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3answers
668 views

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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5answers
659 views

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 ...
1
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2answers
501 views

How to get up to speed on latest technologies? [closed]

I am working as Software Developer for Financial Company and we are using standard Java/Java EE stack with Oracle db as backend and using Spring/Hibernate framework with JBOSS Application Server. So ...
8
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11answers
1k views

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 ...
3
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5answers
595 views

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 ...
3
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2answers
573 views

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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1answer
151 views

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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6answers
3k views

What *are* the programming concepts I should master to have a deep understanding of my craft (programming)? [closed]

In order of importance, if its possible to do so and it may not be, what are the most important foundations of knowing how to program. Algorithms, iteration, recursion, etc? Note that where I put ...
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2answers
2k views

How to start competitive programming? [closed]

I have been practicing coding for a while, but the problem is that it takes me a lot of time to write a solution for the problems. I want to ask if competitive programming can help me in improving ...
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7answers
2k views

What do you do with coder's block? [closed]

Lately it has been a bit rough. I basically know all the things I need and all the avenues to get there for work. There's been no real issue of a problem with too high complexity, and performance is ...
8
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5answers
2k views

Is There Any Benefit To Participating On Sites Like TopCoder And Or GoogleCode?

Apart from the obvious reasons, like financial, employment and recognition, what are the practical/real benefits to using programming competition sites? It seems quite algorithmic and maths heavy, ...
2
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3answers
478 views

Validating best practices, property vs dto, simple type vs object

Consider a user profile page. User can add many emails to his/her profile (something like GitHub's profile page). So, theoretically, user hits the plus button, then enters an email address, and ...
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10answers
2k views

Preferring Python over C for Algorithmic Programming

I've been studying a bit of algorithms and have been looking at sites like SPOJ.pl TopCoder etc. I've seen that programmers prefer C or C++ usually for most algorithmic programming contests. Now ...
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2answers
543 views

Could someone break this nasty habit of mine please? [closed]

I recently graduated in cs and was mostly unsatisfied since I realized that I received only a basic theoretical approach in a wide range of subjects (which is what college is supposed to do but ...
8
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3answers
416 views

How to gain personal practice at heavyweight development methodologies?

I'm in a new job where the project needs to meet strict quality standards, be heavily documented, managed in great detail, UML diagrams, and all those things that are opposite of "cowboy coding" where ...
20
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11answers
2k views

Should I be concerned that I can't program very fast without Google? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google is good or bad for programmer? I'm currently in college to be a software engineer, and one of the main principles taught to us is how to learn for ourselves, and ...
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19answers
9k views

How would you know if you've written readable and easily maintainable code?

How would one know if the code he has created is easily maintainable and readable? Of course in your point of view (the one who actually wrote the code) your code is readable and maintainable, but we ...
2
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2answers
183 views

Methods of ordering function definitions in code

When I work on some programming project (usually command line application in Python with many switches), I'm usually creating about 30 and more functions. Most of the functions are in one file (except ...
9
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7answers
1k views

Checking if a method returns false: assign result to temporary variable, or put method invocation directly in conditional?

Is it a good practice to call a method that returns true or false values in an if statement? Something like this: private void VerifyAccount() { if (!ValidateCredentials(txtUser.Text, ...
20
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10answers
2k views

Struggling as a programmer. Need some advice [closed]

I've been a developer now for a number of years. I'm pretty good at what I do and can "get the job done". But, there is a difference between "getting the job done" and "doing the job properly". Let's ...
0
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2answers
332 views

How to concentrate on one project at a time. Divide and Conquer doesn't work for me [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips for staying focused and motivated on a project I have serious issues on concentrating on one project at a time. I cant even follow the Divide and Conquer Approach. ...
4
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4answers
845 views

Should I learn design patterns or algorithms to improve my logical thinking skills? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve my problem-solving ability? When starting a programming task, I have trouble breaking it up into steps and figuring out how to go about solving it. I ...
23
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8answers
2k views

Writing robust code vs. overengineering

How do you guys know that you are writing the most robust code possible without overengineering? I find myself thinking too much about every possible path that my code can take, and it feels like a ...
7
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7answers
513 views

Determine Better Coding Practice

As a new programmer, it has always been hard to create applications, because I am still at the learning stage. I understand that to achieve a particular affect or function in an application, there ...
2
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3answers
343 views

How to handle workload in a better way

I am a fresher working in a software company. I am working on a project all alone. Though I studied CS, I dont seem to grasp things (concepts, code, etc.) easily. Most of what I read is ...
7
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6answers
384 views

Getting graduates up to speed?

This question got me thinking about how comapnies deal with newly-hired graduated. Do experienced programmers expect CS graduates to write clean code (by clean I mean code easily understandable by ...
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2answers
271 views

How to choose a new technology for mastering and not lose sense of reality and practicality?

How to choose the right next step in learning programming and mastering new technologies? I have experience with WinForms applications in C# .NET. Next what I see as a good area of expanding the ...
26
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17answers
4k views

Am I copy/paste programmer? [duplicate]

When ever I am stuck with a particular problem, I search for a solution in Google. And then I try to understand the code and tweak it according to my requirement. For example recently I had asked a ...
14
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13answers
3k views

Is using ELSE bad programming? [closed]

I've often come across bugs that have been caused by using the ELSE construct. A prime example is something along the lines of: If (passwordCheck() == false){ displayMessage(); }else{ ...
6
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12answers
363 views

What are your initial three steps when you are first presented with a software problem?

I am curious about the very early steps that a programmer's mind takes when it first encounters a problem that it is supposed to solve. How do you start reasoning about it ? What are the first ...