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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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Learning programming [closed]

I am a senior & am a retired R.N., always good at math (50+ yrs ago, but still am). I have been in a computer users group since the mid 90's, & have become moderately advanced in using ...
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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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Non-mathematical Project Euler (or similar)? [closed]

I checked the post (Where can I find programming puzzles and challenges?) where there's a lot of programming challenges and such, but after checking several of them, they all seem to be about ...
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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 ...
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Maintaining C/C++/Java skills as a web developer

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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Do I need to know servlets and JSP to learn spring or hibernate or any other java web frameworks?

I've been asking a lot of people where to start learning java web development, I already know core java (Threading,Generics,Collections, a little experience with (JDBC)) but I do not know JSPs and ...
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Understanding interfaces [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use abstract classes instead of interfaces and extension methods in C#? Why are interfaces useful? What is the point of an interface? What other reasons are ...
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Understanding the static keyword

I have some experience in developing with Java, Javascript and PHP. I am reading Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step which I feel it is a very good book on introducing you to the C# language. I ...
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My father wants to learn PHP-MySQL to port his application. What I should do to help?

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?

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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Does Clojure have the continuation?

I started programming with Python. When using python, concepts like coroutine, closure made me really confusing. Now I think I know them some superficial level, but I want to get the "enlightement" ...
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Where can I learn about browser-specific quirks?

I am a professional iOS, Java and C# programmer. Now I want to build a website. The problem is I have already started building it and I am finding IE is not rendering it correctly. It is rendering ...
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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 [on hold]

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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Advice sought: highly technical app idea - do I employ someone or do it myself? [closed]

I'm a TV producer in London but also an enthusiastic amateur coder and web designer. I started with VB6 and then moved onto C/PHP/Obj-C. I've got a couple apps in the app store, I mess around a lot ...
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Which version of Java should I use for learning?

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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Do you generally keep your “scratch code”? What's the best way of keeping past ideas organized? [closed]

I'm a novice programmer and I occasionally come up with ideas that I think will be handy on future projects. Having an art background, I used to keep a sketchbook. I would go back through these ...
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Learning new programming languages and technologies

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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How important are the people I work with? [closed]

I'm a very lucky individual who's managed to push a job I enjoy as a junior developer (I say push as I was hired as a Business Analyst but moved into development by proving I could do the work). I'm ...
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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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What shoud I know or should be doing after six years of experience in software development? [closed]

Even after six years of experienece I am still doing the things which I was doing six years ago. Working on the same mundane CRUD stuff. Nothing has been real challenging. Since I am working in a ...
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What are some good ways to get familiar with .Net's IL?

I recently accepted a job where I will be working with the IL a lot(on the team of a certain obfuscator that's included with Visual Studio). They know I have little knowlegde of it, so I'll have ...
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Confusion regarding def function within Python

I've been learning Python for about 2 months now (Started with Learn Python The Hard Way, now reading Dive Into Python), and within both books, I still seem to be confused over this one bit of code. ...
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I cannot understand the application of oops How can I develop the understanding of application of oops?

I am struggling hard to learn the application of Object Oriented Programming since last 2 years. I am a developer in PHP technology, I am aware of almost all the basics of OOPS, but still cannot find ...
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How much Ruby should I learn before moving to Rails?

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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Is it better to find issues myself or let the computer figure it out?

I'm about to start the process of migrating a program from one component to another. Most of the core functionality will be the same but I'll need to change database calls, etc. I'm sure there will ...
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What pattern to use for this 'constructor'? Decorator vs Factory?

I'm developing a programme to generate LARP characters in java and I've hit a snag. Initially I had planned to use a decorator to iterate through the potential 'roles' (effectively classes), and then ...
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What is a good toy example to teach version control? [closed]

I am 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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How much harder is it to learn Open GL ES 2.0 than 1.x

I have to learn open GL and get a basic open GL app built. Is it easier to learn open GL 1.x ES as apposed to 2.0 which uses shader language? Also is it advisable to learn 1.x before 2.0?
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How does learning assembly aid in programming?

I have been programming in higher level languages (Python, C#, VBA, VB.NET) for around 10 years and I have completely zero understanding on what's going on, "under the hood." I am wondering what are ...
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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++

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 ...
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How to learn Cloud Computing and Big Data at home? [closed]

I want to learn Cloud Computing and Big Data at home. Is it possible to learn these technologies on home PC? Which technologies to learn in Cloud Computing? Which technologies to learn Big Data ...
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Shoring up deficiencies in a “home grown” programmer?

I started out by teaching myself BASIC on a Vic 20, and in college (mid 80's) I had Fortran, Pascal, limited C, machine and assembler (With a smattering of COBOL) as part of a computer science minor ...
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Is there a single book that covers the breadth of computer science fundamentals? [closed]

When I did my undergraduate studies in elecrical engineering, there was this book called "Basic Electricity" by Van Valkenburgh. If you read that book cover to cover, your fundamentals in electrical ...