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Article about unmaintainable software on bank mainframes

Please help me locate an article I read online a couple of years ago. Essentially it went like this: the core software that banks use to run transactions is very old and hard to maintain, and they're terrified of breaking something by trying to integrate new features. Therefore, "instant" transactions via online banking aren't really instant: what actually happens is that there's an elaborate front-end emulating the functionality of the core system. Every night the front-end system delivers all the queued-up "faked" transactions to the core system, which actually processes them. [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Intermediate/Advanced Java Programming Books?

I'm a software developer with several years of experience under my belt. Lately, I've been working with lots of Java code, but have very little formal Java training. Unfortunately, most of the resources that I've found seem to target people with little/no programming experience OR lots of basic Java experience. Can anybody recommend books or other resources that teach Java, from the perspective of a developer who is already experienced with OOP and other C-style languages? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

How to print an envelope or two on the Mac?

How can I simply print an envelope or two from my Mac to any printer that can handle envelopes? I'm printing directly on the envelope, but it's a standard #10 envelope--no labels, no odd sizes. I'd like USPS barcodes. I've got a copy of EasyEnvelopes and I've been trying to print from it, but nothing happens on my printer and I can't update it because they charge for it now. Printing other docs works fine. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Dec 22, 2014 - 6 answers

How to give a technical software interview

I’m a software developer at a small startup. I'm giving a technical interview next week. My CTO will be doing the interview with me, and wants me to ask several algorithms/data structures whiteboard questions. I have very little experience either giving or receiving technical interviews, no traditional CS background, and am stressed out by whiteboard coding (also just socially anxious in general). What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by introcosm on Sep 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Automators against automation?

I am looking for research on, or organizing around, the ethics and social fallout of automation from the standpoint of the workers doing the automating (i.e., computer programmers and allied trades). [more inside]
posted by enn on Aug 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Need some programming career advice

Need some special snowflake programming career advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Software job: Am I going to get fired? How to make it go best-ish-ly?

Do verbal warnings predict firing? What should I expect if I do get fired, and how do I make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 25, 2013 - 29 answers

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

Getting started with EC2 and SOA

I want to write a web app that deploys to EC2, but not having any prior experience I'm struggling to find the info I need to get started. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Nov 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Modify/hack a Google Hangout "feature": Press to Talk

I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air" for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

How to transition into software without a CS degree

Career advice filter: I'm currently an experienced research assistant at a major research university (three years out of undergrad) who developed serious programming skills working on NLP projects doing parsing and information retrieval. My undergraduate degree is in Linguistics. I'm attempting a career transition into a more purely technical, software-oriented, possibly NLP-flavored position. Do you have any practical advice for ways that I can showcase my programming abilities and/or convince prospective employers that I am solid candidate (despite the lack of CS degree)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2013 - 9 answers

What are the prerequisites to learn HTML5?

I am a beginner in information technology, and I need to learn HTML5. For me to start learning HTML5, I need to know what languages/codes that I should know to start working in HTML5. I know HTML5 are used for webpages, mobile, games, and others. For example, I knew that I should be familiar with CSS3 So what are other basic information and skills needed to learn before starting with HTML5? Thanks
posted by omaralarifi on Apr 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Talk to me programmers!

Is it worth changing careers, getting a masters in CS? [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 12, 2013 - 17 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

Dot Net development tools?

Any suggestions for good Dot Net development tools? I'm interested in suggestions for a wide range of tool types, for example (but not limited to) unit testing, code coverage, style enforcement, bug finders, profiling, code/API documentation generation, installer/distributable packagers, continuous integration, build systems, report generators, static code analysis, decompilers, IDE enhancements, etc., etc. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Feb 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Suggestions for 2D man/woman animation toolkits/software

I am looking for a 2D animation toolkit that helps me animate various actors, like man, woman, cat and helps in realising various actions like sleeping, running, etc. with programmatical ease. I have looked into processing.org and started to toy with simple geometric shapes, but yet to stumble across an animation with man/woman actors. Could you help me find some good resources where I could learn to animate such things? TIA.
posted by godugu on Oct 4, 2012 - 3 answers

What should I ask my CVP?

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 - 8 answers

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it?

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Sep 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

application migration to work in the cloud

I am looking for guidance on migrating an application to the cloud, from both a practical perspective as well as a theoretical perspective for a project. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Sep 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Good habits for the highly effective computer scientist

I'm a physics graduate student and my PhD work is going to involve a fair amount of programming. Aside from the coding part, what habits and skills do I need to develop to become a competent programmer? [more inside]
posted by Zalzidrax on Aug 31, 2012 - 21 answers

checkButton1 = Tkinter.Checkbutton(master=root, command=lambd GAH FORGET IT I GIVE UP

I'd like your recommendations for online learn-to-touch-type software! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Aug 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Use vim for everything

Software methodologies for writing? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you help me find this blog post?

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 - 4 answers

while (salary < desiredSalary) askForRaise();

How much do junior C++ developers get paid, outside of major cities? [more inside]
posted by puppetsock on Jul 10, 2012 - 9 answers

What can I do to move into product development software?

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 - 3 answers

Finding A Job In Chicago Without A Clue

I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
posted by Green With You on Apr 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Program for detecting whether a song is instrumental?

Is there a programmatic way to detect whether a given song is exclusively instrumental? [more inside]
posted by xulu on Apr 11, 2012 - 5 answers

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them?

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers

90% of bugs are waht?

What's the source of this Computer Science quote? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Mar 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Giant Dymaxion Map

I can't find a high resolution dymaxion projection map. Assuming none exists, I'd like to make my own. How? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Nov 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Help a nerdy girl learn R-programming

Anyone know of good online or in-person (in the Philadelphia) training options for R statistical programming? [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Aptitude-based hiring and on-the-job hiring in software companies?

I'm looking for software companies that do 1) aptitude-based hiring and 2) on-the-job training: "If you pass a (often language-agnostic) programming test, in addition to in-person interviews, maybe a code review, etc., we will train you for your job." What companies in the Chicago area follow this model? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Nov 5, 2011 - 1 answer

How do I most effectively learn how to program?

I'd love to learn how to program effectively in a language like C++ or Java, so that I can, within a year or so, be somewhat productive. [more inside]
posted by oaklandj on Oct 30, 2011 - 17 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

Deploying from source control?

What's the best way to deploy a web app from source control? I'm using Eclipse and Subversion, and what I'd really like is the ability to check in a project, then push a button somewhere to have the server pull the latest version, then run deployment code included in the repository in order build the project, copy files, etc, and then restart the web server. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Sep 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Male-dominated workplaces that work for women - the good, the better and the best

I'm wondering about what measures can be taken to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces. For women who work in male-dominated fields - how did your company's culture contribute to creating an appealing work environment for you? What can be done to build and foster this kind of culture? [more inside]
posted by remixnine on Sep 11, 2011 - 25 answers

(Not so) dead man's switch

Does anyone know of software other than Daisyman's DMS that acts as a "dead man's switch", i.e. will carry out a task (send an email or delete a file or similar) if I don't "reset" it within a certain time frame? If not, how would you suggest I go about writing such a program? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Software development jobs in the Middle East

Any tips for finding software development jobs in the Middle East? Specifically Jordan? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jul 6, 2011 - 2 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

Contract for a freelance software project

How do I set up a contract? This is my first freelance software-development project and I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on May 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Finding a robust content syndication platform for social media distribution

Developers and content curators: Help me with some market research. I am trying to find an off-the-shelf solution or to spec out how to develop a solution to the following problem. My organization is looking to setup an internal collection, curation, and distribution system to push multimedia content to hundreds of social media accounts (in dozens of languages) with potentially hundreds of users. Ability to enable push-button publishing via Facebook, Twitter, and other APIs through a plug-in architecture. Sound interesting? Read on. [more inside]
posted by Hammerikaner on May 5, 2011 - 6 answers

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and mapped to separate data sets?

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Mar 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Finding a Tech Job in a New City with No Contacts

A continuation of part 1 of my "looking for a new place to live" saga, I'm now ready to start a serious hunt for a (preferably) software development job in a new city. Problem is, I don't have any contacts in the cities I'm interested in. What's the best way to land a job in one of these towns? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on Mar 21, 2011 - 8 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

Looking for a new city!

Similar to firei's post, I've lived in the same town for almost all of my 23 years on this planet. I want to move to a brand-new, exciting city. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on Mar 3, 2011 - 19 answers

system dynamics

Maths-filter: please recommend some good resources (books, sites, software) for learning about numerical simulations of large (like 20+ dimensional) dynamical systems, especially in continuous time. [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 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

When was the last time your boss actually asked you to detect a cycle in a linked list?

Help! I'm really really bad at computer programming interviews. Unfortunately ... I'm a computer programmer. [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! on Oct 21, 2010 - 31 answers

Netbook for Software Developer

I need a cheap netbook for a Windows .NET developer. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Oct 20, 2010 - 7 answers

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