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How would you rank these programming skills in order of learning them? [closed]

As a general purpose programmer, what should you learn first and what should you learn later on? Here are some skills I wonder about... SQL Regular Expressions Multi-threading / Concurrency ...
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Should a developer be forced to memorize details?

Many times I forget things about my application. I don't memorize the table names or what a query did and I search to get what I want. My team leader told me I'm supposed to memorize the table names ...
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Random number generation algorithm for human brains? [closed]

Are you aware of, or have you devised, any practical, simple-to-learn "in-head" algorithms that let humans generate (somewhat "true") random numbers? By "in-head" I mean.. preferably without any ...
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Learning potentially unrelated materials on company's dime, is it acceptable?

I am facing a similar problem as the OP of this question where my environment is good, but I feel like my learning is stagnating and I don't have the ability/resources to change positions/quit my job ...
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Does Scrum turn active developers into passive developers?

I'm a web developer working in a team of three developers and one designer. It's now about five months that we've implemented the agile scrum software development methodology. But I have a weird ...
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How to get information on how to code something [closed]

I am a trainee in a German concern for almost a year right now. My problem is that I have to teach everything by myself. That means I get a task and I have to finish it off. The thing is that I really ...
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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 ...
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Why are theoretical questions asked in web developer job interviews? [closed]

I've noticed this many times myself and my friends have said the same. When applying for a web developer position, why are interview questions asked like "How is quicksort implemented?" or "Why are ...
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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 constantly looking for code examples a sign of a bad developer?

I am a CS student with several years of experience in C and C++, and for the last few years I've been constantly working with Java/Objective C doing app development and now I have switched to web ...
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Learning a new concept - write from scratch or use frameworks?

I have recently been trying to learn about MVVM and all of the associated concepts such as repositories, mediators, data access. I made a decision that I would not use any frameworks for this so that ...
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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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How to refactor code to some common code?

Background I'm working on an ongoing C# project. I'm not a C# programmer, primarily a C++ programmer. So I was assigned basically easy and refactoring tasks. The code is a mess. It's a huge project. ...
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How can I measure my competency level or skill-set in ASP.NET?

As a ASP.NET developer with 5+ year experience. I like to measure my competency level in ASP.NET & SQL Server. Basically my goal is to raise my competency level and skill-set in ASP.NET; before ...
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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 do you keep your basic skills from atrophy?

I've been programming for about 10 years, and I've started to migrate to more of a project management position. I still do coding, but less often now. One of the things that I think is holding me back ...
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How to morph from a programmer noob to a guru? [closed]

I have been a programmer for two years, and i am getting hard to level up my skill especially working at legacy code maintenance right now. I think working hard is not enough to elevate my skill, ...
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Is it possible to learn maths via programming, or you should learn maths for programming?

I am not the best in maths, not very horrid either, but lower than the average, I've always been thinking to improve my maths, but schools and books didn't do the job because I get bored too fast. The ...
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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 ...
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How to deal with a personal excess of meticulousness [closed]

I'm kinda hitting a wall, and I hope that some of you can help. Hope it fits the SE theme. A bit of a background first : I'm one of those young developers. I started kinda early, at middle school, ...
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What's the best place for a high school programmer to get his work noticed? [closed]

I'm a 16 year old high school student, with a passion for computer programming. I'm in grade 11, and I've been learning it as part of the school syllabus for about 8 months. I've gone beyond what's ...
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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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How do I improve my memory and recall? [closed]

How do I go about improving my memory and recall as it relates to Programming? I have a tendency to cache API information short term and then immediately put it out of my head as I move on to ...
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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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When to write Abstract code and when to be more specific?

I'm working on a small tool as a toy project to show the difference between two directories, showing which files/directories were added, removed, modified, etc. I was trying to represent these ...
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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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Could spending time on Programmers.SE or Stack Overflow be substitute of good programming books for a non-beginner? [closed]

Could spending time (and actively participating) on Programmers.SE and Stack Overflow help me improve my programming skills any close to what spending time on reading a book like Code Complete 2 ...
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Is there a canonical book on mathematics for programmers? [closed]

I'm a self-taught programmer. I am honestly not good in math. What advice you can give to improve my Mathematical skills so that I will not be so insecure around my fellow programmers? What are the ...
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How to clear up basics as well as keep performing in your job? [closed]

I am a software Engineer in a Embedded domain. Here, we are using QT, C++, Sql, UPNP,LINUX and DBUS. However, I have never practiced all the IPC mechanism, C++, Sql, QT, and UPNP. For example, how ...
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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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Plagued by indecision - how to choose technologies to use for projects? [duplicate]

I have always been fascinated with the newest and best technologies available. I graduate from college this year, and over the course of the past few years, I have spent a lot of time learning new ...
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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 it normal for a manager/developer to feel technically lesser than the architect or senior developers? [closed]

I am an average coder in my eyes but a good developer, in the past year I've felt that my technical knowledge of our products design is being questioned by our senior developers/architects, is this ...
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Challenges for the experienced coder to learn functional programming? [closed]

What are the challenges that an experienced programmer with the usual C++/UNIX background would face when trying to learn functional programming? The main motive for learning is to gain a fresh ...
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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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Progressing past CRUD applications in PHP? [closed]

I've been programming in PHP for about a year and am at the following stage: Have a good 'feel' for the language Can create CRUD applications competently Can utilize an MVC structure to allow for ...
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How do you stay motivated for hobby projects? [closed]

I started seriously programming as a hobbiest, student and then intern about 4 years ago and I've always done small projects on the side as a learning exercise. Schools over now though, and I spend ...
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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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Technique/visualisation aids to help ourselves to have a clearer picture of the code?

Sometimes when code is too complex, I break it down into parts. Is there another kind of technique/visualisation to help have a more clear picture of the code?
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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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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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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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How do you deal with the anxiety of not knowing enough? [closed]

I just finished college a couple of months ago and im taking time out to improve my knowledge. I love programming but i feel like i dont know enough to be confident if I went for an interview. Last ...
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Techniques for getting off the ground in any language

When I start learning a new language, I have a couple of simple implementations that I like to complete to familiarise myself with the language. Currently, I write: Fibonacci and/or factorial to get ...
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How to write efficient code despite heavy deadlines

I am working in an environment wherein we have many projects with strict deadlines on deliverables. We even talk directly to the clients so getting the jobs done and fast is a must. My issue is that ...