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Hey - it's only software, man!

I have to learn some pretty tricky software and I know it's going to be a rough ride - what philosphies and techniques do you use to stop yourself being discouraged when you hit what appears to be an almost insurmountable hurdle? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jan 12, 2006 - 12 answers

Compulsory PHP instruction

I've received a $1000 grant that I can use to learn PHP, in order to eventually write an education-specific application. I could attend a programming boot camp this Summer, take an online course, or blow it all on books and software. Of course, I have a bunch of php/mysql books already. Has anyone gone to one of those programming boot camps, and was it worth it?
posted by mecran01 on Jan 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Programming jokes

Have the analogy/stereotype jokes related to programming and OSs ever been updated? Examples follow... [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten on Jan 7, 2006 - 6 answers

creating simple biofeedback software

I'm trying to create a simple biofeedback program that will display a real-time graph of the user's heart rate. But instead of using actual pulse monitor hardware as the input the user would just take their pulse with one hand and simultaneously press enter with the other hand each time they feel a pulse. Then I would like this data to be displayed in beats per minute on the Y-axis. This seems like a very simple program. The problem is I'm really not sure where to start and know very little about programming. The closest I've come to programming is using Excell and messing around in Flash. Does anyone know if there are easy to use programming tools that would enable me to create a program like the one I've described or if there are already existent programs similar to this? Thanks alot.
posted by SDAnder on Jan 4, 2006 - 11 answers

OO programming in Autocad?

I have developed an application in AutoLISP which I would like to re-write in an OO language. AutoCAD seems to natively support VB but I don't think I want to go there. I am starting to learn C# and Python, and like both. How easy is it to link Autocad and C# or Python (or Ruby, etc.)? I am aware of PyCad but not sure I understand how to get it to work, plus it requires Autocad 2000 which is like requiring windows 95. In short, I am quite the newbie at this and would appreciate a simple but thorough explanation of how to use a modern programming language in Autocad.
posted by signal on Jan 2, 2006 - 7 answers

What are good free programming language environments?

What are good free programming language learning environments? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Dec 30, 2005 - 41 answers

Wahhhh, don't let it die!! :'(

How do I convince someone to fully "hand over" (to the public, not to me specificallY) a now dead, open source but not totally "open licensed" project. Furthermore, how do I find people who might want to work on its revival? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

Is there a better problem solution or was the interviewer an @$$clown?

In an interview for a programming job today, I was asked to write out code for a programming problem on a whiteboard. After the interview, it's bugging me that I can't figure out the "optimal" solution that they said existed, but we didn't have time to discuss. [more inside]
posted by unsoulchum on Dec 22, 2005 - 70 answers

Perl regular expression question

Perl regular expression question inside. Trying to parse a list of items... [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Dec 21, 2005 - 8 answers

Computer Programming for Dummies

I'm interested in learning how to program, I'm really interested in some of the cool new Web 2.0 apps that I have seen popping up recently and I would like to get under the hood and start trying some things out, mostly as just a hobby. [more inside]
posted by mhaw on Dec 14, 2005 - 14 answers

How do you use generic interfaces in Java 1.5?

How do you use generic interfaces in Java 1.5? [more inside]
posted by gsteff on Dec 13, 2005 - 5 answers

I hate Miva, yes I do...

Miva Merchant 4.0 and security certificates...why don't IE customers see the darned lock? [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Dec 13, 2005 - 5 answers

Access VB to Delphi switch

How difficult is it to switch from MS Access programming to Delphi? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Dec 12, 2005 - 17 answers

and it begins...

DevFilter: For those of you who have started large-scale software development projects, what worked during the initial design & framework stages? Did UML->C++ work for the class framework? Was UML remotely worth it (my first instinct is no, but I've never done a project this big before). Other ideas? Things you'd do differently next time?
posted by devilsbrigade on Dec 7, 2005 - 10 answers

computer science simplified

Is there a good book/series/website that simplifies comp. sci. concepts (I'm thinking encryption, hashing, etc.) enough for the average engineer to comprehend? I'm thinking "Computer Science for Theory Dummies". [more inside]
posted by ransom_k_fern on Dec 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Can I got back to school and have a life at the same time?

How can I cut my work hours in half and have my pay scale down accordingly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2005 - 10 answers

Good beginner programming language?

Going back to school to learn some programming but lost in a sea of language choices and preferences. Help. [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung on Nov 30, 2005 - 35 answers

SELECT answer FROM askmefi

I need help with what I hope is a fairly simple mySQL query question. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Nov 29, 2005 - 18 answers


objective caml - is it worth learning? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow on Nov 29, 2005 - 9 answers

Are Tetris clones legal?

Are Tetris clones legal?
posted by Tlogmer on Nov 28, 2005 - 4 answers

M$ no like MySQL

I need to get MySQL working with Visual Studio 2005. I come from the PHP world, and while I know C, C# is a new language to me. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Nov 25, 2005 - 14 answers

brain-dead programming

Help me find a windows graphical "drag and drop" script builder. [more inside]
posted by wzcx on Nov 25, 2005 - 7 answers

Please help me get my head around multidimensional arrays in PHP.

Please help me get my head around multidimensional arrays in PHP. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Nov 23, 2005 - 20 answers

How do I start making my own social bookmarking site, is it worthwhile?

I want to create my own social bookmarking site. I don't know much about coding, but I've got some good ideas. Is this possible? How do I begin? Am I insane/idiotic for even contemplating this? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Nov 16, 2005 - 25 answers

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP!

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP! [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Nov 11, 2005 - 20 answers

Core Audio and related frameworks

Getting raw signal data from a USB or Firewire device under Mac OS X... [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Nov 10, 2005 - 3 answers

Intros to object-oriented programming?

Looking to understand object-oriented programming. Have tried & tried & tried to understand... [more inside]
posted by slater on Nov 8, 2005 - 35 answers

Which scripting language to learn?

Looking to learn a scripting language. Which? [more inside]
posted by jwadhams on Nov 4, 2005 - 38 answers


CareerFilter: I'm a programmer, server side sort of stuff. Where do I go from here?[mi] [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Oct 26, 2005 - 17 answers

What is "overclocking?"

What is "Overclocking" in programmers term? [more inside]
posted by semmi on Oct 23, 2005 - 16 answers

register_global and header

How would the register_global security upgrade screw up a header re-direct? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Oct 23, 2005 - 7 answers

Java pointers

Very specific JAVA question. and various google searches have been of no use. [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on Oct 13, 2005 - 18 answers

Where can I get access to product lists databases?

I'm looking for access to product lists of CDs, books, movies and any other entertainment type stuff for a web application I'm working on. I'm already aware of Amazon Web Services and the Library of Congress Z39.50 Gateway. Anyone know of any other places to get data on, say, movies in theater or TV shows or less mainstream CDs, etc?
posted by frenetic on Oct 2, 2005 - 2 answers

Please help me with Delphi 7 file IO

Please help me with Delphi 7. [more inside]
posted by sveskemus on Oct 1, 2005 - 2 answers

Can FileMaker have hooks into MySQL?

I have a MySQL database that contains two fields - name and e-mail - for a bunch of records. Separately I have a FileMaker 7 database that contains the same fields - name and e-mail - and contains other fields, like "notes". My question: can the FileMaker database, after polling the MySQL database, show name and e-mail as read-only; and then show the other fields as editable? i.e. if I make a change to the MySQL database, can I get it to show up in FM? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Sep 30, 2005 - 2 answers

I'm spaced out!

Programming/geometry: in a Flash program (you don't need to know Flash to answer this), I'm trying to place rectangular images at random positions on the screen. There are already images on the screen. I need to make sure that the new, randomly-placed images don't obscure the images already there. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 29, 2005 - 25 answers

What should I do about my PHB?

My boss is the classic PHB (pointy-haired boss). He knows little about what I do every day and comes up with random and often dumb tasks for us to work on. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2005 - 16 answers

Help a 98 lb weakling develop into a Mac programmer with Cocoa-fu.

I would like to learn to program for Mac OS X, and Cocoa seems to be the way to go. Considering most of the documentation and books I've picked up say things like, "since this book is about Cocoa, we assume you know Objective-C," and the Objective-C books assume I already know C... What's the best path for a beginner like myself to progress from knowing nothing, to actually programming using Cocoa on Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Sep 22, 2005 - 23 answers

I have a programming issue with sorting an array.

I have a programming issue with sorting an array. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Sep 20, 2005 - 10 answers

Looking for an FTP library

I'm looking for a good FTP Library, for use in embedding in a scripting language. C/C++ based is a requirement, and simpler is better. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Sep 13, 2005 - 10 answers

Yes, I want to learn COBOL

I want to learn mainframe-era languages and technologies (e.g., AS/400s, RPG, COBOL). Where can I go to get started? [more inside]
posted by Jeebus on Sep 9, 2005 - 16 answers

How do I align my values with my career?

Please help me better align my values with my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2005 - 11 answers


I need something to use instead of assert() in C/C++, but with similar properties [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Aug 19, 2005 - 7 answers

Is there a way to display a calendar of less than a month in ASP.NET?

Is there a way to display a calendar of less than a month in ASP.NET? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Aug 18, 2005 - 6 answers

My other car is a cdr.

What are some basic software-development facts that someone interacting with developers should know? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster on Aug 18, 2005 - 11 answers

Help me chart the battle against program complexity

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 - 10 answers

Good CSS Books?

What are some good intermediate to advanced CSS resources in dead-tree form? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 16, 2005 - 7 answers

What technologies are used to create sites such as

I'm curious what codes are used to create sites such as 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 - 26 answers

What a POS

I just bought a couple used VeriFone Tranz 330's for use in my POS system, but I can't figure out how to reprogram them! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Aug 8, 2005 - 0 answers

Building a web-based accounting software

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 - 14 answers

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