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How can this deterministic linear time selection algorithm be linear?

Im trying to understand the basic concepts of algorithms through the classes offered at Coursera (in bits and pieces), I came across the deterministic linear time selection algorithm that works as ...
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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

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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How do you deal with the details when reading code? [closed]

After reading some projects, I find that it is not the architecture of the software that is really hard to know. It is not hard to figure out the architecture immediately if the project is clearly ...
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Which way is practical for improving your skills with pet project?

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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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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Looking for a digital developer book service [duplicate]

I just started managing a small team of developers for my company and I would like to give them access to a library of books that would help them improve their skills. Before I buy a bookshelf worth ...
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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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job prospects for a 45 year old beginner in programming [closed]

I am about to finish my associates degree in programming and want to know if it its a good idea to go for bachelors program for someone of my age (45)? If your answer is yes which language or skills ...
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Where should I start learning math with regards to programming [duplicate]

I've created several systems already, a web based menu system, a payroll system and I am currently developing a patient administration system, I know java,C,C++ C#, javascript PHP and other ...
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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, ...
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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

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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how can I improve my c++ skills [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why c++? Where to start? I consider myself a java and python coder. For python (usually not so big project but more scripting and fast stuff) I use vim, for java I use ...
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Is specializing beneficial in IT industry?

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

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?

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?

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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What are some possible accreditations I could get over 4 months toward being a software developer? [closed]

We have a family business and I need to be in India, Delhi for 4 months as a part of a business trip. I won't be doing much all day. I already have a degree in economics, but I also love software. ...
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Should I focus on web development or try other technologies? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I focus on being deep or broad I'm a web developer with some Java experience and it has been just over a year since I graduated. I really would like to work with ...
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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?

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?

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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How do I deal with a dead-end job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get myself out of a dead-end programming job? I'm a passionate programmer in a well-paid dead-end software job. The downside is that I am patching crap code ...
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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 ...
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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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Is it worth listing testing or self-learning repositories on my résumé?

I have a GitHub repository with toy programs that I write when I learn something. For example, when I read an about an algorithms or data structures, I write up a quick implementation of of it to make ...
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Keep track of knowledge about techniques/bugfixes/workarounds

I'm trying to bring more structure in my worklife by trying to maintain my 'knowledge' of new techniques/bugfixes/workarounds. I find them on google (sometimes after a while of searching) and fix my ...
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What is the best way to approach reading other people's code?

I'm a junior developer and am trying to learn by reading open source code (AutoMapper). My approach would be to first understand the requirements of the software/feature. Then look for specifics on ...
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How can I retain knowledge about new technologies I don't use every day?

At work we mostly do WinForms development and it’s not a secret that it is already very outdated. I have a passion to learn new stuff like WPF, MVVM and want to use full advantages of C# 4.0. There is ...
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Decoupling Threads

It's not uncommon to hear of decoupling the UI from program logic, or database design/access from program logic...or even program logic from itself. However, I've never heard of an approach to ...