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Giving apprentices appreciation of SOLID principles [closed]

Experienced developers typically have an appreciation of the SOLID (or other) principles - why we have them, how they help, ways of adhering to them etc. This may be as a result of having written poor ...
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Teaching software concepts: formal definition is a necessary evil? [closed]

Recently I had to teach what my PM declared a "Best Practices Course" on programming. I decided to have them read a chapter per week of Uncle Bob's Clean Coder book while I followed a somewhat ...
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How to teach pointers to beginners in C? [closed]

I'll hold a little presentation about C-Pointers in a small group of people with beginners programming skills, with no CS background. Just people who would like to learn something about coding and ...
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Mental schema for SQL queries

While preparing SQL introductory material, I've ended asking myself about the line of thought followed by a developer when writing a query. I believe it could be too valuable from a beginner's point ...
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Teaching a course on intro to programming, in C++: Do I teach C-style casts? [closed]

I'm currently redesigning a college level first semester graduate course on Intro to Programming, in C++. Note the comma; the course is introduction to programming, and C++ just happens to be the ...
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Looking for a very subtle unit testing example [closed]

In the context of Continuous Integration, I need to teach unit testing to a 20-people audience of programmers. Everything will be all right, but I am still trying to find the perfect unit testing ...
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What are some good assignments for an introductory course on concurrent programming? [closed]

I am teaching a course which involves introducing the students to the concept of threads and concurrent programming. I am in search of programming assignments that can gently get them to accept the ...
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to teach or not to teach GUI for beginners in CS [closed]

I have been teaching an OOP course for almost one year from now. The premise of the school is to use Java by using NetBeans for the programming part. I have seen the following scenarios: The ...
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Start by Teaching Classes [closed]

In every class, and every book I have seen regarding programming, classes are held off. They are thought to be confusing and strange. I certainly had issues with them. But in object orient ...
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How to develop an attitude for abstraction fundamentals? [closed]

I know it's mostly a psychological question, but what practices exist for a software developer to improve the sense of recognizing basic concepts in the domain and the habit to define simple reusable ...
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Pros of start learning programming with Python if what I really want is Javascript? [closed]

A friend of mine seeks to learn Javascript programming but he never programmed before. I've found Python as a quite nice language that takes most unneeded "strangeness" out of learning programming ...
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Scratch - why do schools teach students a language that is not used anywhere else?

Why do schools teach Scratch instead of more commonly used programming languages (C, C++, Java, C#, Python etc)?
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Why should CS teachers stop teaching applets? [closed]

Why should CS teachers stop teaching Java applets? As a veteran of applets and forums, I think it is high time to make a call that teachers should stop teaching applets in general, & especially ...
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How do I know if I have a good programming professor? [closed]

Today I begun my second programming course. The professor seemed a bit different from the others - we had some fun saying things like "he's probably a misunderstood genius". He criticized some other ...
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pair programming and teaching

Pair programming is seen as a helpful teaching strategy - in fact, compared to singleton work, almost a magic bullet: better learner satisfaction higher exam scores for longer - later exams continue ...
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Introducing polymorphism to new programmers

I've been teaching Java to a group of four people for about four months now. Prior to this, they've all had very limited or no other experience programming. We've gotten through basic control ...
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Software and/(x)or Hardware Projects for Pre-School Kids [closed]

I offered to participate at my kid's pre-school for various activities (yes, I'm crazy like that), and one of them is to help them discover extra-curricular (big word for a pre-school, but by lack of ...
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Should I continue teaching old Java input methods alongside the new ones?

I've been imparting a Java introduction course for several years. Some slides explain how to read from files and keyboard using BufferedReaders, InputStreams, FileInputStreamReaders etc. I'm adding ...
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Getting my younger brother started on programming [closed]

My younger brother is 13 years old, I started programming when I started to develop Android applications when I was 15, last year my brother gained an interest in it and he would always pestering me ...
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Any tips/tricks/resources on actually TEACHING a class on OOP? [closed]

I may slowly be getting into teaching an Object-Orientated Programming class at my school in a year or two. I just graduated and work at my school as an Application Programmer. I'd first start off as ...
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Teaching: How can you motivate students to comment? [closed]

I remember when I was taught, "comments are the most important part of code." Or rather, when I was told that comments are the most important part of the code. I don't think I was convinced, and I ...
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How to start a high school Java/Android development club for 13-17 year olds

My wife is a high school maths teacher, and is considering starting a programming club for 13-17 years olds who show an interest. Their interest seems to be around Apps and Android which I have little ...
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Teaching version control (git, mercurial) to undergraduates? [closed]

I'm teaching a scientific programming course to undergraduates, targeted at freshmen/sophomores who are seeing the command line for the first time but are likely to need version control in future ...
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Teaching kids to program - how to teach syntax? [closed]

I've been spending this week teaching kids (11-18) to program. Teaching them the core concepts and the logic has been going fine, but I've noticed one snagging point for them all: syntax. I feel like ...
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How to motivate students for a programming section?

Last year I tried establishing a programming section at my alma mater. We started with a clear document detailing our plans and goals and a solid attendance (around 20 students). I ran into following ...
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Good examples for teaching software estimation (size, schedule, effort)?

I'm going to be teaching a class that covers a broad brush of estimation techniques. I intend to cover absolute estimation techniques based on SLOC (e.g. Function Points, COCOMO II etc.) and ...
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What is a good toy example to teach version control? [closed]

I am looking for practical examples to use when teaching version control. Breaking down the material to basic concepts and providing examples is an obvious way to teach version control, but this can ...
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Object Oriented programming and modelling

I am taking course in OOA/D this semester. In academic they teach till now about Object Oriented Programming. I have some doubts regarding this. Is it true that Object Orinted programming can be ...
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Teaching logical/analytical thinking

I have been trial running a club in which I teach programming for the past year and while they have progressed what they really lack is the most fundamental concept to programming, analytical ...
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What are some good, simple examples for queues?

I'm teaching CS2 (Java and data structures), and am having some difficulty coming up with good examples to use when teaching queues. The two major applications I use them for are multithreaded message ...
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Teaching Programming Concepts Without a Specific Language

I'm teaming up with a guy who has no programming experience. We're using a tool to make our game (RPG Maker) that has an event-based system that allows you to do pretty much everything you want. They ...
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Good way to explain the need for nestable lambda expressions

I'm in a situation where I need to explain lambda expressions to a colleague. He's well-educated, with some programming experience, and my first time showing him lambda expressions seemed to go well. ...
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How can Scrum be adapted to an academic environment?

I'm currently working with a professor at my university to develop new curricula for the Software Engineering and Capstone Design courses offered in my college. Up until recently, both courses used ...
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How does a beginner programmer find a mentor for learning from doing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find programming mentor? I've been teaching myself basic programming (I can drink 99 bottles of beer with Ruby pretty fast) and I have a decent amount of ...
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Teaching programming by solving puzzles?

I'm going to teach the basics of programming to a group of young kids (c.a. 10 year old) and was wondering if asking them to solve puzzles or play simple games with programming might be a clever thing ...
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Teaching Programming to Kids [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: At what age could I reasonably teach my children about programming? The Question I've been thinking about starting a children's (aged 10-11+) group about programming, ...
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Is it better to teach conditional loops or iterative loops first?

I've seen tutorials and textbooks that teach conditional loops (while) first and I've seen others that teach iterative (for) loops first. Have there been any studies done as to which produces better ...
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Interesting Topics in Comp. Sci. for New Students? [closed]

I hope this is the right forum to ask this question. Last friday I was in a discussion with my professors about the students' lack of motivation and interest in the field of Computer Science. All of ...
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Learning the basics [closed]

I am a Linux server administrator first and foremost... Having said that, I have been asked by a former high school teacher of mine to teach students a bit about programming. Like any Linux ...
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Teaching programming (languages) in central/northern Europe [closed]

I hope this question is not going to be off-topic; in case you think there'd be a better place to ask it, please let me know. Anyway, I'm currently doing my PhD working in bioinformatics. I would, ...
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Teaching java interfaces to absolute beginners: What is a good example? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Explaining interfaces to beginning programmers? I searched on stackoverflow and here for a good example to teach java interfaces in a beginners class. I found the ...
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A new mission statement for my school's algorithms class

The teacher at Eastern Washington University that is now teaching the algorithms course is new to eastern and as a result the course has changed drastically mostly in the right direction. That being ...
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Teacher demands excessive/unjustified use of Design Patterns

I study computer science and I have a class called "Programming Techniques". Its purpose is to teach (us) good object oriented design principles. During the semester we have homeworks, programs that ...
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Programming Challenges for a beginner [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I teach a bright person, with no programming experience, how to program? I'm in an unusual situation. A colleague of mine wants to "learn programming" and, being ...
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Is PHP a more simple introductory language to back-end web development over Ruby on Rails?

I have a program coordinator for a course I plan to teach who wants to change the "Introduction to Web Development" course from using PHP to Ruby (I assume he means Ruby on Rails). His justification ...
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Is there a resource for beginning programming student misconceptions? [closed]

Many programmers tasked to teach a beginning programming class have forgotten a lot of the things that they didn't know or wouldn't know back before they learned how to program themselves. And there ...
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What is the best way to teach beginners? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I teach a bright person, with no programming experience, how to program? I was recently asked by an older friend working on the city council if I would be ...
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How do I explain a “Hello World” program for beginners? [closed]

I am going to give some beginners a presentation about writing first program in Java. This program will be about printing "hello world". I'm not sure how can I explain the concepts such as main method ...
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Can a company deny that you teach people how to use a software under MIT License?

There's a way that a company/foundation that own an specific MIT licensed software (framework) deny or prevent you from teaching it to other programmers and make profit from it? And what if this ...
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How can I teach Java theoretically from distance?

I will be in the position of teaching Java theoretically, (it will not contain a screen and typing, all things that I will have is a paper and a camera so they can watch my hands while I am writing). ...