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Solution looking for a problem (learning design patterns, school) [closed]

I'm enrolled in grad school and this summer we're tasked with a series of projects that should include implementations of design patterns from a couple of textbooks. Our first project is for one of a ...
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Topics that should be learned before graduating with a CS Degree [closed]

Feeling slightly underwhelmed with the content in my degree path of Computer Science at my University, I have been attempting to learn on my own. I am looking for direction into topics that will be ...
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Is anyone teaching the application of ethics to programming? [on hold]

Ethical questions come up more and more in the news, and can be core to a software developers' life. On several occasions this year I was asked for advice that amounts to answering ethical questions, ...
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Recommendations for teaching kids math concepts & skills for programming? [closed]

I've got two very bright kids who are showing interest in learning programming. Of course their primary goal is to develop video games. They have decided they want to be game developers when they ...
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Why do schools (or most schools) teach Java as the intro language? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do we study Java at university? This is a question I've wondered a lot as a young developer that just graduated from college. Why do schools teach Java in-depth vs ...
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Is it normal for a school to focus on specific programming languages and frameworks? [on hold]

Next year I'm going to school to study IT. I went to some schools' open door days already and I was given much information. However, at one school I was told they primarily focus on the .NET ...
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How applicable would an Automata class be to professional development? [closed]

Would it be worth taking Automata over Databases or Networking assuming no immediate plans on a Masters degree in Computer Science? I'd assume I'd learn things in there that would somehow be real work ...
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Would a computer engineering degree involve complex event processing? [on hold]

I've recently discovered the awesomeness of Complex event processing. Just reading the wikipedia page gave me chills on how this technology could be used and evolved into something very powerful. I'm ...
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What to study at Grad School if I want to know about Programming Languages? [closed]

I listening to the latest podcast in This Developer's Life and before that I was watching this talk with Uncle Bod, The Last Programming Language, and, along with that, I have been having thoughts on ...
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Would it be realistic for an amateur programmer to obtain a CS degree in 2~2.5 years at a state university? [on hold]

Would it be realistic for an amature programmer to obtain a CS degree in 2~2.5 years at a state university assuming time and money is available?
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Are certifications through O'Reilly worthwhile? [closed]

Other than being able to put "I know Python" on a resume, are the certifications from O'Reilly School of Technology (they are issued by the University of Illinois) any good for obtaining employment? ...
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Algorithms that support parallelism? [on hold]

Incoming 10th grader here. I recently posted about a science fair project idea and someone suggested that I do "The Effect of Parallelism on selected computational tasks." I'm having difficulty ...
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How long should someone take classes in a language they don't plan to work professionally in? [on hold]

I was late in my signing up for classes at the start of last term, so I signed up for the only programming class I could find C++. After doing well in that class I was allowed into intermediate C#, ...
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Holding a presentation about what you've done [on hold]

I have to give a presentation next week to my supervisor and my teacher about the activities I have performed during my internship. I've never been good at presentations and become nervous really ...
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Why Java as a First Language? [closed]

Why is Java so popular as a first language to teach beginners? To me it seems like a terrible choice: It's statically typed. Static typing isn't useful unless you care a lot about either ...
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Nervous about the “real” world [closed]

I am currently majoring in Computer Science and minoring in mathematics (the minor is embedded in the major). The program has a strong C++ curriculum. We have done some UNIX and assembly language (not ...
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Is a Master's worth it? [closed]

I know there are a few questions already about getting a Master's degree in Computer Science, but my question is a bit different. I've started programming when I was quite young. I did receive a BS in ...
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Should programming schools be more competitive? [closed]

There have been several postings on P.SE about lower quality programming education, and this post from Joel on JavaSchools shows his frustration with the way computer science is often taught. At many ...
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How can I bootstrap a software development community at my school?

I'm a student at the University of South Florida who's frustrated with the educational environment in the Computer Science program. Right now, I'm taking "Program Design." I should be learning how to ...
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How to manage a project in school?

I just started doing PhD and we are supposed to do a project for a class, there are 14 people taking the class and we are supposed to develop a system all together. I was away from academia and ...
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How to Subtly Tell a Professor About our Poor Programming Assignments? [closed]

This is related to my C++ teacher of semester one and, unfortunately, the coming second semester as well. I have already completed the first assignment; needless to say, it's horrible. How can I ...
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Are programming skills and computer knowledge taught at university sufficient for industry? [closed]

I am student currently attending my fourth year at a Swedish university and will, if all goes well, take my Master's degree in Computer Science in winter of 2011. It is a respectable university, at ...
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Computer Science: Arts or Science? [closed]

Various colleges and universities may offer a degree in Computer Science either as an Arts or a Science. What differences are there between the two? Would recruiters and those who conduct ...
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Should Software Engineering and Computer Science be separate majors?

For decades, the accepted degree to get to become a software developer was "Compter Science." We've had a few questions already about whether that degree really prepares students to develop software. ...
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Should certain math classes be required for a Computer Science degree? [closed]

For a Computer Science (CS) degree at many colleges and universities, certain math courses are required: Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics are few examples. However, since I've ...