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 -
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 -
If you work in some area of computer programming, but didn't have a degree in the field, how did you get your start?
posted by drezdn
on Mar 28, 2014 -
I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.)
Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999
on Dec 21, 2013 -
As a post-Masters student in a technical discipline -- computer-science-related -- I find myself wishing to fill in knowledge gaps from courses that I took in school. I'm looking for one, long, comprehensive text on Machine Learning (or several shorter texts) from which to self-teach the whole ML process from beginning to end.
Topics of interest would be
- supervised, unsupervised and semi-supervised learning
- clustering, classification
Having already delved into Manning's 'Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing
' in school I feel I've a decent knowledge of SVMs, perceptrons, clustering, (H)MMs, etc. but I'd like to learn more about general algorithm design, ML and how it has evolved over the years. Thanks! :)
posted by code_n_cakes
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I want to make a simple website where you can put in your coordinates and it will tell you how far you are from the Clark Street subway
station in Brooklyn New York.
What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I'm interested in taking a month or possibly two off work and focusing intensely during that time on a very practical course of study related to web development. What are my options in California similar to this program
? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Aug 16, 2013 -
Currently a Microsoft developer looking to expand my horizons into the world of mobile native application development. I've ready quite a bit regarding the debate between native and non-native apps (PhoneGap vs. native iOS vs. native Android vs. Titanium vs. other frameworks). I'd like to take a stab at getting my feet wet with Objective-C and iOS first. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by MMALR
on Jun 10, 2013 -
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 -
When an interviewer asks an interviewee for a programming job to design an object-orientated elevator control system, what are they looking for in a good answer?
posted by Artw
on Jan 30, 2013 -
I have done some java but I am still a novice programmer and would need to start from a beginner's level. Could anyone please give recommendations for suitable good books. I will also try the official python tutorial as well, but I don't find online resources on their own to be as good as having a book to supplement helpful online materials.
posted by conrad101
on Jun 27, 2012 -
Is there a way to write a script that makes something happen outside
of MS Word as a result of an event that occurs within
Word? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jan 23, 2012 -
I'm good at programming computers. But I don't want to be a software developer. What can I do for a career and what should I be doing now to make it possible? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet
on Jul 25, 2011 -
Help me increase my technology/computer knowledge and resourcefulness so I may help others in my community get the most out of digital tools. Or: How do I apply the DIY/empowering/hackerly approach to computing in a way that benefits others? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish
on May 7, 2011 -
I'm ready for a career change and I've always wanted to work in IT. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 16, 2010 -
How do I make a PHP script run only once if certain conditions are met, without involving the users? [more inside]
posted by Electrius
on Oct 27, 2010 -
Help me find a modifiable source file for creating a Madlibs-type game in Flash. [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen
on Jul 16, 2010 -
I know next-to-nothing about computers. Or programming. I want to learn Python! [more inside]
posted by hepta
on Jun 20, 2010 -
I work for a nonprofit organization and am moving to the IT department. I can choose my title, but I don't know what title accurately describes my work. Looking for suggestions! [more inside]
posted by thedotorg
on Jun 13, 2010 -
Are there any computer games that teach programming to teenagers? My nephew just turned 13, and he's a budding techie/robotics whiz. I'd like to get him interested in programming, but he'll probably be interested only if there is some game involved. Any ideas?
posted by adverb
on May 30, 2010 -
Looking for some resources for explaining a programming career to middle school kids. [more inside]
posted by tantivy
on Mar 17, 2010 -
ADODB Gurus: Many to many relation, how can I simulate this using AdoDB for PHP? [more inside]
posted by gaby
on Feb 11, 2010 -
How can I change my type of thought?
I am a computer programmer... career and hobby.
Just because I can look at a problem and conjure a procedural solution, it doesn't mean I can create a great website. I wanna be a web guy. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by Drasher
on Feb 10, 2010 -
What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
posted by pallen123
on Nov 21, 2009 -
I am a soon-to-be high school senior interested in Java programming. I bought the Core Java Volume 1 book authored by Sun engineers. I believe I have unzipped, or decompressed, however it's said, the Library Source Code and Documentation using the command line. However, when I look at the folders using the GUI, the folder says it's still zipped. I'm a complete newbie at this who just recently learned about the existence of the command and read a little about how to use it on the internet. Can somebody help me?
posted by bookman117
on Aug 14, 2009 -
Looking for a publicly available graph (vertices and edges) representation of San Francisco's streets. Also called a road network I believe. [more inside]
posted by christy
on Jun 22, 2009 -
Stuck trying to install Geant4
on my laptop. I get "Error 2", and warnings that multiple libraries are not in the expected locations (ordinary libraries like stdio.h). Are there any experienced installers out there who can kibbutz with me on this?
posted by IAmBroom
on Jun 8, 2009 -
I have always been horrible at math, but somehow a great programmer. I have found that writing a computer program that demonstrates a certain mathematical concept enables me to better understand the concept. I'm a psych major and I brought this up once in the research lab I've been working in. My prof said he recalls that someone did research and/or created a system in which a student writes a computer program that is pertinent to a certain mathematical concept and upon completion is given the regular math problem (as it would appear in a math class). This enables the student to better understand the math problem, solve, and learn math. Has anyone heard of this or anything similar? A learning system such as this would be a blessing to my education.
posted by fightoplankton
on Apr 13, 2009 -
Foreword: No ruby background aside from basic tutorials.
Here's the deal. I've tired the Agile Web Dev (2nd edition) book for rails, very out of date. I need to learn something. I want to learn ruby on Rails. I've gone through the Rails guide on creating a rails blog (http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started_with_rails.html
So, rather then buy it now (3rd edition of book as beta) or just wait, I want to get on the fast track to learn rails 2.2 (soon to be release 2.3) .
Basically I'm looking for a online resource super cheap or free that provides quality information relating to rails and ruby.
Help and suggestions welcome
posted by BoldStepDesign
on Feb 3, 2009 -
I have a very repetitive task that I think might be a good candidate for scripting, but I'm not sure what "scripting" even involves except getting a lot of things done automatically. So how do I get started getting this thing done? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248
on Oct 29, 2008 -
Anyone have experience moving from PHP to Spring/JSP? What approach made the change easiest for you? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha
on Oct 20, 2008 -
"If you wait to teach them until college, it's almost always too late; adult brains generally can't form the deep structures necessary to learn real programming, only rote copy-paste code monkeying." [article
] Uhh... seriously? [more inside]
posted by Tubes
on Aug 5, 2008 -
Best book for a beginner to learn C? I've never learned a programming language, but I'm hoping to learn C over the summer. My friend, a computer science student, is going to teach me as he learns it. We would like a textbook or reference book or work book of some kind. What would be a good choice? [more inside]
posted by asparagrass
on May 21, 2008 -
I have a bachelor's in architecture but after a few years of work experience I have begun to feel that it may not be my bag. At work I find myself spending more time tweaking my computer and finding new tricks than actually drafting. [more inside]
posted by mockdeep
on Apr 23, 2008 -
In MATLAB, how do you represent moving objects not as points in 3d space but as spheres with a certain radius? [more inside]
posted by kaozity
on Oct 30, 2007 -