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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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Does a programmer really need college? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Becoming a professional programmer, without going to college? I am currently a junior in college, however I have had multiple jobs programming since high school. ...
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Is it reasonable to concentrate on one topic of CS for one semester at university? [closed]

As usual, I need to do courses from several different areas of Computer Science for my Master's degree. I'll focus on Algorithms, Theoretical Computer Science (Computability and Complexity, the ...
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Do I need to know how to program before going to university if I want to study programming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What programming should I know before college? I'm 17 years old and I'm new at computer science and programming, but I was fascinated about computers and making ...
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Is placing self taught programming experience in a (computer science) university CV a good idea? [closed]

I wish to know if putting my attempts at programming in my university CV is a good idea. On the one hand it could show I'm willing and eager to learn, but on the other it could make it appear tacky ...
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Why exclusively UNIX is taught at universities' operating systems courses? [closed]

I'm not sure this question can be asked here, but nevertheless. Almost each operating systems or systems programming course is taught using UNIX only. I wonder what are the reasons for this? Why ...
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Why do some teachers often consider bad practice things that are not? [closed]

In college, teachers often say that some things are bad practices while they are not. I'm referring to the recent Why is naming a table's Primary Key column “Id” considered bad practice? question, or ...
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Finding my path for masters (CS or HCI or some other trail)? [closed]

I am student pursuing Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication at my university. While pursuing my course, I started to work on some projects related to CS. Computers being my favourite ...
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As a high school student what should I be doing to make myself better/more hireable? [closed]

I'm a year away from university/college at this point in time, I'm currently 17 years old and practice programming as a hobby. I'd like to get a job one day in the market, I -love- programming. And I ...
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What shall I include in a 10 week web technologies course? [closed]

In September I will be teaching a university module on web technologies. This session will be available to 1st year (freshman) students who don't necessarily have any programming knowledge or know ...
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Should I learn low-level principles if I plan to develop in high-level languages? [closed]

I am entering university next month and have some exemption exams today. One of which is Computer Organization: things like Boolean Algebra, Gates (AND, OR, NOT etc), Assembly Language are taught. I ...
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Red flags of unpaid IT internship [closed]

I read the following question: Tips for a first year CS student looking for a summer internship to gain experience? But rather than how to get and/or look for internships, my questions concerns of how ...
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Proving Yourself [closed]

I guess it isn't that common but occasionally there are some software developers who didn't actually go to college and just spent their teens hacking away at pet projects and learned enough to work ...
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Is it better to concentrate on one or two research projects throughout undergrad? [closed]

Currently in the 4th semester of engineering in an Indian university. The thing is - is it better to do as many short-lived projects/research work on diverse topics of computer science or stick to ...
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Computer Science vs. Game Programming [closed]

I'm interested in going to University in the hope of taking programming to a professional level, in particular I would like to go into Game Programming. Would I benefit more from going to a ...
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How to teach computer science? [closed]

I am just starting to teach computer science. It's just the basic level. I'm finding that I sometimes don't know how to approach topics in a way that lets students easily understand. I've found that ...
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What do you wish you had been taught in uni before moving to industry? [closed]

Is there something that you wish you could have learnt, as part of a course or something, in uni, now that you've been in industry for a while? Maybe something such as "I wish there was a course in ...
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Can One Get a Solid Programming Foundation Without Going To College/University? [closed]

First, I have already searched the site and read all the previous "self-taught vs. college" topics. The majority of the answers defended that going to college was the best choice, for two main ...
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Is a big name computer science degree worth the cost? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I need to go to a big-name university? I'm currently in High School and trying to look into what I want to do after I graduate. I know that I will be going to ...
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Who can learn to program? [closed]

I always hesitate when talking to professors about trying to improve the percentage of people who graduate with a CS type degree compared to the number that start out thinking that is what they want. ...
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5 years of university education vs. 5 years of work experience - Which would you pick if hiring? [closed]

Say you need to hire a programmer. You have two candidates at your table: one has studied 5 years at uni (and holds a Master's degree, of course), but has no work experience; and the other holds no ...
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Why is there a decline in CS majors? [closed]

Although I've read on various websites until 2007-2008 that CS majors in decline, I don't understand why--I haven't entered the job market yet. Bruce Webster has an excellent chart regarding the ...
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As a student, what techniques used by faculty helped you learn the most? [closed]

I'm getting into the more advanced programming classes at my university, and feel like I am running into some obvious shortcomings with producing quality code. For example, my data structures class ...
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Should universities put more emphasis on teaching their students about design patterns? [closed]

While I've heard about design patterns being mentioned in a few courses at uni, I know of only a single course which actually teaches design patterns. In almost all other areas (algorithms, ...
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Do companies care about university grades when hiring programmers? [closed]

Most of my fellow students that I've talked to claim that aiming for good grades is useless as the companies don't care about them when hiring programmers. To them, it's enough to have simply attended ...