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Writing and Understanding code [closed]

I can write code. I can read code but I can't implement good code. How to develop deep understanding of any framework or stuff that we are working on? Is it looking into documentation and working on ...
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Maintaining good form while learning new technologies

I find that I have to learn new technologies fairly regularly as a contractor in order to keep competitive. However, I also find that (not only, but especially) in these circumstances, I tend to end ...
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Timeline of a programmer in terms of languages? [closed]

Alan Perlis once said: "A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing". I am not proud of the fact that I started programming with scripting languages ...
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Junior software developer - How to understand web applications in depth? [duplicate]

I am currently a junior developer in web applications and specifically in ASP.NET MVC technology. My problem is that the C# senior developer in the company has no experience with this technology and I ...
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regular, average programmer - scared of geeks and their skills [closed]

Just like in any other field, 90% of workers do trivial routine things and only less than 10% actually do the most difficult things. Most programmers in the industry are average, and so am I. There ...
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How to balance programming projects between feasibility and usefulness [closed]

I've become fairly competent as a programmer, but I would not say I am a master. I work independently, most as a hobby, although I have done some freelance PHP work. I tend to find myself dabbling in ...
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Where can I learn about browser-specific quirks?

I am a professional iOS, Java and C# programmer. Now I want to build a website. The problem is I have already started building it and I am finding IE is not rendering it correctly. It is rendering ...
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What is expected of me as a recent graduate? [closed]

I just recently graduated and now work as an entry level software developer. I've been there for 2 weeks. Is it normal for me to feel like I'm the stupidest person in the room? I feel like the interns ...
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Learn programming backwards, or “so I failed the FizzBuzz test. Now what?”

A Little Background I'm 28 today, and I've never had any formal training in software development, but I do have two higher education degrees equivalent to a B.A in Public Relations and an Executive ...
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Learning on the Job: JavaScript, CoffeeScript, BackBone and jQuery

I have avoided JavaScript for as long as I could. I simply think that it is a very, very dirty scripting language. I have nothing against curly braces, I work with PHP almost every day, I'm fine with ...
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Does using new techniques hurt productivity?

It seems that as experience with the specific set of tools you have to work with grows, the incentive to try out new things weakens. When I was new at this programming job, trying out new things, ...
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Is it reasonable to expect knowing the whole stack bottom up?

I am an Sr. developer/architect/Product Manager for embedded systems. The systems that I have had experience with have typically been small to medium size codebases - typically close to 25-30K LOC in ...
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Starting developer fighting with webforms, is moving to MVC a good idea?

A young developer frequently hits me up for help with Asp.net web forms. Usually his problems revolve around the actual controls and how to manipulate them, rather than pure middleware type code. ...
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What is involved in learning Eclipse-RCP, from zero Java background?

I've not yet started working on a new project where everything is done with "Eclipse RCP" which I never heard of until last week. We'll use lots of Java and SWT for GUI. I'd like to get up to speed ...
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5answers
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Ways to describe or measure the learning curve for a new technology?

As I begin to learn some major new things beginning from zero, I wonder: is there any way to describe, perhaps even quantify, the height of a learning curve? Having worked at many places on many ...
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Exercises for starting programmer [duplicate]

I'm learning how to program with a book on Objective-c. I know, that's not great start, but anyway. What I want to find is exercises which gradually increase in difficulty from starting ones like ...
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Is learning technology by reading books obsolete? [duplicate]

I am confused if one should read books thoroughly (sometimes they are very bulky and if they contain many aspects of the technology they can be 1500 odd pages or even more). I have also read some ...
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Is that possible to learn Python by building meaningful applications and skip reading heavy books?

I'm planning to learn Python. I know html, javascript, vb .net, ado .net, ms sql, and a little c#. So I have a good working knowledge of programming and capable to write various desktop and web ...
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How difficult is Python and Django to pick up for a Java/.NET web developer? [closed]

I just started a new job a couple months ago at a small company where I am currently leading all development efforts present and future. I personally have years of experience in software design and ...
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What is your go-to application when you start learning a new language? [closed]

What "application" do you write to understand a programming language? I have used a calculator (regular + equation solver). But I think it's too easy. I am planning to learn Haskell and was curious, ...
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Learning about a new technology

I have approx 9 years of experience in the IT field. I've mainly worked on web applications and currently am looking forward to become a technical architect for J2EE applications. I usually face this ...
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Who pays for learning curve?

For those of us in consulting OR settings where you bill your hours whats the consensus on this? Should a client be billed for a certain amount of the learning curve? Should your employer be picking ...
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Do you think is good to start developing Android Applications even though I'm a beginner? [closed]

Do you think is good to start developing Android Applications even though I'm a beginner? So should I just concentrate on learning java, c++, html, css, javascript, php, msql, c#, c, objective-c, etc? ...
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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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Reaching Intermediate Programming Status

I am a software engineer that's had positions programming in VBA (though I dare not consider that 'real' experience, as it was trial and error!), Perl w/ CGI, C#, and ASP.NET. The latter two are ...