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School vs Self-Taught [duplicate]

Do you think formal education is necessary to gain strong programming skills? There are a lot of jobs that aren't programming but involves programming, such as tech artists in games, fx tds in film ...
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The deference between Computer science and Computer information system? [closed]

I'm Asking you that question because you are an experts in programming , and maybe you could help me . Unfortunately in my country you can't get a job if you don't have a university certification, ...
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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 ...
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What's the difference between computer science and programming?

I'm new at computer science and programming, and I was wondering, is there a difference between computer science and programming? and do you get to choose to study only one of them at the university, ...
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Software development process for a part time University project for 1 developer?

I will be doing a part time University project soon and the time frame for it is around 8 months with approximately 10-15 hours a week spent working on it, with a review by a tutor each quarter. My ...
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Finding my path for masters (CS or HCI or some other trail)?

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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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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Should universities put more emphasis on teaching their students about design patterns?

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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Homework for strong C++ developers learning Java

I'm tasked with teaching an accelerated university special topics course in Java for programmers with many years of experience in C/C++. What sort of medium-length (1-2 hours max) assignments would ...
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Is it reasonable to concentrate on one topic of CS for one semester at university?

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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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 can I save my university's Computer Science & Engineering department? [closed]

I'm currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, and we're having a bit of a problem right now... The state recently passed a budget plan that cuts funding for ...
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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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How to improve algorithms studying? [closed]

I'm currently studying computer science at the Institute, and I have some problems with course which is named Algorithms, I've just begun to study it, but I'm already feeling, that I'm going to fail ...
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Is placing self taught programming experience in a (computer science) university CV a good idea?

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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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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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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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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Breaking down CS courses for freshmen

I'm a student putting together a slide geared towards freshmen level students who are trying to understand what the importance of various classes in the CS curriculum are. Would it be safe to say that ...
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Do you think university is a good learning environment or is it better to be autodidact? [closed]

I'm currently a student in software engineering and I am very passionate in computer science. In my university we learn how to design an application with design patterns and a bunch of other ...
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What defines robust code?

My professor keeps referring to this Java example when he speaks of "robust" code: if (var == true) { ... } else if (var == false) { ... } else { ... } He claims that "robust code" ...
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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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Should I learn low-level principles if I plan to develop in high-level languages?

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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Who can learn to program?

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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Proving Yourself

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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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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Why should I not do a masters degree [closed]

I have left university on July 2010 where I studied web design (as we all know you learn more by your self but that’s not the issue at the moment). Since then I have not managed to find a job (apart ...
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Is it better to concentrate on one or two research projects throughout undergrad?

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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What do you wish you had been taught in uni before moving to industry?

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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What research topics can I tackle with only a year of experience?

I've been looking to get into research, but I'm not sure I can do when I've only taken two quarters of Computer Science. I go to the University of Washington, if it's relevant. This is a page on ...
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Browsing Prog.SE etc instead of paying attention to my degree

I've just realised that I've spent more time browsing Programmers.SE than actually doing the exercises I should be doing for my Computer Science degree this hour - they aren't coursework, just ...
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What's the best license for my website?

I have developed a unique website but do not have a lot of fund to protect it with trademark or patents. I'm looking for suggestions so that when my supervisor gets my codes, some laws restrict anyone ...
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Feeling a bit… under-challenged in my university course

I'm currently a sophomore at my university, majoring in Computer Science. Obviously, there are some programming courses as part of my curriculum. However, I'm feeling very underwhelmed by its ...
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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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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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When do you have enough experience?

I've worked on three successful projects (freelanced) throughout my highschool career; however, they primarily involve web technologies. I know that I'm proficient in setting up LAMP stacks, working ...
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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?

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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What should a CS grad know? [closed]

In thinking of making a good introductory resource guide for new Computer Science students... What is a good list of expected knowledge and ability for a computer science BS grad? And if you ...