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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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Learning potentially unrelated materials on company's dime, is it acceptable? [closed]

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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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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How can I improve my user interface and usability design skills? [closed]

I invested most my time and resources in programming, and now I think it's time I should invest some time in learning about user interface design, user experience, and usability. What are some good ...
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Better programming by programming better? [closed]

I am not convinced by the idea that developers are either born with it or they are not. Where’s the empirical evidence to support these types of claims? Can a programmer move from say the 50th to 90th ...
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Should documentation be a company policy or every programmer's responsibility? [closed]

I have been struggling lately with the whole subject of documentation at my current position. I am at a point in my programming career in which I feel I have just been birthed into the whole world of ...
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What are your initial three steps when you are first presented with a software problem? [closed]

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 ...
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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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How can I retain knowledge about new technologies I don't use every day? [closed]

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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How to bootstrap managerial experience? [closed]

Most engineering manager positions require X years of managerial experience in the job description. That means as an individual contributor I can never qualify. But this experience has to come from ...
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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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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 ...
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Is it worth trying my IT experience in a totally different domain? [closed]

I have a good breadth of experience now (over a dozen) primarily as a dba,developer, BI admin, data analyst. I started my career in a couple of startups and now for a big internet company. The culture ...
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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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As a tech team lead, how should I handle team members' coding mistakes and bad practices? [duplicate]

I'm a tech team leader on a team of about 5 developers. The team size is somewhat dynamic as team members periodically leave for other projects and others join the team from other projects. ...
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Improving analysis skills [closed]

I am a software engineer with a couple of years of experience. However I feel my problem solving skills need to be improved. To put in crude terms given facts A and fact B I have difficulty in ...
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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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How to ensure quality of code? [closed]

I have been learning programming in C# for about a year and a half now. How should I ensure that the code that I am writing and the habits are forming are good ones? ie. I don't want to end up having ...
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If most of team can't follow the architecture, what do you do?

I'm working on a greenfields project with two other developers. We're all contractors, and myself and one other just started working on the project while the orginal one has been doing most of the ...
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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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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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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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How can I practice implementing data structures and algorithms? [duplicate]

I just finished learning the basics on data structures and algorithms using Python and C, completing some of the exercises from the book I read. I feel that it is necessary to implement some of these ...
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How do you keep from running into the same problems over and over?

I keep running into the same problems. The problem is irrelevant, but the fact that I keep running into is completely frustrating. The problem only happens once every, 3-6 months or so as I stub out ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Technique/visualisation aids to help ourselves to have a clearer picture of the code? [duplicate]

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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Anyone know of any resources for someone who wants to learn WPF and F# [closed]

It's easy to find resources for learning WPF, similarly it's pretty easy to find resources for F#. But I feel that I could save some time if I could learn them both at the same time. So can anyone ...
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What tools do PHP Developers use? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What would you consider best practice workflow tools for web application (PHP) development? I start my new job next week as a PHP Developer which is my dream job but ...
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Am I a code monkey? [closed]

I just tried integrating my website with facebook. I got a lot of copy-paste code from the facebook developers site. I just put the code and it works fine. Do you call this kind of programmers "code ...
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I have an MIS degree. How do I sell myself as a programmer? [closed]

So, I graduated with a BSBA in Management Information Systems with honors almost 2 years ago which is more of a business degree. As of right now, I do have a job title of "Programmer", but it's more ...
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Can you write a (dynamic) website using only XHTML and CSS?

I am more of a desktop developer that a web developer. Therefore I only know XHTML and CSS when it comes to the web (and C#, if that is in any way useful). I have a little experience with ASP.NET with ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Wide gap in my resume as a Java developer. What are must-have skills required to get hired those days? [closed]

For some legal reasons I haven't worked for anybody for the last 12 years. I am a java web developer or at least I am thinking so. For this period I have been working on my project- some sort of ...
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Participate in open source project [closed]

Currently, I am through a very creative phase as a developer. I think it's a good time to contribute to an open source project. Not as "permanent" developer to a project but in a "help wanted" manner ...
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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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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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Where can I find high-quality resources for programmers who are not-English speakers? [closed]

I've recently reviewed a resume for a very promising student who is not a native English speaker (I believe his native language is Bengali). His academic record has some gaps, too - he could use a ...
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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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Skillset improvement in coming new year [closed]

Here is a little background information. I have been working for Java 10 years. The product I am working on went to live about 3 years ago. Now, the product is getting stable. After all the ...
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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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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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Best resources to really understand run-time complexity [closed]

I'm familiar with the basics of run-time analysis such as what makes certain types of code O(n) and O(n^2). But I'm having real trouble learning, understanding, and really remembering how to analyze ...
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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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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 ...