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Where can I learn/get back to speed with *practical* Java?

I majored in CompSci. I have 7 years of programming experience. I spent 2 years coding in Java. But then I took a break from programming, which lasted for about 5 years, and now I'd like some hand-holding while I'm finding my way back. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Summer (Winter?) of Code

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 - 5 answers

How to go from good software engineer to God of the Code?

(Java-flavored question) I have work colleagues who can explain how and when the JVM inlines code, or when implicit constructors are made / called based on the access level of global variables. They can think through code like the compiler thinks. How do I get to that level? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Feb 13, 2013 - 16 answers

Spinning, exploding Excel-driven web app: How or should it be?

Sometimes, I am a front-end web developer. Frequently, I meet new people at work who want to turn really complicated Excel documents into dazzlingly interactive web applications. Besides Excel's "Save to Web App" or "Save to SharePoint" features, such people ask if I can tap into an industry to support this -- perhaps scads of agencies and web-based or downloadable tools that make "websites" or at least customizable, interactive reports from Excel spreadsheets, data, and calculations. I'm yet to find this an abundance of examples of this. Are there? If so, what do you call them? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Jan 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need some guidance.

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need guidance. [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 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

Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing?

Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing? I'm teaching myself a little Android programming. I'll try upload eventually a free app or two hopefully that the Marketplace doesn't already have a bunch of.
posted by KHinds10 on Jul 23, 2012 - 18 answers

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Indie programmer or call-center drone? A false dilemma disguised as hope?

Does it make sense to block off a few months to develop the skills needed to pursue a modest career/business developing indie games and mobile apps for Android, or am I better off just getting an entry-level job at a call center and make a decent amount of money doing sales or tech support? [more inside]
posted by porcupine on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java?

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java? This is fairly basic stuff, so I'm a little embarrassed to be having issues with this, but I don't have much time. I'm well aware of how to do file I/O with a text file using a Scanner object for input, but how does this work with a spreadsheet?
posted by bookman117 on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Programming sites for kids.

Java for children? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Dec 4, 2011 - 6 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

Object Oriented Programming Challenges

What are some good programming challenges that encourage the use of Object Oriented programming? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 27, 2011 - 17 answers

Ruby vs Java, which wins?

How does Ruby compare to C#/Java in terms of speed of development, quality of code and long-term maintainability? A broad question, I know, but my focus is on enterprise applications that might pull in from several large data sources and might be rather large. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

How much does an inexperienced programmer get paid?

How much should I get paid as an inexperienced programmer doing Java web development for a US government contractor? I’m clueless. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 10 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

What looks good with #AFC398?

Programmers: know any good algorithms for picking colors, modifying colors or choosing colors that go well together? This is specifically for code. I'm NOT looking for apps that let you choose colors. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Feb 4, 2011 - 15 answers

API to create nice slideshow

I have been searching the Internet like crazy trying to find an API or software development tool that would allow me to create nice slideshows, out of a group of photos, from one of my programs. [more inside]
posted by JohnGL on Nov 25, 2010 - 4 answers

How to create a simple coupon distribution website?

Is there a relatively simple way to build a coupon distribution website similar to Coupons.com or SmartSource.com? [more inside]
posted by spilon on Nov 15, 2010 - 5 answers

What Computer language should I master to reach a 60-80k salary?

Most profitable computer language to learn in 2010/11? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 on Oct 27, 2010 - 25 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

Getting a part-time programming job without a degree...

How do you go about when you look for a part-time entry-level software developer job? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Can somebody help me with some Java programming?

Can someone help me with some Java programming? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Apr 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Beginning programmer, needs advice.

How hard would it be for me to write a simple chat room program, that could be used at work for people in my dept to talk to each other? I realize I could probably just download something (like Google Talk, for example), but I'd like to learn to program and this seems like it would be a simple enough project to start with. [more inside]
posted by cottonswab on Feb 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Tips for going from Ruby/Python to Java?

I'm teaching myself to program. I learned the basics with Ruby on Rails, and I'm now coding in Python and Javascript, but I want to try an Android app, and that requires that I use Java. Going from Ruby to Python to Javascript was relatively painless, but I feel like I'm starting all over looking at Java code. Does anyone have any tips for going from scripted languages to Java? Or any really great tutorials for getting started in Java? Or any great tutorials for beginning programmers for Android?
posted by empath on Jan 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Is my 12-year old book still worth it's salt?

Is my Java book from 1998 still relevant? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Where did my Little Java Link Go ?

I found a great Java programming site awhile back. I was given a programming task and could get immediate feedback on whether or not it was correct. Tasks were things like, test if two integers are equal and 'reverse a string'. It was targeted toward learning .. but I seem to recall the tasks had advancing levels of complexity. This is not Java BlackBelt. I can't believe I didn't bookmark it. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by duckus on Oct 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Eclipse (IDE) problems

Looking for help on an Eclipse (IDE) context launching (i.e. Right click + "run as") problem. Basically, this feature has stopped working. [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack on Aug 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Creating video from a program help

I'm looking for a library, package, product or some sample code in either JAVA or Visual Basic that would allow me to create a video from my program. I have some software tools I've developed and I'd like some functionality to my program that could take existing video clips and pictures and then assemble them into a video. I would like the final video format to be FLV however any popular format would do. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL on Jul 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Seeking books/resources on working with other people's code.

I would like to find some books that cover how to work with other people's code. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Apr 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Python or Java ...

Help me choose between Python and Java for a specific type of programming. [more inside]
posted by eebs on Mar 20, 2009 - 27 answers

How to convert TIGER line file into

Super-specific-GIS-filter: Converting TIGER/Line Files into a network of nodes and links? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Plot Mandelbrot Set in Java

Help plotting mandelbrot set in Java, more inside. [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Feb 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Please help a Struts / Hibernate noob fix what is likely a very simple bug!

Please help a Struts / Hibernate noob fix what is likely a very simple bug! [more inside]
posted by utsutsu on Oct 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for an Online Generic Card Game Simulator.

I need an "Online Generic Card Game Simulator" program (my term). I don't think what I want exists, but I don't know how to verify this, or more importantly, how to go about making one for myself. [more inside]
posted by johnstein on Jul 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me contribute to the OSS community

What is a good open-source project to get involved in? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jul 3, 2008 - 12 answers

From C++ to Java

In which I attempt to swap to a more fashionable programming language, just as it becomes unfashionable: are there any good tools for translating C++ to Java? [more inside]
posted by outlier on May 22, 2008 - 7 answers

What's the hot Java web framework?

I'm starting a new project at work rewriting a web application from scratch. We want to rewrite it in Java for a number of reasons that aren't really important. I've spent the last few months off and on researching web frameworks, but I haven't got a really good handle on how the web-development community feels about them. Help me choose! [more inside]
posted by Plutor on May 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Learning Programming/Logic/Algorithms by Yourself (preferably practice programs to write)?

Im a Freshman Computer Engin. Major and I want to learn more programming/logic by myself. Any books/Resources/Sample Projects you might recommend? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Apr 24, 2008 - 22 answers

My job sucks help me switch to programming .

How long would it take to become decent at programming Java for someone with basic non OO programming skills? [more inside]
posted by ilike on Apr 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Help getting Ruby and Java to interact?

I'm trying to compile and run a Java class from Ruby, but I'm having some problems. I'm not very experienced with Ruby- please help me figure out what I'm doing wrong. [more inside]
posted by version control on Mar 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Embedded J2ME database on N95

How to get a relational database on a mobile device, and query it using J2ME? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Learning Java on Ubuntu

How should I get started in programming Java on Ubuntu Linux? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Feb 12, 2008 - 14 answers

How to teach myself computer science?

I want to teach myself computer science. I know that teaching myself is far from a university education on the subject, but I'd like to try. How can I teach myself? What are books/lectures/tools/websites/anything that I could use to do this? Covering everything from the programming languages themselves, to algorithms, software development, and the mathematics background necessary for this. [more inside]
posted by petah on Jan 12, 2008 - 22 answers

How do I manage a big Java project?

How do I manage the source code for a big Java program? [more inside]
posted by neuron on Sep 18, 2007 - 13 answers

How to create one gigantic JavaDoc file?

For-a-friend-filter: Help with JavaDoc. [more inside]
posted by Khalad on Jul 9, 2007 - 3 answers

java(script) filter help me please!

Javafilter: Can a Java Applet that runs on my website save and edit files on my website? [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Jul 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Differing behavior from browser and java client program?

I'm writing a little test program just to try out network programming in Java. However, some pages I GET from return the correct page, some return the standard 404 page (even when I can access the page from my browser), and some just hang without returning at all (again, from a page I can look at with my browser). Can someone more knowledgeable about network programming than me explain this? [more inside]
posted by version control on Jun 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Anyone know of a good online Java course?

Does anyone know of a good, online Java course? I will be starting an IT degree at the Harvard Extension School this fall and I was advised to take a summer Java course to refresh my skills. [more inside]
posted by tanglewoodtree on May 11, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me pick my client's platform!

How do I help a client pick between Java/JSP/Velocity/Freemarker and PHP/Smarty/etc? Is there an MVC approach in PHP? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Apr 7, 2007 - 5 answers

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