Questions about education paths one should take as a programmer.

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Do I need to go to a big-name university? [closed]

As a soon-to-be graduating high school senior in the U.S., I'm going to be facing a tough decision in a few months: which college should I go to? Will it be worth it to go to Cornell or Stanford or ...
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What should i call the reference variable that is used in definition statement [closed]

Here is what i mean to ask : var a:SomeClass = new SomeClass(); var b:SomeClass ; var c:SomeClass ; b = a // b is reference to a c = a // c is also a reference to a What should ...
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What is a “real” education in programming? [closed]

Looking for well defined explanation that is based on a statistically significant correlation to what "real" world programmers are paid to do as a team and what they are told to learn; not for ...
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How Do I Determine the Value of a Technical book?

I'm interested in finding more books like The Pragmatic Programmer. Rather than the run of the mill, technology-specific books that are out of date by the time they go to press. Can you provide advice ...
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moving from Windows to Linux [closed]

I need to reconcile these 2 facts: I don't feel comfortable working on Linux; I need to develop software for Linux. Some background: I have a 10+ years of programming experience on Windows (almost ...
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Is a degree in CS and a degree in SE the same thing? [closed]

I asked a question here, trying to understand the fundamental differences between Computer Science and Software Engineering. However, so far I'm having no luck getting an answer (Feel free to help ...
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Teaching myself, as a physicist, to become a better programmer

I've always liked physics, and I've always liked coding, so when I got the offer for a PhD position doing numerical physics (details are not relevant, it's mostly parallel programming for a cluster) ...
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How can I determine the level of talent a prospective programmer has? [closed]

I have a friend who asked me whether I can be her mentor as a programmer. I had to tutor several junior programmers in the past so I have experience working with / tutoring people on different skill ...
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ViewController in programming

ViewController is a term for classes that handle views in a framework. This is especially used in MVC frameworks. I go through various projects, written by various programmers, who implement MVC in ...
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How to elevate engineering culture at large corporations? [closed]

One thing I have realized working at a large corporation is that it doesn't matter how smart you are because if everyone else doesn't see the value in what you are doing then you are not going to get ...
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How hard is Python to learn? [closed]

I'm on the list of the tutors in my university (for PHP, MySql, CSS, etc) but someone contacted me asking me to teach them entry level Python. Would I be able to be up quickly enough and be able to ...
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How indepth should a programmer develop his understanding of the Unified Process and UML? [closed]

I know a lot of places use UML and the unified process as their development model... but then there's a lot that don't. Would it be important to have more than a basic and functional understanding of ...
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Do you create a design with UML before you start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How often do you use Formal UML? I'm currently following a study UML called UML Fundamentals. While studying, I wondered if companies even bother creating system ...
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Where in computer science education does “reuse and integration” find comprehensive coverage?

This intro is only my naive attempt at a mile-high snapshot helping me to position my question. Any user trying to answer my question, that tries to nail down one aspect of programming, will have to ...
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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 kind of programming languages have the highest pedagogical value? [duplicate]

There is one camp of thought that argues that the first learned language should be C (or even some assembler). The motivation being that Doing everything yourself builds discipline to e.g. garbage ...
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School vs Self-Taught [duplicate]

Do you think formal education is necessary to gain strong programming skills? There are a lot of jobs that aren't programming but involves programming, such as tech artists in games, fx tds in film ...
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Where do my programming skills stand in relation to other programmers [duplicate]

I am a student currently studying an undergraduate CS course at a crappy university in a third world country. I do however have a continuous desire to improve myself. My Objective is to bring myself ...
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Is handwriting out code an efficient way to learn a programming language? [closed]

In my C++ intro class last semester, all of our tests were paper/pencil and we had to write out code with a pen or pencil in order to answer questions. It seemed counterintuitive at the time, but also ...
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Assembly as a First Programming Language?

How good of an idea do you think it would be to teach people Assembly (some variant) as a first programming language? It would take a lot more effort than learning for instance Java or Python, but one ...
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How to start a high school Java/Android development club for 13-17 year olds

My wife is a high school maths teacher, and is considering starting a programming club for 13-17 years olds who show an interest. Their interest seems to be around Apps and Android which I have little ...
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Professional Development: Finding that “pet project” to work on - then managing other commitments [closed]

At the moment, like a fair few of you I'd imagine, I spend at least 40 hours working on projects that use a specific set of technologies. Sometimes I'm doing maintenance, and have those technologies ...
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Getting first job without a technical degree [duplicate]

How difficult would it be for someone with a college degree in social science to land their first job as a junior developer? This is assuming they have experience with open source projects, have a ...
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Why the programmer with Ph.D is a bad candidate for the employer? [closed]

I have found this comic pic on Steve Hanov's blog: The most of the points are true obviously. What I can't comprehend is, why having Ph.D is considered as a "bad thing"? Any thoughts?
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Programming concepts taken from the arts and humanities [closed]

After reading Paul Graham's essay Hackers and Painters and Joel Spolsky's Advice for Computer Science College Students, I think I've finally gotten it through my ...
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Do employers hiring for software jobs care about the classes you took in a Computer Science Masters program? [closed]

I'm torn between two classes right now for next semester (Software Design and Advanced Computer Graphics). I would enjoy Advanced Computer Graphics more, but I feel the software design class would ...
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How could a human factors degree help a computer scientist?

I'm wrapping up a masters in CS and already have half the credit hours needed for a degree in Human Factors. I just recently discovered how useful understanding about cognition can help someone that ...
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How do I learn modern C? [closed]

I started programming about 20 years ago with the first edition of the book C for Dummies. It was a great introduction to code and I am now a professional software developer. However, these days I ...
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Do people who get paid to write code but score low on the “programmer competency matrix” have an ethical duty to find a different kind of job?

People advise me to "find a job doing something that you are good at", but the truth is that I don't believe I am good with anything other than just writing code. I don't think that I can design or ...
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Years experience over unfinished degree? [closed]

I'm currently in my placement year and working for a great software development company. It was always my intention of getting to this stage through university, getting enough academic experience as ...
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Do CS departments have formal procedures to choose languages taught? [closed]

I'm not talking about countryside colleges/unis. Are there any thought-out procedures in top-ranking institutions based on formal criteria, actual statistics or demand from the industry? If so, what ...
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how to get accepted at a big company like google [closed]

I'm 18 Years old; I started teaching myself programming when I was twelve. I've developed many projects in PHP, Javascript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails. I know a very little about C, C++, Objective C and ...
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How to create an auto-grader in and for Python

I'm trying to create an auto-grader for one of my beginning programming courses for python. From my online search, I've come to know that it is effectively a unit test framework that tests the ...
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Does having Master's degree in Computer Science help your career? [closed]

I am curious about experiences of programmers who have gone beyond college or university and now work in the industry. I am not talking about academia (you need PhD there anyway). Do you have a ...
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Introducing Programming To a Mathematician [closed]

I currently am a programmer, I'm almost 16 years of age and have pretty much narrowed my careers down to something involving a Computer Science degree or Electrical Engineering degree (I know they are ...
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As a self-taught programmer, how do I get the academic foundation without attending school again? [closed]

I've made a pretty good living as a self-taught programmer, but when I find that I discuss some low-level fundamental topics with my peers who have a CS degree, holes appear in my knowledge. I'm a big ...
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Why would universities educate IT leaders who lacks IT interest? [closed]

I am not sure if there is an obvious answer to this, but this question has somewhat baffled me from the first time I started thinking about it. My university's IT department educates managers and IT ...
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Will getting a degree in mathematics help in game development?

I'm two months away from getting my degree in systems engineering, which is to say, I learned how to code and code well using managed languages. The only reason I got into this career was because I ...
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Compiler Jobs - How Much Education Is Needed

I was motivated by the Compiler Construction As A Subject question and thought I would ask this one. I have heard from a few people that they have a good "compiler team" (don't ask where I heard it, ...
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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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What to look for in a training course

My development team is looking to expand into some new areas that we don't currently have direct skills for. We're trying to evaluate the available training courses, but there's not much depth of ...
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Java or C++ for university CS courses?

I'm in the throes of getting myself enrolled in school to get a CS degree. The school I am looking at actually offers both Java- and C++-based for the introductory software development courses ...
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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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What “jobs” benefit by having someone with a programming background perform them?

What non-programming jobs should someone look for who doesn't have the passion for programming? There are a percentage of people who make it through a computer science type of degree but do not have ...
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What can I do to advance my knowledge as a supplement to a Software Engineering course?

I studied in a technical school and learned programming, among other subjects related to IT and gained the title of IT Technician. I decided to follow programming as my career choice and began a ...
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What's the meaning of term context in programming

I was looking through some Objective C docs.. and got this : UIGraphicsBeginImageContext : Creates a bitmap-based graphics context and makes it the current context. Also, the same term is ...
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Feeling of Despair before programming? [closed]

When I have a programming assignment or some program that I have to start on I sometimes have this feeling of despair, I just do whatever to starting and then I just start feeling like crap, and that ...
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Will I learn more from changing other people's code?

I am currently trying to break through the intermediate coder stage to advanced and needless to say it's been tough. I have been working through several books with example code. I have felt lately ...
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Am I a bad programmer, or does everyone have this feeling? [duplicate]

I tend to understand things rather quickly, but after 2 years of programming in Python I still stumble across things (like Flask today) that amaze me. I look at the code, have no idea what's going on, ...
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Teaching `class`es and objects in C++ to university students

To learn classes and objects at my university, students are required to develop a simple game (nine-mens morris or something similar) using Java. Java is used because of its libraries and tool ...