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Learning by doing (and programming by trial and error) [closed]

How do you learn a new platform/toolkit while producing working code and keeping your codebase clean? When I know what I can do with the underlying platform and toolkit, I usually do this: I create ...
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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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OpenGL programming vs Blender Software, which is better for custom video creation? [closed]

I am learning OpenGL API bit by bit and also develop my own C++ framework library for effectively using them. Recently came across Blender software which is used for graphics creation and is in turn ...
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Android: Not able to experiment on own? [closed]

I have just started learning Android App Development a few days ago, with prior knowledge of C/C++, HTML and CSS. This is the situation I am facing Repeatedly: I am learning from a Video Tutorial ...
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Syntax Memorization [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Programmers forgetting syntax Do programmers need a good memory? I'm a new web developer. I began learning HTML/CSS around June of this year. I picked them up ...
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Does the term “Learning Curve” include the knowing of the gotchas? [closed]

When you learn new technology you spend time understanding its concepts and tools. But when technology meets real life strange and not pleasant things happen. Reuqirements are often far from ideal and ...
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What types of programming contest problems are there? [closed]

Basically, I want to make a great reference for use with programming contests that would have all of the algorithms that I can put together that I would need during a contest as well as sample useage ...
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Does studying other people's programs help in self growth? [closed]

Should I be studying big softwares written by other people in our company? My work may be a small sub module on the top of that software, and I may not be required to know what goes beneath the hood, ...
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How do you measure yourself as a programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer? How to rate myself as a programmer I am self-learning Python. Everything is going well so far, but how do I measure ...
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Is perfectionism a newbie's friend or enemy? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do you draw the line for your perfectionism? I see that the development community is very focused on doing things the right way and personally I would like to do ...
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good literature for teaching object oriented thinking in C [closed]

Quite often C is the primary platform for the development. And when things are large scale, I have seen partitioning of the system as different objects is quite a natural thing. Some or many of the ...
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Is Reading the Spec Enough? [closed]

This question is centered around Scheme but really could be applied to any LISP or programming language in general. Background So I recently picked up Scheme again having toyed with it once or twice ...
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Tips about how to spread Object Oriented practices [closed]

I work for a medium company that has around 250 developers. Unfortunately, lots of them are stuck in a procedural way of thinking and some teams constantly deliver big Transactional Script ...
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What is a good way to learn about multicore programming at the kernel level in Linux? [closed]

I am interested in multicore programming at the kernel level. I expect this affects many areas and is probably different for each architecture. What are some must read sections of the kernel? If I ...
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How can I get better at explaining complex software processes to developers? [closed]

I'm really struggling with my software specs. I am not a professional programmer but enjoy doing it for fun and made some software that I want to sell later but I'm not happy with the code quality. ...
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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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Is it a good practice to create a list of definitions for all symbols and words in a programming language? [closed]

After arriving at this point in Learning Python The Hard Way I am wondering if this is a good practice to create a list of symbols and define what they do as noted in bold below, for every programming ...
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How To Start Programming [closed]

I have taken a programming course 2 years ago but I haven't worked in programming since then. I recently found a programmer job, but there is no programming team so for me to gain valuable experience ...
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Learning Java with a simple project [closed]

As i remember the time when i was learning PHP, it was suggested to build a simple blog or a forum after reading the language fundamentals. I was told/read that this would cover everything that I ...
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How can I improve these online java programming puzzles I wrote for my (middle/high school) students? [closed]

I'm teaching some middle and high school students programming right now, and I found that some of them really liked online programming puzzles. So I created http://www.kapparate.com/coder/ , and right ...
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Differential and integral calculus for programmer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where is the application of Calculus(of continuous quantities) in Computer Science or programming How can calculus and linear algebra be useful to a system programmer? ...
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Experience vs. versatility [closed]

Let's say a .NET programmer works at a company which provides software on demand, not as a product. The programmer works in WPF for a period of time and he/she invests lots of time in it. He/she get ...
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Way in over my head! (Dealing with better programmers) [closed]

I've just been hired as a member of a group that is developing in C++. For the last 11 years, I'd been coding on and off at my last job (some C, some Fortran, some C++). The coding I'd done was ...
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Improving without mentor [closed]

Although I consider myself not much experienced, I keep landing in jobs as the leader somehow (in the current one I am tech director of the company, in a previous one I was the R&D head). I ...
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Learning Arlgorithms particularly graph algorithms (java) [closed]

I have a hard time learning algorithms (Particularly graphing algorithms). Do you know of any good free resources that make some of the more harrowing algorithm concepts such NP-Complete, Traveling ...
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Learning about security and finding exploits [closed]

First things first: I have absolutely no interest in learning how to crack systems for personal enrichment, hurting other people or doing anything remotely malicious. I understand the basis of many ...
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Is the book “Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs” a good read for Java programmers? [closed]

This may be subjective and likely to be closed but I still wanted to know if its really helpfull to read Structure and Interpretation of Computer programs. Structure and Interpretation of Computer ...
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How can I get my progress reviewed as a solo junior developer [closed]

I am currently working for a 2 person company, as the solo primary developer. My boss gets the clients, mocks up some png design templates and hands them over to me. This system has been working fine ...
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Useful programming languages for hardware programming [closed]

I am thinking to take the next semester a course called "Digital systems architecture", and I know that we need to program micro-controllers with several programming languages such as C, C++, verilog, ...
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Python as a first language? [closed]

I have just started working in Information Security World. I want to learn the Python language for creating my own automated tool for Fuzzing, SQL-Injection etc. My question is I don't know much ...
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What to learn after standard C++? [closed]

I switched to C++ a few months ago, learning its syntax, the main features of the STL and what you can usually find in a "learn C++" manual. Now I would like to go further. What would be your ...
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Maintaining C/C++/Java skills as a web developer [closed]

When I was in college I learned how to program in C, C++, and Java. Currently, I'm a web developer using front end and back end technologies (HTML/CSS/JS, PHP, MYSQL). While the sorting algorithms and ...
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My father wants to learn PHP-MySQL to port his application. What I should do to help? [closed]

My father is a doctor/physician. About 15 years ago he started writing an application to handle his patient's medical records in his clinic at home. The app has the ability to input patient's medical ...
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Learning basic algorithms - better C or C++? [closed]

I'm studying fundamental algorithms (quicksort, mergesort, binary trees, etc..) and I'm going to re-code every algorithm by scratch to learn how they work. Should I code them in C or C++? I think with ...
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How important is it to learn makefiles? [closed]

I work in c++ mostly as a hobby (I'm still in school and therefor don't have a real job). The IDEs generate the makefile for me and so I'm wondering if it's worth learning how to make them myself. By ...
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Is it ever too early to learn a new language? [closed]

Personal context: I've been learning C++ formally the last 6 months at university. Prior to this I dabbled in JavaScript for a year. Now I am considering learning Python during a month off school. By ...
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Is it frowned upon to release works in progress to github/sourceforge/bitbucket/etc? [closed]

Long story short, I've spent the last two years in an entirely new career, transitioning from academia to a data analyst role (working towards a data scientist). Before starting at my current company, ...
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Why do developers need to keep up to date with technologies and methodologies? [closed]

I am always given the advice that developers need to stay up to date with the latest in technology - things like webrtc, updates on html5 and css3 and new js libraries, software methodologies like ...
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Order of learning sort algorithms [closed]

I have already studied bubblesort, insertion sort and selection sort and can implement them in C pretty much from knowledge of the algorithm. I want to go on to learn shellsort, merge sort, heapsort ...
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Which version of Java should I use for learning? [closed]

I am a QA engineer interested in mobile development and automation.I have basic programming experience (intermediate level Python, C++ programmer) and as most companies choose Java for writing ...
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Learning new programming languages and technologies [closed]

Some time ago I was to learn iOS development at my work. I didn't manage to learn it because I was moved to more important task with another technology already familiar to me. But the short time I ...
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How to learn elegantly handling mistakes? [closed]

One of the things I've noticed as a junior developer is that the people I respect and admire the most are those that can own up to their mistakes and clearly/logically come up with a great way to ...
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I'm at a crossroads with programming and theory [closed]

I bought "Beginning C++ Through Game Programming" yesterday to start learning about C++ and programming. I'm going on hour 33, and I can't seem to put this book down. I was talking to a friend who's ...
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How much Ruby should I learn before moving to Rails? [closed]

Just a quick question.. I can never get a definitive answer when googling this, either. Some people say you can learn Rails without knowing any Ruby, but at some point you'll run into a brick wall and ...
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Open source software with good code documentation to improve design skill [closed]

As I'm trying to get better at designing good software I'm wondering if there are out there good (as in well written) open source software with lot of code documentation that aims to explain details ...
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What is a good toy example to teach version control? [closed]

I'm looking for practical examples to use when teaching version control. Breaking down the material to basic concepts and providing examples is an obvious way to teach version control, but this can ...
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Is it bad to learn multiple programming languages? [closed]

I started learning PHP and I was able to get myself familiar with it. Now, i want to explore other programming languages like PERL so that i can compare it myself to PHP. Will I be confused to learn ...
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What is the correct order to read these books? [closed]

I'm a junior C# developer, I learned at home and now I got my first job :) I want to buy these books. But what is the correct order to read these books? Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of ...
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Getting through a lengthy book? [closed]

This may seen like a weird question, but since we're challenged--as engineers--to constantly adapt to changing technologies, we always find ourselves buried in documentation. That said, we also need ...
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The benefits of using RAII in C++ [duplicate]

Suppose I'm a teacher and I want to explain to my students what are the benefits of using RAII in C++: I need a very good example, full of details, but that is easy to understand. Which approach ...