8
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4answers
701 views

Aspergers Programmer and Learning Difficulties. Best way to overcome them? [closed]

I have Aspergers Syndrome, and a effect of Aspergers for me is that I can find it difficult to understand concepts from reading material unless I have some idea or mental visualization about what it ...
9
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5answers
473 views

How important are the people I work with? [closed]

I'm a very lucky individual who's managed to push a job I enjoy as a junior developer (I say push as I was hired as a Business Analyst but moved into development by proving I could do the work). I'm ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Open Source Projects for Beginning Coders? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find a good open source project to join? After working as a molecular biologist at the bench for many years, I lost my job last year and am thinking about a ...
61
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17answers
4k views

Recommendations for teaching junior programmers good coding style

I am a big fan of good coding style, producing clean, clear code that runs well and is easy to use and integrate into larger systems. I believe that we programmers are essentially craftspeople who ...
11
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9answers
817 views

Should a new programmer focus on a single technology until he's proficient at it?

Ok, I've been teaching a buddy how to program for a while now. He's a very fast learner, and he's quite good at programming so far. However, he has one "issue" I keep trying to correct. He jumps in ...
4
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5answers
626 views

Where can I find simple, but well-written programs to learn from?

I've tried a few times to look at the source code for various things from github or other sites, in javascript, C#, PHP, etc. I'm never able to understand the programs as a whole though. I can sort of ...
2
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5answers
567 views

How does a fresher with a clean slate turn into a good programmer? [closed]

As a graduate fresh out of college with a clean slate, how can one go about being a good programmer who writes good maintainable code? How does one learn good coding practices and apply them? Can one ...
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11answers
6k views

Why is Python recommended as an entry level programming language?

I've read here on P.SE more questions in which beginner programmers are advised to pick Python as their first programming language. Don't get me wrong, I like Python. I like it a lot! But its ...
9
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5answers
421 views

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 ...
18
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14answers
1k views

What Impact Do Scripting Languages Have on Junior Programmers?

I had a discussion with one of my teachers the other day. We debated the impact that simpler scripting languages (like Python or Ruby) have on junior programmers. He argued that scripting ...
6
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2answers
364 views

How to help junior programmers whose first language isn't English?

I've just changed jobs and am now working with a junior programmer whose first language is Cantonese. They have a computer science degree but are working in their first programming role after many ...
12
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6answers
669 views

Why is it always “what language should I learn next” instead of “what project should I tackle next”?

Why do beginning programmers (like me) always ask about the next language they should learn instead of asking about the next project to tackle? Why did Eric Raymond, in the "Learn How To Program" ...
142
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11answers
35k views

How can I find a good open source project to join? [closed]

I just started working a year ago, and I want to join an open source project for the same reasons as anyone else: help create something useful and develop my skills further. My problem is, I don't ...