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Construct your solution logic in syntax or in a faster and more efficient mental model?

I am a newbie, studying programming and I came across this question today: How can I make sure that I'm actually learning how to program rather than simply learning the details of a language? A ...
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Can a beginner in programming start learning game development? [closed]

I'm very new to programming and I'm using Java. I got interested to learn programming because I want to create games. I love playing computer games and I know that game developers make money. I told ...
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Prefer examples over documentation. Is it a behavioral problem?

Whenever I come across a new API or programming language or even simple Linux man pages, I always (ever since I remember) avoided them and instead lazily relied on examples for gaining understanding ...
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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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Maximum nesting for loops and conditionals?

I've written some code that has some fairly deep nests (one time, I wrote something that was a conditional check inside a forloop inside a conditional check inside a forloop inside a forloop). Is ...
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What skills (technologies) get outdated slower? [closed]

It's a common knowledge that since the IT industry develops very quickly, most of the skills get outdated fairly rapidly: jQuery, .NET, Ruby on Rails, etc. They change all the time so that it is ...
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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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Stepping between learning about programming and actually programming a small project (C#) [duplicate]

I'm a Games Design Student, aware of the frequent advice that I should be good at something else as well (Programming/Art) so I'm useful when a designer is not required and also for the sake of being ...
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How can I prepare for the next software paradigm? [duplicate]

Throughout the history of programming whenever a new technology was made a application for it had to be made. E.g. When Android came out Android Apps came out ~ giving millions of dollars in revenue ...
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How do I learn the right approach to implement half a feature?

I lead a development team and I want to release our product as often as possible (Continuous Delivery). In many cases, we have to implement a feature that takes longer to implement than the time ...
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How can a server side developer survive in a position which expects front-end involvement? [closed]

My background is back-end server development. Very back-end. Now I work in a position where I need to also take care of front-end. Nothing fancy but I need to be able to code for front-end as well. ...
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Does the order of learning matter in web development? [closed]

I have many things to learn: CSS, HTML, C#, JavaScript, ASP.NET, SQL Now does the order matter here? For example, is it better to learn C# before HTML or the reverse could be better?
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How to improve in code after you know many languages? [closed]

Over the past years I learned about 14 programming languages (assembler phyton delphi qbasic c++ c# ruby perl - etc etc etc). However this was all out of my own interest, I didn't went to school ...
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In Objective C, what English words can I conceptually associate to the symbols?

I'm learning Objective C (from a C# background) and am having difficulty understanding the unusual method signatures and am looking for a shortcut to make the learning curve less steep. When reading ...
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How do you evaluate learning C# from videos for a beginner? [closed]

I have an idea about programming in general so I know what a variable and a method is but I didn't program before. I liked C# because of Visual Studio and I only tried Hello word program in it. I ...
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Is a well written documentation a good enough reason for learning a programming language?

I am learning Python currently which wasn't part of my college curriculum. I was asked in an interview why I chose Python and I replied that it is easy to learn and the documentation is very well ...
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What is the appropriate approach to study an api when it is not well documented and there are no good tutorials around?

I am a student and I like to develop applications at my own level. While building an application I am the only one in my team. After analyzing the application I choose a library/api to use for the ...
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Should I let my “beginnerishness” hold me back? (not rhetorical) [duplicate]

My situation is that I've been programming for about three years and have learned a lot but still have a long long way to go. I have an idea for an app that I believe would take off, but I'm afraid ...
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When should I start using frameworks? [duplicate]

I'm little confused with the motive and need for frameworks. At what stage should I use frameworks? For example, if I want to use some CSS framework, should I learn CSS at pro or advanced level to use ...
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To master C programming language is necessary to have a full knowledge of the standard library? [closed]

I'm currently studying C from K&R book. In some examples the authors introduces new functions, my question is, to master C is necessary to know all the functions that are part of the standard ...
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How to keep your programming resources, tips, tools and snippets handy and easy to find? [closed]

In my everyday work and on my free time, I tend to discover/learn/find pieces of information that can be really useful if used at the right moment but also really easy to forget and/or to find again ...
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Does dealing with legacy code help one evolve as a programmer?

I'm a Java developer with a bit more than a year of experience which places me somewhere above a junior, but not among mid-level developers yet. Recently I was offered a long-term project which is ...
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What methods are available to show colleagues the advantages of a database+application solution over Excel?

I work in a company where there are Excel spreadsheets everywhere. As my colleagues are non-programmers, I'm sure they haven't contemplated that there might be a better/easier/more productive way of ...
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Not sure how to study Web programming [closed]

Hello everyone and thank you for your time :) So I'm a 17 portuguese boy and I'm thinking about starting a website, but because I don't have much money I decided I'd need to learn how to do it ...
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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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Am I slow or is this normal?

I am currently in high school and I discovered programming 3 years ago but I am still not "good" and it is difficult for me some times to understand, especially about data structures, bytes etc... ...
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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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Which languages I should learn to develop an android app [closed]

I have some free time. I want to develop some android apps. I know a little bit of html, css and basics in C programing. The problem is I don't know any java or .net. I have to start from scratch and ...
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What to do when I just don't know what's wrong? [closed]

I'm a beginner programmer, self-teaching and I have a question. I have some code and I don't know why my code isn't doing what I want it to do. My question is; what do you do when you just don't know ...
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How to familiarize myself with Python

I'm a Python beginner. I started programming with Python 1.5 months back. I downloaded the Python docs and read some parts of the tutorial. I have been programming on codechef.com and solving ...
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Is C++ really a bad language for beginners? [duplicate]

I'm learning C++ right now, and it's the first language I'm learning. I keep seeing on stackexchange and other forums (Reddit, etc.) that I should drop C++ and learn a higher level language like ...
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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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Am I doing wrong in my programming learning journey? [closed]

Well, I always liked programming, but I've never been committed or tied to any real project. I learned some autoit, some c#, some html and css. Now I've been hired as apprentice as programmer by an IT ...
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Ways for a young programmer to not feel intimidated at my first REAL programming job? [duplicate]

I'd like to state first that I'm a 19 year old programmer living in Portugal, and have recently started my first REAL programming job. I say "REAL" because at my previous jobs, I was normally the ...
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Can I perform a code review although I am very inexperienced? [closed]

I have been teaching myself Python as a first language for 2 years now. So far I have done some online courses (NLP, Design of a Computer Program etc.) and solved some puzzles but never worked with ...
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Do all programs run in a loop? [closed]

I was wondering whether all programs run in a Loop, checking for variable changes then acting upon said changes followed by another Loop. Or do they run in a While statement, waiting for a variable to ...
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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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Is it more efficient to learn as you go along with a project or to develop a broad base of programming skill? [closed]

For example, let's say I want to build a game, and I have a limited knowledge of programming(some but definitely not enough). Should my first move be to design the game and then learn how to implement ...
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Is writing software easier than reading and understanding it from scratch? [closed]

Me and a friend of mine were discussing yesterday about differences between writing a large C++ software and understanding it as a new recruit. Is it possible that since a software gets done one line ...
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Improving logic/creativeness as a programmer [duplicate]

I am currently working as a software developer and am getting by ok, but feel that there is something missing from my skillset. Looking at job interview questions and processes of some of the big ...
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Does learning to play an instrument improve programming ability? [closed]

I've seen plenty of questions asking if listening to music boosts productivity, etc. but I haven't been able to find one about performing music. Learning to play the piano has been on my to-do list ...
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Developing wheel reinventing tendencies into a skill as opposed to reluctantly learning wheel-finding skills? [duplicate]

I am more of a high-level wheel reinventor. I definitely prefer to make use of existing API features built into a language and popular third-party frameworks that I know can solve the problem, ...
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Is Objective C a reasonable way to learn C?

I want to learn C but I tend to learn best when I have a project to work on. I've never done iPhone development, so I'm hoping to kill two birds with one stone. Will learning objective c also teach me ...
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Resources for a New Programmer with a Math Background [closed]

I'm almost brand new to programming, but have a fairly strong background in mathematics (primarily algebra and logic -- e.g. universal algebra). I've always heard that there is a strong relationship ...
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Char and unsigned char [closed]

Where is unsigned char used in C ( please tell about some real-world examples )? Why would we need both char and unsigned char? Char ranges from -127 to 128 ( 8-bit integer ) Unsigned Char ranges ...
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What are the prerequisites for learning Go

I am considering learning Go. As far as I know about it, it's a systems language geared toward parallel programming. (correct me if I'm wrong) Should I have a very good understanding of C in order ...
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Is there value in learning Entity framework 4.0

I purchased a used book by Julia Lerman (2010) on EF4.0, and now I am wondering if the EF has changed dramatically since, I'm looking to learn this technology and i do not know if starting with a ...
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Professional Mentorships and Study Groups for Seasoned Programmers?

I am presently an employed software engineer, less than a decade out of college. Given where I would like to be in my career, I am currently looking to sharpen my skills to find my next job. However, ...
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Is C a pre-requisite in order to learn C++ effectively? [duplicate]

I only have programming experience with high-level languages, as well as with DBMS. Now, I would like to get into C and/or C++. My question is: Is the C language a pre-requisite in order to learn C++ ...
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Revisiting Learned Languages [duplicate]

I'm an aspiring programmer, I really wish to be great at multiple programming languages. I began programming from my school where they didn't teach me well, they didn't follow the standards, they ...