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Moving average calculation algorithm?

How can I efficiently and elegantly calculate a rolling sum of count-of-events in a time period from a list of event times? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jan 11, 2007 - 10 answers

self-taught programming for n00bs?

I'm a MechE by training, but I've got some time to kill while my boyfriend to finishes up his PhD this spring. I'd like to fill a portion of my copious unemployed time by learning to program in a useful language. Any suggestions for languages/websites/self-teaching books that are good for n00bs? [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc on Jan 10, 2007 - 23 answers

Dynamic Function Reference in Javascript

I'm writing a cross-browser JavaScript library that will allow me to apply events (onmouseover, click, etc) to elements using what look like stylesheets:
a {mouseover:someFunction;}
In writing a parser for these files, I've come upon a stumbling block. [more inside]
posted by potch on Jan 10, 2007 - 10 answers

My Multi Select UI Sucks. Help me make it better

WebDesignFilter: I have a multi-select box with hundreds of elements in it. I need a better UI for it. [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Jan 7, 2007 - 11 answers

How to get work at tiny tech startups without knowing a friend-of-a-friend of the founder

In my 8 remaining months before I start at Stanford, I'd like to find a job at a small (1-10 people) tech startup in the Bay Area, preferably Web-related. I have previous experience at this type of company as a Web developer, and I have useful skills. The problem: I don't have a network of people to help me find such a job, and these positions seem to be given to friends-of-friends(-of-friends) of the current employees. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Jan 5, 2007 - 11 answers

What's the step BEFORE "newbie" called?

I'm getting into learning web design -- started with the basics of HTML, XHTML, and CSS, and want to move on to JavaScript and Ajax next. Problem: I have zero, and I mean zero, programming experience. [more inside]
posted by hazelshade on Jan 4, 2007 - 15 answers

What tech to learn for a good jobby job.

What tech skills should I pick up to help in my job search after I graduate from college? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Jan 3, 2007 - 8 answers

How to create text-to-speech in Adobe Flash?

I'm trying to create a Flash application that will accept user-inputted text, then turn it into cheesy computer-generated speech. I'm hoping there's a Flash library or pre-built application that does this, but I haven't been able to find such a thing. I would prefer the final app be in Flash, but I am open to other solutions. Cost not an issue.
posted by phonepimpster on Jan 2, 2007 - 2 answers

How do browsers work?

How does a browser render a website? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Dec 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Why reinvent the SQL wheel?

Software design question - Why do people still write PC archiving and cataloging software? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on Dec 15, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me sell my software without getting screwed

The company I work for has expressed interest in purchasing a software product I've been developing privately. How do I go about doing this so I don't get screwed? [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Dec 11, 2006 - 9 answers

So I know HTML. What to learn next?

What web technology/language should I learn to make simple online apps and just generally enhance my bare-bones knowledge of HTML? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Dec 10, 2006 - 18 answers

How to create a CGI program with Visuall C++ Express Edition?

Is it possible to use Microsoft Visual C++ Express Edition to create a CGI program to run under IIS? [more inside]
posted by JeffL on Dec 6, 2006 - 12 answers

How to begin on this multi user PHP stats project?

How would you write an application in PHP that tracks multiple users, and the users' multiple sites? [more inside]
posted by gradient on Dec 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Looking for a good programming color scheme.

What is the best programming color scheme for my eyes? [more inside]
posted by hooray on Dec 5, 2006 - 17 answers

Is it possible to write a program that uses only physical RAM, and not the swap/pagefile in Windows?

Is it possible to write a program that uses only physical RAM, and not the swap/pagefile in Windows? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Nov 30, 2006 - 5 answers

Why is recipe software so hard to write?

Why is recipe software so hard to write? [more inside]
posted by twiki on Nov 29, 2006 - 29 answers

Which AVR interface should I buy?

Which AVR-based starter/programmer/emulator board is likely to best fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Nov 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Know any dead trees that can teach me about php and MySQL?

Recommendations for a book to teach myself php and MySQL? [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Nov 20, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me put my icon in the menubar!

I want the Java application I'm writing to put an icon in the menu bar (next to the system clock, airport status icon, iChat icon, battery icon, etc), a la Quicksilver and Gmail Notifier, but I have no idea how. Help! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 11, 2006 - 7 answers

Which book to read (& learn) first?

I picked up and was given the following books: Learning Javascript, Real World XML, Learning C#, and Learning PHP & MySQL. Since these are books I intend to read anyway, I was wondering which one should I read first? [more inside]
posted by badger11 on Nov 9, 2006 - 13 answers

Char Memory Allocation in C

A question about memory allocation in C. Yes, I have to use C. There's [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Creating an online realtime Flash movie

If I have a computer application that spits out data continually in the form of UDP datagrams, can I then take that data and plug it into a "live" Flash movie to be viewed online? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Nov 8, 2006 - 1 answer

What books should be on my "personal CS degree" reading list?

I'm trying to come up with a reading list for a "personal comp. sci. degree" (along the lines of Josh Kaufman's "personal MBA" reading list). What books should be on my list? [more inside]
posted by jacobian on Nov 6, 2006 - 33 answers

Anyone know how to create a tag cloud with images?

I need to create a tag cloud like http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ but instead of show the tag names I need to show images. [more inside]
posted by Leech on Nov 2, 2006 - 2 answers

printing matlab figures to memory

MatLabFilter: Printing figures to memory? I know that I can use the versatile print command to print a figure to a file. But how might I be able to turn a figure into a matrix in matlab's memory? [more inside]
posted by garethspor on Oct 28, 2006 - 3 answers

Generate email response from database.

Is there a free simple web to email gateway or scriptable email responder that will run on windows server 2003? [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Oct 26, 2006 - 3 answers

P...R...X!

MediaFilter: What is your experience with PRX (Public Radio Exchange)? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Oct 16, 2006 - 4 answers

It's Friday. Break the Rules.

I'm in the process of building an application and I think I want a rules engine. Assuming I do (and "No" may be the answer to my question), what's the best way to go about such a thing, given the details inside? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Oct 13, 2006 - 7 answers

How can a willing to learn non-programmer build something like those user-supported gas price sites?

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 - 4 answers

color-coding javascript for a beginners book

I'm writing a book on programming for beginners, and I have a question about color-coding. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 9, 2006 - 36 answers

Help me pick a programming language.

I am starting work on my MArch thesis that revolves around the development of 3 dimensional spatial analysis software (basically, Space Syntax in 3D). I am not sure yet what language to write it in. [more inside]
posted by signal on Oct 8, 2006 - 6 answers

How can I find out if someone's already solved this (fairly specific) programming problem?

I have many short strings of varying lengths — between a dozen and a few hundred, most likely — and one long string. I need to write code that will find a way to assemble a copy of the long string using as few of the short strings as possible. If it's not possible to assemble a complete copy of the long string, it should assemble a copy with as few and as small gaps as possible. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Oct 8, 2006 - 26 answers

Some code to get Winsock working over GPRS on a PPC 2003?

How do I program Winsock to work right over a GPRS connection on a PPC 2003? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Oct 4, 2006 - 4 answers

From scripting to compiling... I hope

I've got a couple of ideas for useful computer applications, and having moved over to Mac, would like to develop them for OS X. However, I'm completely unfamiliar with developing stand alone programs (I pretty much only work in PHP, though occasionally Perl and have grazed Ruby and Python). Where would I start to learn how to create my own complied apps? C? C++? Any book or artcle repositories you all would suggest?
posted by Ikazuchi on Oct 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Need a little help with javascript and webpage dropdowns..

Need a little help with javascript.. [more inside]
posted by ascullion on Sep 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me optimize a list in Excel.

Help me optimize a list in Excel. (Excel gurus welcome!) [more inside]
posted by pealco on Sep 28, 2006 - 3 answers

Where are good web design schools in the United States?

What are some good web design schools in the United States? [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie on Sep 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Love it or leave it

What's the best way to get a job abroad? Specifically in the broad field of computers? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage on Sep 21, 2006 - 6 answers

dub-dub-dub-dot-yourNameHere-dot-com

I'm starting a new website & need advice... and you know, like always, there's [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 on Sep 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Parsing XML in Drupal

What's the simplest way to parse XML data via XSLT in Drupal? The hitch is that I'm hosted at Dreamhost, which doesn't seem to support xslt_create().
posted by mkultra on Sep 14, 2006 - 8 answers

Monitor a program's memory use

I'm writing a program that uses lots of memory. I'd like a utility that can show me what it's using the memory for. For example, one part of the program processes an XML file, creates an object and loads a WebBrowser .NET control. I'd like to see how much memory was required to parse the XML file, how much memory my object is using, and how much memory the WebBrowser control uses. [more inside]
posted by matthewr on Sep 14, 2006 - 3 answers

ruby/python database tutorial?

I'm searching for a simple ruby/python database application tutorial. A long time ago, like six years ago, I came across this simple tutorial for php/mysql that showed you, from the ground up, how to put a simple database of your video collection online. Is there a similar tutorial that emphasizes creating a simple front-end for a mysql database using ruby or python, geared toward n00bs? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 12, 2006 - 5 answers

Getting hired as telecommuter software engineer?

I am an experienced software engineer and was laid off recently. I'm currently applying for positions. My ideal would be a telecommuting gig, which is the type of position I had most recently. A certain job mailing list I subscribe to has a lot of promising positions, but many of them are marked "onsite". Here's my question: shall I apply for some of these "onsite" positions in the hope that my qualifications will impress the hiring person enough to consider hiring me as a telecommuter? Or would this just be a waste of time for everyone concerned? [more inside]
posted by SomePerlGeek on Sep 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Python or Ruby for learning to program?

Python or Ruby? Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by djgh on Aug 31, 2006 - 45 answers

How do I get the Outlook web browser in c#?

Outlook Add-in Filter: How can my COM add-in use the web browser that is built into Outlook? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Aug 30, 2006 - 2 answers

Can you help me find a good overview of .Net

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 - 2 answers

Creating SMS Fill-in form?

Can an SMS be formatted/created in such a way that when it reaches the cell phone it looks like a fill-in form? [more inside]
posted by bokononito on Aug 25, 2006 - 9 answers

How to create an instance of an ActiveX control in C# at runtime?

In C#, how can I at runtime create an instance of an ActiveX control and then use its methods, properties and events? [more inside]
posted by matthewr on Aug 24, 2006 - 22 answers

Throwing CORBA exceptions from an IDL-defined interface?

Any CORBA experts here? I have an IDL/exceptions question. [more inside]
posted by knave on Aug 23, 2006 - 7 answers

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