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8answers
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How can I determine the level of talent a prospective programmer has? [closed]

I have a friend who asked me whether I can be her mentor as a programmer. I had to tutor several junior programmers in the past so I have experience working with / tutoring people on different skill ...
6
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6answers
4k views

Work experience before masters [closed]

I dont know if its the right place to ask such questions: I have a bachelors degree from an Indian university. I want to pursue a masters in one of the universities in USA. My profile is good enough ...
6
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2answers
418 views

How Do I Determine the Value of a Technical book?

I'm interested in finding more books like The Pragmatic Programmer. Rather than the run of the mill, technology-specific books that are out of date by the time they go to press. Can you provide advice ...
4
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1answer
274 views

What to look for in a training course

My development team is looking to expand into some new areas that we don't currently have direct skills for. We're trying to evaluate the available training courses, but there's not much depth of ...
15
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12answers
2k views

Teaching myself, as a physicist, to become a better programmer

I've always liked physics, and I've always liked coding, so when I got the offer for a PhD position doing numerical physics (details are not relevant, it's mostly parallel programming for a cluster) ...
12
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3answers
436 views

How do you break out of the role of a code maintainer? [closed]

In my last three jobs, I was a code maintainer. In all three cases, I was hired after the majority of the code for the project was already written. I'm a self taught programmer. Before I ever started ...
38
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20answers
2k views

Does teaching programming make you a better programmer [closed]

I consider myself an intermediate Python programmer and have been offered an opportunity to be a trainer for a beginner Python programming class. I was wondering if this would really widen my ...
13
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3answers
565 views

How can we improve overall Programmer Education & Training? [closed]

Last week, I was just viewing this amazing interview by Kevin Rose of Phillip Rosedale, of Second Life. And they had an amazing discussion about how to find, hire and identify good programmer's, and ...
6
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4answers
275 views

How should I evaluate a training class?

My company is giving us the possibility to sign up for some offsite training classes on Design Patterns. Browsing through the brochures, I'm already feeling bored (and somewhat repelled by the ...