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 to 9 spread over two households, and I am thinking of getting each household a set of Lego Mindstorms for Christmas. The cost of the sets means I would not get them any other presents, so the kids would need to share. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

The best ingredients for a RaspberryPi (or Arduino, other equivalent)?

Can you explain what the differences between Raspberry Pi, Arduino or equivalent is in terms a non-techno-savvy 5 year old could understand? What do I need for the best Raspberry Pi (or equivalent) system / computer (?) for an IT developer? Difficulty - any suggestions will need to be available in Canada. [more inside]
posted by apcmwh on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Speech recognition software for a programmer?

Can speech recognition software be used to write code? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Nov 6, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the simplest way to create a web-based CRUD application?

Are there any software frameworks that allow non-programmers to create simple CRUD applications? [more inside]
posted by gsteff on Nov 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Balanced team schedules based on seeding

I'm running a fantasy football league in which we have 10 teams. The first 9 weeks were round-robin style, with each team playing each other team exactly once. My plan was to schedule weeks 10 through 13 (four weeks) such that each team played a mix of stronger and weaker opponents based on the standings in weeks 1 through 9, then use the week 1-13 results to seed teams for the playoffs in weeks 14-16, but I'm having trouble developing an approach for generating these balanced week 10-13 matchups fairly. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Which data structures changed the world?

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]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Programming language for CAD

I'd like to find a programming language that compiles to line drawings. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Oct 31, 2014 - 13 answers

People who liked Rstudio also liked [this Python IDE]

ISO Python IDE. Edit code on one side of the screen. Run code on other. That's it. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Fun coding projects for (re)learning programming?

I'm looking for interesting coding-project suggestions, preferably, but not necessarily, for execution in Python, ObjectiveC, or Unity. [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Oct 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Surviving the editorial process

If you are a writer (nonfiction or fiction), a designer, or a programmer, how do you survive the editorial process with your self-esteem intact? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Software Development Proposal and Hiring Process for n00bs

If only one of us could program, and our department was able to fully fund a research position, we'd be set. As that is not the case, how can 10-15 busy and financially strapped masters and doctoral students find and fund someone to create a piece of software to create, run, and output data for human learning experiments? Challenge level: no institutional support likely, northeast US. [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket on Oct 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Programming for Robotics

I'm just started helping the local high school's robotics team as a programming mentor. They've worked in LabView before and are trying Robot C this year as well. Are there more "modern" languages that would be easier to work with? They compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition; I don't know if that restricts the options. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Oct 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Suggestions for intro to functional programming

I’m looking for a great, homey-but-mathematically sophisticated introduction to Functional Programming book / doc / etc. Don’t mind much what language. (Swift is my primary interest, but realize this is unlikely.) [more inside]
posted by ~ on Sep 30, 2014 - 11 answers

How to give a technical software interview

I’m a software developer at a small startup. I'm giving a technical interview next week. My CTO will be doing the interview with me, and wants me to ask several algorithms/data structures whiteboard questions. I have very little experience either giving or receiving technical interviews, no traditional CS background, and am stressed out by whiteboard coding (also just socially anxious in general). What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by introcosm on Sep 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Good books about computer science fundamentals for newcomers?

My friend and I are interested in recommendations for books that explain fundamentals of computer science for readers without any prior knowledge - preferably not just about how to write code, but about computer science in a larger sense, and illustrated is especially helpful. For example, around 2003 I read a slim library book with explanations of fundamental computer science topics (including binary, machine code, and how compilers work) with cheesy 90s graphics, but I don't remember the title. What was that book, and what are others like it? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade on Sep 30, 2014 - 10 answers

C++ for Snowflakes

I'm looking to get good at C++ fast. I have a math phd and many years of experience with collaborative python development (including just a small touch of cython), but now need to start coding in C++. What are some good resources to get me where I'm going?
posted by kaibutsu on Sep 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Explain computers to me like I'm five.

Say someone is completely technologically inept; I mean, they can find their way around the Internet and Microsoft Office and the most very basic HTML but otherwise they are clueless. Say this person has a lot of free *ahem*unemployed*ahem* time on their hands and would like to brush up on their knowledge, and bring themselves up-to-date on the 21st century. What resources, ideally free, are out there for this? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Learning Programming Intensively != Intensive Bootcamp

How would you run the cost-benefit analysis of learning to program on one's own versus completing a programming bootcamp? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Career advice for a recent college grad looking to change direction

I recently quit my full-time job and I'm figuring things out. I have some ideas on what to do next, and I'm looking for some feedback and, as always, additional ideas and perspective. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Who can do this web video programming project?

How do I find someone who can make our series of educational web videos interactive (with quizzes and links), and how much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Learning to use classes in C#

Mr. Killian is struggling in an intro to C# programming class, specifically learning to use classes. Are there online resources out there that would supplement his classroom work? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Aug 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Must automate, ASAP.

Dear Metafilter, I need to automate some tasks at work, and I'd like to make it happen quickly. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Aug 29, 2014 - 13 answers

I want to search Wikipedia for a list of people alive over 90 years old

I want to use the massive wikipedia database to look for people alive in a given profession that match a certain criteria such as age or their alma mater. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Aug 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me find this job!

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]
posted by toastchee on Aug 27, 2014 - 1 answer

Finding other beginning web developers to form a study group with

How can I find other beginning students of web development to form a study group with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Best resources for learning SQL for database newbies

I am making a transition from an Excel-based reporting analyst to a database-oriented role in which SQL will be the primary necessary skill. I have next to zero database experience. I'm looking for resources that would be effective at teaching me what I need to learn. More within… [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Hiring a programmer for a clinical project?

I'm working with a professor of medicine, and she has a clinical decision algorithm that needs to be turned into a website with a database backend. We need to find a person. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Aug 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Automators against automation?

I am looking for research on, or organizing around, the ethics and social fallout of automation from the standpoint of the workers doing the automating (i.e., computer programmers and allied trades). [more inside]
posted by enn on Aug 14, 2014 - 7 answers

I need to find a programming job in San Francisco in 1953.

Story research filter: My imagination was sparked by a recent comment about how computer programming was considered a suitable career for women in the 1950s and 60s, akin to clerical work. I'd like to learn more about what working life might have been like for these women, and about computing in general at that time. Bonus points if you can help me name some companies in 1950s San Francisco that might have employed my character. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Aug 13, 2014 - 22 answers

Which algorithms changed the world?

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]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 10, 2014 - 23 answers

Web devs, what do you look for before installing open source code?

I've been working on an open source project hosted on github. The code (js+react) is just about ready for a big public launch, but I'd like to make sure people have as few reasons as possible to dismiss it. What are your pain points when it comes to external libraries and frameworks? Lack of a clear tutorial? Missing or ugly API docs? What makes you likely to hit the back button?
posted by asher on Aug 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Short-term housing in San Francisco

I'm considering attending a six-month web development bootcamp in San Francisco that runs from October to April, and I'm wondering what I can expect to pay for housing. I'm interested in learning both about cheaper arrangements like SROs in Chinatown and housing oriented towards students, as well as about what it might cost to get a room in a "normal" multi-bedroom apartment for that period. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Why is there such a huge difference in web developer salaries?

I'm studying web development. The yearly salary estimates I've found online range from $40,000 to $80,000 or more. What gives? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jul 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Need some programming career advice

Need some special snowflake programming career advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

So you want to be a robot psychologist…

What are some computer science-related/IT jobs that help people or society at large? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Jul 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Coding Bootcamps and Career-Switching and Admissions Strategies, Oh My!

I'm starting to seriously plan for a career-switch to programming, going the Coding Bootcamp route as a way to jump-start my skills, my portfolio and my networking. I want advice on how best to prepare and what to expect. Snowflakes, as always, inside. [more inside]
posted by firechicago on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Writing a Simple Python Script

I have thousands of records of variable length from which I need to remove the last four digits. This seems like it should be an easy job for Python, but I keep hitting a wall. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Converting math to code

Wanting to code. Can't read calculus. Kinda stuck. Help? [more inside]
posted by ericc on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

How to Win Friends and Influence Peopleware

What books can I read about the people side of managing software developers, as opposed to the process side? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me use Excel to save my job

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]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Hivemind, please help me choose a career direction

In short: PMP? CISA? Dev? Or all of the above? I'm working at a small IT company (30 people). I have a CompSci degree. I went from programming to business analysis to project management with a side of information security thrown in as I'm responsible for ISO 27001 policy compliance. I'm not a "rockstar" or expert in any of those fields, but I can do them competently. (There certainly haven't been any complaints from the management.) Basically I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none". So where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth Judge And The Explosive Xerox on Jun 13, 2014 - 2 answers

The right hand of darkness

My right hand and arms have slowly been developing an ache or cramp over the last two weeks that gets worse when I use a trackpad or smartphone. (I'm right-handed.) I'm also starting a software engineering internship tomorrow. What should I do to keep my hands okay? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Easy Peasy iPhone and Android App Creation. For Dummies.

I'm not looking to create the next Flappy Bird and make $50k a month, I'm just looking to create apps that go with my published books, and man, is there a lot of choices out there. Help me suss them out! [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Jun 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Strictly Business, like EPMD

What are some techniques I can use to get through a day job that is sometimes really grating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2014 - 5 answers

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