I am making a transition from an Excel-based reporting analyst to a database-oriented role in which SQL will be the primary necessary skill. I have next to zero database experience. I'm looking for resources that would be effective at teaching me what I need to learn. More within… [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9
on Aug 20, 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.
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posted by runcibleshaw
on Apr 25, 2014 -
I would like a job that allows me to write programs or scripts for data processing/analysis. I am trying to understand what a move from academic economics to data-science/management would involve for me in terms of specific steps and goals. What would I need to learn, and what should I prioritise learning? Should I study at home or take a course? When (i.e. after how much or what sort of study/self-study etc) should one think about actually applying for those sorts of jobs? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister
on Apr 4, 2014 -
I am working on my dissertation, and I need to hire someone to write some code that will scrape content off of a password-protected site that uses AJAX. I don't really know how to go about doing this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 27, 2014 -
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 have become obsessed with cool and unusual web APIs, especially those that interact with the real world (read or write). Help me find some more. [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera
on Oct 12, 2013 -
I want to duplicate the experience of taking a college course on algorithms and data structures. I am unlikely to stay in sync with a fast-paced online course with firm deadlines. What are my best options otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on Sep 15, 2013 -
I know MOOCs have like, a 7% success rate and I'm starting to viscerally understand why.
How do you keep yourself on track, as a self-guided learner?
How do you shift gears between multiple programming languages?
How do you refresh yourself on material after a lapse?
Special snowflake background details within. [more inside]
posted by dee lee
on Sep 7, 2013 -
What $20 item will help me remember that I can make better use of my time than playing video games? Exciting snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Tevin
on Jul 12, 2013 -
That's about it - it was a one-trick website with a programming version of Guitar Hero, where you would mash your keyboard and lines of code would appear in that rhythm. Help?
posted by sixswitch
on Jun 22, 2013 -
Does anyone have any suggestions about finding an over-the-phone "tutor" for ASP.NET -- someone whom I can bug throughout the day with simple 5 minute questions e.g. "what's the best way to update multiple tables on insert from an ASPxGridView?". [more inside]
posted by tomargue
on Jun 6, 2013 -
Trying to run some value-investing analyses, and running into a huge roadblock.
I want to extract SEC filings (via the EDGAR database) on a daily basis and have the data inserted into a MySQL database. I'm basically looking at forms 10-Q, 10-k, DEF-14a, and forms 3, 4, and 5. After the initial set-up, I'd only need to d/l forms that have changed (via change of timestamp, I'm assuming). [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB
on Jun 4, 2013 -
If you were starting with no applicable background, no engineering degree, nothing except for a lot of free time and a moderate amount of money to spend, how would you
become Tony Stark? No limits on time, whether it's 6 months or 60 years, how would you go from Joe the VCR clock programmer to Tony the Engineer? [more inside]
posted by walka
on May 26, 2013 -
I want to develop an RPG game based on a non-popular, out of print tabletop RPG - the game I'm developing will be for PC/Mac/(possibly mobile). So far, I'm looking into RPG Maker, which seems to be able to fit the bill most appropriately. I've also looked at Titanium for developing mobile games, but this seems like it's not necessarily a good fit for just hitting the ground running. Any ideas are welcome - priorities are that the system is flexible for development and is easy to begin with (I'm cool with advanced features, but don't want to have to hack the system in order to merely start bringing my ideas to fruition).
posted by jibberish
on May 19, 2013 -
in a Hacker News thread introduced me to Yashavant Kanetkar. Apparently his C programming books are the worst of the worst. Yet somehow, the Indian education system uses his books pervasively. I tried to find out more about this guy and the controversy around him, but web searches turned up a flat nothing. Anyone read his books or know about the story?
posted by scose
on Mar 3, 2013 -
Can you help me get an idea of what this personal programming project of designing a "data-getting" program (details inside) would involve, given I would be starting from noob level? Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister
on Feb 5, 2013 -
I have an opportunity to develop a CMS-type web service for a franchise where I will charge ongoing monthly subscriptions instead of an upfront development fee. They have been burned by two failed projects already; I have no interest in selling my hourly labor beyond my day job; hence the subscription idea. I am excited about this opportunity (yay residuals!) but I want to be really careful not to bite off more than I can chew. [more inside]
posted by rada
on Feb 5, 2013 -
Know of a good resource for mobile-friendly responsive email templates for html emails? [more inside]
posted by mgriffioen
on Nov 30, 2012 -
What is the minimum level of skill or ability to be a programmer/UX designer? [more inside]
posted by ChipT
on Nov 21, 2012 -
I am a software developer at [a big software company]. In a few hours here, I've got a one-hour meeting with my retiring-this-month corporate vice president. We are both women in tech. What should I ask her? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi
on Oct 1, 2012 -
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 -
So, I'm getting back into programming and am interested in comp-sci type stuff. I've been thinking about maybe rejoining G+ and socializing with various ubernerds who are into that kind of thing...
I left over the nymwars, but it seems they still haven't fully fleshed out their policy yet, so I'm still hesitant to jump back onto it.
Is there any other sort of social network for nerds? I mean, like, a social network, not just a question/answer site stackoverflow, but some place where you're really feel like you're interacting with others?
I feel like G+ still probably has a solid set of users from the technical fields, though I could be wrong, since I haven't used it in over a year, but at the time it had plenty of geeky people.
I subscribe to the /r/compsci and programming subreddits, but I'd like something more personal and less forum-y...
posted by symbioid
on Sep 25, 2012 -
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 -
Where can I find a good programmer, and how on earth do I budget for them? [more inside]
posted by XtinaS
on Aug 8, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
I want to make a map-based interactive data visualization (to be accessed on the Internet) and I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator
on Jun 14, 2012 -
I'd like to move to a company that makes software as it's primary product... what kind of skills will I need to add to my resume to get in the door? [more inside]
posted by underflow
on May 30, 2012 -
I need to go through text files, each containing hundreds of lines, and copy a specific part of each line, and then add all those parts together into one long line, each part separated by a comma. But how? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper
on May 9, 2012 -
I was given the task of filling out a job description for a programming environment. Should I respect the history of previous job descriptions when writing out this job description? [more inside]
posted by DetriusXii
on Apr 30, 2012 -
Is there a way to find out the filename associated with a specific FILE * pointer? (OS: Red Hat EL 5) [more inside]
posted by tckma
on Apr 12, 2012 -
I would like to scrape information from an RSS feed into an Excel-readable text file for a completely legal non-copyright violating use. In a better world, I'd have access to the database that generates the feed, but since this ain't a perfect world it appears that scraping is my best bet. Are there tools that will help me automate this, or programming tutorials that will help me figure it out myself (it's been 15 years since I last write any code beyond simple SQL queries)? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Apr 4, 2012 -
LearningProgramming(PHP)Filter: I have a form with a select field (with about 70 options) and a couple of radio buttons. The final result differs according to what has been selected. I'm pretty sure the worst possible way to do this would be to use a lot of IF and IF ELSE statements but I'm not sure what would be the "correct" way to do it. [more inside]
posted by Memo
on Apr 4, 2012 -
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 -
SQLNoobFilter: I am trying to find all unique combinations on a table. Does my simple query do the trick or is there more to it? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill
on Mar 14, 2012 -
Hello, brightminded and helpful mefi's.
I have an idea for (IMO) an awesome new website that I believe will be huge. Is it still feasible in this day and age for a person to buy a stack of books and learn the coding skills needed for a website with very robust features, to say the least? Or will I have to acquire the funding to hire the people to do this? Funding is non-existent at the point in time.
posted by DesmondDoomsday
on Mar 5, 2012 -
Suppose I'm a programmer. I want super awesome companies to be excited about hiring me. And I want to work with nice and smart people. What kinds of techonologies should I spend my time learning? [more inside]
posted by oranger
on Mar 5, 2012 -
I want to contribute with my programming ability (software developer) to free software. I could be developing another tower defense game but prefer a small project which might be mildly useful to somebody and possibly teaches me something outside of programming.
What would be a useful to you and a good project for me? [more inside]
posted by EuroBunny
on Feb 25, 2012 -
Where to start with teaching a bright 13 year-old programming? His interest comes from wanting to code Minecraft mods. [more inside]
posted by grubby
on Feb 23, 2012 -
What's the best way to learning web-app development after working through Learn Python the Hard Way (or any other introductory Python book for noobs)? [more inside]
posted by rahulrg
on Feb 17, 2012 -
What kind of magic does QString().setNum() do to convert -1413011644 to 2881955652? [more inside]
posted by crawl
on Feb 16, 2012 -
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 -