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Wacky shit to do with Python

I am no longer a novice learning Python; no, as of this weekend, I am a (baby) Python programmer! So um what do I do? What nutty things (impractical OK!) can I do now? What's the coolest thing you have done using Python? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Jun 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Best framework for a dev team's internal metrics site?

I manage multiple software teams and would like to create a cool web dashboard (for wall screens) that radiates useful team info: build status, test run results, food truck schedule, number of live customers ... whatever. What is a simple set of tools for cobbling this together? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Jun 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Head-to-head code testing platforms?

I am looking for a platform that would allow me to engage in friendly competition with my programmer friends. I'm aware of sites like HackerRank and TopCoder where you can complete challenges against a set standard or against the rest of the user base generally, but I'm looking for a platform where I could compete specifically against friends. As in, myself and my friend are both given the same challenge, complete it on separate machines, and then the platform evaluates each solution and declares a winner.
posted by ABCApplePie on Jun 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Career in IT and Computer Programming with zero knowledge?

I'm fascinated with computers, robotics, and photography. Yet, there's something captivating about IT and Computer Programming. I'm almost finishing up my Social Science bachelor's degree (Sociology), which is pretty worthless from a marketable angle, little job offers. I would like to learn more about IT (Support Services for software) and Computer Programming as well, but I have no background in these two fields. Should I pursue a degree in either of these fields if I have no experience with math and computers? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on May 28, 2016 - 15 answers

If you had a programmer for 6 months ... what would you do?

I have a programmer with nothing to do for the next 6 months. He can build almost anything. What can I have him create that would could generate some passive income? [more inside]
posted by dacoit on May 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Best cheap or free resources for learning R?

I'm looking for some help cutting through the mix of crap that Google throws up and finding some quality free (or very inexpensive) resources for learning the statistical programming language R. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 27, 2016 - 8 answers

What framework should I use for a hobby web/programming project?

I have a need I could probably satisfy with something COTS, but I kinda want to build something again. I've been out of that game for a while, and getting my hand back in would be nice. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by uberchet on May 20, 2016 - 14 answers

Another brick in the wall

Freelance writer considering education in front- and back-end coding. I've chosen an educational path, but I don't know how to make the best of my new-found skills as I move forward. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis on May 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Practice programming problems?

I've been doing a couple phone screens for technical software positions here and there. Most of these sessions involve working on a programming problem on a shared "coding pad" like Codility. I'd like to do a few practice problems like this. Help? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Easiest Way to Create an Interactive, "Multi-Factor" Game/Exercise?

Programming-challenged foodie here, trying to create a cooking activity for a staff event: From a list, you choose ingredient A as a starting point. Then you choose other ingredients to add to A (D and W, say), and see the result: A+D+W—a dish you can make at home. How can I create something (digital, paper, or otherwise) that allows people to choose any ingredient, add any others, and see a possible resulting dish? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on May 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Where can I ask more general technical questions?

Is there a site like Stack Overflow which allows for more open-ended questions? Kind of a technical version of AskMeFi? Bonus points if it's focused on web development. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Apr 28, 2016 - 3 answers

How do I become a digital nomad?

I have been working as a junior developer/"data engineer" for about a year and a half, and while I enjoy writing code, I am unhappy with the 9-6 lifestyle and want to get to a place in my career where I have more freedom. Specifically, the freedom to work remotely and intermittently. What can do I to make that happen within the next few years? [more inside]
posted by dadaclonefly on Apr 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Help Me Integrate with My Company's Payment Processor

Okay, here's the deal. We've got a process for getting our clients signed up and billed that's not working. We want to just throw them a link to a form, fill it out, add their credit card or ACH info, and then be signed up for recurring billing. Problem is... [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 13, 2016 - 5 answers

What coding projects might be interesting to do?

I'm looking to create a few small projects to potentially include in a portfolio, but of course I'm out of ideas. What might be fun to do in Javascript, C#, Swift, Ruby or another language? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Apr 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Is there any to-do list software that supports complex recurring tasks?

For instance, setting a task to recur every 5 days, unless that day is a Sunday, in which case it recurs on the subsequent Monday. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Apr 2, 2016 - 10 answers

What are your best and most popular ideas for bookmobiles?

I'm interviewing for a supervisor position with the bookmobile in a nearby city. It's been re-launched in the last year or so, and they have a staff of 5. I love bookmobiles but I haven't worked on one. What are your best ideas for programming and outreach? What are the coolest things you've seen bookmobiles do? [more inside]
posted by percor on Mar 30, 2016 - 9 answers

How can I "reserve" a name for a programming language?

I'm designing a programming language (yeah, like the world needs another pl). Though the design is in flux, I'd like to "reserve" the name of the language. I don't anticipate making any money from this exercise, so I'm not sure filing for a trademark is the right way to go, nor do I want to spend any money on this. Would creating a github repo do the job? Posting to a tech site? [more inside]
posted by cyclicker on Mar 29, 2016 - 7 answers

Can "for fun" coders weigh in on the What Now stage of learning to code?

You all know what this is - the brief high of learning the basic concepts of data structures, objects, etc, is followed by a devastating realization that you have no idea how to put these concepts together to do anything useful. Can someone who doesn't take this too seriously recommend a next step after the infancy stage? [more inside]
posted by FakeFreyja on Mar 16, 2016 - 16 answers

OK, so not a series of tubes

How does the internet work? Clients, servers, REST, SOAP, packets, protocols, oh my! -- looking for resources to teach a budding programmer how it all works. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Mar 6, 2016 - 9 answers

I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

NYC coding bootcamp earning potential after graduation?

How much can a new developer, fresh from bootcamp, expect to earn in the NYC market? What kind of earning potential does a developer have as they progress farther into the field? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Feb 29, 2016 - 11 answers

Best solution for ad-hoc parsing and reformatting of text?

I handle a lot of screenplays, recording scripts, game dialogue text tables, localization tables, and other text-related files. And I have a need to output to varying formats with varying goals--sometimes to reformat a screenplay to something more standard or to put text in a format that is ready to use by a game or other software. For simplicity's sake, assume that all input and output formats would be plain text. What is a good software tool to help with these format conversions? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Art + Tech in NYC

How does a software engineer interested in contemporary art find people to make tech-y art projects with? [more inside]
posted by airmail on Feb 15, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking to improve IT career chances

Currently looking to find ways to break into IT careers but lack typical routes due to a series of unfortunate events. The worst part is I'm already 24 and completely broke. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Learn to code or...what?

I'm a liberal-arts-ish woman who has some experience with computer programming (HTML, CSS and PHP) and a ton of graphics/design experience. I hear about code bootcamps and lots of people changing careers to CS, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to try and develop my programming skills. But I'm worried I'm not geeky enough to hack it. [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

You speak like a green girl / unsifted in such perilous circumstances.

I would like to create a database, using MS SQL, MySQL or SQLite. I would also really like to create some sort of user interface on top of the database so people can enter information in forms and be able to view reports where the information is sorted and filtered in various ways to make the important stuff a little more easily readable. [more inside]
posted by FiveSecondRule on Feb 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Looking for good regex tutorial

I would like to learn regex and am looking for a good tutorial. Brief details inside. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Feb 4, 2016 - 13 answers

What is the best new video game music to listen to while programming?

I find that video game soundtracks are particularly good background music for programming, but I rarely have time to play new games and discover new music. In the past, I have enjoyed the Superbrothers soundtrack, the soundtrack to Hotline Miami, FTL, certain tracks from Kentucky Route Zero, and the last Deus Ex Machina. Can you recommend post-2014 video game soundtracks that help you to achieve a state of flow?
posted by Svejk on Feb 3, 2016 - 29 answers

Looking for sites or books like Cosma Shalizi's notebooks

I really like the short explanations and exhaustive trove of links found in Cosma Shalizi's notebooks. Are there any other similar sites or books out there? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Help me speed-grok iOS coding and Swift

I'm an experienced programmer who needs to make an iOS app. I like to learn by inference and lack patience for verbose pedagogy, so I'm asking for resources that you would show to a hacker who needs to get up to speed with iOS development. [more inside]
posted by mbrock on Jan 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Concurrent Dialogue Trees in Twine/Twine-likes?

I'm hoping to build a game prototype in Twine (or a similar friendly-to-non-programmers tool) but I'm not sure if it supports what I want to do. The snag is the game is designed around two concurrent dialogue trees that the player can hop between at any point. [more inside]
posted by churl on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Christmas math

Oh hai. This was me. Awesome responses. Now I need some help with cryptograms. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Dec 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Programming Language for a Product Manager

My career has always been on the peripheral of more technical roles and I've excelled without getting to code-specific knowledge but in my job search everyone seems to want a product manager who can use code, even if it's not part of their job. What language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Dec 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Quantified self

I collect a lot of data about myself. I want to aggregate all this stuff in one place for personal use. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Dec 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I make this transfer?

I'm a software engineer who's thinking about transferring to another team at work that does way more interesting stuff, but now my current manager is trying to get me to stick around by making offers of more interesting work on this side. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Advertising/Promoting web development programming online tutoring

What are the best methods to promote/advertise one's online tutoring business? Adwords, classifieds, blogs, or tutoring sites? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Dec 6, 2015 - 3 answers

How to navigate a switch to web development?

How does a Python developer position themselves to move into web development? Specific questions about resume writing, job description/skills, and salary negotiation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

How is coding taught in foreign countries like China, Russia, India?

I would like to know how coding is taught to complete beginners in countries known for the rigor of their academic practice. I am interested in these countries especially because my experiences with American education has shown that much American instruction is more based upon easy-does-it approaches that serve to make things "differentiated" and "student-friendly" thus sacrificing rigor. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Nov 20, 2015 - 16 answers

When to git?

I write a lot of my own programs, and I want to start using version control (git) instead of creating lots of versions of things. I'm not sure, though, when to be doing git-type operations along the way. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Nov 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Quick Data Collection Problem

I have a CSV with one column that contains User IDs. I need to make another CSV that counts how many times each User ID appears in the document, and output it to another CSV That has something like UID1 >> 3; UID4 >> 1; UID20 >> 0. There are thousands of User IDs, so I need to be able to set up a range for it to scan for. Is this possible with free software and not much programming expertise? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Kind and patient places for new adult programmers?

I am a budding programmer. The trouble seems to be that I am well into my adult years and, for some reason, this seems to be an issue for some... [more inside]
posted by tcv on Nov 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me become good at relational databases

I'm a fairly seasoned developer but not much of a relational database expert, though I know the fundamentals. I'm looking for resources to get to the next stage. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Oct 28, 2015 - 8 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Learning web browser internals in detail

I'd like to dig into how web browsers operate under the hood. What are some good resources? [more inside]
posted by underflow on Oct 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Website scraping vs TOS

I'm working on a personal project to teach myself a new programming skill, specifically scraping website data. The project will analyze some data that I can get from a publically available website, and I think others in my industry would be interested in the results. Before I get too far into this, I want to make sure I'm not violating any of he site's terms of service, or find out if this is a generally acceptable practice. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Stable marriage problem... IN JAVASCRIPT

Trying to build an app (using JavaScript) that automatically generates a schedule for an "interview event." [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Oct 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Figuring out next steps in IT career or change?

Have a general bachelor's degree and coming up on 10 years as a Helpdesk technician. I work for local government and make pretty good money (for a Helpdesk field tech guy... Probably 5 bucks more an hour than industry standard). However, I'm bored out of my mind and my motivation is definitely waning. Thinking of programming but not sure whether I would benefit more from an Associates or a dev bootcamp. [more inside]
posted by guyarcher on Oct 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Moving from C# to C++ and from Unity to Unreal

Hola hivemind, I'm a longtime Unity user who's making the jump to Unreal for at least the next 6 months. I'd describe myself as a competent programmer, although my role is often as a hack-y designer. I'd like to know what the pitfalls are when moving between Unity and Unreal as well as C# and C++. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Teach me to robot.

I have an Arduino, and I want to make it do things. I gather that what I really want is a Raspberry Pi in addition to my Arduino. The trouble is, I don't know Python and my C and circuitry skills are severely rusty. So do you know of any online courses or physical books that will teach me all of this as a general subject of "making devices" rather than individual Python, C, and electrical engineering courses of study? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Learn angular offline

Looking for resources to learn Angular.js offline? [more inside]
posted by echo target on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 answers

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