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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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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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Is learning how to use C (or C++) a requirement in order to be a good (excellent) programmer? [closed]

When I first started to learn how to program, real programmers could write assembly in their sleep. Any serious schooling in computer science would include a hefty bit of training and practice in ...
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What is the difference between a Master's in Computer Science and a Master's in Software Engineering? [closed]

I am a college student and I am majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. As I get closer to my senior year, I have noticed that continuing my studies is the best choice right for me now. ...
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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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4answers
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Compiler Jobs - How Much Education Is Needed [closed]

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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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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9answers
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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 can I do to advance my knowledge as a supplement to a Software Engineering course? [closed]

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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5answers
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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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Is an SEI certificate worth anything? [duplicate]

I'm talking about SEI Software Architecture Professional Certificate. I've been web developing for 3 years and I'd like to move into Software Architecture. My work will probably pay the fees for ...
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
340 views

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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13answers
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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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5answers
503 views

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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0answers
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Do employers hiring for software jobs care about the classes you took in CS masters program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do employers hiring for Software jobs care about the classes you took in CS masters program? I'm torn between two classes right now for next semester( Software Design ...
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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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Is it more valuable to double major in Computer Science/Software Engineering or get an undergraduate CS degree with a Masters in SE? [closed]

A friend and I (both in college) are currently in a debate over which is better, in terms of employment opportunities, experience, and education: a Bachelors degree in both Computer Science and ...
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12answers
948 views

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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3answers
773 views

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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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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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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13answers
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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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6answers
435 views

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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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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4answers
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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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7answers
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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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14answers
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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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8answers
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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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7answers
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Is a degree needed for low-level/embedded programming jobs? [closed]

I know that it is possible to get into software development without a degree in computer science, but is it possible (or rather, common) to be able to get an embedded programming job without the ...
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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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16answers
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Why is Java the lingua franca at so many institutions? [closed]

EDIT: This question at first seems to be bashing Java, and I guess at this point it is a bit. However, the bigger point I am trying to make is why any one single language is chosen as the one end all ...
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7answers
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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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EE vs Computer Science: Effect on Developers' Approaches, Styles? [closed]

Are there any systematic differences between software developers (sw engineers, architect, whatever job title) with an electronics or other engineering background, compared to those who entered the ...
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5answers
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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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2answers
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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: ...
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10answers
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Graduate expectations versus reality [closed]

When choosing what we want to study, and do with our careers and lives, we all have some expectations of what it is going to be like. Now that I've been in the industry for almost a decade, I've been ...
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7answers
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Should universities put more emphasis on teaching their students about design patterns? [closed]

While I've heard about design patterns being mentioned in a few courses at uni, I know of only a single course which actually teaches design patterns. In almost all other areas (algorithms, ...
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9answers
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Will getting a degree in mathematics help in game development? [closed]

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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15answers
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Any advice from self-taught programmers on competing with more conventional types? [closed]

As a self-taught programmer myself competing in an industry dominated by CS majors, I often find myself intimidated. I have a BA in liberal arts but have found that many "trained" programmers tend to ...
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9answers
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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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9answers
442 views

How involved should our employers be in our education? [closed]

I consider myself a Software Craftsman. I like to attend local user groups and events to learn about new technologies as well as network with other software craftsman. We love to talk about what ...
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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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0answers
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What are some good ways for an employer to support developer education? [closed]

My current employer pays for certification fees and college classes (provided that you earn an 'A'), but I'm looking for other things to suggest to them. Very few of us have time to take advantage of ...
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28answers
900 views

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 ...