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Is handwriting out code an efficient way to learn a programming language? [closed]

In my C++ intro class last semester, all of our tests were paper/pencil and we had to write out code with a pen or pencil in order to answer questions. It seemed counterintuitive at the time, but also ...
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1answer
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How do I learn modern C? [closed]

I started programming about 20 years ago with the first edition of the book C for Dummies. It was a great introduction to code and I am now a professional software developer. However, these days I ...
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Will I learn more from changing other people's code?

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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How do I know if I have a good programming professor? [closed]

Today I begun my second programming course. The professor seemed a bit different from the others - we had some fun saying things like "he's probably a misunderstood genius". He criticized some other ...
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780 views

Self taught programmer seeking advice [closed]

I need some general advice on how to continue my programming studies. I'm a self taught programmer and I picked up programming somewhere in the fall of 2011. I began with C++ and Java books and I ...
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About to graduate from good school without any progamming skills [closed]

I am about to graduate from a good US school with a Computer Science degree, having good grades and high GPA. I have no freaking clue how to write a good program, how to properly test it... nada, ...
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319 views

Software and/(x)or Hardware Projects for Pre-School Kids [closed]

I offered to participate at my kid's pre-school for various activities (yes, I'm crazy like that), and one of them is to help them discover extra-curricular (big word for a pre-school, but by lack of ...
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3answers
647 views

How can I improve these online java programming puzzles I wrote for my (middle/high school) students?

I'm teaching some middle and high school students programming right now, and I found that some of them really liked online programming puzzles. So I created http://www.kapparate.com/coder/ , and right ...
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How can I get my progress reviewed as a solo junior developer

I am currently working for a 2 person company, as the solo primary developer. My boss gets the clients, mocks up some png design templates and hands them over to me. This system has been working fine ...
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1answer
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Useful programming languages for hardware programming

I am thinking to take the next semester a course called "Digital systems architecture", and I know that we need to program micro-controllers with several programming languages such as C, C++, verilog, ...
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2answers
396 views

Procedure or Event Driven Language For Education [closed]

I am here to ask a question that has been asked many times before. What programming language should I learn to become a intelligent conceptual programmer? Many people agree, you do not have to ...
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Interview questions for programming tutor? [closed]

My family is looking for a programming/computer science tutor. Personally, I want to learn Java or some other brand of web programming. I am best described as a PC "power user." I have never ...
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Do I need to know how to program before going to university if I want to study programming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What programming should I know before college? I'm 17 years old and I'm new at computer science and programming, but I was fascinated about computers and making ...
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What languages are the kids of today actually programming in? Does anyone have real data?

Back in the 80s colleges were teaching Pascal because it is easy to learn, while myself and many others like me were learning BASIC because it was not only easy to learn but accessible and also ...
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Reading source code to learn

As you develop as a programmer, software developer, or coder, IMHO, you begin to see different (best or worst) practices, different algorithms, and "more than one way to do it". Seeing this code can ...
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4answers
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Recommend Stanford Online Database Class?

I am taking the Stanford Online Machine Learning class which is outstanding. http://ml-class.org Is anyone taking the Stanford Online Database class: http://www.db-class.org? Does it seem useful if ...
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4answers
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I'm so jealous of middle-aged developers. Are we unlucky? [closed]

First of all, I couldn't decide the right words for title after reading How old is "too old"? question. I still can't decide with old, middle-aged, expert or professional. As you know, ...
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How big is the gap between what you learn in CS curriculums and what you need in real life projects?

I'm in my last year in a 4 year CS curriculum and I would very much like to contribute to a FOSS project. Unfortunately, I feel that there is no way I can do useful coding, whether it is bug fixing or ...
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624 views

Relearning programming - how is my approach?

I want to preface this question by saying that I've read a ton of questions on Programmers leading up to this one. I was/am particularly affected by the assertion that PHP as a language suffers ...
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4answers
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Which version of C should I learn? [closed]

It looks like K&R "C Programming Language (2nd Edition)" covers ANSI C, but another book that I'm starting (Stephen G. Kochan "Programming in C") says that it uses C99. I'm coming from a ...
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16answers
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moving from Windows to Linux [closed]

I need to reconcile these 2 facts: I don't feel comfortable working on Linux; I need to develop software for Linux. Some background: I have a 10+ years of programming experience on Windows (almost ...
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3answers
545 views

How can we improve overall Programmer Education & Training? [closed]

Last week, I was just viewing this amazing interview by Kevin Rose of Phillip Rosedale, of Second Life. And they had an amazing discussion about how to find, hire and identify good programmer's, and ...
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5answers
473 views

Idea for a physics–computer science joint curriculum and textbook

I want to write (and have starting outlining) a physics textbook which assumes its reader is a competent computer programmer. Normal physics textbooks teach physical formulas and give problems that ...
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“Half of everything you know will be obsolete in 18-24 months” = ( True, or False? ) [closed]

Just ran across this, and wondering if anyone has a way to prove or disprove this statement: Something to keep in mind ... what's the half-life of knowledge in high tech? It tracks with ...
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Assembly as a First Programming Language?

How good of an idea do you think it would be to teach people Assembly (some variant) as a first programming language? It would take a lot more effort than learning for instance Java or Python, but one ...
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As a self-taught programmer, how do I get the academic foundation without attending school again? [closed]

I've made a pretty good living as a self-taught programmer, but when I find that I discuss some low-level fundamental topics with my peers who have a CS degree, holes appear in my knowledge. I'm a big ...
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CS subjects that an undergraduate must know

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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4answers
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Learning programming, suggestions for a roadmap [closed]

Some background first: I am new to programming and have discovered it rather late in life; Like many hobbyists, my introduction to the subject has been through PHP/jQuery (yes, I know the popular mood ...
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Typing skills do developers need a formal training?

Developers key in lots of code, write bogs, write software designs and stuff. Do we need formal typing training? I have seen many developers struggling with keyboard thus slowing down development ...
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Is it still worth learning desktop gui development?

For the last couple of years, all of the serious projects I have worked on have been either web based, or had a non graphical user interface (services, command line scripts etc...). I can throw ...
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8answers
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Great Lunch and Learn Topics

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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Any advice from self-taught programmers on competing with more conventional types? [closed]

As a self-taught programmer myself competing in an industry dominated by CS majors, I often find myself intimidated. I have a BA in liberal arts but have found that many "trained" programmers tend to ...