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I am a 20 something Minnesota based programming enthusiast. My educational background is in mathematics, economcs and statistics, but I have always enjoyed programming and since entering the work world I have realized that you can get a lot of value from programming.

I am pretty handy with R and VB.NET is my default "time to program" language. I know some C# and a few other things (reading Learn You A Haskell and doing Codeacademy), but really my programming approach is very stack overflow reliant, so I am never sure exactly how much I know vs. how much I am able to look up online in a reasonable time frame.


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comment Teaching logical/analytical thinking
Games came to mind for me as well. I don't know exactly how one implements them in a classroom setting, but I grew up playing chess and real time strategy games and that really got me setup on the analytic thinking front. Chess ends up becoming a list of rules based on previous games and expectations of what your opponent will do. "If I do this, he does this, I do this..." and the key is learning why that works, so you can adapt to new situations. Then you get general heuristics like "attack the center." Its the same idea with any decent RTS game as well (build orders, counters, etc).
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comment I'm a CS student, and honestly, I don't understand Knuth's books
The link to SO was broken, but I found a post that I imagine is similar: stackoverflow.com/questions/1022167/…
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comment Is a project without license public domain?
Get that code out of your mouth! That is disgusting.
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comment Is a project without license public domain?
I never said anything about not being able to use it, I said it was likely not in the public domain. As mentioned above, I am not a lawyer and you would likely want to talk to one before getting too involved with code that has an unknown license. You can use anything you want, but you are opening yourself up to them showing up with a license that could cause you some hassle (as @Paul mentions). In general I think you want to know what the rules are for using code before using it.
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answered Is a project without license public domain?
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answered Is it normal to feel like you forgot many things in language after a lapse?
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comment How to set up a one-man research in the difference between BDD and Waterfall?
You might want to head over to stats (cross validated). They are good at experimental design and its always good to think ahead to the post experiement analysis.
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comment Algorithm for creating cluster groups on two criteria
I agree with @whuber, as it stands you could just sort on age and then sort on weight then take the top n and put them in their own groups and the bottom n and put them in the groups and repeat. Just write a simple VBA loop if it is that long of a list. It gets at what you want, though knowing why you want it would make for a better answer.
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accepted What can I do to make sure my code gets maintained in a developer light environment?
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comment Non-Profit Technololgy for Non-Profits?
My buddy works at the data bank (thedatabank.com/about.aspx), which is a company that works (I think exclusively) with non-profits, but I don't think that it is a non-profit (so not really what you are looking for, but interesting in so far as they work with non-profits). I think the idea of a non-profit developing open source software and consulting for other non-profits is a pretty neat idea. You could add an education component for the places you work with, which I think helps with 501(3)(c) status and would likely be good for the non-profits as well.