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Help me find a freelance coder

Where can I hire reliable coders to do piecemeal coding for me? [more inside]
posted by special-k on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Best book for beginning C++ student?

What's the single best book for a beginning student of C++ to work through over a period of a month or two?
posted by killdevil on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there any way I can try to program with punch cards?

I'd like to try programming with punch cards once in my life. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Plutor on May 15, 2012 - 26 answers

How to parse a text file & collect a piece of each line automatically?

I need to go through text files, each containing hundreds of lines, and copy a specific part of each line, and then add all those parts together into one long line, each part separated by a comma. But how? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on May 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I perservere with my IT degree?

A year and a half ago, stuck in what I thought was a dead-end job, I decided to do a degree in computing/IT with the Open University. Six months later, I landed a job as a Test Analyst in the IT department of the company I was working for. I now have an actual career. I've been continuing with the degree, but I'm finding bits of it very dull and it's difficult to get motivated. Should I keep going? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on May 8, 2012 - 18 answers

Amazon is now automatically generating pull quotes from similar customer reviews: How are they doing that?

Amazon recently started featuring pull quotes on product reviews that are automatically compiled from 'similar' customer statements. For example, take a look at top of the reviews section for an iPad. At first I thought these might be manually maintained on popular products, but the pull quotes exist for some pretty obscure items with only a handful of reviews. They are obviously being procedurally compiled. I'm working on a project where this exact type of natural language processing could be very useful. Is there a preexisting library available that offers functionality similar to what Amazon is doing here? Or could anybody point me in the right direction for understand the technology behind this better?
posted by csimpkins on May 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me fill out a job description.

I was given the task of filling out a job description for a programming environment. Should I respect the history of previous job descriptions when writing out this job description? [more inside]
posted by DetriusXii on Apr 30, 2012 - 9 answers

What programming environments provide the level of navigation, analysis, and refactoring power for their languages that Eclipse does for Java?

What programming environments provide the level of navigation, analysis, and refactoring power for their languages that Eclipse does for Java? [more inside]
posted by Koray on Apr 29, 2012 - 20 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

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 20, 2012 - 8 answers

How do mobile devs discover screen sizes and specifications?

How do mobile developers detect screen sizes, types and other information about the display of various phones in the wild? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Apr 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Augmented Reality for Dummy Idiots

Augmented Reality for beginners... [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Apr 17, 2012 - 6 answers

New spelling, new root?

I'd like to check if changed spellings are changed words. [more inside]
posted by meinvt on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Too bad money isn't confetti, or I'd throw it at school.

Pay less for online classes or more for sitting in a classroom? Get clicky for career-switching details... [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Apr 12, 2012 - 10 answers

C++ filter: How do I get a filename from a FILE * pointer?

Is there a way to find out the filename associated with a specific FILE * pointer? (OS: Red Hat EL 5) [more inside]
posted by tckma on Apr 12, 2012 - 28 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

Help me populate a spreadsheet by scraping an RSS feed.

I would like to scrape information from an RSS feed into an Excel-readable text file for a completely legal non-copyright violating use. In a better world, I'd have access to the database that generates the feed, but since this ain't a perfect world it appears that scraping is my best bet. Are there tools that will help me automate this, or programming tutorials that will help me figure it out myself (it's been 15 years since I last write any code beyond simple SQL queries)? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

PHP Form woes

LearningProgramming(PHP)Filter: I have a form with a select field (with about 70 options) and a couple of radio buttons. The final result differs according to what has been selected. I'm pretty sure the worst possible way to do this would be to use a lot of IF and IF ELSE statements but I'm not sure what would be the "correct" way to do it. [more inside]
posted by Memo on Apr 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Is getting a B.S. in computer science worthwhile?

Which aspects of computer science are profitable and worthwhile? Help a high schooler going off to college... [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Apr 3, 2012 - 32 answers

Help with clickable map.

Need suggestions on creating an interactive map of congressional districts. I'd like to have a map embedded on my site (only Us) with zoom-able and click-able Congressional districts. When a district is selected, I'd like to display the relevant Senator & Congressman. [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Apr 2, 2012 - 9 answers

What should I say to the guy who ripped off my project?

I'm a novice programmer. Someone just took a recent Python web project of mine, rewrote it in Ruby, and published it as his own work. My code was open, and I don't really mind, but I'd like credit. How can I ask politely but firmly and avoid triggering a defense mechanism? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Mar 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Indie programmer or call-center drone? A false dilemma disguised as hope?

Does it make sense to block off a few months to develop the skills needed to pursue a modest career/business developing indie games and mobile apps for Android, or am I better off just getting an entry-level job at a call center and make a decent amount of money doing sales or tech support? [more inside]
posted by porcupine on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Source code for reading?

What Python and PHP source code can I read to become a better programmer? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Apparently these books aren't high frequency.

Is there a great book on software audio filter programming? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Mar 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Best way to bring my programming to the next level?

So I've used Python here and there to solve system administration tasks and create some small web applications (again to solve any issue related to work). Living in the sys admin world, I typically turn to Bash. Bash because I know it well and I can throw out a solution quickly. Problem is I'm starting to interview more and more for "DevOps" positions, what's the best and fastest way to bring my Python (or insert language) abilities up a notch? I admit that I typically write in Python with one screen trained on the library docs. I've got a solid understanding of data and control structures. I thought maybe coming up with a weekend project might help but I'd like to hear other people's thoughts. Reading good code always helps, but doing is always better for me. I guess the real question is creating something that does x always makes you understand a language at a deeper level (if such thing exists).
posted by snuffaluffagus on Mar 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Show me how to flip a coin 15 times and tell me all 32,768 possible outcomes

How do I find every possible outcome of an arbitrary length set of coin flips? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Mar 22, 2012 - 8 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

Long term programmer?

Programmer longevity concern ? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Mar 16, 2012 - 6 answers

SQL Query to find unique combinations

SQLNoobFilter: I am trying to find all unique combinations on a table. Does my simple query do the trick or is there more to it? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Mar 14, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I promote my Open Souce tech project?

How do I promote my Open Souce tech project? [more inside]
posted by KHinds10 on Mar 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Can one man still create a complex website

Hello, brightminded and helpful mefi's. I have an idea for (IMO) an awesome new website that I believe will be huge. Is it still feasible in this day and age for a person to buy a stack of books and learn the coding skills needed for a website with very robust features, to say the least? Or will I have to acquire the funding to hire the people to do this? Funding is non-existent at the point in time.
posted by DesmondDoomsday on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

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

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