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Teaching a course on intro to programming, in C++: Do I teach C-style casts? [closed]

I'm currently redesigning a college level first semester graduate course on Intro to Programming, in C++. Note the comma; the course is introduction to programming, and C++ just happens to be the ...
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How do I know if I have a good programming professor? [closed]

Today I begun my second programming course. The professor seemed a bit different from the others - we had some fun saying things like "he's probably a misunderstood genius". He criticized some other ...
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Does a programmer really need college? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Becoming a professional programmer, without going to college? I am currently a junior in college, however I have had multiple jobs programming since high school. ...
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How broad should a computer science/engineering student go? [closed]

I have less than 2 years of college left and I still don't know what to focus on. But this is not about me, this is about being a future developer. I realize that questions like "Which language should ...
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Is it possible to get formal recognition of self-taught knowledge? [closed]

I like many others have spent a few of my High School years teaching myself software development and various languages. I'm fluent in C++/C# Have a fairly solid understanding of Computer Science ...
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What mathematics should I review & master before enrolling in CS program (early 40s student, 20 years dev exp, no degree) [closed]

I am in my early 40s and plan to enroll in university this fall to pursue a long-postponed CS degree. I have been working as a developer for almost 20 years, but have found further advancement at ...
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Should I learn a programming language before I attend college for Computer Engineering? [closed]

I've dipped my toes in C++ programming but I haven't actually delved into it. I want to know if I actually need to learn it or any other languages before I go to college for Computer Engineering or ...
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What key factors should a university have for a computer science program? [closed]

I'm planning on heading to college, and I'd like to know what I should be looking for in a school when making a decision about going there for a computer science degree. What are good signs? What are ...
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Why do some teachers often consider bad practice things that are not? [closed]

In college, teachers often say that some things are bad practices while they are not. I'm referring to the recent Why is naming a table's Primary Key column “Id” considered bad practice? question, or ...
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As a high school student what should I be doing to make myself better/more hireable? [closed]

I'm a year away from university/college at this point in time, I'm currently 17 years old and practice programming as a hobby. I'd like to get a job one day in the market, I -love- programming. And I ...
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Why is C++ often the first language taught in college? [closed]

My school starts the computer science curriculum with C++ programming courses, meaning this is the first language that many of the students learn. I've seen that many people dislike C++, and I've ...
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Red flags of unpaid IT internship [closed]

I read the following question: Tips for a first year CS student looking for a summer internship to gain experience? But rather than how to get and/or look for internships, my questions concerns of how ...
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Preparation for Coursework in Computer Science [closed]

I know some Ruby, but could never make anything great, or even good. I just know that I am interested in programming and that it's what I want to do. What kind of programmer? No idea. I will be going ...
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Is it better to concentrate on one or two research projects throughout undergrad? [closed]

Currently in the 4th semester of engineering in an Indian university. The thing is - is it better to do as many short-lived projects/research work on diverse topics of computer science or stick to ...
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Is taking a semester or year off from college a good idea? [closed]

I am currently a Junior majoring in Computer Science at a top university (in the USA). As I'm really getting tired of taking classes, I was wondering if taking a semester or year off to do an ...
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What research topics can I tackle with only a year of experience? [closed]

I've been looking to get into research, but I'm not sure I can do when I've only taken two quarters of Computer Science. I go to the University of Washington, if it's relevant. This is a page on ...
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Teaching computer programming? [closed]

I've kicked around the idea of teaching computer programming formally(at a college-level). What kind of degree would be required at most colleges for teaching and also any general advice for if ...
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Employers paying for fresh graduates for MS Degree? [closed]

Is this still an option nowadays (aside from working for govt) that in private business a company will help pay for some/all of an MS degree? What is the likelihood of a company paying for a fresh ...