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Let's Build A Compiler: is this book modern enough? [on hold]

I was looking for a good book to start learning how to implement compilers/interpreters, and came across the book "Let's Build A Compiler" which a lot of people recommend as a good starting point. ...
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Is a book that teaches how to build compilers good for learning to implement interpreters?

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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Should I leave my job and self learn for a few months? [on hold]

So, I have been working my current job (first since college) for two years. Got on great, got loads of freedom and learned lots. Up until about 3-4 months ago. I seem to have hit a slump. I'm no ...
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How to move towards understanding infrastructure? [on hold]

In the long run I would like to have a moderate understanding of all technical aspects of the business. Right now I'm solid with front-end, with mobile, and with some desktop application work and ...
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Could the trivium be used to successfully teach programming languages? [on hold]

The trivium is a systematic method of critical thinking for deriving certainty from any information which is comprised of: grammar logic rhetoric Joseph, Sister Miriam (2002). in The Trivium: ...
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Where can I have subjective discussions about programming? [migrated]

I entered Programmers Stack Exchange and unfortunately, it wasn't what I was looking for. As the name suggested, I expected you would be able to talk about programming, but the rules are much stricter ...
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Computer Engineer here, how well do I stand up compared to CS majors? [closed]

I'm a 4th year student in Computer Engineering. I've learned a lot about hardware through my degree, but I've been trying to focus on software as I tend to enjoy doing that more. I'm going to list a ...
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Refactoring previous intern's noodle code with future interns in mind

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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College fresher, the road ahead [closed]

I am a college student but I have a faint idea of what the software industry needs (thank you StackOverflow). Most of the code that I have been writing has been noodle code. I have gotten better over ...
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Try another programming language or keep working with the same [closed]

Assuming that you are switching between eqal platforms with the same programming paradigm (in my case Java and .NET). Is it good for professional growth try to change language and stack of ...
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PHP Framework that favors better general habits over convention

This is intended as an objective question. I've been reading about most of the Frameworks for PHP. We use Cake at work, and I've had exposure to CodeIgniter and Symphony. They all have their own ...
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Converting a string to a function [migrated]

In Lua, you can convert a function to a string where it returns what appears to be an address print(print) function: 0x41a360 Is it possible to do the reverse? e.g. local aliasPrint = function: ...
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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

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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Research on common problems that people have when learning programming? [closed]

Is there any research into the most common mistakes or conceptual errors that people with no previous exposure to computer programming make when attempting to learn or being taught programming? This ...
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How can you predict the time it will take for two processes in two different machines in a cluster to communicate?

I am trying to develop a computing application which needs a lot of memory (>500gb). Buying a single machine for that is overly expensive. I can, though, buy ~100 small instances on Digital Ocean or ...
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The deference between Computer science and Computer information system? [closed]

I'm Asking you that question because you are an experts in programming , and maybe you could help me . Unfortunately in my country you can't get a job if you don't have a university certification, ...
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How to code efficiently? [duplicate]

I often compare my code to others and I find their solution more efficient and shorter than mine. Although both solutions work, I can't help it but wonder if mine is not adequate enough. As a result, ...
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Junior - How to understand the flow of the code? [duplicate]

A junior asking... First a rather large chunk of background Assume you have done some programming and now you want to take the next step out in the real world or at least learn more. I have no ...
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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 do you write good software while learning a language? [duplicate]

Quick background: I'm in an advanced C++ course for a study abroad program. The problem is that I don't have any background in C++. I have a modest C background, but I'm starting to think I have ...
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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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Why text editors are recommended over IDEs for beginners in books like Head First Java? [closed]

I am a programmer with some experience in C++ and I am learning Java. In most of the Java books (like Head First Java) authors ask readers to stay away from IDEs and recommend using a good text ...
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Is it wise to invest time to learn another technology that you don't need to use at work? [closed]

I am primarily from a .net background. During the course of my regular job I find it tiring to keep up with all the relevant technologies (angular js, windows workflow, wcf, Jquery, SSIS, SSRS, ...
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Utterly Confused with OOP - How do I overcome a beginner's hurdle? [closed]

I have been reading and working through the exercises of Steve Lott's book Building Skills in Python. However, on the very first exercise dealing with OOP I have gotten completely stuck. The problem ...
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Is there any site like http://asp.net to learn sql basics and advanced concepts online [closed]

I am looking for online SQL Tutorial sites that will teach me about advanced SQL as well as the basics. I have already come through w3schools.com and sqlzoo.net, but I was looking for a site that is ...
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Learning programming from a book which uses C++98 [closed]

I am learning programming from a book called "Programming Principles and Practice" by Bjarne Stroustrup. It has been highly recommended over here and elsewhere. My only issue is that it uses C++98 and ...
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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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Is procedural programming the root of all object oriented evil? [closed]

If you read Working Effectively with Legacy Code, Clean Code, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code and Design Patterns you will get what I mean. Many of the examples and topics ...
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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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Coming from high-level to C [closed]

I have a web background that grants me basic understanding over programming. Some older kids wouldn't even call that programming knowledge ("any moron can do PHP/Python/Ruby"), I guess, but let's not ...
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What is the norm for introducing new hires to a code base? [duplicate]

After college I worked at one company for 6 months, and I've just now joined another one, bringing the grand total in my career so far to two. So the first company had a few hundred thousand lines of ...
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How do you go from intermediate to expert? [closed]

Some would say: write a lot of code. That's certaintly true, writing a lot of code has helped me. I seen see the pitfalls. I refactor. I read. I've read countless books and I acknowledge design ...
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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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Better way to familiarize myself with Haskell [closed]

I'm a Haskell beginner. I started learning Haskell around 20-25 days back. With a programming day job I am doing this in my spare time because I wanted to learn about functional programming. ...
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How do you move beyond code examples without a project?

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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Which interface allows you to use a design pattern that is characteristically changed with the instantiation of objects?

I am doing a research on this and can't find my answer to this question: Which interface allows you to use a design pattern that is characteristically changed with the instantiation of objects? ...
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Making my code more robust [closed]

I have recently finished a piece of code that passed all tests. (Here is some idea what it does and Here is some actual code.) Problems began, however, when I run my code on the cloud with actual ...
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What's the best approach to studying Open Source projects or any large codebase? [duplicate]

There is a Open Source project which I need to use in my project. All other functionality is built on top of it. I am new to programming and find it very daunting. There are a lot of Open Source ...
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Starting career in development, many questions about middle tier [closed]

I just came here to ask for some advice. I've just graduated from university and now started my first real programming job. Basically I will be working on the middle tier of a large application but ...
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Is a senior programmers advice about always using books a good idea?

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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taxonomy of software project resourcing models

I would like to understand the impact of different resourcing models for software projects. First, I would like to identify the different resourcing approaches that are used to resource software ...
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impact of product information leak due to matrix resource models for development projects [closed]

I read somewhere that Amazon has a dedicated team for each of its major products. This approach facilitates the growth of the domain knowledge for each product team and as a result of this retained ...
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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 identify potential for becoming a programmer [closed]

There's heaps of information out there on hiring someone who's already a programmer. (Or claims to be one.) But what about identifying someone who has the potential to become a programmer, with ...
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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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Learning to program after a 9-5 job [closed]

I'm currently working as an IT administrator, but I'm thinking of making a slight career change into programming. I want to focus my time and effort into learning some web-based languages, but does it ...