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It is inconsiderate to place editor settings inside code files?

I know this is kind of a subjective question, but I'm curious if there's any good reason to place (or not place) editor settings inside code files. I'm thinking in vi modelines, but it is possible ...
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What is an appropriate language for expressing initial stages of algorithm refinement? [closed]

First, this is not a homework assignment, but you can treat it as such ;). I found the following question in the published paper The Camel Has Two Humps. I was not a CS major going to college (I ...
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Plug-in based software design

I'm a software developer who is willing to improve his software design skills. I think software should not only work but have a solid and elegant design too to be reusable and extensive to later ...
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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, ...
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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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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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Is working on a large project a good or a bad thing in the long run? [closed]

In a large project you only get to use the technology necessary for that project; smaller projects come and go, and you need to learn more technologies. On the other hand large projects are usually ...
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Which algorithms/data structures should I “recognize” and know by name? [closed]

I'd like to consider myself a fairly experienced programmer. I've been programming for over 5 years now. My weak point though is terminology. I'm self-taught, so while I know how to program, I don't ...
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Shoring up deficiencies in a “home grown” programmer? [closed]

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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Do I have to change my company to make sure I'm good enough? [closed]

I have been working as a developer since my fourth year of university until now. I'm getting my master's degree next year (in math modeling). I've worked for the same company all the time, first on ...
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What does a programmer really need to become a professional? [closed]

There are huge numbers of programmers, especially juniors, who need good assistance in becoming professional. I've heard a lot of about "books every programmer should read", etc. I have two years of ...
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How do I completely-self-study Computer Science? [closed]

Being a completely self taught programmer, I would like it if I could better myself by self-learning the computer science course taught to a typical CS grad. Finding different resources on internet ...
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Where can I safely learn about computer security? [closed]

I find it really hard to find resources about computer security. I asked questions on message boards about key loggers and viruses and I got negative assumption from people assuming the the worse. ...
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Stuck due to “knowing too much” [closed]

Note more discussion at http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4037794 I have a relatively simple development task, but every time I try to attack it, I end up spiraling in deep thoughts - how could it ...
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Career in Embedded Systems For CS Major [closed]

I'm entering my last few semesters of a CS degree and looking to start a career in Embedded Systems. From talking to a lot of people it seems like I might have been better off with a Computer ...
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How to become a super user (programming)? [closed]

You try a new tool and it does not work. You google the problem and if you are lucky a random answer says you need to edit some weird configuration file and place it in a specific directory you don't ...
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How to gain experience? [closed]

This is a problem that I think many people will find very common and some guidance from the expert users around here will be appreciated. Background Basically I'm a junior web developer in a team of ...
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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 ...
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How important is self-teaching in the programming field? [closed]

I'm 16. I started programming about a year ago when I was about to start high-school. I'm going for a career in programming, and I'm doing my best to learn as much as I can. When I first started, I ...
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Bad idea to display mail server info in public github project?

I have the project for work that requires me to send e-mails to people using our work mail server. The server doesn't require authentication. Part of my project is using a Java-Helper I'm developing ...
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Internship vs Open Source in terms of experience [closed]

I'm currently a second year undergraduate Computer Science student. I'm having a hard time deciding to either apply for an internship or spend the summer back home, working on some fields I feel I ...
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Procedure or Event Driven Language For Education [closed]

I am here to ask a question that has been asked many times before. What programming language should I learn to become a intelligent conceptual programmer? Many people agree, you do not have to ...
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XP, TDD or DDD - Which one should I learn first? [closed]

I want to learn XP, TDD and DDD to improve myself. My problem is I have general ideas of what they are but I don't know which one should I learn first, do I need to learn something before other? ...
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How important is knowing functionality before coding?

I work for a software development company where the development work have been off shored to us. The on shore team handle the support and talk directly to the clients. We never talk to the clients ...
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Techniques for getting off the ground in any language [closed]

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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What precautions should be taken when joining a software company? [closed]

I am joining a software company very soon as a fresher. But I am afraid that no one knows me and also every one there will be professional. So I want to know, what precautions should be taken in ...
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Development processes, the use of version control, and unit-testing [closed]

Preface I've worked at quite a few "flat" organizations in my time. Most of the version control policy/process has been "only commit after it's been tested". We were constantly committing at each ...
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I Want To Program! [closed]

I am highly interested in learning how to program but I am unsure whether I want to lean towards web developing or software programming. Or does computer programming cover both in a nut shell? Where ...
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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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Which way is practical for improving your skills with pet project? [closed]

About your own project, in which way does it give you more improvement? Read high quality code in the same domain, implement your own. Write one project from scratch with your imagination. My ...
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Good resources for advanced C++ topics? [closed]

What are some good resources for advanced C++ topics. I know C++, but have little knowledge of threading, advanced meta-programming and inner-workings of meta-programming and I'd like to get better.
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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 ...
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How can a developer evaluate the effectiveness of his workflow? [closed]

This question has been on my mind for probably 10 years. Ever since I've started programming for a living. And I've seen multiple discussions about good fit, distractions, being in the zone, etc. But ...
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Should a novice programmer learn several languages at once? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it worth being computer languages polyglot? I am half way through my first year at university studying computer science. I have been learning Java on the course and ...
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Transforming theoretical knowledge into practical knowledge [closed]

I have got good grades and ~ 10 years of professional embedded s/w development. However I have come to realize that and also been pointed out in performance appraisals that although I have good ...
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Is specializing beneficial in IT industry? [closed]

For the past few years I started wondering if it makes sense to learn advanced techniques in some fields of IT, or is it better to be just good at everything, and use the simplest code possible ...
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Software testing for developer [closed]

I'm a software developer. What do I need to know about software testing (apart from TDD, unit-testing and stuff) to make my software work as it should? For example, there are cases when TDD is not ...
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Advice for improving analytical skills and thought process [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Improving analysis skills My questions are, how can I improve my analytical skills and what can I do to improve my thought process?
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Is there a correlation between some software engineering practices and software engineering success stories?

I've been reading the book "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" by Leonard Mlodinow and it's a truly enlightening read. The book deals with probabilities and human reasoning. And ...
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Which skills should I improve in order to become a professional software engineer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: most desirable skills for a graduate software engineer I'm currently doing my PhD in physics and will be finished in about two years from now. I plan to become a ...
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Fun Learning Exercises Recommendations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find programming puzzles and challenges? Recently in our workplace we have been playing Design Pattern Poker. This is fun and really helps the participants ...
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Is it possible to learn maths via programming, or you should learn maths for programming? [closed]

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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How long does it take for one to become really comfortable in a programming language and coding starts being fun? [closed]

I am just starting out in programming learning Aspect and I'm nearing the end of the introduction. I've learned about algorithms and functions and types of code and Python and briefly the basic ideas ...
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How do you prevent getting stuck in “research-mode” on a big project you're unfamiliar with? [closed]

I'm in a situation where there's a big project that I need a lot of background know-how to accomplish. yet I'm not moving fast enough in the research/study phase - and seeing myself off-track ...
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After writing code, why do I feel that “I would have written better” after some time? [closed]

I have been working on my hobby project in C++ for more than 2 years. Whenever I write a module/function, I code it with lot of thinking. Now see the problem, do { --> write the code in module ...
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How to avoid “DO YOU HAZ TEH CODEZ” situations?

I have a strange situation at work, where a colleague of mine often asks me and other co-workers for working code. I would like to help him, but this constant request of trivial snippets interrupts ...
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How to improve yourself and grow as a programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I improve my coding skills? I'm a 4 yrs experienced programmer with JAVA being the strong point of mine. I know basics of web, C++ android, blackberry ...
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Is it a really required skill to program without API documentation? [closed]

I barely passed my Java programming exam today. I had to answer some general questions about threading which I did well and to write a little threaded program which was worse. I had to connect my ...
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What would be the best way to spend a day learning Guice? [closed]

I have just joined a company where the major projects, including the one i have landed on, use Guice. I have never used Guice. I am familiar with dependency injection, in the shape of CDI (a bit) and ...
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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 ...