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What should I learn to work with awesome programmers?

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 - 26 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

Videogame soundtracks to program to?

Videogame soundtracks to listen to while I'm programming? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 1, 2012 - 31 answers

How should I pursue a career in software development?

I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Useful to you, programming for me?

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 - 10 answers

Where to start with teaching a bright 13 year-old programming?

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 - 19 answers

Coding sample as part of a job application?

If I'm applying for a junior developer job in a web company, and they ask for a code sample along with the resume, what sorts of things would make a good sample? How much code is just enough/too little/too much? What would make a sample supergood, or the opposite? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

violent video games developer -> bible software developer?

My partner and I are currently living on separate sides of the Vancouver/Washington state border - I would very much like to move to be with her, but the job prospects for my specialties are low. One option is to work for a local company which produces bible software. From a technical standpoint, their products are excellent, the jobs pay well , have excellent medical and retirement benefits and they regularly hire from outside the faith. The catch? I am a staunch atheist, and bordering on actively anti-religious. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 32 answers

Best path to becoming a web app guru

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 - 7 answers

What kind of magic does QString().setNum() do?

What kind of magic does QString().setNum() do to convert -1413011644 to 2881955652? [more inside]
posted by crawl on Feb 16, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I protect my javascript code from being stolen?

I've written some customizable interactive activity templates in javascript that work on tablets and I want to sell to publishers. How do I prevent anyone from stealing and re-using the code? [more inside]
posted by postergeist on Feb 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me find a laptop for programming

I generally work from home and have an excellent desktop machine that never lets me down. Occasionally I have to travel, and when I do I take an ancient Dell Inspiron 8500 to work on and use for remote support. Long story short, the Dell has died and I'm out of touch with laptop options. Anyone know the best portable machines for programmers? [more inside]
posted by samworm on Feb 8, 2012 - 10 answers

If answer %NOTFOUND soon, please kill me, else...

I have to code some fairly complicated logic involving nested loops, etc. I am a mere (mortal) student. Please tell me how YOU plan out the coding of complex logic in your programming. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Feb 4, 2012 - 24 answers

Downloading the Radio

I want to automate a VLC stream/encode of an internet radio station. Help? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Feb 2, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I relearn how to focus? How do I relearn how to learn?

How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 28, 2012 - 13 answers

A rewarding job? Is that a thing?

Can you help me find a more interesting, fulfilling job in the tech industry? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Design Patterns / Jazz Standards

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 - 2 answers

How to create a user generated website?

How do you create a user generated website such as metafilter? [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Jan 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Eavesdropping on what my text editor is up to

Is there a way to write a script that makes something happen outside of MS Word as a result of an event that occurs within Word? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Programming Languages for not-quite Luddites?

What online resources do you suggest where I can learn about various programming languages as opposed to learning how to code? Any sources that discuss the pros and cons of each or why it would be better to do X in Ruby rather than Python? [more inside]
posted by kaybdc on Jan 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Ruby on Rails Resources?

I'm working on learning Ruby on Rails right now, and I'm starting to feel like I'm in way over my head. For those who have been there, what resources helped you find your footing? [more inside]
posted by ella wren on Jan 21, 2012 - 14 answers

To API or not to API

Should my ASP .Net website have an API? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 - 5 answers

I can see what I write, but how can I download the revisions?

I love watching how people write and revise (made possible by tools like stypi and etherpad-lite). What is the easiest way to programmatically download a readily-parseable dump of the specific revisions? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr on Jan 6, 2012 - 0 answers

What color is my parachute?

I'm beginning to figure out what I enjoy doing (coding-type stuff), but don't have a real background in it. What career paths should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Jan 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Best free online computer science training

What are the best free online courses to learn computer programming and technology? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Jan 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I switch careers and learn to code?

I'm considering doing a career 180 and learning how to code. Should I do this? Do I have what it takes? What is it like to program for a living? Details within... [more inside]
posted by lukievan on Jan 5, 2012 - 17 answers

What should this sort of project cost? How long should it take an experienced programmer to implement?

Freelance filter: how many hours should it take to put together a re turn tracking extension/plugin/module for an existing online store? What would you charge as an hourly rate? What would you charge for a flat fee? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Accessing visual basic thesaurus

Is there a way of accessing the MS Thesaurus through independent Visual Basic applications built in Visual Basic Studio? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jan 4, 2012 - 2 answers

I want a summer internship where I can code.

Can you give me advice on finding summer internships for a sophomore CS major? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jan 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Is Textmate for me?

Those of you who are devotees of Textmate, I'd like you to convince me to switch. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Dec 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Version control with automated deployment?

I'd like to start using source control for a website, with automated, one-click (or close to it) deployment. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Practical tips around positive support of youth, program structures that work, behavior management, and incentives

My wife is the director of an after school program that serves low income minority youth in grades 3 through 12. She is looking for practical tips to share with direct service staff around positive support of youth, program structures that work, behavior management, and incentives. What resources might you recommend (web or print)? What suggestions do you have as to what's successful or ways to assist in training and supporting staff within programming. Thanks.
posted by mathmatters on Dec 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Help a non-programmer learn to program escape-the-room games

Help my non-programmer friend learn to code in Flash (or another language) in order to write escape-the-room games! [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Dec 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for reading list suggestions for automatic topic/concept matching

Looking for reading list suggestions and search terms for fuzzy concept matching: given a list of topics, some of which might be defined by synonyms, how do you match to more exact concepts? I'm guessing that this is a natural language processing (NLP) or semantic web question but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 6, 2011 - 1 answer

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java?

How do I take data from a spreadsheet (LibreOffice Impress, to be precise), and use it as input to a program in Java? This is fairly basic stuff, so I'm a little embarrassed to be having issues with this, but I don't have much time. I'm well aware of how to do file I/O with a text file using a Scanner object for input, but how does this work with a spreadsheet?
posted by bookman117 on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Posting work I did for a uni course online

I'd like to make a programming project I did for a university course available as open source. I finished the course, but not my degree yet. The code could be helpful to people outside of just an assignment problem, and it's actually a well known project from a book, with answers in other languages already available online. My question is, are there any academic integrity issues with doing this, also considering I am still working on my degree?
posted by nlap on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

I want to hire an iOS App Dev.

I need to hire an iOS App Developer. Where do I do this? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Programming sites for kids.

Java for children? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Dec 4, 2011 - 6 answers

CSfilter: One-question test to predict if you can learn programming.

A while back, there as a controversial (flamebait) blog post by a CS professor about what predicts success in programming. He had a "one-question" test that he claimed was strongly predictive. 1) The actual question was a "whats the value of variable x" after a few steps of manipulation sort of thing. 2) He interpreted it as meaning "people who get this right actually accept that the computer does exactly what you tell it to, not what you wish it to do" Help me find this post.
posted by gregglind on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Excel Macros For Dummies

Explain to me Excel macros and how I can learn to program them (assume that I know absolutely nothing, because that would be correct). [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Nov 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Limit Breaker?

What video game magic do you love? Specifically, which video game franchises have the neatest graphical effects? What's cool about them? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Nov 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Going beyond basic programming

I'm a largely self-taught web designer (HTML/CSS/design) with fairly basic but competent enough programming skills (PHP/Javascript/Python) to do simple development and be able to understand roughly what's going on when I work with developers. What are some good things to learn (libraries, techniques, math?) in order to do more interactive and dynamic things on the web, particularly when it comes to data visualization? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Nov 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Java Help

Programmingfilter: I created a program to output Pascals Triangle in Java (in Arrays). How can i change the shape of the output from a Rightsided triangle into a (typical for a Pascals Triangle) Isoceles shape? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Nov 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Some questions about getting a web app developed

How to go about getting a web app developed? (and a few related questions) [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Nov 23, 2011 - 7 answers

TIAGPC Is A Good Programming Class

What makes for a good high school programming class? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Nov 23, 2011 - 6 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

Who is Eagleson and where did Eagleson's law originate?

Programmers soon learn that
“Any code of your own that you haven't looked at for six or more months might as well have been written by someone else.”
This maxim, generally cited as “Eagleson's Law [of Programming]” (and often extended “Eagleson is an optimist; the real number is more like 3 weeks”) has been floating around the internet for ages*. But who is Eagleson, and where did this notion originally appear? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Nov 14, 2011 - 2 answers

"Computer programmer seeks new challenges"

I have a good computer science degree and about 4 years' experience as a programmer. What other jobs can I do? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Nov 11, 2011 - 12 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

Help with Flash Builder Actionscript 3 Programming

Need help with Flash Builder to load images from directory into HGroup. [more inside]
posted by kmurray24 on Nov 9, 2011 - 4 answers

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