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What activities, outside of writing code, have been shown to improve one skill as a programmer? [closed]

The mantra is to become a better software developer, write more software. However, are there activities I could partake in when I am not actually at the computer programming such as doing certain ...
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How should I “dig deeper” as a web developer? [closed]

I am currently a full-stack web developer working mainly in Ruby/Rails/Javascript. The languages I use on a daily basis (ruby, css, javascript, php) are great, but they are very dynamic, high level ...
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How to store satellite data in C data structutres

I've been reading through Introduction To Algorithms 3rd Ed, and am really enjoying the material; however, I am having difficulty in implementing some practical situations. It's not the theory, or ...
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How to transition from “help vampire” to “developer”? [closed]

I've been a computer enthusiast my entire life, but didn't first start programming (web development) until I began College. It is now four years later - I am about to graduate, have had a handful of ...
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Is it good to review programs with seniors and boss even if it is working fine?

In my company, before delivery of any project, my boss asks my seniors to review programs written by me or other team members or sometimes boss also sits with us for review. I think it is a good way ...
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Why is studying an lisp interpreter in lisp so important?

I have seen many CS curriculums and learning suggestions for new programmers that call for the aspiring programmer to study a lisp interpreter that is specifically written in lisp. All these sites ...
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How to make consistent progress towards the goal of becoming better, as opposed to just coding for fun?

I'm in senior year in high school. I enjoy programming (Java) very much and aspire to do it as a career in the future. However this isn't the topic of this question. My question is: how can I start ...
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How to really understand programming? [duplicate]

I have started to learn to program. I am interested in it and dont mind how long it takes to learn. But I am using books to start out and I find that there are some things I get and some things I have ...
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Are these programming “classics” still relevant today and should I read them? [closed]

I have come across numerous older posts that highly recommend the following language agnostic programming books: Code Complete by Steve McConnel The Pragmatic Programmer - Andrew Hunt and Dave ...
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Do I continue developing an alternative existing solution, or am I wasting of time? [closed]

Almost 2 years ago I had need for a monitoring system, that monitored servers ping times, databases and various other metrics, but also things things like my email inboxes (for unread email), my game ...
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Are design patterns essential for good code? [duplicate]

Are design patterns (e.g. factory pattern, observer, etc...) required to be known to write good code? I often have no idea of what people mean when they talk about inserting pattern name here pattern ...
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Question about moving to embedded systems [closed]

I currently work as a .net developer and have coming up to 3 years experience in the industry as well as a degree in computer science specifically software engineering (I know that means nothing but ...
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Can one become good programmer by self learning or a mentor is needed? [closed]

I am a self taught programmer. I have only 1+ year of experience in development. Majority of my knowledge is gained by reading books and from little bit from the engineering degree. Currently I have ...
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Two months in my new job, still having trouble learning a new codebase. How can I improve? [duplicate]

I'm a self-taught programmer. Up until now I haven't had too much problems building things I have wanted to. Historically, given an issue, especially one I have caused I haven't had much of a problem ...
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Is a senior programmers advice about always using books a good idea?

I am a junior developer and have only been in the industry for 5 years. At my current company there is a senior let's call him Infestus. Occasionally I am being given opportunity to shine and do ...
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What are `Developmental Milestones` for programming skills? [closed]

I studied in the field of Computer Science for 6 years, bachelor's degree and master's degree. I have studied all the basic programming like C, Java, VB, C#, Python, and etc. When I have free times, ...
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Preventing possible burnout in a junior dev, or perhaps I'm not doing enough? [closed]

I'm a software developer with 5 years experience over 3 companies. Within the last year a junior (brand new to the industry) has started at my current employer. I believe he is an excellent ...
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Choosing the right resources [duplicate]

Once I heard that a good book on any programming language cannot be short, so the number of pages is the first criterium when choosing a tutorial. The statement was half a joke, but it has some truth ...
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Reconciling contradictory programming advice: get something working and iterate vs. really think it through before coding

I am an intermediate programmer with a few years of professional experience who is halfway through a masters degree. In learning to program I've often heard two pieces of seemingly contradictory ...
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School vs Self-Taught [duplicate]

Do you think formal education is necessary to gain strong programming skills? There are a lot of jobs that aren't programming but involves programming, such as tech artists in games, fx tds in film ...
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How to manage with less technical knowledge? [closed]

I've become a project manager in my company and here is what I've experienced till now: At first, I was trying to keep in shape technically with other developers of the team (about 15 developers) and ...
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Mastering a programming language by not programming?

The computer scientist Peter Norvig argued in his essay Teach Yourself To Program in 10 Years that you need about 10,000 hours of practice. But Jeff Atwood argued in his post How To Become a Better ...
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Should I let my “beginnerishness” hold me back? (not rhetorical) [duplicate]

My situation is that I've been programming for about three years and have learned a lot but still have a long long way to go. I have an idea for an app that I believe would take off, but I'm afraid ...
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Is handwriting out code an efficient way to learn a programming language? [closed]

In my C++ intro class last semester, all of our tests were paper/pencil and we had to write out code with a pen or pencil in order to answer questions. It seemed counterintuitive at the time, but also ...
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Professional Development: Finding that “pet project” to work on - then managing other commitments [closed]

At the moment, like a fair few of you I'd imagine, I spend at least 40 hours working on projects that use a specific set of technologies. Sometimes I'm doing maintenance, and have those technologies ...
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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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how to get accepted at a big company like google [closed]

I'm 18 Years old; I started teaching myself programming when I was twelve. I've developed many projects in PHP, Javascript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails. I know a very little about C, C++, Objective C and ...
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terminologies and design/process clarification

I work at a BPO, actually a call center. My bosses saw the html tool I made to help me document customer concerns and steps I made to help them faster and more easy. With that, they made me the ...
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In startups does one get an adequate feedback on his performance? Or does a “bang” come unexpected? [closed]

I started working for a start-up company. Generally the pace is very fast and have a lot of expectations. This is different for me since I used to work for a big company with a lot of structure and ...
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How to ask a programmer a question without getting a solution as the answer [closed]

We've all had the experience. You go to someone who you know has the answer to a question, ask that person the question and they answer with the typical response "why?". You explain why you need to ...
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Does relying on intellisense and documentation a lot while coding makes you a bad programmer? [duplicate]

Is a programmer required to learn and memorize all syntax, or is it ok to keep handy some documentation? Would it affect the way that managers look at coders? What are the downside of depending on ...
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Getting over the mental hurdle with Algorithms? [closed]

I am a strange sort of a programmer. I am a software engineer by profession and I have written programs in more than one language in various capacities. I know quite a bit about various programming ...
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Improving logic/creativeness as a programmer [duplicate]

I am currently working as a software developer and am getting by ok, but feel that there is something missing from my skillset. Looking at job interview questions and processes of some of the big ...
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Does learning to play an instrument improve programming ability? [closed]

I've seen plenty of questions asking if listening to music boosts productivity, etc. but I haven't been able to find one about performing music. Learning to play the piano has been on my to-do list ...
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Evaluate one's skill and improve it? [duplicate]

I've taught myself a set of scripting and programming languages and right now I am very pleased with C#, I am the type of person that learns best by doing it and while I am able to create pretty much ...
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Migration to embedded systems

My company has so far been developing a medical device, which is connected via USB to a desktop system (running x64 Windows 7) to run the image analysis and do everything GUI related. I am familiar ...
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What skills are essential for professional programming that are not commonly taught in schools?

I am a first year computer science major. I went to a job fair, handed out resumes, much to my surprise I got an interview and eventually an internship as a developer. I explained to the interviewer ...
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Do all programmers going through a steep learning curve? [duplicate]

I don't have many peers who work as a programmer or at least who are social enough to share some parts of their precious knowledge, so I have little to none to compare with. I tend to learn new ...
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Online courses focussed on learning LISP for beginners? [closed]

I'm looking for an online course that I can use to learn programming using Lisp (especially Scheme), from scratch. I didn't find anything similar on Coursera/Udacity - the only resource I found was on ...
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What to do with a programmer that can't handle priorities? [closed]

One colleague in our team has multiple jobs to do, but he don't focus on the job that is currently the most important. In our team we always discuss the next steps, but he still don't focus on one ...
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How do you keep consistent self confidence while coding? [closed]

As the number of bugs in a codebase increases, that number not only decreases the quality of the code, it also affects the mindset of the developers. Developer self-confidence falls when things are ...
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Programming methodology - best way to level up? [closed]

Ok, so I'm at a point where I think I have my basics down. I'd like to think I'm just starting to become an intermediate dev. So, how do I level up here? It feels like I have reached my threshold, ...
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Hating your own code - for good or bad, how do you deal with it? [closed]

Have you ever had this feeling that your code is bad, the whole project is a mess, and you just want to step off? On your daily job you can explain this feeling away with your coworkers, asshole boss, ...
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How do I convince manager to move me from services/support team to development? [closed]

I joined a company a few months ago as a Java developer. I like doing coding and it makes me happy. After my Java training I was put into services/support project. There is no coding in this team. ...
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What can a technically proficient senior software developer study to keep improving

Say you have been programming for over 10 years. You know many languages, with few of those at very detailed level. You have been designing architecture for solutions, worked on and delivered larger ...
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Is there a device still being sold that requires efficient programming? What is it? [closed]

Edit: As a lot of you have pointed out, efficient can mean a lot of things. I guess when I say that the device 'requires efficient programming', I mean that the device does not have lots of memory or ...
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Documents to use on project development [closed]

I am lost on how to plan the development of a iphone mobile app, when building a specific mobile app for a client, i need to make a questionnaire for that same client and i also need to have a ...
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Re-gaining confidence of senior programmer [closed]

My boss found out I'm not as smart as he thought. An example from my experience: I'm a junior programmer, and I work in a team of two, my boss (senior programmer) and myself. I was tasked with ...
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What should junior developer expect from their senior team lead

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. I work for a small company, in which few people are developers, others are QA/Test and 1 is ...
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What to learn and how? [closed]

I am a Java (Web) Developer. Having knowledge about c#, PHP and Ruby. I am getting confused how to keep myself updated with very fast changing the programming language and their implementation. Like, ...