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Inspiring problems to show off the importance of regular expressions? [closed]

I am planning to give a presentation/demonstration on regular expressions at work to encourage young developers to add this powerful and important tool in their toolbox. Just teaching syntax doesn't ...
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How do you keep enthusiam up when working on an overwhelming project? [closed]

When I'm working on a complex / large programming project and I get overwhelmed or lost, I often lose motivation and just don't have the energy to really dig into the problem once again to figure it ...
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Start a new project. Where is the inspiration?

The question may seem strange at first glance ... And I may be alone in this situation. But currently I want to improve my skill through learning new framework. however, do a simple "HelloWorld" ...
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Business person turned into coder? How and why? Inspire the non-technical

I graduated with a Business degree. Two years later, I finally realized the power of programming - the power to "invent." I wish I realized this in high school. Nevertheless, I tried to self-teach ...
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Getting that buzz back?

I have been working in development for a good company for a while now since graduating from university, I really enjoy it and have some great fun in the office and enjoy everything I am doing. But ...
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What are some small, but extendable game ideas to use for inspiration?

I recently came across the game Dopewars(or more generically, Drugwars). Now this is an extremely simple game to implement. A trivial basic implementation could be done in a couple of days, at the ...
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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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How to reconcile inner creativity with the corporate environment? [closed]

As programmers, many (most?) of us have an inner creative "spark". We love thinking of new, useful ways to accomplish tasks. Many of us have even dreamed a few ideas we thought could be viable ...
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Where do you get new software ideas from? [closed]

The world of software creation is very competitive. I've heard it said to be successful you need to be the first one with the idea. Everyone knows how Bill Gates created IBM DOS on one machine while ...
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When do you get your best ideas? [closed]

Are there certain activities that provide inspiration at unexpected times? One that I've noticed is when I'm mowing the lawn or shoveling snow - living in Minnesota it seems I'm always doing one or ...