I'm doing some research for a paper about the ways in which computer science has been coping with program complexity throughout its short yet interesting history, and I'm worrying I might have overlooked some fundamental developments. [more inside]
posted by koenie
on Aug 16, 2005 -
I'm curious what codes are used to create sites such as myspace.com. Obviously html for the design, but what about the rest of the site. It is essentially a database. I'm not a programmer so I have no idea what type of coding is involved for searching and allowing others to fill out forms to create a profile. I'm also wondering what type of equipment would be needed to host and maintain a site such as this.
I'm basically looking for what is involved on the backend on these type of sites.
posted by ieatwords
on Aug 10, 2005 -
I am tasked with writing a web-based accounting software in PHP-MySQL. My background in accounting is minimal. I understand enough of debits & credits & transactions and such, but I'd like to find some resources which could help me in working out the programming workflow, database relationships, etc, ie the technical parts of developing such a system.
posted by arrowhead
on Aug 6, 2005 -
Does the software I'm looking for exist? My family and I have dinner, potluck style, with a group of about 6 other families on a bi-weekly basis. Every week we have to do the same round of emails about what people are bringing for dinner etc... How do we automate it? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh
on Aug 2, 2005 -
MS Infopath Development questions...anyone have some experience with C# and Infopath? [more inside]
posted by Richat
on Aug 2, 2005 -
I'm planning on creating a web-based program allowing employees of the auditorium where I work to sign up for shifts online. What programming language and database system should I use? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner
on Jul 31, 2005 -
Suppose I have an idea for a potentially interesting art/music/programming project. I can envision what needs to happen and can put it into concrete terms but lack the programmatic and music theory chops (I'm a designer & photographer type person) to realize it on my own. Where can I find like minded folks that might be interested in collaborating on this art for art's sake project? [more inside]
posted by aladfar
on Jul 29, 2005 -
I need a good, cheap (free) ASP shopping cart application for Windows 2003 / IIS for a client website. Normally, I would use osCommerce, but for some reason they want everything ASP, etc. Any suggestions? Your help is fantastically appreciated. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent
on Jul 29, 2005 -
How many programmers are capable of contributing to Linux? Of those, how many have contributed, since Linux began?
posted by Tlogmer
on Jul 26, 2005 -
How can I merge multiple MP3s into a single MP3 using a web scripting language such as PHP, ASP.NET, etc.? [more inside]
posted by oissubke
on Jul 18, 2005 -
I've got a coding project, which will make me a bazillion dollars if I can pull it off. But I'm having trouble starting it, partially because I'm not a well-trained programmer, and partially becuase I'm unsure of whether to seek help. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa
on Jul 16, 2005 -
I just bought a Wireless Kensington Expert Mouse
, and I'm trying to convince myself I like it. Ergonomically, I think it's better for my hand and wrist in the long run, but there is one thing that's really bugging me: I can set keystrokes for any of the buttons, but it only sends the key to the computer when I release the button. I use a Mac, and I have the F9 key programmed in on the trackball for Expose, but this means I can't just hold it, move to the window I want, and release it like I'm able to do on my Logitech mx700. I have to click, move, and click again ("waa", I know). Any suggestions for making this work using Kensington's MouseWorks driver? Are there any third-party apps/drivers out there that could take care of this?
Furthermore, does anyone have experience switching from a mouse to a trackball? Did you stay with the trackball, and what merits/flaws do you see in both devices?
posted by jruckman
on Jul 15, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend a good programmer's editor for MVC? Specifically, I'm looking for something that will let me choose a class, and automatically open up the three corresponding model, view, and controller source files, so I don't have to go looking for them. [more inside]
posted by Caviar
on Jul 13, 2005 -
I am looking for a way to code desktop applications that send data to a microcontroller on windows. [more inside]
posted by pg
on Jul 8, 2005 -
FlashFilter: I would like to lay a flash movie _over_ a web page and have web content show through the movie (in defined areas). Is there a way to specify an alpha channel (or other masking option) for a flash file? I'm certain there is, but my flash programmer is a neophyte and doesn't believe me.
posted by silusGROK
on Jul 8, 2005 -
Windows Programming: how to simulate mouse clicks, button presses, and how to extract data from windows widgets? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks
on Jul 6, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend some resources from someone moving from CFMX/PHP to C#? [more inside]
posted by mkultra
on Jun 27, 2005 -
Everyone seems to love Ruby. But does it lend itself to web development, and is it "polished" enough to be used as one's primary language? [more inside]
posted by TheCowGod
on Jun 16, 2005 -
My boss has tasked me with tracking down a modern XML library written in C. The library has to run on (at least) RHEL3, Windows, and Solaris, but more is better. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR
on Jun 14, 2005 -
Specific Safari/Java/Applet question: how do I get Safari to allow cut and paste to work in my applet's text fields? [more inside]
posted by fleacircus
on May 3, 2005 -
How can I build a custom P.O.S. system with an old computer and my internet-programming-biased skills? [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on May 2, 2005 -
I’ve been assigned to evaluate the feasibility of using Lucene
for our website, a large, high-use government site with rapidly-changing data. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie
on Apr 27, 2005 -
I'm the 'lone programmer' for a small business, making an app that will log when inventory is received, and also used, at a remote location, via serialized barcodes. What would be the best way to transfer this usage data to me, preferably daily? [more inside]
posted by Mach5
on Apr 18, 2005 -
i've got to learn php for my work. can anyone recommend a good, not too expensive or obscure, book i can order to help me make a start? I'm in Belgium and there's only one bookshop that sells english language books so I can't go and browse to see what I would like.
posted by quarsan
on Apr 5, 2005 -
Inspired by this blog post
about a particularly elegant single line of code, and thinking back to the golden-age brilliance of Duff's Device
, does anyone else have good examples of code beauty? Are there any blogs out there that are essentially a reverse DailyWTF
posted by Plutor
on Apr 5, 2005 -
Programmers help please.
I program DVDs using a very simple language which is proprietary to DVD. Typically instructions will be used to link to specific menus or video, or to set audio or subtitle streams etc, and most of these instructions exist as pre or post commands (i.e. at the start/ end of a specific menu or video section), or as button actions.
And because all the code exists at numerous different locations (i.e. different menus, different video sections across the disc), in extremely complex projects it is quite difficult to keep track of what's going on where, and more so, almost impossible to remember what on earth is going on when you return to a project months later.
In order to get round this problem, I recently started using basic flowchart software, cutting and pasting all the code into an infrastructure so that I could see the project code (and flow) as a whole.
I found this incredibly useful, and was just wondering if this is a common way to keep track of those projects that involve a lot of mental juggling, or if there are other ways to keep track of what the hell's going on?
posted by forallmankind
on Apr 4, 2005 -
I love TheDailyWTF
and read /.
every day. Without signing up for some members' only site, are there any IT-related blogs/sites you check out daily? Personally I'd love to read about programming (PHP/Python/Ruby/hell even VB script), databases (MySQL/PostgreSQL/MSSQL), and network administration. For general science news, I already check out Google Sci-Tech News
on a regular basis.
I'm not looking for l33t XHTML/CSS-hacks but rather blogs that discuss emerging programming trends with meaningful discussion. Maybe something that is a mix of Ask
, and IT
on Slashdot. If there's a demand for such a site maybe I'll start one. But I'm too lazy to create something if it's already out there.
posted by chime
on Mar 30, 2005 -
I've done some programming in my time (Basic & Turbo Pascal way back when), shifted more to the web side of everything about 8 years ago (procedural PHP server-side and HTML&JS&CSS client-side).
Having recently purchased a mac mini, and hearing the gospel of how easy it is to program with carbon & cocoa, does anybody have any recommendations (books) on where to start? [more inside]
posted by slater
on Mar 18, 2005 -
Following Bjarne Stroustrup's lead in The C++ Programming Language, 3rd edition
I've for several years programmed in a proportionally spaced, not a fixed-width, font. What's a good font for this? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality
on Mar 17, 2005 -
After 5 years working my full time corporate programming day job I'm almost ready to give up the security to spend the majority of my time on exciting non-profit open source projects. But for various reasons I want to keep the corporate job on a consulting basis. Any advice on how to negotiate going from full time to part time? [more inside]
posted by lips
on Mar 16, 2005 -
I have a Perl script which is supposed to handle user registration. It works fine from the command line (perl blah.pl "username=blah&password=blah") but doesn't modify the file it's supposed to modify when run as a CGI script in Apache 2.0. [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves
on Mar 15, 2005 -
I've fallen hard for Python and have been searching for a project to really learn the language with. I'd like to create functionality similar to Windows "Map Network Drive" for URIs using Python, urllib, etc. My questions are: does this seem possible for someone with a decent programming background (but no formal CS training)? Is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma
on Mar 15, 2005 -
I've plowed through a lot of Flash sites, but haven't found an answer to what I thought would be a simple question. Y'all are a buncha geniuses here, so I thought I'd ask you. [more inside]
posted by jpburns
on Mar 14, 2005 -
my $include_file_name = 'include.pm';
posted by bryanzera
on Mar 11, 2005 -
How to secure a programming job after a long break? Should I mention that when I left my last job, they tried to keep me with a massive salary increase? [more inside]
posted by crack
on Mar 1, 2005 -
I have a friend whose baby is getting christened. As a little present I'd like to provide them with an easy-to-operate website through which they can store and display photos of the child as he progresses, and supply news (essentially a blogging factor). Though I'll be setting it up and am pretty good at tech-stuff, the operators of the website (the parents) aren't so it'll need to be as simple as possible for them to do things like upload photos and post news of the baby. PHP content management systems seem like the logical solution, and I've looked at a few ideas (like using Gallery for the photos, and embedding it in a site) but I was wondering what do you all recommend?
posted by uk_giffo
on Mar 1, 2005 -
I'm stuck instancing a Microsoft Access form. According to Litwin, Getz and Gilbert (Ch 8), the statement 'Set frm = New Form_frmMyForm' should create a new instance of frmMyForm, referenced via the 'frm' variable. However, when I try this I get a compile error "User-defined type not defined", and it highlights the code 'New frmMyForm'. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie
on Feb 20, 2005 -
Does anyone know of a book (site, magazine, DVD, anything) that, preferrably communicated in a non-specific programming language (e.g. - pseudocode, if possible), illustrates real world pros and cons of procedural vs. OOP coding and vice versa?
I don't want a religous war on why one is better than the other; but rather a (fairly) objective look at both with the who/what/where/when/why/how of any specific reasons for more efficient use of either.
posted by crankydoodle
on Feb 20, 2005 -
PHP programmers: what would a well-laid-out PHP project look like to you? I'm a computer science grad student who's never used PHP for anything much and not in many years, but I now have an opportunity to write a small-to-moderate-sized site for somebody and thought I'd give PHP another go. I'm well versed in generally writing tasteful programs and I even have a pretty decent amount of experience with writing web sites using other technologies; what I'm really interested in is specifically how PHP programmers use the language in practice to make maintainable sites. For instance, what's the best way to separate content from HTML so it's easier to make site-wide HTML tweaks? What are the sorts of things that you wish someone had told you about how to build PHP projects?
posted by jacobm
on Feb 19, 2005 -
So I have a big conference coming up and we’re considering giving each attendee a usb-drive with all the presentations on. The problem is that if I don’t find a way to automate the copying of files I have to do it manually by myself! (+) [more inside]
posted by bering
on Feb 16, 2005 -