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Java tutorial for complete beginner to programming? [on hold]

I am a Java programmer, and a friend of mine wants to start learning programming :) I am excited for this opportunity to help him learn to program. I am mostly self taught, learned mostly online. ...
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I'm not understanding what programming even is, can someone help me? [on hold]

I'm an intermediate in computers (mostly on security and hardware). I'm trying to teach myself computer programming, but I don't know how programming even works. I don't know where to begin. I know 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 ...
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Learning new topics and improving the ones we know some about [on hold]

If there is more than one topic that you need to learn for your work projects how do you approach for learning it? Let's say you work 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. So you have a few hours at nights on weekdays ...
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Should I keep investing into data structures and algorithms?

These days, I'm investing heavily in data structures and algorithms and trying to solve some programming puzzles. I'm trying to code and solve with Java and Clojure. Am I wasting my time? should I ...
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How do you learn Regular Expressions? [on hold]

I'm not asking where to learn. I've found lots of good resources online, and books etc. But how the heck do I tackle them. Where is the start of it, the end? When does the regexp processor advance on ...
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How learning opportunities as a programmer differs in a startup vs big company [closed]

As the question speak, How are learning opportunities as a developer varies in a job at startup vs a big company. How them differs when it comes to tools/technologies they use, training they provide ...
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Learning C for C++ programmers [closed]

That's right, I learned to program in C++, and of course know the common set of features of both languages, so I can program in C. But I'd really like to read tutorials or books that teach you C, and ...
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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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How do developers find the time to stay on top of latest technologies? [closed]

I was a freelance web developer until circa 2004 when I started going down the management route but have decided to try to get back into development again (specifically JavaScript and HTML5 web/mobile ...
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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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As a teen, how can I find “friends” for programming [closed]

I'm a teen who has been programming for about 3 years, I can do some basic Software and so, but I feel I can't do all by myself. What can I do to find people interested in Programming ? None of my ...
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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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Why my program for AT89C2051 has so many errors? [migrated]

I'm new to this site and I'm sorry I can't make out a better title. I'm a student and I'm doing a project - design a traffic light using AT89C2051. Unfortunately, my code doesn't work. There are many ...
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Is there a canonical resource on R programming? [closed]

Considering I have no programming background, Is there a resource out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices, design methodologies, and other helpful information on R ...
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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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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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Why do people use programming books? [closed]

I find that when someone asks what is the best way to learn how to program, people usually provide them with references to a bunch texts written by various authors. However I don't believe many ...
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Is there a canonical book on x86 assembly? [closed]

There are lots of books on assembly. However, they usually deal with ISAs about which I don't care, such as MIPS or ARM. I don't deal with these architectures; there's no reason for me to try to learn ...
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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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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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Realistic time to learn new framework/API [closed]

I have my ideas, but I always feel that I'm overly pessimistic. So I'd like to hear more opinions. How much time do you need to start coding using a new framework so that your code is production ...
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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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Do programmers need a good memory? [closed]

It seems one has to remember all sorts of syntax to be able to program. If one don't have a good memory for remembering names, will it be more difficult to learn to program?
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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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Understanding how Code works is the way to actually 'Learn' programming, right?

I have a friend who is struggling with learning how to program (he wants to make games; as do I). Several books, tutorials, etc. His mentality is he has to memorize the code itself, as in the exact ...
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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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Programming methodology - best way to level up? [closed]

Ok, so I'm at a point where I think I have my basics down. I'd like to think I'm just starting to become an intermediate dev. So, how do I level up here? It feels like I have reached my threshold, ...
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Problem with Vi editor using PuTTy [closed]

For my computer science class for intro to c/c++ we are using the PuTTy client to work with Vi. During one of my assignments I was in the other room and apparently my cat jumped up on my laptop and ...
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How do you dive into large code bases?

What tools and techniques do you use for exploring and learning an unknown code base? I am thinking of tools like grep, ctags, unit-tests, functional test, class-diagram generators, call graphs, ...
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algorithm to extract “possibilities” from a tree

From a given tree, subsequent trees have to be generated. Nodes can be marked as "variant" in the given tree (the example uses an asterisk to mark the node). All possible combinations between the ...
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Preparing yourself for Code challenges [closed]

Just a few days ago I discovered Codility, and I tried their challenges. And I must say. I got my behind handed to me on a platter. I'm not sure what the problem was, but I'll lick my wounds and wait ...
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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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Reasons for Pair Programming

I've worked in a few shops where management has passed the idea of pair programming either to me or another manager/developer, and I can't get behind it at all. From a developer stand-point I can't ...
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Is It Late To Start Learning Programming @ 26 Years? [closed]

Is It Late To Start Learning Programming @ 26 Years? I have basic knowledge of Java and I am going to reading books and tutorial :) Also I'm thinking of studying Computer Science
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Could spending time on Programmers.SE or Stack Overflow be substitute of good programming books for a non-beginner? [closed]

Could spending time (and actively participating) on Programmers.SE and Stack Overflow help me improve my programming skills any close to what spending time on reading a book like Code Complete 2 ...
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Advantage of Learning Lisp for a Python Programmer

I am primarily a Python, Java, C++ programmer, and I've gained a recent interest in functional language. I'm thinking of picking up a LISP dialect: Clojure. Now, I've been working through tutorials ...
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Algorithm for Learning development [closed]

This is a fairly general question. I know a bit of Perl and Python and I am looking to learn programming in more depth so that once I get the hang of it I can start developing applications and then ...
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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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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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Is there a canonical book on mathematics for programmers? [closed]

I'm a self-taught programmer. I am honestly not good in math. What advice you can give to improve my Mathematical skills so that I will not be so insecure around my fellow programmers? What are the ...
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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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Are Java applets worth learning? [closed]

I'm on the way of learning Java myself. I find most of texts giving emphasis to Java applets. I got confused about the importance. Is it something widely used? Do I need to spend more time on it?
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Should large or old Codebases be expected to be easy to navigate?

I'm an Undergraduate Computer Science Student currently on a placement year at a company that produces and supports a large enterprise web application. I'm loving the experience of seeing how software ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...