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Where do programmers look for reference/documentation about Java's features/libraries/functions? [on hold]

Rookie programmers learning the language usually use a book or online materials.They are introduced to the language's syntax, common used functions for text processing or math operations. Only a small ...
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Does software reuse preclude process repeatability

Code Reuse as a Problem I was thinking about this question on software delivery, and I kept coming back to the issue of repeatability and / or reproducibility. They matter, because if you don’t ...
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For a beginner, should the adoption of a language determine which version to learn? [closed]

I've been using C# and Java at my workplace for about 5 years and I'm thinking about learning a new language, say Python. Many of my coworkers have told me that Python is a great language, but I ...
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Resources for learning more about programming languages [closed]

What are some good resources for learning more about programming languages for someone who already has a CS degree? I'm a recent graduate having some interviews. Sometimes they ask me what technical ...
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What programming problems are best solved by using pointers?

Well, I basically understand how to use pointers, but not how best to use them in order to do better programming. What are good projects or problems to resolve involving the use of pointers so I can ...
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I don't know C. And why should I learn it? [closed]

My first programming language was PHP (gasp). After that I started working with JavaScript. I've recently done work in C#. I've never once looked at low or mid level languages like C. The general ...
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Understanding the static keyword

I have some experience in developing with Java, Javascript and PHP. I am reading Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step which I feel it is a very good book on introducing you to the C# language. I ...
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What's the main advantage of metaprogramming? [closed]

I'm taking an edX SaaS class now and there was this question: Which statement is TRUE about productivity? Copy and pasting code is another good way to get reuse Metaprogramming helps ...
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What are the pros and cons of HTML5, native and hybrid mobile app approaches?

I want to develop a mobile application .. I read lately an article on Telerik Forum : it compares among three types of mobile application and I don't know which one should I select to begin 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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N-Layer architecture

I am attempting to structure my solution projects in such a manner as to improve testing, reuseability, separation of concerns and all that good stuff. Whilst I understand these concepts in theory, I ...
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How do you learn a language without actual tools?

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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How to explain why design choices are good?

As I've become a better developer, I find that much of my design skill comes more from intuition than mechanical analysis. This is great. It lets me read code and get a feel for it quicker. It lets me ...
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What's the best way to get up to speed with Java? [closed]

I'm a software developer that just switched teams so I shall write code in Java now. Last time I wrote something in the language was in programming 101 at uni (I was already an amateur coder back ...
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Is the “Objects First” approach a good idea? [closed]

Do you think programming novices should learn objects from day 1, as seen in the book "Objects First With Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ" by David Barnes? Or do you think this is a bad ...
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How well should a fresh graduate know a language? [closed]

I am CS student and have just few months before I graduate. I can write programs, but use pretty many manuals in the process. It's almost 50% writing/50% reading (maybe even more reading). What I want ...
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If one is to learn a new programming language each year, what should the list be? [closed]

In chapter one of "The Pragmatic Programmer" the first learning goal is: Learn at least one new language every year. Different languages solve the same problems in different ways. By learning ...
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What are the advantages and Disadvantages of Using an Aspect Orientated Programming Paradigm [closed]

Ok so here is the question: What are the advantages and Disadvantages of Using an Aspect Orientated Programming Paradigm. My advantages and disadvantages thus far: Advantages: Complements object ...
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Writing your own framework or using an existing one? [duplicate]

I know there are similar questions to this one, and I've read most of them. Most of the answers to these questions are talking about "cost-effectiveness" and "time-saving" aspects of the frameworks, ...
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Teaching software concepts: formal definition is a necessary evil? [closed]

Recently I had to teach what my PM declared a "Best Practices Course" on programming. I decided to have them read a chapter per week of Uncle Bob's Clean Coder book while I followed a somewhat ...
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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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Where do I learn most - by going to industry or pursuing a doctorate degree? [closed]

I enjoy learning new things, and thus I want to pursue a career where I can continue to do so. I'm currently doing my Master's thesis and will finish my degree beginning of next year. After that I'm ...
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Is there any evidence that syntax highlighting in IDEs & editors aid new learners? [closed]

We take for granted syntax highlighting in IDEs and text-editors, and it is the one thing I ask for in any editor. Is there any evidence that syntax highlighting actually is useful--i..e, do people ...
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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 much do i need to learn in order to get an entry level asp.net job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If you develop with ASP.NET, which other technologies do you use? I'm currently learning C#, but I've noticed that there is a lot of demand for ASP.NET developers. I ...
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Why would I learn C++11, having known C and C++? [closed]

I am a programmer in C and C++, although I don't stick to either language and write a mixture of the two. Sometimes having code in classes, possibly with operator overloading, or templates and the oh ...
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Should I be paid for time spent learning a framework?

To give light to the situation: I am currently one of two programmers working in a small startup software company. Part of my job requires me to learn a Web development framework that I am not ...
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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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Learning potentially unrelated materials on company's dime, is it acceptable?

I am facing a similar problem as the OP of this question where my environment is good, but I feel like my learning is stagnating and I don't have the ability/resources to change positions/quit my job ...
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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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Advice on designing web application with a 40+ year lifetime

Scenario Currently, I am apart of a health care project whose main requirement is to capture data with unknown attributes using user generated forms by health care providers. The second requirement ...
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Should a new programmer focus on a single technology until he's proficient at it? [closed]

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 ...
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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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Learning a new concept - write from scratch or use frameworks?

I have recently been trying to learn about MVVM and all of the associated concepts such as repositories, mediators, data access. I made a decision that I would not use any frameworks for this so that ...
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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?

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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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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I can write code… but can't design well. Any suggestions? [closed]

I feel that I am good at writing code in bits and pieces, but my designs really suck. The question is, how do I improve my designs - and in turn become a better designer? I think schools and colleges ...
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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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Why store a function inside a python dictionary?

I'm a python beginner, and I just learned a technique involving dictionaries and functions. The syntax is easy and it seems like a trivial thing, but my python senses are tingling. Something tells me ...
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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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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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Tried teaching myself to program before college, accidently overwhelmed myself, tips? [closed]

I'm sixteen, I'm overly interested in programming, and I'm currently taking IT classes during my mornings in high school. Last year, I tried teaching myself to code. It was quite exciting, but all I ...
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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 ...