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Is learning C# easy when you already know C++? [closed]

I want to learn the C# language and I was wondering if prior knowledge of C++ would make it easier to learn? I have a large background in Java and am currently programming in (and therefore constantly ...
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I code rarely. Is this a bad sign? [closed]

I am a computer science student and learning Java now a days. I want to be a good developer/programmer. I like reading books. I search on the internet for the related topics and study them. I ...
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When to learn the command line version of a programming tool? [closed]

Almost every programming tool has a command line version; many of which also have a gui version. It takes a lot of time and memorization effort to learn the different commands and various ...
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Are there Negative Impact of opensource on commercial environment? [closed]

My company has a very broad range of products and there are a few that are not strategic to us so I wanted to open source them (so we can focus on what makes us unique and open source the products ...
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I know how to program, and how to learn how to program, but how/where do you learn how to make systems properly? [closed]

There are many things that need to be considered when making a system, let's take for example a web based system where users log in and interact with each other, creating and editing content. Now I ...
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Thinking of simultaneously coding the same project in two languages. Good Idea? [closed]

Is this a good way to learn a new language? Or to develop a preference of one language? I was thinking of coding a project in both Python and Java. The only foreseeable problem is trying to transfer ...
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Recommended order for learning design patterns? [closed]

I can't help but notice the amount of design patterns that are out there. Does anyone have suggestions on an order I should learn them in? Or should I pick and choose them at random? The only one I ...
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How do I make sense of the javascript frameworks explosion ? Should I learn them all? [closed]

For a beginner web developer who is still doing web development the conventional way (PHP/J2EE/Struts on server side, HTML/CSS/Javascript on client side), I was bowled over by the recent blog post on ...
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How can I make an in-house user group successful? [closed]

I would like to launch an in-house user group/forum for the developers in my company, but I'm not sure how to get started. We have several teams of developers spanning many technologies and levels of ...
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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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What do you do when you can't seem to understand a certain part of programming? [closed]

I'm learning new languages as I go along, I write code for very basic programs in multiple languages, and I go to classes. I've read books, articles, lessons, videos, you name it, however I can't seem ...
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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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Maximum nesting for loops and conditionals? [duplicate]

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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How important is studying algorithms and theory is to becoming a great programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I keep investing into data structures and algorithms? I'm a CS student. I want to become a really great programmer, what do I need to do to be come a great ...
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Learn a language bottom-up or top-down? [closed]

When starting the first project in a new language, you have basically two approaches to learning. Either you do a quick Google search, pull together the most popular frameworks and libraries and work ...
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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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Appropriate programming language to design music software [closed]

I want to design a software for my musical instrument which is a rhythmic one (there is no melody). All I want these software to do is : make the user able to compose music play what user has ...
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Non-English-based programming languages [closed]

The University of Antioquia in Colombia teaches its introductory programming courses in Lexico, a Spanish-based, object-oriented .NET language. The intent is to teach programming concepts in the ...
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How can I gauge a candidate's ability to learn in an interview? [closed]

We are hiring for a small development department within a medium sized company for which software is not the main line of business. As such, we are attempting to recruit what we have labeled a Senior ...
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How do you learn a language's standard framework/API/functionality? [closed]

I understand how to code. I know how to get around the basics of the languages I use regularly. I know how to write slightly-above-basic regular expressions, I can talk to databases, I can accept ...
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Learning C# and stuck in a rut [closed]

I've been learning C#/.NET 4.0 for about 2/3 months, it's my first serious programming language (I've looked at PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and VBA before but never massively in depth) and I'm ...
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Learning curve for web development [closed]

At the moment our team has a huge challenge, we're being asked to deliver a new GUI for an embedded controller. The deadline is very tight and is set on April 2013. Our team is very diverse, some ...
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How to start learning J2EE, especially JPA [closed]

I am trying to start learning the J2EE part of Java. But I don't know where to start. I am familier with Core Java and mainly, I want to learn JPA and basics of Hibernate and Spring Framework. The ...
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How do I improve my code reading skills [closed]

Well the question is in the title - how do I improve my code reading skills. The software/hardware environment I currently do development in is quite slow with respect to compilation times and time ...
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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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Should I focus on being deep or broad [closed]

I have been a professional developer for just over half a year and have been amazed at how big the world really is out of college. I have continued to learn in my free time but I am wondering where ...
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Is it bad that you don't program on your spare time while at uni? [closed]

There has been some questions about not programming on your spare time, but they all concern when you're at work. What about when you're studying? Do you also need to learn on your spare time when ...
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Design Patterns: Should I learn them? [closed]

So it's kinda weird asking two questions back-to-back, but they aren't very related and I didn't want to combine them, but I'm not spamming questions, I promise! Anyway, I'm a recent college grad, ...
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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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How to learn microcontroller programming? [closed]

I am interested in learning how to program microcontrollers. It seems to be quite interesting, but I don't know, where to start. I am particularly interested in: What platform is worth learning? Are ...
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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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How can I actually apply the javascript I am learning [closed]

I am a front end programmer. I'm good with design, html, css, and jquery, but I want to learn javascript more than anything. I've taken a couple of courses, read books and tutorials online and feel ...
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Do-It-Yourself project suggestions to sharpen programming skills or learn a new language [closed]

Since the best way to learn is to work on projects, what are some good software to try making yourself with a purpose of sharpening certain programming skills or learning a new language?
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How have you got chances to learn multiple languages? [closed]

I read A programmer should concentrate on at least how many languages?, and I found out that I don't know languages in number 2, 3 of first answer. I want to learn more languages to increase my ...
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Resources for improving your comprehension of recursion? [closed]

I know what recursion is (when a patten reoccurs within itself, typically a function that calls itself on one of its lines, after a breakout conditional... right?), and I can understand recursive ...
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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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Creating a New Scripting Language For the Learning Experience? [closed]

Is creating a scripting language for my own personal learning experience worth it? The reason I ask is that there are so many programming languages available already, I know mine will never have any ...
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Learning Django by example [closed]

When I first started learning Android, I found a fantastic series of YouTube videos by Marakana that stepped through building a Twitter clone. It walked me through all the steps and thus explained to ...
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How to keep a team well-trained? [closed]

I'm currently mentoring a small team of 4 junior dev in small software company. They are very smart and often achieve their tasks with a high-quality job but I'm sure they still can do better - ...
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How are undocumented functions discovered? [closed]

I've always wondered how do you find undocumented / private API ? Example the Apple undocumented / private API, Play Station, Windows Phone 7, Win32 Kernel, Windows API, hidden callback, etc... ...
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Learning embedded systems development without supervision [closed]

I have graduated this year and got my first job involved with C programming, Linux administration and embedded systems development. I feel quite content with my job, but I'm afraid I won't become a ...
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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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What do developers want to learn at their next startup? [closed]

As a developer, i know how much I like learning new stuff. Now that I'm hiring developers for my startup, I know I can't compete with Google's zillion-dollar bonuses and fancy cafeterias, but we are ...
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What are the set of skills that every programmer graduating from college should have? [closed]

We had a guest lecturer at our school he went on a tangent regarding those graduating and not being upto the skill level he expects ie. knowledge of one big-time compiled languague like Java, C++ or ...
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practical way to learn C? [closed]

I want to dig into C and normally when I want to learn a new language I think of a simple/attainable project goal that has some practical purpose (make use of an api, automate a task, etc...) I'm ...
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Learning to program on punchcards [closed]

I'd like to try programming with punch cards once in my life. How can I do this? I'm in my 30s, and grew up entirely in the PC era, programming on computers with screens and keyboards. I want to ...
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Are Subject specific programming books a good idea [closed]

I have a friend who is starting graduate studies in a psychology. Part of what he is learning is building testing apps for trials. He purchased a book that was supposed to be vb for psychologists ...
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Could developers learn anything from studying malware? [closed]

Malware uses interesting techniques for hiding themselves from anti-malware software and more. They can "polymorph" themselves: practically change the code while it continuing to mean pretty much the ...
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Are there currently any modern, standardized, aptitude test for software engineering? [closed]

Background I am a working software engineer who is in the midst of seeking out a new contract for the next year or so. In my search, I am enduring several absurd technical interviews as indicated by ...
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Choosing a JavaScript Asynch-Loader [closed]

I’ve been looking at various asynchronous resource-loaders and I’m not sure which one to use yet. Where I work we have disparate group-efforts whose class-modules may use different versions of jQuery ...