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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

Corpus of printed letter images

I like playing around with text recognition algorithms, but am stymied by a lack of a good corpus to train and test my code against. I'm looking for a large number of images of individual printed letters, labelled with the correct letter. (With the letter in the file name, or each set of letters in a directory, or something equivalent like a metadata file.) Something like this, but more of it.
posted by Zarkonnen on Jan 16, 2014 - 3 answers

How does DailyLit split up books into bits?

How do sites like DailyLit split up large text files into smaller files and then email them? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 30, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I scope a dynamic webpage thingy?

I'm pretty dim, but I've been told to write a scope of work for a dynamic webpage. Can you help me with the lingo? [more inside]
posted by Banish Misfortune on Jul 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Have Users Change a Running Python Script's Variables over the Web?

I'm writing a simple simulator with python and I would like to be able to have my users log in to the simulator over the internet and change their own set of variables. [more inside]
posted by millerizer on May 22, 2013 - 14 answers

Is there a strategy game with a ret-conned API to it?

For basically my whole teen-to-adult life I have wanted to write AI for video games as a hobby. Mostly games of the overhead strategy type, think Red Alert, Warcraft (not World Of), Starcraft and so forth. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Mar 27, 2013 - 6 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

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Can you help me find this blog post?

Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
posted by Egg Shen on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for?

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Best book for beginning C++ student?

What's the single best book for a beginning student of C++ to work through over a period of a month or two?
posted by killdevil on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Finding A Job In Chicago Without A Clue

I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
posted by Green With You on Apr 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Is getting a B.S. in computer science worthwhile?

Which aspects of computer science are profitable and worthwhile? Help a high schooler going off to college... [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Apr 3, 2012 - 32 answers

How should I pursue a career in software development?

I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 - 22 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

Help a nerdy girl learn R-programming

Anyone know of good online or in-person (in the Philadelphia) training options for R statistical programming? [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I most effectively learn how to program?

I'd love to learn how to program effectively in a language like C++ or Java, so that I can, within a year or so, be somewhat productive. [more inside]
posted by oaklandj on Oct 30, 2011 - 17 answers

What can I add to my math degree to improve my job prospects?

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Male-dominated workplaces that work for women - the good, the better and the best

I'm wondering about what measures can be taken to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces. For women who work in male-dominated fields - how did your company's culture contribute to creating an appealing work environment for you? What can be done to build and foster this kind of culture? [more inside]
posted by remixnine on Sep 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Achievement unlocked: successfully ended a conversation instead of walking away! games for Aspergers

How can I create a game that will give quest lines, experience, achievements, rewards for accomplishing social life skills? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple on Sep 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Everything there is to know about programming and making websites, vol. 1

I want to learn about programming and making websites. Where to start, and how to proceed from there? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 14, 2011 - 18 answers

The C: drive will be erased in 5...4...3...2..... -beep-

Friends are holding a computer prank contest. Need ideas. [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz on Jul 9, 2011 - 44 answers

Tool me but dont fool me....

I want to develop a browser toolbar button which leads people to content related to what they are reading in their browser. I need some help understanding how complex this project is.... [more inside]
posted by london302 on Jun 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Who'se driving this thing?

What was the first computer operating system to use device drivers as we would recognize them today? Bonus question: when was that specific term first used?
posted by idiopath on Jun 14, 2011 - 14 answers

How can I move my dev environment to another PC?

What's the best way to do a complete clone/copy/export/duplicate/mirror/whatever of an Eclipse-based development environment and move it to another PC? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Mar 16, 2011 - 4 answers

AskLAFilter: Pierce vs LACC?

AskLAFilter: What's a better place to learn computer programming from: Pierce College or Los Angeles City College? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Dec 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Coding Practice

Programming Filter: I'm applying for software jobs, but I don't want to forget what I know. How should I practice to keep my skills sharp? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Oct 21, 2010 - 22 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

learn to program?

This question made me start thinking about learning computer programming. Two questions: do you think there's any value in doing so, and if so, how would I start? Details about me inside. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 29, 2010 - 13 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

Writing a front-end

I'm looking to write a graphical front-end for a text-based data fitting and plotting program. Is it better to program an interface from scratch or write an extension for a plotting program such as Igor, Origin, Mathematica, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Feb 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Large, approximate string matching algorithm

I have two large (10k-100k) sets of strings. I want to match the items in the sets up in pairs based on similarity. Levenshtein looks promising but costly. [more inside]
posted by chairface on Feb 12, 2010 - 15 answers

I can bake a loaf of bread, but I don't know where to buy flour

I am a graduate student who works with a lot of very computationally sophisiticated people. I'm doing okay with the content of my work (which is focused on computational modeling only to a certain degree) and feel comfortable acquiring new high-level skills. But there are a lot of basic skills, vocabulary, and background knowledge that I don't have, and it's slowing me down! What do I need to know, and how do I learn it efficiently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 - 6 answers

University of Phoenix - Scamminess = ???

Is there anything like University of Phoenix, except not a "scam" or a "diploma mill"? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jan 11, 2010 - 34 answers

Your script is my command!

[Software Development filter] I am working on a project that uses a PC (Windows) and a dedicated microprocessor to perform a specific task. I want to create a scripting language that will allow the user to write their own sequences for the tool. [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Dec 22, 2009 - 27 answers

Help me be an IT wizard.

I will need to change careers, but I have a bit of time to plan this out. What should my next computer- or education-related job be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Make me more geeky!

How can I (non-programmer), create a customized installer? (see details please!) [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Oct 3, 2009 - 7 answers

How to get an intro to computer sciences?

Should I go back to school and take some computer programming classes? I've got my MLIS and work in Archives now, I'm sorta interested in Content Management but I have no useable computer knowledge. Would an introductory course help me see where my strenghts are and what I might possibly be good at? I'm not sure where to go from just having my Master's on top of the fact that I'm not sure I want to stay in the Archives field. I'm more interested in Records Management but I know I lack a lot of the tech experience
posted by Mis-Information on Aug 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Specifying software speed specifically

When designing a programming project, what is the usual method for imposing speed requirements, such as "function X must accomplish so-and-so in 2 seconds or less"? The problem here of course is that all computers run programs at a different speeds.
posted by crapmatic on Jun 10, 2009 - 19 answers

Help me program my AI to win a competition!

Teach me how to program a robot for my upcoming programming competition! I'm looking for tips, tricks, and sources of inspiration to help write an awesome AI. [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on May 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Machine, point me to food

Where's my food? How to make a web ap that tells me how to find vegetarian food easily? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Mar 16, 2009 - 17 answers

Need to decide which computer skills I need

What computer skills should I acquire to be relevant today? Dreamweaver? HTML? Flash? I don't even know what the options are! [more inside]
posted by cherie72 on Mar 5, 2009 - 10 answers

What do I teach my kids instead of line number BASIC?

What's the modern day equivalent of old school "line number" BASIC as a tool for young children to play and learn with? [more inside]
posted by majick on Feb 21, 2009 - 42 answers

Suggestions (books, projects, things to learn, things to do) for a 2nd year Computer Science Student over Winter Break?

Suggestions (books, projects, things to learn, things to do) for a 2nd year Computer Science Student over Winter Break? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Dec 12, 2008 - 15 answers

[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break!

[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break! [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Nov 20, 2008 - 16 answers

Learning to program help?

Help me advance my computer education! [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Oct 2, 2008 - 12 answers

arrays of strings in C/C++

I am currently a second semester programming student and I missed class because of jail; I was trespassing. my problem is, in my structured programming class we are using C/C++ and I need to know how to make an array of strings: multiple strings stored in an array. can someone help or guide me in the right direction.
posted by phllip.phillip on Sep 27, 2008 - 21 answers

Live AIS data is a web browser

Hi, Another oddball question... I have a live data stream of AIS data and I would like to take the data and ultimately display it on a world map through a web browser. The problem is that I have no clue as to how I would display live updated information on a map. [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Aug 11, 2008 - 6 answers

PHP: How do I get the explode() function to work with multiple separators in a row?

PHP: How do I get the explode() function to work with multiple separators in a row? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Aug 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Make Apache recognize Perl!

How can I get my web server to interpret perl [more inside]
posted by kaozity on May 28, 2008 - 7 answers

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