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Ignorantly bludgeoning my way through Objective-C development, one square bracket at a time.


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comment Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews?
@maple_shaft Those are the exact reasons I opened this (now closed) thread in the first place.
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comment Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews?
I don't know, Telastyn, but I'm here trying to find out. I have a good few hundred reputation points on StackOverflow, I spend a lot of time there reading, learning, voting, answering what little I can. It's very demoralizing to my "told off" in that kind of way.
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comment Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews?
@Telastyn – Could you give me an idea as to why? This is a good example of one of those situations that seems incredibly harsh to a young developer who hasn't had the luxury of the formal education. I don't necessarily need specifics on advantages and disadvantages of singletons, this isn't the place, but the fact that you'd make a snap decision that quickly based on one comment is the kind of interviewer "harshness" that I'm trying to understand and work around.
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comment Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews?
Thankyou, I've actually taken a look at the introductory Computer Science course on Coursera, and found that it was largely the same as other CS courses I'd tried, breaking out Java (or in that case JS) early on and focussing on typing and running code rather than theoretical concepts. I'll definitely give the algorithms course a whirl – would you recommend any good language-agnostic books I could pick up? I'm a textbook kind of person rather than on-screen :)
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comment Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews?
@gnat I did read that post, but I felt that my specific circumstances, having already progressed along a programming path, warranted a separate question. This issue is more about filling in those gaps when you kinda left them behind a couple of years ago, I suppose. Hopefully that's enough to differentiate it!
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comment Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews?
I'd actually just downloaded that Algorithm Design course, and I'm currently working through their Programming trilogy (Methodologies, Abstractions, Paradigms) and trying to skim over the parts I already know. I've looked over the famous 'Gang of Four' design patterns but with the exception of singletons, which I use often, I'm stumped as to where they'd be applicable in most of the applications I'm designing. Would you have any more advice on how to relate them to my code?
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