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“Half of everything you know will be obsolete in 18-24 months” = ( True, or False? ) [closed]

Just ran across this, and wondering if anyone has a way to prove or disprove this statement: Something to keep in mind ... what's the half-life of knowledge in high tech? It tracks with ...
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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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Learning MFC: Pre-2010 vs 2010 and beyond [closed]

First, some background: I've been programming for about 12 years now. I am intermediate to advance in C# and a couple other managed languages, but never messed with anything native. I understand ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Which computer science subjects are required to follow introductory course in compilers? [closed]

I am non computer science undergraduate and work as a web-developer(java, python, AS3 etc.) as a professional. I take 1 course per semester at my local university. I had taken Artificial ...
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Low level programming - what's in it for me? [closed]

For years I have considered digging into what I consider "low level" languages. For me this means C and assembly. However I had no time for this yet, nor has it EVER been neccessary. Now because I ...
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Is it acceptable to decompile someone else's code for the purpose of learning what they did, and how they did it? [closed]

I am not talking about stealing code, or reusing someone's for profit. But I am assuming that if a program or plugin is distributed in a format where I can't readily view the source, that is a ...
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Is it a good idea for exams to be done on a computer? [closed]

In some colleges students are let to use an IDE and Internet and in mine you have to write down your solution in paper. As far as I know, it's pretty much impossible to make a correct non-trivial ...
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Why don't schools cover debuggers? [closed]

After yet another homework question on SO. It seems like that vast majority of students have no idea what a debugger is or how to use one. I feel that knowing how to use a debugger is almost as ...
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How can we improve overall Programmer Education & Training? [closed]

Last week, I was just viewing this amazing interview by Kevin Rose of Phillip Rosedale, of Second Life. And they had an amazing discussion about how to find, hire and identify good programmer's, and ...
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Leaving for the desert soon, need suggestions [closed]

I just got the news that I'm (finally) getting to spend the next few months in Afghanistan with my fellow AF maintainers, and I was hoping to get some suggestions of good offline content to learn ...
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The Programming Mindset [closed]

I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in my second year as a Software Engineering major at R.I.T in New York. I had no experience programming in high school and ever since attending college I have ...
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How big is the gap between what you learn in CS curriculums and what you need in real life projects? [closed]

I'm in my last year in a 4 year CS curriculum and I would very much like to contribute to a FOSS project. Unfortunately, I feel that there is no way I can do useful coding, whether it is bug fixing or ...
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Is objected oriented programming paradigm outdated since it is anti-modular and anti-parallel? [closed]

I have read the controversial article Teaching FP to freshmen posted by Robert Harper who is a professor in CMU. He claimed that CMU would no longer teach object oriented programming in the ...
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Preparation for Ph.D [closed]

I am going to start Ph.D (software security research) very soon. How can I prepare for that. Please recommend any tools or softwares that I need to familiarize with before stating the Ph.D. Any ...
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What background is needed to understand The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4A? [closed]

I recently made the investment in the newly-printed four-volume set of Donald Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming. Like this poster, I probably do not have the time right now to read the entire ...
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Recomendation for Math books related to computer science [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a canonical book on mathematics for programmers? I need your recommendation for math books related to computer science in these areas: Boolean Algebra ...
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Quick update of what's new in Java in the last 5 years? [closed]

It's been 5 years since I worked with Java, but I'm in the job market again and there seem to be more Java positions than C/C++ where I live now. Are there any resources to quickly come back up to ...
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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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How do I tell my parents that landing a job is what actually counts? [closed]

On one side, I just want to get a degree with a 3.0 GPA. On the other side, my parents want more than just a 3. Now here's the thing. I program with a passion. I spend day and night programming. And ...
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As a code monkey, how to discuss programming with a guy who almost has a doctorate in computer science [closed]

A friend of my wife's is coming over for dinner tonight and he is a lot smarter than me. What do we have in common, well... A Bachelor's in Computer Science, and that should be enough of a ...
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What did your college do right and what could they improve upon? [closed]

Whether you learned from a University, or mentor, or what have you (I'm mainly more concerned with University/Equivalent), what did the institution do right? And what do you think they could've ...
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Am I making the right decision to take Information technology/system as my course in college? [closed]

I am a student who just ended my high school last year. I will be entering college any time between march to August. And.. I am thinking of studying Information technology/System as my course in ...
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Where can I obtain a first-generation copy of the classic “Sorting out Sorting”? [closed]

I cannot even figure out who made it - even the IMDB page is mostly blank, and Wikipedia does not seem to have any information about it. For such a useful film in CompSci, it strikes me as odd that ...
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How to ensure quality of code? [closed]

I have been learning programming in C# for about a year and a half now. How should I ensure that the code that I am writing and the habits are forming are good ones? ie. I don't want to end up having ...
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Organizations that encourage kids to program [closed]

Since my son started going to school, I've been noticing a very serious lack of organizations to encourage kids to program or at least letting them know how to get involved in programming. Are there ...
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Are there any online/parttime degree programs focused on IT Security? [closed]

I'm a software engineer and would like to focus more on security related stuff (cryptography, mobile security, identity management, ...). As I would like to do a M.S. in Computer Science anyway I'm ...
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What are the most common stumbling blocks when it comes to learning programming, in order of difficulty? [closed]

I seem to remember that linked lists, recursion, pointers, and memory management are all good examples of stumbling blocks - places where the aspiring programmer typically ends up spending significant ...
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Feeling a bit… under-challenged in my university course [closed]

I'm currently a sophomore at my university, majoring in Computer Science. Obviously, there are some programming courses as part of my curriculum. However, I'm feeling very underwhelmed by its ...
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Giving a presentation on “code style and design patterns” [closed]

My company (small, about 40 people across 3 offices) occasionally does "developer workshops" online where one of the devs hosts a presentation about some tech topic. It's not necessarily about our ...
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Distance Education in Computer Science - HCI [closed]

I have been a software engineer / graphic designer for a few years and have recently been considering furthering my education in the field. (It was actually a very generous Christmas present) I would ...
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Efficiency of self-education [closed]

Do you think being self-educated in software development is good? Please give an example of what you have learnt successfully by yourself.
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How long does a Comp Sci degree last? [closed]

I keep hearing from people that if I don't become a programmer soon after graduation my degree will be a useless piece of paper, they claim it will become outdated. I kind of find this hard to ...
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How can I introduce new technology to my team? [closed]

I work on several teams that are living in the past, and I'm trying to introduce them to new technologies like ASP.NET MVC2. What are good ways to introduce new technology in a positive light?
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When do you have enough experience? [closed]

I've worked on three successful projects (freelanced) throughout my highschool career; however, they primarily involve web technologies. I know that I'm proficient in setting up LAMP stacks, working ...
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Why is there a decline in CS majors? [closed]

Although I've read on various websites until 2007-2008 that CS majors in decline, I don't understand why--I haven't entered the job market yet. Bruce Webster has an excellent chart regarding the ...
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Is it still worth learning desktop gui development? [closed]

For the last couple of years, all of the serious projects I have worked on have been either web based, or had a non graphical user interface (services, command line scripts etc...). I can throw ...
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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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Great Lunch and Learn Topics [closed]

We recently revived the lunch in learns for the programming department in the company I work for. We were all asked if we had any ideas for a session, and if we would be interested in doing a ...
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Not-for-profit universities that offer computer science undergraduate degree online? [closed]

There are many masters degree programs in computer science online offered by reputable organizations. However, I've found very few bachelors only degree programs offered by non for-profit ...
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B.A Computer Science Vs B.S Inf Tech? [closed]

Would a recruiter prefer a B.A in Comp Science from a more prestigious university or a B.S in Inf Tech from just an average university? Would it matter for someone already established in the field ...
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Degree after BSc in Computer Science: Marketing, MBA, Techno-MBA, HCI? [closed]

Since a year I am a graduated Computer Engineer, and am now working in named field since 2 years. However, I'd like to get a Masters in a "softer" field and was thinking over the following choices: ...