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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 [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?

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

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 ...
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Is it worth to learn Experimental Languages?

I'm a young programmer who desires to work in the field someday as a programmer. I know Java, VB.NET and C#. I want to learn a new language (as I programmer, I know that it is valuable to extend ...
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What are some easy techniques to scan books for new information? [closed]

I find it irresistible to keep purchasing cheap programming and technical e-books in fields such as Drupal, PHP, etc., and also compulsively download free material made available such as those from ...
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How to get motivation and time to learn outside of work? [closed]

I work 40 hours as a programmer, and by the time I get home, the last thing I want to do is code some more. However, I feel like I am not getting better, and I do love software engineering. So how do ...
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C++ Iterator lifetime and detecting invalidation

Based on what's considered idiomatic in C++11: should an iterator into a custom container survive the container itself being destroyed? should it be possible to detect when an iterator becomes ...
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How do employers measure “strong or solid knowledge of programming language”? [closed]

Yesterday I had received a great job opportunity. In requirements section I had seen the words: solid knowledge of python; solid knowledge of java; good technical background; Could you give me an ...
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How should an undergraduate programmer organize his time learning the maximum possible? [closed]

I started programming lately(pre-final year of a CS degree) and now feel like there's a sea of uncovered treasure for me out there. So, I decided to cover as much as is possible before I look out for ...
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What is expected of me as a recent graduate? [closed]

I just recently graduated and now work as an entry level software developer. I've been there for 2 weeks. Is it normal for me to feel like I'm the stupidest person in the room? I feel like the interns ...
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what programming languages and skills are necessary to learn hypervisor development?

I would like to know the skills and programming languages necessary to learn hypervisor development and any good resource to start learning?
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Are there Negative Impact of opensource on commercial environment?

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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Learn programming backwards, or “so I failed the FizzBuzz test. Now what?”

A Little Background I'm 28 today, and I've never had any formal training in software development, but I do have two higher education degrees equivalent to a B.A in Public Relations and an Executive ...
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Solving programming problems or contributing code?

What are the best skills to develop for a college graduate?? Should one spend hours/days trying to solve problems on codechef or topcoder or contribute code to open source organizations? My personal ...
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As a programmer how do I plan to learn new things in my spare time [closed]

I am a Asp.Net/C# developer, I develop few projects in my spare time. I try to utilize my time as much as I can. I have been working for past 7 months. Suddenly these days I am a bit worried about ...
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Is dependency injection by hand a better alternative to composition and polymorphism?

First, I'm an entry level programmer; In fact, I'm finishing an A.S. degree with a final capstone project over the summer. In my new job, when there isn't some project for me to do (they're waiting ...
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NLP as a job requirement

When an employer points out that NLP is required in a position what does he expect? Can I teach myself natural language processing theory or must know specific frameworks or what?