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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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Expanding existing DVCS Wiki [closed]

A portion of my job is to maintain technical documentation for a rapidly expanding manufacturing company. Because it is only a portion of my job and the company's product line is expanding so ...
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OpenGL programming vs Blender Software, which is better for custom video creation?

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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About insertion sort and especially why it's said that copy is much faster than swap?

From Lafore's "Data Structures and Algorithms in Java": (about insertion sort (which uses copy + shift instead of swap (used in bubble and selection sort))) However, a copy isn’t as time-consuming ...
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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?

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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What is a thread pool?

In an interview question a guy was asked to "implement a threadpool"... I've been reading on wikipedia for "threadpool" but I still can't figure out what should a guy do to solve this question ...
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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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Vocabulary: Should I call this apply or map?

So, I'm tasked with organizing the code and building a library with all the common code among our products. One thing that seems to happen all the time and I wanted to abstract is posted below in ...
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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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How to verify the Liskov substitution principle in an inheritance hierarchy?

Inspired by this answer: Liskov Substitution Principle requires that Preconditions cannot be strengthened in a subtype. Postconditions cannot be weakened in a subtype. Invariants ...
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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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Black Hat Hackers vs Programmers? [closed]

This came up with another question I had here, I have decided on a programming verification system that requires a hardware verification system, a software key, and a name/password system. Now ...
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Proper XAML for Windows 8 Applications [closed]

I have been wanting to understand more of proper XAML design since most of my current experience is in what I grew up in: Windows Forms. More specifically, though it is really a specific subset of ...
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Learning Issued Token in Federated Service

I would like to learn federated WCF service. I have the following in my system. • Windows XP • Visual Studio 2010 Express • SQL Server 2008 Express Is it possible to create a federated ...
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Should I be looking for developers with specific skill sets or generalists that need to learn?

Thanks to the great help of this site and SO, I've been able to make a prototype of a software I want to sell but unfortunately although the prototype works I think my code quality is very low. I ...
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Tips about how to spread Object Oriented practices

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?

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?

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?

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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Function calls to calls in windows api

I am a beginner programmer who is learning C. I find it hard to grasp the whole programming concept, thus I have questions. When programming in Windows, how does Windows communicate with the programs ...
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Using Metro style in my web applications

I love the Metro UI (Modern UI/Windows 8 style UI, whatever) and would like to have the "tile" design on my site as well. Something like this or this. Am I allowed to do this or do I have to contact ...
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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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Does it ever make sense to license source code as a learning resource under GPL?

I recently came across a series of articles walking through how to make a scheme interpreter. I was browsing through the code when I realized that it was AGPL. For the most part, the code itself is ...
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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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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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Programming vs Planning

Recently, I have been tasked with more high-level planning assignments due to the lead developer of my team leaving. I hate long-term planning. My brain just doesn't naturally seem wired for it, and ...
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Best C# database communication technique

A few days ago, I read an answer stating that writing queries within your c# code are long gone. I'm not sure what the specific person meant with the comment but, it got me thinking. At the company ...
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High resolution graphical representation of the Earth's surface

I've got a library, which I inherited, which presents a zoomable representation of the Earth. It's a Mercator projection and is constructed from triangles, the properties of which are stored in ...
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TDD - Outside In vs Inside Out

What is the difference between building an application Outside In vs building it Inside Out using TDD? These are the books I read about TDD and unit testing: Test Driven Development: By Example ...
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How can I improve these online java programming puzzles I wrote for my (middle/high school) students?

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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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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Way in over my head! (Dealing with better programmers)

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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Unit testing and Test Driven Development questions

I'm working on an ASP.NET MVC website which performs relatively complex calculations as one of its functions. This functionality was developed some time ago (before I started working on the ...
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Improving without mentor

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)

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

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

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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How to learn what the industry standards/expectations are, particularly with security?

For instance, I was making my first mobile web-application about a year ago, and half-way through, someone pointed me to jQuery Mobile. Obviously this induced a total revolution in my app. Rewrote ...