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I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program

I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I see websites like Stack Overflow and search engines like Google and don't know where I'd even begin to write something like that. During one summer ...
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Is a university education worth it for a good programmer? [closed]

I've been doing design and programming for about as long as I can remember. If there's a programming problem, I can figure it out. (Though admittedly Stack Overflow has allowed me to skip the figuring ...
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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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How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree [closed]

Disclaimers (Please read before jumping to answer): I've seen a number of questions similar to the one I would like to ask, so here are some similar questions. IMHO They are neither completely what ...
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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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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 C++ suitable as a first language? [closed]

A local college is teaching C++ to first year college students (16 years old) with no prior programming experience. As first programming language, is C++ suitable?
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Is objected oriented programming paradigm outdated since it is anti-modular and anti-parallel?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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to improve the training of students regarding maintainability? [closed]

Maintainability is a major stake of professional software development. Indeed, maintenance is nearly always the longest part of a software life cycle, as it lasts from the project release until ...
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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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Importance of CS degree when applying for development jobs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a university education really worth it for a good programmer? I'm currently looking for a job as a web developer, and I have ~3 years experience in the field and know ...
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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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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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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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Software testing for developer [closed]

I'm a software developer. What do I need to know about software testing (apart from TDD, unit-testing and stuff) to make my software work as it should? For example, there are cases when TDD is not ...