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What's a good balance between learning and making things? [on hold]

I'm a professional software developer with several years of experience. I like what, consider technology to be my main hobby and spend a lot of free time on it. In the last 5-6 years most of my time ...
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Looking out of the box on mine [on hold]

I apologize in advance if my post can sound like a lament but, I am a little bit desperate. Problem is with my objectively point of view. I have been learning programming for 1,5 year, 10-12 hours ...
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I don't know how to improve [closed]

I'm been at the peak of stress for a VERY long time trying to improve my programming, always forcing myself to self motivate and most days I'm just not in the learning mindset. I've been learning c++ ...
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What are the naming conventions for O'Reilly Textbooks? [closed]

I often find myself trying to decide between several very similarly named O'Reilly textbooks when buying/researching programming books. I notice some patterns in their titles e.g. 'Head First', ...
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Is anyone capable of becoming a programmer and having a career? [closed]

There's a lot of articles I've seen debating that only certain people are capable of earning a living from programming. These sort of articles make me feel disheartened. I've dabbled a bit with ...
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What activities, outside of writing code, have been shown to improve one skill as a programmer? [closed]

The mantra is to become a better software developer, write more software. However, are there activities I could partake in when I am not actually at the computer programming such as doing certain ...
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How do you learn a language without actual tools? [closed]

I will bring a concrete case here. I have a project involving Sketch and Arduino. Since I was they only guy willing in the group, I had to take the Sketch part. The problem is that our informatics ...
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Things developers do before the coding phase [closed]

I'm a new software developer, and in my internship my boss asked me to develop an application that allows him to manage his inventory. Something small but, for me, very enriching. The application is ...
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Learning but then forgetting [closed]

I am teaching myself to program in C and have been for a few months. I recently took a one month break and came back a week ago, and it's all gone. I had to look up some things that I really put ...
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Is a book that teaches how to build compilers good for learning to implement interpreters? [closed]

I'm looking for a book to learn how to implement interpreters for programming languages. Thing is there are much more 'compiler books' than 'interpreter books'. So my question is: can I read a book ...
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Refactoring previous intern's noodle code with future interns in mind [duplicate]

Background I've run across this problem as I am currently an intern at a large company's local software division. I have been given the task of extending a project that several previous interns have ...
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How do two applications communicate? [closed]

Say I had a PHP page with a calculator interface, but I want to transfer the sum to Windows Calculator.exe and then get a reply from the application back to my PHP page, how do you go about doing ...
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Adding a Short-Term Developer to a Rework of an Old Project [closed]

Background I work in the Language Resource Center on my campus. It's a relatively small lab, and our job is to help students, not code software. Being a Computer Science student, I took the ...
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Implementing a first basic interpreter: what should I learn first? [duplicate]

I'm about to implement my own very simple programming language, and an interpreter to execute code in that language. The language will be very basic. Example code: var x = 3 if x > 2 print x if x ...
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Learning to investigate bugs [closed]

I'm not even sure how to define this difficulty. It reminds me of the test a couple of prospective employees did on me before I got a job. They would pick an object in the room and then I'd be allowed ...
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How much time do software developers have to spend outside of work learning new material? [closed]

I am considering going back to college to get a computer science degree so that I can become a software developer. (I'm only 23, by the way.) The main reason that I am reluctant to study CS is ...
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783 views

How to really understand programming? [duplicate]

I have started to learn to program. I am interested in it and dont mind how long it takes to learn. But I am using books to start out and I find that there are some things I get and some things I have ...
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Able to read Code but struggling majorly to write it [closed]

I had my first programming exam recently...and well I pretty much flopped it. Did not do great at all. I have only myself to blame as outside of college time, I pretty much did nothing. Now I have ...
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Where or when to start to write your own PHP framework? [closed]

First of all, I know that reinvent the wheel is, usually, a bad idea, but I want to write a PHP framework to learn OOP in PHP and to understand MVC in my free time. Said that, I have to do two webs ...
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Too many technologies … too little time to learn them all [closed]

I like to learn everything about computer technologies, but if you look at the popular list of tags of StackOverflow for example: There's no way on earth i'm ever going to understand them all. I ...
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How do you move beyond code examples without a project? [closed]

I am currently learning Scala and I find a mental blog of how to proceed to a degree where I can use Scala daily beyond the normal examples. I just do not have a particular project in mind of what I ...
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Is a senior programmers advice about always using books a good idea? [closed]

I am a junior developer and have only been in the industry for 5 years. At my current company there is a senior let's call him Infestus. Occasionally I am being given opportunity to shine and do ...
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Methods to understanding coding relationships and infrastructure within an unfamiliar codebase [duplicate]

I have recently begun studying a codebase which I will soon be working with. The current codebase has been written by a team of about 5 rockstar developers (whatever that means), and it hasn't really ...
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How to level up as a PHP developer [closed]

I've been doing PHP for 4 years now. 2 years at school and 2 years at work. But I feel like I'm stagnating. Here are some things that I currently know about PHP: Basics (variables, control ...
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How to practice object oriented programming? [closed]

I've always programmed in procedural languages and currently I'm moving towards object orientation. The main problem I've faced is that I can't see a way to practice object orientation in an effective ...
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Can a beginner in programming start learning game development? [closed]

I'm very new to programming and I'm using Java. I got interested to learn programming because I want to create games. I love playing computer games and I know that game developers make money. I told ...
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How can I make sure that I'm actually learning how to program rather than simply learning the details of a language? [closed]

I often hear that a real programmer can easily learn any language within a week. Languages are just tools for getting things done, I'm told. Programming is the ultimate skill that must be learned and ...
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Maximum nesting for loops and conditionals? [duplicate]

I've written some code that has some fairly deep nests (one time, I wrote something that was a conditional check inside a forloop inside a conditional check inside a forloop inside a forloop). Is ...
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What skills (technologies) get outdated slower? [closed]

It's a common knowledge that since the IT industry develops very quickly, most of the skills get outdated fairly rapidly: jQuery, .NET, Ruby on Rails, etc. They change all the time so that it is ...
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Stepping between learning about programming and actually programming a small project (C#) [duplicate]

I'm a Games Design Student, aware of the frequent advice that I should be good at something else as well (Programming/Art) so I'm useful when a designer is not required and also for the sake of being ...
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5answers
903 views

How can a server side developer survive in a position which expects front-end involvement? [closed]

My background is back-end server development. Very back-end. Now I work in a position where I need to also take care of front-end. Nothing fancy but I need to be able to code for front-end as well. ...
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How to improve in code after you know many languages? [closed]

Over the past years I learned about 14 programming languages (assembler phyton delphi qbasic c++ c# ruby perl - etc etc etc). However this was all out of my own interest, I didn't went to school ...
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Is a well written documentation a good enough reason for learning a programming language? [closed]

I am learning Python currently which wasn't part of my college curriculum. I was asked in an interview why I chose Python and I replied that it is easy to learn and the documentation is very well ...
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Should I let my “beginnerishness” hold me back? (not rhetorical) [duplicate]

My situation is that I've been programming for about three years and have learned a lot but still have a long long way to go. I have an idea for an app that I believe would take off, but I'm afraid ...
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When should I start using frameworks? [duplicate]

I'm little confused with the motive and need for frameworks. At what stage should I use frameworks? For example, if I want to use some CSS framework, should I learn CSS at pro or advanced level to use ...
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To master C programming language is necessary to have a full knowledge of the standard library? [closed]

I'm currently studying C from K&R book. In some examples the authors introduces new functions, my question is, to master C is necessary to know all the functions that are part of the standard ...
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Does dealing with legacy code help one evolve as a programmer? [closed]

I'm a Java developer with a bit more than a year of experience which places me somewhere above a junior, but not among mid-level developers yet. Recently I was offered a long-term project which is ...
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Am I slow or is this normal? [closed]

I am currently in high school and I discovered programming 3 years ago but I am still not "good" and it is difficult for me some times to understand, especially about data structures, bytes etc... ...
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How to familiarize myself with Python [closed]

I'm a Python beginner. I started programming with Python 1.5 months back. I downloaded the Python docs and read some parts of the tutorial. I have been programming on codechef.com and solving ...
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Questions to ask to ensure someone understands programming? (and iOS) [closed]

So, I've been tutoring my friend for 2 years. Most people learn programming on their own in 3-6 months, (sans algorithms). It's confusing 'cause he'll run anywhere I tell him to, understands how to ...
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Can I perform a code review although I am very inexperienced? [closed]

I have been teaching myself Python as a first language for 2 years now. So far I have done some online courses (NLP, Design of a Computer Program etc.) and solved some puzzles but never worked with ...
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Do all programs run in a loop? [closed]

I was wondering whether all programs run in a Loop, checking for variable changes then acting upon said changes followed by another Loop. Or do they run in a While statement, waiting for a variable to ...
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Is it more efficient to learn as you go along with a project or to develop a broad base of programming skill? [closed]

For example, let's say I want to build a game, and I have a limited knowledge of programming(some but definitely not enough). Should my first move be to design the game and then learn how to implement ...
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Is writing software easier than reading and understanding it from scratch? [closed]

Me and a friend of mine were discussing yesterday about differences between writing a large C++ software and understanding it as a new recruit. Is it possible that since a software gets done one line ...
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2answers
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Does learning to play an instrument improve programming ability? [closed]

I've seen plenty of questions asking if listening to music boosts productivity, etc. but I haven't been able to find one about performing music. Learning to play the piano has been on my to-do list ...
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Is Objective C a reasonable way to learn C? [closed]

I want to learn C but I tend to learn best when I have a project to work on. I've never done iPhone development, so I'm hoping to kill two birds with one stone. Will learning objective c also teach me ...
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Professional Mentorships and Study Groups for Seasoned Programmers? [closed]

I am presently an employed software engineer, less than a decade out of college. Given where I would like to be in my career, I am currently looking to sharpen my skills to find my next job. However, ...
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Revisiting Learned Languages [duplicate]

I'm an aspiring programmer, I really wish to be great at multiple programming languages. I began programming from my school where they didn't teach me well, they didn't follow the standards, they ...
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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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Are programming books in other languages useful for Python? [closed]

I'm a self-taught intermediate Python programmer; I frequently come across popular books on software development and programming written in other languages (often Java). Typical examples: ...