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How can I learn a Programming Language Fluently? [duplicate]

This might be a very common question and if it isn't I still hope to get some answers. Basically for the past 4 years I've been programming. I'm 17 now. I started through Visual Basic.NET and been ...
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Tools for identifying code smells [closed]

I heard people tell me before that my code smells. At first I did not understand their point but after researching and working through thousands of lines of code (since they weren't specific on where ...
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Is this synchronization required in service onCreate method?

Below is a sample code i captured from android doc Per service instance onCreate will be called only once. Ref: here and here The synchronization and singleton doesn't make any sense to me in this ...
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Is this caution in Android API documentation an indication of suboptimal design?

The content below is from the Android developer site: According to the phrase it is expecting the developer to store this info in his head. Shouldn't this be simple if they kept only ...
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Eliminate duplicate code in nested IFs without creating a function [duplicate]

Let's say we have two ifs that depend on each other: if var exists { if var is array { //Do stuff with var } else { //Resolve the problem } } else { //Resolve the ...
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Improve coding quality

I have been dealing with programming for several years now (I am still a student but with a lot of internships). Mostly working with C++, Python and MATLAB, I noticed that whenever I download an SDK ...
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Python Compare Values from 2 Columns from two separate CSV files

I am using Python. I have two columns(in separate CSVs) that contain an ID tag. Ideally, I would like to add on columns of information from one CSV to the other whenever the ID tag matches. For the ...
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Reference wind directions to texture space?

I have a 2D array filled with a simple class: class Tile { boolean N,E,S,W; } I also have a tilesheet representing all possible outcomes except all false (12 + crossroad). Now i need to ...
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Dedupe while or after write

I have a summary tool written in python that reads input files, and writes them into a summary file. I have the following stipulations: No duplicates. If it exists, add a count to it. Is it ...
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I know the language but still can't code like other peers [closed]

I have moved to a new job and code base (been doing C#, .NET, Windows Forms, etc. for last four years) and I have been on this for three months until today. During these three months I caught up with ...
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Is it normal to look back on codes when coding? [duplicate]

the title says it all. I'm still a university student studying IT. Whenever I'm doing coding, I will frequently look back on codes that I've done before or looking for codes online or on reference ...
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How important is to initialize a variable

How important is it to initialize variables? Does proper initializing avoid memory leaks or have performance advantages?
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Which methods should be put in an interface and which in abstract classes?

I have seen many frameworks and modules and their standard they follow is like this UserInterface which have some predefined methods AbstractUserClass which implements userInterface Then ...
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Starting point for building an iPhone app [closed]

I have one idea that I want to make an app for iPhone, I have recently bought a mac for the same purpose. I want to make small app and build on it in later versions. I work in in a small company and ...
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Interview Coding Assignments… how much do they account for? [closed]

So I've ran into a couple of companies that requires completing coding assignments before they give you a phone interview. I'm curious, do these coding assignments account for anything after the ...
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how do you cope with long hours of coding? [closed]

I am just a high-school student but for a while now I have been coding for weeks (from early in the morning to late at night). I really enjoy it, however it can be really monotone. I usually listen to ...
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Am I required to memorize coding in a work space or can I fall onto references to provide me edge to finishing my development? [duplicate]

I would like to know if I am expected to memorize coding in a workspace or am I allow to fall into references whenever I am unsure. In a week of non-stop self learning, I feel I can understand the ...
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Arithmetic coding issue

Since a few days I am fighting my way through implementing arithmetic coding. I found a really great source of information which made me understand how it should work. Long story short, it implements ...
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Implementing a new coding standard to an existing application

Recently we have had some turnaround in the shop I work in, because of this comments in our source code were made hastily and explained very little. We have started working on the departments first ...
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What can I do to strengthen up my pen and pencil coding skills? [closed]

I want to better write code with pen and paper. Whether it'll be in pseudocode or real code, doesn't matter. Could you kindly advise me sources for this?
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Arithmetic Coding vs. Machine Numeric Precision

When subdividing intervals for arithmetic coding, the worst case scenario is that the final interval will have size 2^(1-n), where n is the number of unique symbols you are encoding. This will reach ...
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Arithmetic Coding Questions

I have been reading up on arithmetic coding and, while I understand how it works, all the guides and instructions I've read start with something like: Set up your intervals based upon the ...
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Where can I learn more about JavaScript and Python? [closed]

Been teaching myself how to code over the past four months or so -- mainly in JavaScript, but just started Python -- and had a revelation today. I can write in JavaScript pretty well, but I don't ...
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How to avoid jumping to a solution when under pressure?

When under a particularly strict programming deadline (like an hour), if I panic at all, my tendency is to jump into coding without a real plan and hope I figure it out as I go along. Given enough ...
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Which is more effective in coding? Reducing line of code and execution of code? [closed]

I have this doubt many years. I am wring some code to achieve some functionality. For example I am writing 20 lines of code to achieve the functionality and my co worker writing the code for the same ...
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Python Coding standards vs. productivity

I work for a large humanitarian organisation, on a project building software that could help save lives in emergencies by speeding up the distribution of food. Many NGOs desperately need our software ...
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After how much line of code a function should be break down?

While working on existing code base, I usually come across procedures that contain Abusive use of IF and Switch statements. The procedures consist of overwhelming code, which I think require ...
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Coding guidelines for seamless merging

I am looking for coding guidelines developers should follow while writing C#/ASPX/SQL code, so that merging into other branches is smooth if not seamless.
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Working on someone else's code

I have hardly a year's experience in coding. After I started working, most of the time I would be working on someone else's code, either adding new features over the existing ones or modifying the ...
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I target short projects, but fail miserably on projects that requires persistence [closed]

I know this is kind of time-management question. I do well in short assignments, but fail miserably, when it comes to projects that require hours and hours of work to be done day after day. I cannot ...
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Is this kind of Design by Contract useless?

I've just started informatics university and I'm attending a programming course about C(++). The programming professor prefers to connect every topic with a type of programming design that is similar ...
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How to minimize typos when you code?

I make a lot of typing mistakes when I program. I have a good keyboard writing speed but I try to write faster and in the process end up making typos. I want to type faster, but make less errors. Can ...
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What parts of Code Complete haven't stood the test of time? [closed]

I was looking at Code Complete on the shelf, thinking, "Outside of the Mythical Man Month, this may be one of the few mass market Software Engineering books to stand the test of time." For this ...
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How to do best practice development as the single IT guy in a small company

For the best part of the last decade I have been working as the only IT guy in tiny company. At it's peak this company employed about 8 staff. It's now down to 4, one of them part time. So the going ...
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Website with test data files for specific algorithms/data structures?

Is there any website, like SPOJ and Project Euler, with the test data files available for specific algorithms/data structures? I know it's a fun challenge to solve those problems on your own, but I ...
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Coding in known language or learning a new one in free time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I focus on being deep or broad Doing which of {coding,learning} will you recommend for a programmer in his/her free time? Of course,this question is valid in case ...
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Is it possible to learn maths via programming, or you should learn maths for programming?

I am not the best in maths, not very horrid either, but lower than the average, I've always been thinking to improve my maths, but schools and books didn't do the job because I get bored too fast. The ...
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After writing code, why do I feel that “I would have written better” after some time? [closed]

I have been working on my hobby project in C++ for more than 2 years. Whenever I write a module/function, I code it with lot of thinking. Now see the problem, do { --> write the code in module ...
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Use of NotImplementedException

Is it considered bad practice to throw NotImplementedException for code you haven't written yet? Possibly TODO comments would be considered safer?
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Do platform independence and different paradigms deter newcomers? [closed]

I'm only 18, and as such my initial ventures into programming were the usual 2000s-dominating high-level, paradigm-saturated affairs, complete with obsession with platform independence and 'good' ...
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How Much Logic in Getters

My coworkers tell me there should be as little logic as possible in getters and setters. Yet, I am convinced that a lot of stuff can be hidden in getters and setters to shield users/programmers from ...
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Aging vs. Coding Skills [closed]

A little background, since it can be part of my point fo view. I'm a C#/Java programmer with age of 23, coding since my 18's. I started studying C and working with Cobol, and after 1 year I quickly ...
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How to choose between Tell don't Ask and Command Query Separation?

The principle Tell Don't Ask says: you should endeavor to tell objects what you want them to do; do not ask them questions about their state, make a decision, and then tell them what to do. ...
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Domain knowledge vs Programming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How important is Domain knowledge vs. Technical knowledge? I often hear from my colleagues and sometimes from interviewers that, "There is nothing so great in having ...
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Tips/advice on how to reduce the use of “manager” classes?

I sometimes hear that having too many "manager" classes in your program's design is code smell and add an unnecessary layer of complexity. To me it makes sense that people want to use manager classes ...
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“positively formulated” vs. “reads as english sentence” style logic

Sorry, I'd be happy to have someone improve the title of this question. What are the benefits and downsides of "positively formulated" logic vs. having it "english readable". I'm looking for a ...
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Should development methods squash a developer's individualism?

I'm in my final semester of college and am taking a software engineering course. In the class we learn about various software development methods. The one we focused on, and used to develop our ...
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Can initial inefficient solutions INSPIRE better ones and thus lead to faster problem solving?

When faced with writing an algorithm to solve a small project/problem is it better to come up with pseudo code that isn't efficient/optimum but solves the problem and then try to use the inefficient ...
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Deciphering foreign code [duplicate]

What is the best strategy to go about understanding some one else's code for a medium sized project, if the code is not well documented and does not adhere to many coding standards?
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How to convincing Programmers that 'being in the zone' [coding] isn't always beneficial for the project?

In this book review: http://books.slashdot.org/story/11/06/13/1251216/Book-Review-The-Clean-Coder?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter Chapter 4 talks about the coding process itself. One of ...