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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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Tutoring students who are struggling with the basics in C++ [closed]

I am tutoring a few students who are having significant trouble learning the basics of their first programming language: C++. I have known many excellent and bright students who have failed or dropped ...
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What to look for in a training course [closed]

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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How To Teach Independence [closed]

In my IB Computer Science class I am routinely asked by... pretty much everyone how to do X or implement Y. I'm the only person with any significant programming experience in the class and I do not ...
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How Do I Determine the Value of a Technical book? [closed]

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 Rather than the run of the mill, technology-specific books that are out of date by the time they go to press.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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How to transition from “help vampire” to “developer”? [closed]

I've been a computer enthusiast my entire life, but didn't first start programming (web development) until I began College. It is now four years later - I am about to graduate, have had a handful of ...
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Moving from developer to programming teacher [closed]

I'm interested in the experience of software developers who have become programming teachers, -- at a junior college, teaching college or high school. I'm wondering if anybody has made the switch and ...
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“Design patterns”, “Reactive programming”, etc…How do these terms fit together? [closed]

The context: For all intents and purposes, I feel like I'm about the level of a pretty competent second year student at computer science. I have taken all the basic algorithms and systems classes; my ...
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Is there a stronger stress on management than on technical education in recent years? [closed]

In my working environment, over the past few years I have observed an increasing stress on developer management and self-management over technical education. For example, at work I hear lots of ...
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How common are use SDLC methodologies in real life? [closed]

My instructor told us that some programmers are not using SDLC methodologies for making a system. Because in our project, we used one of the methodologies. If we do not use one of them, maybe our ...
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Why must we learn Procedural programming before we learn Object-oriented programming [closed]

I'm in the 4th year at an IT university now, and when I talk with my professor about this topic he rejects my opinion and gives me a very heavy criticism (in my university, we were being taught C ...
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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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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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Going through The C Programming Language K&R in Visual Studio [closed]

From what I have read, K&R seems to be a good place to start learning programming in general, and C programming specifically. However, I've just started the first chapter and I have a few ...
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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? [closed]

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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How do programmer-seeking employers see Bioinformatics degree? [closed]

I love programming, but I also love biology. Basically Bioinformatics sounds fun to me. However, there is a fat chance that I won't get a Bioinformatics job and will be forced to build my career ...
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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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Teaching myself, as a physicist, to become a better programmer [closed]

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 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? [closed]

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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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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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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How could a human factors degree help a computer scientist? [closed]

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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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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2answers
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How to create an auto-grader in and for Python [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Will I learn more from changing other people's code? [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...
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How can I get my progress reviewed as a solo junior developer [closed]

I am currently working for a 2 person company, as the solo primary developer. My boss gets the clients, mocks up some png design templates and hands them over to me. This system has been working fine ...
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Should object oriented programming be the first thing students learn? [closed]

My high school is starting a program where, instead of following the 'traditional' method of teaching programming (learning variables, then operations, loops, methods, and finally OOP), students are ...
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Self taught programmer seeking advice [closed]

I need some general advice on how to continue my programming studies. I'm a self taught programmer and I picked up programming somewhere in the fall of 2011. I began with C++ and Java books and I ...
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How do you break out of the role of a code maintainer? [closed]

In my last three jobs, I was a code maintainer. In all three cases, I was hired after the majority of the code for the project was already written. I'm a self taught programmer. Before I ever started ...
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Recommend Stanford Online Database Class? [closed]

I am taking the Stanford Online Machine Learning class which is outstanding. http://ml-class.org Is anyone taking the Stanford Online Database class: http://www.db-class.org? Does it seem useful if ...
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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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How can I improve these online java programming puzzles I wrote for my (middle/high school) students? [closed]

I'm teaching some middle and high school students programming right now, and I found that some of them really liked online programming puzzles. So I created http://www.kapparate.com/coder/ , and right ...
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Useful programming languages for hardware programming [closed]

I am thinking to take the next semester a course called "Digital systems architecture", and I know that we need to program micro-controllers with several programming languages such as C, C++, verilog, ...
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What are the best education options for software engineers after an undergraduate degree? [closed]

Having recently completed a BSC (computer science), I am working as software engineer. With one year of experience, what educational options are available to me? I want to move further in ...
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When you won't need a language anymore, should you still use it? [closed]

My first main language was Java. However, over the years I've dropped Java in favor for Python, JavaScript, bash, etc. I still have advanced reading knowledge of Java, but since I haven't coded in ...
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Path of Languages from High School to Career [closed]

I will be a freshman next year who has programmed for about 3 years. I currently know Java pretty well, but I am looking towards the future. In order to be at the top of the job market when I am out ...
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What languages are the kids of today actually programming in? Does anyone have real data? [closed]

Back in the 80s colleges were teaching Pascal because it is easy to learn, while myself and many others like me were learning BASIC because it was not only easy to learn but accessible and also ...
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What does it mean if a job requires a “Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field”? [closed]

Specifically, what is meant by "related field"? I'm in the process of pursuing an IT Infrastructure B.A.S. from the U of M (Twin Cities), but have been playing around with the idea of just doing the ...
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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 ...