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Solutions for giving feedback to students on their code?

I will be a TA for a course that teaches Haskell this semester and the professor and I are trying to come up with a solution that lets us do entirely electronic submissions. We would like students to ...
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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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Making programming a career— without a degree. Is this smart? [duplicate]

I asked this before and go downvoted hard so someone said I should try posting here... Any help would be MASSIVELY helpful. I'm doing Udacity, Udemy, Codecademy, Lynda, and edX. I'm learning Java (my ...
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What should I look for in a school when trying to obtain a Software Engineering degree? [closed]

My goal is to be as employable as possible and to have enough knowledge not to look foolish when interviewed. However, that's probably everyone's goal and it's not achieved simply by taking classes in ...
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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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Should I learn in c++ or c# (for computer science degree)? [closed]

I'm about to start a "Bachelors of Science (Computer Science)" degree (in Australia, semester starts in march) and I'm presented with the option to learn c# or C++. First of all, I already know C#, ...
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Correlation between college grades and job performance? [closed]

In Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering at the end of fact 2, Robert Glass says: The problem is—and of course there is a problem, since we are not acting on this fact in our field—we ...
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Does The College Matter? [closed]

Does it matter all that much about what college you go to, to get a degree in computer programming/computer science? I didn't do all that well in high school, I actually barely graduated with a ...
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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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Homework for strong C++ developers learning Java

I'm tasked with teaching an accelerated university special topics course in Java for programmers with many years of experience in C/C++. What sort of medium-length (1-2 hours max) assignments would ...
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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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What % of career programmers have a bachelor's degree in programming related fields? [closed]

I've been having a dispute with a friend over how many programmers working full time in software development actually have a 4 year degree. It seems like there's less full timers with degrees in this ...
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Interesting Topics in Comp. Sci. for New Students? [closed]

I hope this is the right forum to ask this question. Last friday I was in a discussion with my professors about the students' lack of motivation and interest in the field of Computer Science. All of ...
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How can I save my university's Computer Science & Engineering department? [closed]

I'm currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, and we're having a bit of a problem right now... The state recently passed a budget plan that cuts funding for ...
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Should I go back to college and graduate with a poor GPA or try to jump into an entry-level development position? [closed]

I once attended a top-10 American university but I am currently not in school for several different reasons. Chief among them is that I did very poorly two semesters and even failed one of them (got ...
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Is it possible to get formal recognition of self-taught knowledge?

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)

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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How to master C++? [closed]

I am a grade 11 student and have Computer Science... I just love the subject.. We are doing C++ ... I have loadsss of interest in this subject ... I am kind of able to do the programs but would like ...
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Should I learn a programming language before I attend college for Computer Engineering?

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?

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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So many alternative languages available, is it good to read and implement application using those? [closed]

I meant alternative languages not in sense if not Java use C#. But I meant if not Java use Groovy, Jruby etc, if not HTML use HAML and so on. Yes, there are many alternative languages available, ...
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Is it true that what you learn as a CS undergrad will be out of date by the time you graduate?

I've heard this statement thrown around a few time by technology/science pundits on the web. Does it have any merit? What exactly do they mean?
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Is having trouble with data structures common for beginners?

I'm taking my second course on Java. We are getting into data structures. I have done an assignment on a linked list, and now a stack. I had a hard time with the linked list. The stack gave me a ...
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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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Looking for unpaid interns (2) - am I crazy? [closed]

Edit - 6/10/11 in response to first batch of responses: Wow, what a response. Let me speak to a few points. I already stated that I will have a curriculum, and my intention is to teach people the ...
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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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Online Computer Science BS Degree? [closed]

Does anyone know of a good online undergraduate Computer Science program? My girlfriend is almost done her Masters of Science in Nursing online at Vanderbilt. All her courses are online, she does ...
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Applied Mathematics Degree For a Software Engineer (and Software Internships For Math Majors) [closed]

Here's the skinny: I love math. I think math is fun and exciting and that it teaches you to think analytically. I also love programming. The ability to create systems and apps that no one before me ...
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Preparation for Coursework in Computer Science

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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Did Your CS Program Prepare You Well? [closed]

For those of you who received undergrad degrees in Computer Science, do you feel like your school prepared you well for the actual day-to-day work of being a programmer? I've often felt that my ...
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Is it better to concentrate on one or two research projects throughout undergrad?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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 ...
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Advice for nontraditional CS student?

I'm in a rather unique situation here. I am going to start school for computer science tomorrow (literally) at a local university in a BS program. However, I am starting as a nontraditional student. ...