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Am I too young to be worrying about college right now? [closed]

I'm 19 and have been a hobbyist programmer since I was a freshman in high school (2002). I recently graduated in May of '08. Right out of high school I had my first job programming contract work for a ...
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1answer
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Incremental self-education [closed]

What is the best way to incrementally educating yourself? I mean I have a team, we work in scrum with 14 days long sprint and I would like to reserve each sprint some time for self-education including ...
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4answers
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How should I evaluate a training class? [closed]

My company is giving us the possibility to sign up for some offsite training classes on Design Patterns. Browsing through the brochures, I'm already feeling bored (and somewhat repelled by the ...
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2answers
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Anyone Been Through the .NET Program with SetFocus? [closed]

By day, I'm a PowerBuilder developer. By night, I dream of being a .NET developer. Sure, I can self-teach mostly everything I need, but I also love classroom learning and 'earning' my education. I ...
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10answers
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Most effective way to increase programmer salary besides just doing your job? [closed]

If you have the time and resources, what would be the most effective way to increase your salary as a full-time programmer, outside of just doing your job? By "salary" here, I mean salary (adjusted ...
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Python is slowly replacing C in universities. Does this move degrade the quality of CS students? [closed]

I believe learning C is one of the most important aspects for any programmer. It's a beautiful combination of a high and low level language. Some universities are moving to stop teaching C in the ...
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what counts as “experience” with a particular language? [closed]

I'm a CS student currently in the process of looking for summer internships, specifically because I want to develop apps for Android and/or iOS. When looking over requirements for various ...
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Need advice: Staying techie or going the MBA way? [closed]

I know this is a very subjective question and I am the best person to decide this for myself...but I am just looking for your views. I have 5 years of experience as a professional developer. I have a ...
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What would you say to a bunch of software engineering students on their first day at college? [closed]

Next Friday I'm giving a short (30 min.) talk to a bunch of software engineering students who will be attending the same university I did. Some context: The place is Montevideo, Uruguay The ...
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5answers
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Why don't schools teach about bad code? [closed]

I realized there could be a lot of bad code in a system while writing Java. I wonder why schools don't teach what programming practices are bad. For example, in Java, using a big try/catch block that ...
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10answers
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What programming should I know before college? [closed]

I am a student in high school who has wanted to become a computer programmer since elementary school. There are not very many places that teach programming to people my age around where I live, so I ...
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8answers
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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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CS subjects that an undergraduate must know [closed]

In college, I was never interested in theory. I never read it. No matter how much I tried, I was unable to read stuff and not know what was actually happening practically. Like for example, in my ...
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8answers
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When stuck, how quickly should one resort to Stack Overflow? [closed]

I'm self-learning iOS development through the iTunes U CS193p course, and I often find myself stuck. I've been trying to get unstuck myself, but it might take me hours and hours to figure out what I'm ...
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1answer
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How to explain the history of programming to non-programmers? [closed]

Sorry if this question is not appropriate for this stack exchange site, I've never used this one before. I am doing my senior project on computer programming. I'm going to be presenting the project ...
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8answers
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Should I get a Math bachelors and then go into Computer Science? [closed]

This is my first question. I love Mathematics; I love the logic and the problem solving. At the same time, I enjoy Computer Science and hope to go into Artificial Intelligence research after I get my ...
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What is the best/easiest way to get my degree, already being an experienced developer? [closed]

I have been an active professional software developer (mostly utilizing .NET) for the past five years and, without being too full of myself, I would say I'm a very competent developer. I stay ...
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9answers
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Work experience instead of education? [closed]

I wanted to name this topic as "Education vs. Experience", but this topic already exists. I've read that discussion and though what I'd like to ask is related with that topic, the question is quite ...
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4answers
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MBA versus MSIS [closed]

I am considering going back to school for my masters and I've been looking at several avenues I can take. I've been considering either an MBA or an MSIS degree. Overall I know that an MBA is going ...
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Example bad code project to motivate refactoring / good design [closed]

This is sort of the opposite of Is there an open-source project that can be an example of well-written code?. I am teaching software engineering to undergraduates and I would like a blob of object ...
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Academic programming languages? [closed]

Back in the day, there were a lot of academic programming languages (okay, maybe not a lot, but it seems like there were more than today). I distinctly remember spending time in both high school and ...
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22answers
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Learning to program without a computer [closed]

I have a friend in prison who wants to learn programming. He's got no access to a computer so I was wondering if people could recommend books that would be a good introduction to programming without ...
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4answers
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Which version of C should I learn? [closed]

It looks like K&R "C Programming Language (2nd Edition)" covers ANSI C, but another book that I'm starting (Stephen G. Kochan "Programming in C") says that it uses C99. I'm coming from a ...
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Programming as a career option for a computer science graduate vs other fields? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does a computer science degree matter to a professional programmer? Do I need a degree in Computer Science to get a junior Programming job? There are various kinds ...
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High School Dropout - Is It Always This Difficult? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can someone find a job as a programmer without an education? I made a lot of mistakes when I was younger and never ended up graduating from even my ninth-grade classes ...
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Reading source code to learn [closed]

As you develop as a programmer, software developer, or coder, IMHO, you begin to see different (best or worst) practices, different algorithms, and "more than one way to do it". Seeing this code can ...
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What is the most effective approach to learn an unfamiliar complex program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I have quite a bit of experience with different programming languages and writing small and functional programs for a variety of ...
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8answers
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How do I pick up a new language quickly, given I know several others? [closed]

One type of question that keeps coming up on Programmers.SE is how to learn a specific language, given you know several others (usually through a lot of experience or education). In some cases, ...
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1answer
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What is an effective way to familiarize yourself with a new application in a new language? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I pick up a new language quickly, given I know several others? I started a new job working on an application I'm vaguely familar with, and it's in PERL! I come ...
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4answers
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How do you make CS students and future programmers aware of the various software licenses and their nuances? [closed]

To be specific: How would you include it as part of curriculum? Would it be too boring to just introduce them as a pure law subject? Are there any course structure available or can we derive one? ...
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3answers
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As a programmer, what paths should I take concerning education? [closed]

After a burst of ranting about homework, the applicability of the classes I'm taking, and my computer science teacher, I have some questions concerning education for my career path as a developer. I ...
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5answers
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Where to go from here, how to improve / learn more [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program I finished University around 4 years ago double degree in Software ...
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20answers
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Does teaching programming make you a better programmer [closed]

I consider myself an intermediate Python programmer and have been offered an opportunity to be a trainer for a beginner Python programming class. I was wondering if this would really widen my ...
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2answers
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Bachelor degree in Software engineering in distance (online) in Europe [closed]

Currently I wish to expand my professional skills with Bachelor degree. However, I am not able to study full time abroad, but looking for University where I could study in distance (online from home), ...
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4answers
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I'm so jealous of middle-aged developers. Are we unlucky? [closed]

First of all, I couldn't decide the right words for title after reading How old is "too old"? question. I still can't decide with old, middle-aged, expert or professional. As you know, ...
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5answers
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Is object oriented really good for kids? [closed]

I read, that Smalltalk was designed for kids or for education. So was it good at it? Better than the other languages? Was it good/easy also for average kid (I read that bright kids enjoyed). Is there ...
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Which CS courses are a “must” for a web developer [closed]

My goal is to learn how to program a website with Python/Django in the next year. From what I've understood, I also have to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript. I understand in order to build a website, I ...
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9answers
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How do you learn to program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: I still can't figure out how to program? I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program I don't known if you guys ...
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6answers
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What should I study to 'learn' Comp Sci? [closed]

[This question was originally asked on Stack Overflow, but recommended to move the question here.] I can't find anything quite like the question I'm about to ask, so please forgive me if there's ...
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5answers
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Is the concept of computational complexity important for software developers? [closed]

I was under the impression that the concepts of time and memory complexity are a must for graduates of compsci courses, but having studied engineering I have no knowledge if that is the case. I have ...
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5answers
1k views

How can I compensate for having gone to a JavaSchool? [closed]

In an earlier question, I asked for career advice for new software engineers who did well before and during college. But what about people who weren't fortunate enough to go to MIT or Yale, for ...
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17answers
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Will my communication skills be wasted in a software engineering career? [closed]

I've been in the financial engineering arena (after BA Math and BA Computer Science) for about 5 years (20% analysis/programming, 80% communicating) and take pride in my ability to communicate with ...
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7answers
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What would be a good first functional programming project? [closed]

What would be a good first functional programming project? I am looking to finish with a bang on my bachelor project and I want to finish it with a functional programming project. We didn't study it ...
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7answers
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Computer Science and other advance topics taught in javascript [closed]

I'm an 'okay' Javascript developer working on browser javascript and node.js. However because I'm self taught, starting from copying and pasting jquery, there are a lot of holes in my programming/CS ...
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2answers
144 views

Where can I find high-quality resources for programmers who are not-English speakers? [closed]

I've recently reviewed a resume for a very promising student who is not a native English speaker (I believe his native language is Bengali). His academic record has some gaps, too - he could use a ...
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7answers
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What percent of your college course work is unit-tested code? [closed]

As a college student do you write unit-test for the project code you write? Do you know how to properly use TDD? Have you been taught to use testing frameworks (jUnit for example)? I've just ...
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Will a Bachelor of Science in something other than Computer Science hurt a career in software development? [closed]

I have a BSc in Geology. Once I was half-way through my bachelors only, I found where my real talents are. Will my basic degree be a problem for me to progress in the Software field (I feel lot of ...
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3answers
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Why is the c family the standard CS study regiment for Mathematics/CS programs instead of the LISP family? [closed]

I have been familiarizing myself with LISP for self improvement purposes. One of the things I have noticed is that LISP is much more within the paradigm of Mathematics than say C. The syntax and ...
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3answers
490 views

I'm questioning my education choice because they say there's no place for old programmers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How old is "too old"? I'm about to start CS next year. I love both the coding and the mathematical aspects of programming. However, recently I encountered ...
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3answers
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Computer Science or Computer Engineering for Data Science and Machine Learning [closed]

I'm a 25 year old data consultant who is considering returning to school to get a second bachelors degree in computer science or engineering. My interest is data science and machine learning. I use ...