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Computer scientist working at [A Facility] developing [Systems] that [Do Stuff] at [Places].

Feb
20
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
@MichaelT, sorry, I don't see the fundamental difference between this question and plenty of others on the front page right now unless the trigger word is "best." This one could be edited for brevity but it sounds fundamentally the same to me.
Feb
19
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
@MichaelT, perhaps it is a candidate for migration. At its core, there are questions here that an instructor of these types of students has to answer. I know, I did.
Feb
19
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
@MichaelT, I don't agree that the question is an open net for ideas: the OP asked if you can teach pointers without strings or arrays. That makes the question more concrete. I agree that it should be rewritten to narrow the scope to something more answerable. Metrics are also helpful: e.g., a better technique requires fewer buzzwords / new vocabulary words. I took a swing in that direction; you're welcome to take it from here.
Feb
19
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
I would suggest slimming down this "too broad" question by removing all of the part2 points. Perhaps if you focused on the concept, basic syntax and "what is the best useful basic example?"
Mar
7
comment How do I prove to management that our programmers could work more productively?
I'm with @ChrisPitman - there's no reason why the OP can't apply whatever candidate technique or tool that they want for their own work. No planning? Make a personal plan and execute it. No automated testing? Make some. Last time I went through a similar drill, I'd created my own CruiseControl server with a set of Bob-only unit tests before I started showing anything to other people. It certainly worked for me!
Nov
27
comment Programming Challenges for a beginner
@Mallow, in addition, many of these courses are on ITunes U: whatever it takes to get the content in front of the student!
Mar
24
comment Is it a waste of time to free resources before I exit a process?
@philfr, that's exactly what I mean. What's worse is when you are the one who converts your old code to general purpose use and you end up with no one to blame but yourself.... I hate that. Stupid me.
Mar
21
comment Is this kind of Design by Contract useless?
Dang - I was going to write the same answer. ;-) I think you should change the phrase "simple enough not to need it" to "trivial." Homework assignments are generally tiny - they don't require the writing of requirements, specs and plans. However, the programmer needs to learn those skills. If they aren't well motivated, that may be a professor problem.
Mar
20
comment Long term plan of attack to learn math?
+1 yep, that's the exact answer that I would have given.
Dec
28
comment Simple issue tracker for 1-2 developers
To help Steven out, there are many free spreadsheet solutions out there: OpenOffice / LibreOffice has the programs that I use the most myself.
Apr
22
comment Costs of Switching to Java
underline the framework - picking up a new IDE is rarely The One Big Risk in a project. Learning how to work in the Android environment would be an issue whether or not Java were the only supported platform.
Mar
31
comment What programming jobs would be best for a mathematician?
The analysis is partially programming, partially mathematical and very much a synthesis of these two with a variety of other skills.
Mar
31
comment What programming jobs would be best for a mathematician?
I agree - the best mathematician that I know is working with hepatitis vaccine data right now (Ph.D. biostatistics).
Sep
21
comment Perks for new programmers
Too bad I never convinced anyone to go for point one.... ;-)