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Publishing: Hows and Whos of Peer Reviews

So, I'm sitting here, chewing on a couple of novel data structures. I'm thinking of coding them up, but I'ven't got any professional use for them at the moment. Nonetheless, they solve interesting ...
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How can I practice design patterns and refactoring in a deliberate way?

I was reading the book Refactoring to patterns and was wondering how I can get chance to practice the skills, because without deliberate practice on new ways to refactor and use patterns, my skills ...
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When returning from a period of not programming, do you find you've improved?

It seems as though whenever I take an extended break from programming—whether to pursue other interests or simply because I fall out of the habit for a while—I invariably find that when I ...
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Does the term “Learning Curve” include the knowing of the gotchas? [closed]

When you learn new technology you spend time understanding its concepts and tools. But when technology meets real life strange and not pleasant things happen. Reuqirements are often far from ideal and ...
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How should I study programming languages? [closed]

I am a student of computer engineering. I have never done any programming before, and as you can understand, I don't know how to study it or how to make my own programs. My English is weak [edited for ...
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How do I improve my skills working in a small shop? [closed]

I'm a self-taught programmer and I'm working for a company that doesn't deal directly with building software (a glass manufacturer with a small IT team). I'm the only .NET developer there, although ...
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How to ask a programmer a question without getting a solution as the answer [closed]

We've all had the experience. You go to someone who you know has the answer to a question, ask that person the question and they answer with the typical response "why?". You explain why you need to ...
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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 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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Would a professional, self taught programmer benefit from reading an algorithms book? [closed]

I'm a 100% self taught, professional programmer (I've worked at a few web startups and made a few independent games). I've read quite a few of the "essential" books (Clean Code, The Pragmatic ...
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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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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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If I only know TSQL can I call myself programmer?

I am dealing with MS SQL since from version 2000 even before that, I think that I am pretty good in writing TSQLs and general database designs . Can I consider myself as programer ? I know that TSQL ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I be looking up the answers to programming exercises?

I have recently started my journey to learn programming, and got my self a book on Objective-C. The thing is though: I get stuck quite often, trying to figure out how to solve the different ...
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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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Site for programming tasks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Programming Puzzles This may sound crazy, but is there a website where you can pick and choose a programming task for someone? Unpayed. As a matter of exercise. I would ...
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Improving analysis skills

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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Where can I find interesting project to work on?

If I want to learn a new programming language, I cannot master it without digging it deeply. Maybe a project would be good, but I am lacking idea for them. Where can I find projects to work on, maybe ...
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How I do become a better programmer as a junior developer [closed]

I am a junior developer in South Africa. I just graduated from college last year. My current employers hired me as a developer but they do not give me anything to develop and I've been working here ...
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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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How important is Discrete Mathematics for a Computer Scientist?

As the title says, How important is Discrete Mathematics for a Computer Scientist? Background: I'm pursuing a Master's degree with a focus on fundamentals such as Algorithms, Complexity and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Doing practice jobsearch/technical interviews? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I really “wow” an employer at an interview? I graduated college last year & I've never gone through the interview process - my current ...
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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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How long would it take for someone completely new to programming to get enough knowledge to make it to the job market as a junior programmer?(C#) [closed]

I just want to know how long would it take me to become proficient enough (in let's say C#) in order to be able to get into the job market as a junior/entry level programmer. I have read all those ...
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What are some good ways to get familiar with .Net's IL?

I recently accepted a job where I will be working with the IL a lot(on the team of a certain obfuscator that's included with Visual Studio). They know I have little knowlegde of it, so I'll have ...
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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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How to deal with TODO List Overflowing?

Seriously... I need more time, and I can't find it. I've got my main project and I spent most of my time on it. I'm trying to, BUT I got a lot of minor projects, old projects support. I'm very ...
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Do all programmers going through a steep learning curve? [duplicate]

I don't have many peers who work as a programmer or at least who are social enough to share some parts of their precious knowledge, so I have little to none to compare with. I tend to learn new ...
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Month long creative challenges for programmers?

Does anybody know of any one month creative challenges for programmers, sort of like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMonth) but for programmers. One month in which you must create something, not ...
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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 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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Differences between Software Quality certification levels?

First off, thanks for reading the question. I understand that this would theoretically be best asked in the SQA stack area - but - seeing as how that doesn't officially exist yet, maybe this was the ...
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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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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 ...