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]
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]
What Python and PHP source code can I read to become a better programmer? [more inside]
Is there a great book on software audio filter programming? [more inside]
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).
How do I find every possible outcome of an arbitrary length set of coin flips? [more inside]
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]
Programmer longevity concern ? [more inside]
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]
How do I promote my Open Souce tech project? [more inside]
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.
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]
What's the source of this Computer Science quote? [more inside]
Videogame soundtracks to listen to while I'm programming? [more inside]
I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
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]
Where to start with teaching a bright 13 year-old programming? His interest comes from wanting to code Minecraft mods. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What kind of magic does QString().setNum() do to convert -1413011644 to 2881955652? [more inside]
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]
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]
I want to automate a VLC stream/encode of an internet radio station. Help? [more inside]
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]
Can you help me find a more interesting, fulfilling job in the tech industry? [more inside]
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?
How do you create a user generated website such as metafilter? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Should my ASP .Net website have an API? [more inside]
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]
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]
What are the best free online courses to learn computer programming and technology? [more inside]
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]
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]
Is there a way of accessing the MS Thesaurus through independent Visual Basic applications built in Visual Basic Studio? If so, how? [more inside]
Can you give me advice on finding summer internships for a sophomore CS major? [more inside]
Those of you who are devotees of Textmate, I'd like you to convince me to switch. [more inside]
I'd like to start using source control for a website, with automated, one-click (or close to it) deployment. [more inside]
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.
Help my non-programmer friend learn to code in Flash (or another language) in order to write escape-the-room games! [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
I need to hire an iOS App Developer. Where do I do this? [more inside]
Java for children? [more inside]
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.