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How to explain OOP to a matlab programmer? [closed]

I have a lot of friends who come from electrical / physical / mechanical engineering background, and are curious about what is "OOP" all about. They all know Matlab quite well, so they do have basic ...
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How to explain to layman the difference between Java and JavaScript [closed]

We all know those people, who don't differentiate Java from JavaScript. Yet when you try to explain it technically, they don't understand. Then, how to explain difference between those two languages ...
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API for expanation of complicated calculation or business rules?

In online shops there are areas with complicated rules. For example is a product visible in the product catalog is a product sold out what is the price for the product (Discounts, Promotions, ...) ...
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How to spread awareness for generic programming among team members?

I am staying in an environment, where people believe: Java generics are the feature exclusively used for library writing and not for the real coding. C++ is an OO programming language; template is ...
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Apps being portable

I haven't found much on this, but what I did find doesn't explain it well enough (at least for me). What makes the application I make portable? Or what defines a portable application? Is there a ...
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How can I explain the difference between NULL and zero?

Working on a problem that uses the percent change formula: percent change = 100 * [(new value - old value) / old value] How would I explain the difference if new value or old value = NULL, rather ...
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What is a closure?

Every now and then I see "closures" being mentioned, and I tried looking it up but Wiki doesn't give an explanation that I understand. Could someone help me out here?
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What is the benefit of writing to a temp location, And then copying it to the intended destination?

I am writing an application that works with satellite images, and my boss asked me to look at some of the commercial applications, and see how they behave. I found a strange behavior and then as I was ...
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'dock' working in simple words

I would like to know the idea behind the working of 'docking' in applications. I have worked with applications where components from individual forms are docked on a single main form to provide the ...
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Assembly in a research paper

I am doing a research paper on programming, and I need to somehow explain assembly... I've never learned the language, but I understand what it is used for and kinda what it looks like... MOV A,47 ...
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How do I explain “Recursion” to a 8 years old kid? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In plain English, what is recursion? What is the best way to explain "Recursion" to 8 years old kid? I tried with the Fibonacci Series but i failed.
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1answer
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What is a buffered write scheme?

I received this response from Jeff while researching hit counters. He said page hits are incremented in a buffered write scheme, and that a views table does not exist. Can you explain what a buffered ...
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How to explain why multi-threading is difficult

I am a fairly good programmer, my boss is also a fairly good programmer. Though he seems to underestimate some tasks such as multi-threading and how difficult it can be (I find it very difficult for ...
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How to show someone of the power of model-view-controller design pattern?

I've been working with a friend on a project that we've taken over, and I've realized that we have a big problem implementing the model-view-controller design pattern due to the way that the project ...
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What is a Neural Network in simple words

Can you please explain neural networks in simple words with an example?