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Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, 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 - 19 answers

Looking for examples of beautiful programming cheat sheets

I have an urge to make a series of cheat sheets for a project that currently lacks them (the Grails web framework, if anyone's interested) and am looking for design inspiration. It's easy to find cheat sheets online, but most of them are (perfectly functional!) variations on zebra-striped tables. Googling for "well-designed cheat sheets" and similar gives results that contain cheat sheets for designers - I am looking for examples of well-designed cheat sheets that use color, typefaces etc. in a way that's information-dense but also pleasing to the eye. If anybody has links to examples of cheat sheets (for programming languages or otherwise), please leave a comment.
posted by primer_dimer on May 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Crash course in freelancing please

Some freelance programming/design work (javascript data visualization) is about to drop into my lap through a friend who has heard me talking about how much I enjoy this stuff. I'm a student and have never done this professionally, but would love to in the future. Help me not look like a rookie and make this go smoothly and professionally. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Responsive Email Template Resources?

Know of a good resource for mobile-friendly responsive email templates for html emails? [more inside]
posted by mgriffioen on Nov 30, 2012 - 2 answers

This gradient effect is harder than it looks

I'm a coder and a total neophyte regarding graphics and design. I see this kind of single-color gradient everywhere, but simply cannot manage to make one myself. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Aug 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Design Patterns / Jazz Standards

Hello MeFi. I'm curious as to the correlation between software development Design Patterns for and Jazz Standards. Usual loot from Google: Some dude who thought of it first (and used it as a nice allegoric explanation in Programmers Stackexchange and a somewhat geeky ironic coding-related mention ("Jazz supports interaction through event listeners"). These are all nice examples of the basic similarity between the two, I'm looking for more, though. Are you aware of any materials that somehow approach this idea?
posted by lipsum on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

"Computer programmer seeks new challenges"

I have a good computer science degree and about 4 years' experience as a programmer. What other jobs can I do? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Nov 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I find great code?

What open-source projects should I look at to see examples of great design and clear coding style? [more inside]
posted by scose on Oct 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Where can I find free/high quality software design training videos online.

I have a degree in computer engineering but I would like to expand my programming expertise. I have a very solid understanding of syntax and procedural programming but I am looking for video training on system design techniques and other 'higher-level' concepts like testability. I have recently been going through the Khan Academy math courses and love it. I would like something similar for software design. It can be proper training or just really good podcasts. [more inside]
posted by n-palmer on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Point A (architect) to point B (working for Autodesk): what will it take?

I'm considering changing careers. Help me figure out a plan. [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on May 25, 2011 - 7 answers

What IDEs / editors do you use for web development?

What IDEs, editors, or general tools do people use to do web development? I'm a linux geek, so my tool of choice is gVim. But I'm teaching a course on this right now and don't want to inflict my prejudices on the students, and I'd like a broader perspective. So if you're a web developer, what do you use? NetBeans, Notepad? Something in-between?
posted by handee on Mar 2, 2011 - 38 answers

What are the top plugins and tools for web developers?

What are your favourite plugins, IDEs, tools and tricks for client side web development? I'd like to have a "tip of the week" or a "plugin of the week" spot in a course I'm delivering. Main content of the course is HTML5/JavaScript/CSS, with a bit of JQuery and Silverlight. [more inside]
posted by handee on Jan 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Seeking clicking mechanism or design...

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 - 13 answers

Am I trying to take down a mammoth or a mouse?

I have an idea for a web project, but barely any knowledge of code. Can I teach myself enough to do this on my own over weeks or months, or is what I want to do so complicated it'd take years to learn everything I'd need to know? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jul 30, 2009 - 11 answers

Hiring a PHP programmer for a startup web design company, how much should I pay them?

Hiring a PHP programmer for a startup web design company, how much should I pay them? [more inside]
posted by dcams on Dec 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Community Blogging Platforms: What can I use to build a community blogging site

Community Blogging Platforms: What can I use to build a website allowing users to create content that can then be voted upon or pushed by the administrator to the main page? Any language... [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Dec 23, 2008 - 22 answers

What do I need to know to my high end retail sales site off the ground?

What are the best books/sites for learning the necessary web design and dev tools for an e-commerce site? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins on Jul 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Coop based social network - startup advice?

I'm looking into starting a co-op based model of a social network site. Any tips? Organization, legal incorporation, possible code-base to start from, how much would hosting/coding such a site cost? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Mar 14, 2008 - 2 answers

if (a || (b and (c or d)) and (not e or (f and g and h))) then ???

Comp Sci: What's the best Design Pattern or structure for dealing with a complex relationship between many booleans? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 25, 2007 - 34 answers

Help me find someone to build my web app!

Help me find someone to build my web app! [more inside]
posted by Geoffh on Jun 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Where are good web design schools in the United States?

What are some good web design schools in the United States? [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie on Sep 22, 2006 - 13 answers

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP!

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP! [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Nov 11, 2005 - 20 answers

Good CSS Books?

What are some good intermediate to advanced CSS resources in dead-tree form? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Web Development

I'm interested in web development... [more inside]
posted by eatcherry on Apr 7, 2005 - 13 answers

Learning Flash

I'm a graphic designer who is looking to advance my actionscript skills in Flash. What is the best way for "non-coders" to learn more advanced coding? [+] [more inside]
posted by quadog on Jan 20, 2005 - 7 answers

HTML/CSS Characters

HTML/CSS: Damn it Jim! I'm an architect of buildings, not of the web! I've been working on the web site for our chapter of the AIA in Europe. I've been trying to learn as much as I can about HTML and CSS -- looking, reading, trial and error. Our new site is coming along but I have one vexing problem. On the front pages of two directories, some browsers exhibit three odd characters at the upper left hand corner of the page: . Links are inside... [more inside]
posted by Dick Paris on Feb 24, 2004 - 12 answers

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