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 -
So, I recently got selected to do undergraduate physics research this summer. Great! Awesome! Yay me!
However, my research advisor has asked me to use something called IDL to analyze tomographic images of compounds and turn them into 3D images. This is good news, because IDL is used a lot by astronomers to analyze astronomical data, and I want to continue my education in astronomy. But, I've never used IDL ever before. I'm not even sure exactly what it is (a programming language?).
My question is this: how do I get up to speed so that I can hit the ground running with my research?
Difficulty: Research begins in two weeks.
Details: [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw
on Apr 25, 2014 -
How do you balance "life" (ie. full-time work, family, chores etc) with hobbies/projects that can't be done in short time periods or occasional bursts of action, but require a longer sustained activity? [more inside]
posted by gakiko
on Jan 12, 2014 -
Beginning enthusiast programmers on MeFi are often advised to learn by working on a substantial project and then exhibit it publicly on GitHub. How can someone new to a technology or tool scope out learning projects that are (a) commensurate with the learner's current, possibly rudimentary skills, (b) substantial enough to be a significant learning opportunity, and (c) interesting enough to hold the learner's attention past the initial phase? I'm especially interested in suggestions for learners who aren't learning front-end technologies or don't want to build yet another shopping cart or calendar widget.
posted by Nomyte
on Aug 1, 2013 -
I’m a US citizen and would like to go somewhere for a coding 'vacation' for a few months. Essentially I just want to live somewhere cheap and work to improve my software development skills – learn new languages, build a couple projects, etc. Where could/should I go? [more inside]
posted by twobit
on Jul 15, 2013 -
I am teaching myself how to program. But there seems to be a big gap between intro courses/resources (CodeCademy, O'Reilly books, Learn X the Hard Way) and Actually Doing Things. Help me figure out a road plan? [more inside]
posted by Phire
on May 6, 2013 -
posted by crosten
on Feb 27, 2013 -
Lynda.com has a very excellent video tutorial covering the essentials of Objective-C. Where else can I find tutorials of this caliber that cover the basics of Mac programming? [more inside]
posted by run"monty
on Jun 3, 2012 -
How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux
on Jan 28, 2012 -
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 -
: 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 -
How long would it take to go from zero experience in programming to releasing a simple data-driven web app? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA
on Sep 12, 2010 -
I want an Android app that makes, edits, and manages lists, and haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. Say I want to write my own program. Say also that I don't have any programming experience, and no programming knowledge beyond the basic concepts. What sort of steps would I have to take and what sort of timeline would I be looking at before I produce something useable? [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Jun 19, 2010 -
I want to become a little more badass at using my computer and dip my toes into the command line and eventually a little programming. I've identified some benchmarks / goals. Any advice on how to start? [more inside]
posted by jlowen
on May 2, 2010 -
Programmers - I would like to build some software to help myself study languages. What language would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by mammary16
on Apr 5, 2010 -
Looking for some resources for explaining a programming career to middle school kids. [more inside]
posted by tantivy
on Mar 17, 2010 -
So the company I've started working for has asked me to step into a website development role, and while I've got some limited tech knowledge, I need to find some resources to start really digging into ASP.NET and SQL. [more inside]
posted by Mali
on Mar 2, 2010 -
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 -
Help me learn a few new programming languages. Python, Perl, Lisp, Haskell, Ruby. [more inside]
posted by jgunsch
on Jul 9, 2009 -
Programmable Logic Chips and Microcontrollers: Which language and where to learn online? [more inside]
posted by lekvar
on Jun 30, 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 -
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 -
Let's say I want to learn a few (more) programming languages. What application/solution would it be best to try to create in order to really "learn" a given language? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Oct 14, 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 -
How do I learn new programming languages and start using modern web apps without getting frustrated and angry? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen
on May 14, 2008 -
I can handle Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, and, sigh, Java. My C and C++ are purely academic. How do I get into 'real' programming as an undergrad. [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Jan 13, 2008 -
Is there a simple way to create a script to check if a specific file exists on a Windows network share? How can I learn to do this? [more inside]
posted by uaudio
on Aug 21, 2007 -
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 -
What books, programs, sites are there out there to teach Python who has never programmed before? Ideally, I'm looking for a resource that teaches me both the language and general programming concepts. [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek
on Apr 6, 2007 -
posted by hazelshade
on Jan 4, 2007 -
I'm looking to build a site that allows its users to submit and/or search pricing and availability information for "widgets" at local brick and mortar retail stores.
The model I have in mind would be similar to the user-supported gas price sites that popped up about a year ago, in which people entered what they paid for what type of gas, and other users then could type in a zip code and see the best prices near them.
So, being a non-programmer (but willing to learn through trial and error), what language/framework/open-source code do I use to build this? [more inside]
posted by pjhagop
on Oct 11, 2006 -
Can you recommend a good class in the Los Angeles area or on the web that would bring somebody who has done some programming in the past up to speed on Microsoft's .Net? [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Aug 28, 2006 -
What language/environment would be a good choice now for a 6-year old math whizz to learn the basics of programming? [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Jun 16, 2006 -
How can I become an expert at C++ quickly? I know that the real answer is "lots of experience and work", but I would appreciate some tips on how to get from here to there as efficiently as possible. [MI] [more inside]
posted by breath
on Feb 5, 2005 -
I want to learn to code. I used to be a good coder - in 6502 assembler and VAX Fortran in 1988. I know nothing of the architecture of modern computers (OOP? kernal? shell? how one set of code on work on Linux and Windows). I guess I should learn C++ - what's a good resource (book I guess) for learning, writing apps compiling etc on my Win XP machine, and finally getting jobs?
posted by Pericles
on Jan 29, 2005 -
I know how to make database-driven web sites using Windows servers, Access, IIS, and ASP.
I want to learn how to do the same using Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and... whatever you use instead of Access.
Where do I start?
posted by Mwongozi
on Dec 10, 2004 -
I am taking a brain-painful networking class (hint: it's all about the routers
, baby!) and the studying is intense. It's hard, but I'm holding my own. I see questions here on AskMe that bring really cool answers from lots of folks, with a lot of repeat answerers, which leads me to ask, How Did You Learn What You Know About Computers/the Internet? Was it in school? Did you apprentice with someone who had m4d sk1lz? Did you teach yourself? Other?
posted by Lynsey
on Oct 11, 2004 -