Computer science or computing science (abbreviated CS or CompSci) is the scientific approach to computation and its applications.

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How can I make sure that I'm actually learning how to program rather than simply learning the details of a language? [closed]

I often hear that a real programmer can easily learn any language within a week. Languages are just tools for getting things done, I'm told. Programming is the ultimate skill that must be learned and ...
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Why does a computer science degree matter to a professional programmer? [closed]

I have a degree in computer science. It has been great for opening doors, getting a job. As far as helping me in the professional field of C# .NET programming (the most popular platform and language ...
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Is a big name computer science degree worth the cost? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I need to go to a big-name university? I'm currently in High School and trying to look into what I want to do after I graduate. I know that I will be going to ...
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What are the factors that have made Java a success as a programming language in enterprise computing?

What are the factors that have made Java a success as a programming language in enterprise computing?
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What's a nice explanation for pointers? [closed]

In your own studies (on your own, or for a class) did you have an "ah ha" moment when you finally, really understood pointers? Do you have an explanation you use for beginner programmers that seems ...
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What methods are there to avoid a stack overflow in a recursive algorithm?

Question What are the possible ways to solve a stack overflow caused by an recursive algorithm? Example I'm trying to solve Project Euler problem 14 and decided to try it with a recursive ...
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In the absense of a CS degree, how can I “fill in the gaps” so to speak? [closed]

The problem here is that "I don't know what I don't know". How can I fill in those gaps? What is it that a computer science degreed person will know that I don't? Note: This isn't a personal ...
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What to do when coding begins to feel boring, like it is all just more of the same? [closed]

I started programming at the age of 6 on a Commodore 64. Now I'm 28, and I have to complete 4 courses from a first degree in Computer Science. I'm starting to get bored with writing code after all ...
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Upcoming Google interview, looking for some preparation advice [closed]

Well I've been hitting the books wherever I can. I have an interview coming up, first one via phone, for a software engineer position. I've read all the blog posts, I've read all the accounts of ...
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Preparing for Interviews [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? Could someone give me pointers on how go to about preparing for a technical interview? As a CS graduate, I ...
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Do the young minds need to learn the pointer concepts?

Why did the C master Dennis Ritchie introduce pointers in C? And why did the other programming languages like VB.NET or Java or C# eliminate them? I have found some points in Google, and I want to ...
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Backtrack My “Education” [closed]

A while ago, I decided to start programming. I really, just jumped into a language (Perl) and went from there. What I regret is that I just jumped in: I didn't learn the basics (if you would call ...
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Do you count a Masters in CS as a negative? [closed]

In my experience interviewing developers I feel like candidates who've achieved a Masters in Comp Sci tend to be worse programmers on average that those who don't have a Masters. Is that just me, or ...
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Why is Perl so heavily used in Bioinformatics? [closed]

What is it about Perl that makes it so useful in Bioinformatics ? Why isn't C++ or Matlab or Python the big language?
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What class of problem is this, and what math do I need to know to solve it?

Mushroom cultivation requires fairly precise chemical composition of substrate (a.k.a. growing medium). Let's pretend we're growing shitakes and that this is the required composition of their ...
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Education vs. Experience [closed]

I'm going through a rough time. I'm a CS student at UIUC, which I hear is one of the top schools for CS. I love computers and programming. I've been pretty much doing it my whole life. I'm a freshmen ...
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Where is the application of Calculus (of continuous quantities) in Computer Science or programming

I am a Software Engineer professional. I have studied calculus as a core course in my graduation studies. I want to ask question, that what/where is the implementation of calculus in computer science? ...
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Why is the formal definition of Big O notation formulated as such?

Consider the formal definition: f(n) = O(g(n)) Why is it not: f(n) = O(f(n)) or f(n) = O(c*f(n)) since for the Big O analysis, f(n)=2n and g(n)=n are identical? I am ...
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What is the biggest weakness of students graduating with degrees in Computer Science? [closed]

This question is directed more toward employers and graduate student advisors/professors but all opinions are welcome. What do you find is a common weakness of new hires and/or new grad students? Is ...
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What are Ruby's strengths? [closed]

Before I'd read this article, I never understood why anybody liked LISP. After reading it, I was able to give LISP a fair enough shot and have since grown to like it. It wasn't until I read this ...
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What's the difference between computer science and programming?

I'm new at computer science and programming, and I was wondering, is there a difference between computer science and programming? and do you get to choose to study only one of them at the university, ...
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What specific branches of Mathematics are useful for a programmer to learn?

I have less than 6 months to learn mathematics for my Master course in CS. (With no prior formal education in any computer/mathematics related area.) So I need to prepare my self to be tested on math ...
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Will a computer science college degree ever hurt my employability? [closed]

Too often, I can see that there are many viable programmers without college degrees in Computer Science, Informatics, etc. Now that I've been reading more articles about underperforming education ...
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Can a CS degree benefit an older programmer? [closed]

Is there any benefit in getting a CS degree in ones mid 40's career wise? Would the increased likelihood of getting past the HR filter be worth it? It's something I might actually enjoy doing, ...
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What Discrete Mathematics topics should the average computer science student know?

I know that Discrete Mathematics is a pretty broad topic that's used in a number of fields but I was just wondering what are some of the topics from it that you would expect an average computer ...
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What is the difference between 'layer of abstraction' and 'level of indirection'?

I am not sure if both terms can be used interchangeably. Maybe there is some academic distinction in computer science which is not relevant for day-to-day programming? Or can I use both term ...
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How to emphasize the differences between Software Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science to high schoolers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 30 minutes to explain programming to a 15 year old As a professional software engineer I have been asked to speak at a local high school junior class career day. As is ...
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Why is Software Engineering not the typical major for future software developers? [closed]

While most agree that a certain level of Computer Science is essential to being a good programmer, it seems to me that the principles of good software development is even more important, though not as ...
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“Gödel, Escher, Bach” still valid today? [closed]

I have just completed a course on computability and logic which was an interesting course. The lecturer recommend a few books on his slides, which include "Gödel, Escher, Bach". I can see the book is ...
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Why are strings so slow?

Ever since my very first programming class in high school, I've been hearing that string operations are slower — i.e. more costly — than the mythical "average operation." Why makes them so ...
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Should Software Engineering and Computer Science be separate majors?

For decades, the accepted degree to get to become a software developer was "Compter Science." We've had a few questions already about whether that degree really prepares students to develop software. ...
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What discipline does Computer Science belong to? [closed]

Is Computer Science science, applied mathematics, engineering, art, philosophy? "Other"? To provide background, here is Steven Wartik's blog posting for Scientific American titled "I'm not a real ...
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Is there a subset of programs that avoid the halting problem

I was just reading another explanation of the halting problem, and it got me thinking all the problems I've seen that are given as examples involve infinite sequences. But I never use infinite ...
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Switching to a career in Machine Learning [closed]

My day job is plain old software development. I am also doing my Masters in CS (part time, course based). I took a course on AI and found machine learning quite fascinating but like most courses it ...
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What is the industry definition of an interpreter (as opposed to a compiler)?

In my compiler design courses, I have learned about and worked with a clear academic definition of an interpreter and a compiler, with an interpreter being a program Pi from a language M capable ...
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How does const storage work? (Item 2, Scott Myers Effective C++)

In Item2 on page 16, (Prefer consts, enums, and inlines to #defines), Scott says: Also, though good compilers won't set aside storage for const objects of integer types... I don't understand ...
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Basic premise on counting sort. How is k related to to Big Oh?

I am reading (Cormen) on counting sort. I understand the structure of the algorithm but the statement: In practice, we usually use counting sort when we have k = O(n), in which case the ...
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What is the difference between Quantum annealing and simulated annealing?

In both algorithms objective functions, that will be executed with non quantum computers, are used. Both algorithms are methods for finding the global minimum of a given objective function. From ...
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Generic name for types and values [closed]

In computer science, what is the abstract common name of types and values (I mean an abstract "something" that can be a type or a value) ? To be more specific: If we have template <typename X> ...