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  • What should every PHP programmer know ?

    - by Waseem
    I would to be a PHP/Mysql Programmer what is the technologies that i must know ? Like :- Frameworks IDEs Template Engines Ajax and Css Frameworks please tell me the minimum requirements that i must know , and tell me your favourite things in the previous list ? thanks

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  • How do you go from a so so programmer to a great one? [closed]

    - by Cervo
    How do you go from being an okay programmer to being able to write maintainable clean code? For example David Hansson was writing Basecamp when in the process he created Rails as part of writing Basecamp in a clean/maintainable way. But how do you know when there is value in a side project like that? I have a bachelors in computer science, and I am about to get a masters and I will say that colleges teach you to write code to solve problems, not neatly or anything. Basically you think of a problem, come up with a solution, and write it down...not necessarily the most maintainable way in the world. Also my first job was in a startup, and now my third is in a small team in a large company where the attitude was/is get it done yesterday (also most of my jobs are mainly database development with SQL with a few ASP.NET web pages/.NET apps on the side). So of course cut/paste is more favored than making things more cleanly. And they would rather have something yesterday even if you have to rewrite it next month rather than to have something in a week that lasts for a year. Also spaghetti code turns up all over the place, and it takes very smart people to write/understand/maintain spaghetti code...However it would be better to do things so simple/clean that even a caveman/woman could do maintenance. Also I get very bored/unmotivated having to go modify the same things cut/pasted in a few locations. Is this the type of skill that you need to learn by working with a serious software organization that has an emphasis on maintenance and maybe even an architect who designs a system architecture and reviews code? Could you really learn it by volunteering on an open source project (it seems to me that a full time programmer job is way more practice than a few hours a week on an open source project)? Is there some course where you can learn this? I can attest that graduate school and undergraduate school do not really emphasize clean software at all. They just teach the structures/algorithms and then send you off into the world to solve problems. Overall I think the first thing is learning to write clean/maintainable code within the bounds of the project in order to become a good programmer. Then the next thing is learning when you need to do a side project (like a framework) to make things more maintainable/clean even while you still deliver things for the deadline in order to become a great programmer. For example, you are making an SQL report and someone gives you 100 calculations for individual columns. At what point does it make sense to construct a domain specific language to encode the rules in simply and then generate all the SQL as opposed to cut/pasting the query from the table a bunch of times and then adjusting each query to do the appropriate calculations. This is the type of thing I would say a great programmer would know. He/she would maybe even know ways to avoid the domain specific language and to still do all the calculations without creating an unmaintainable mess or a ton of repetitive code to cut/paste everywhere.

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  • Too late to become a programmer?

    - by Tomas
    Hi, Working in IT for 5 years, I focused on system integration - testing, performance tests and analysis, automation etc. Altough I am working for one of the biggest IT companies, I have the possibility to come up with my own ideas and realize them - for example I have written C# (with SQL backend) bugtracker application with management elements...and I really liked it. I am very creative person but being 25 y/o, I am wondering whether it is too late. I understand the logic of programming but as I was never very good in math I assume I have no chance to become professional programmer in this age. What do you think? Thanks

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  • Freeware Programmer Calculator

    - by AdamC
    There have been lots of times in the past where a good programmer-oriented calculator would've saved me a lot of time. Lately, I've been doing quite a lot of bit manipulation, and having to do build/run to debug my calculations feels really slow. I've looked for something like this in the past, but found nothing that worked very well. The only thing that comes close is this one from AnalogX, but I can't get it to work or really do anything on my vista box which is where I'm doing most of my work at the moment. (btw - please send comments about my vista usage here;). Anyway, I'm looking for something for simple calculations using a C-like syntax with support for proper precenedce, operators, etc. Bonus points for cross-platform. The python interpreter was a great idea and is totally cross-platform. For windows only SpeQ is amazing. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  • How can an amateur programmer become professional without formal education (college) outside the US

    - by AlexRednic
    What is the path? Do I get certified (Microsoft,Sun,etc)? How do I build reputation? How do I make myself valuable without a college degree? How do I make others recognize my value? These are just a few questions but all point in the same direction. Are any of you in the same situation? What paths did you follow to become a successful programmer without the need of formal education?

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  • Career advice for a frustrated newbie programmer.

    - by Satoru.Logic
    Hi, all. This is my first year as a programmer. The programming language that I'm most familiar with is Python. I am maintaining a web2py based legacy system, alone, which means I have to grow up as an all-rounder. The original programmers on this project are nowhere to find, and there are hardly any usable documents about requirements or anything. I find it very frustrating every time I hear the users criticize the system, and I can't help explaining that "that was not my fault, those mess was there even before I entered this company." I wonder what should I do with this situation. Please give me some advice, thanks in advance.

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  • Pro JavaScript programmer interview questions

    - by WooYek
    What are good questions to determine if applicant is really a pro JavaScript developer? Questions that can distinguish if someone is not an ad-hoc JavaScript programmer, but is really doing professional JavaScript development, object-oriented, reusable, and maintainable. Please provide answers, so an intermediate and ad-hoc JavaScript programmers can interview someone more experienced, coming up with answers to quite few of those advanced questions will elude me. Please avoid open questions. Please keep one interview question/answer per SO answer for better reading experience and easier interview preparation. It's possible duplicate, but there only questions and no answers (mostly): Advanced JavaScript Interview Questions What questions should every good JavaScript developer be able to answer?

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  • Programmer productivity by programming language?

    - by Jason Baker
    In code complete, there's a nice table listing how productive a programmer is depending on language. Jeff Atwood has a nice blog post about it. This chart is at least 4 years old by now. I'm curious: have there been any more recent studies done on this? (insert standard anti-flamewar boilerplate here... we're all adults) Update: I appreciate everyone's opinions on the subject and whether or not this is a relevant question or not. But that's not really what I'm asking for. I'm wanting any studies on the subject. I'm inclined to agree with most of the opinions posted thus far, but I'd like to see if there's any research to back that up. And I'm also aware that choice of programming language is a complicated subject that depends on other factors like developer familiarity. To me, this is all the more reason to have these kinds of discussions backed by research. Also, thanks for the link, Robert Gamble.

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  • Exercise 26 of The Pragmatic Programmer

    - by _ande_turner_
    There is a code snippet presented in The Pragmatic Programmer on page 143 as: public class Colada { private Blender myBlender; private Vector myStuff; public Colada() { myBlender = new Blender(); myStuff = new Vector(); } private doSomething() { myBlender.addIngredients(myStuff.elements()); } } This obeys the Law of Demeter / Principle of Least Knowledge. Is it preferable to, and are there any caveats for, replacing it with the following, which utilises Dependency Injection? public class Colada throws IllegalArgumentException { private Blender myBlender; private Vector myStuff; public Colada(Blender blender, Vector stuff) { blender == null ? throw new IllegalArgumentException() : myBlender = blender; stuff == null ? throw new IllegalArgumentException() : myStuff = stuff; } public getInstance() { Blender blender = new Blender(); Vector stuff = new Vector(); return new Colada(blender, stuff); } private doSomething() { myBlender.addIngredients(myStuff.elements()); } }

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  • Programmer's editor or IDE for C code

    - by Yktula
    I feel like this question has been repeated here, but I couldn't find it. What open-source programmer's editor or IDE is best for writing code in C? A GUI and integration with Clang for static code analysis or git for version control would be convenient, but aren't necessary. I would ideally use two editors: one feature-filled IDE and one with a small memory footprint, but editors like jEdit, Geany, Diakonos, nano, etc. don't satisfy many of my needs, which include: Good support for refactoring and code completion. Extensibility in C or a "modern" scripting language (i.e. Ruby or Python) Relatively good performance and lack of bloated-ness

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  • Pro JavaScript programmer interview questions (with answers)

    - by WooYek
    What are good questions to determine if applicant is really a pro JavaScript developer? Questions that can distinguish if someone is not an ad-hoc JavaScript programmer, but is really doing professional JavaScript development, object-oriented, reusable, and maintainable. Please provide answers, so an intermediate and ad-hoc JavaScript programmers can interview someone more experienced, coming up with answers to quite few of those advanced questions will elude me. Please avoid open questions. Please keep one interview question/answer per SO answer for better reading experience and easier interview preparation. It's possible duplicate, but there only questions and no answers (mostly): Advanced JavaScript Interview Questions What questions should every good JavaScript developer be able to answer?

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  • What is your best programmer joke?

    - by hmason
    When I teach introductory computer science courses, I like to lighten the mood with some humor. Having a sense of fun about the material makes it less frustrating and more memorable, and it's even motivating if the joke requires some technical understanding to 'get it'! I'll start off with a couple of my favorites: Q: How do you tell an introverted computer scientist from an extroverted computer scientist? A: An extroverted computer scientist looks at your shoes when he talks to you. And the classic: Q: Why do programmers always mix up Halloween and Christmas? A: Because Oct 31 == Dec 25! I'm always looking for more of these, and I can't think of a better group of people to ask. What are your best programmer/computer science/programming jokes?

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  • What should every programmer know about security ?

    - by M.H
    I am an IT student and I am now in the 3rd year in university,until now we are studing a lot of subjects related to computer in general (Programming,Algorithms,Computer architecture,maths....etc). But there is a whole world called security we are very far from it ,I mean here security in general(Computers Security,Interner Security,Networks Security,hacking,cracking...etc). I am very sure that nobody can learn every thing about security but sure there is a "minimum" knowledge every programmer or IT student should know about it and my question is what is this minimum knowledge ? can you suggest some E-books or courses or any thing can help to start with this road ?

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  • Salary of a junior freelancer programmer

    - by Frank
    Hi, I'm pursuing my PhD in CS and starting freelancing to pay bills and get some experience. Since I'm new in the freelancing field, I was wondering how much you would charge for a junior programmer to do some work. Like many, I've started freelancing for website. I'm doing pretty much all the work (design, programming, finding hosting/domain). I would like to give details to my client in order for them to know how much cost every part involved in website development. How much should I charge? Charing a hourly rate or a price for the whole project? How you did it and why? Thanks

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  • PHP Programmer wanting to learn Spring

    - by grokker
    I'm a PHP programmer and I want to try creating a webapp using the Spring framework. The problem is I'm clueless and I don't know where to start. What tutorials/books/websites do you guys suggest that I should learn from? What's IoC? Do I use it alongside MVC? What components of the Spring framework should I use? How do I know what to use? Are there webapps created with Spring that I could study from? Thank you so much in advance! P.S. I've used Struts (1) about a year ago.

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  • Open Source Contribution for a newbie programmer.

    - by sasayins
    Hi, I am teaching programming to my nephews and I want them to improve their skills by contributing to open source projects. Now my question is, do you know any open source project that suit for a newbie programmer. What I mean is, the project does not have a large codebase, the project is very interesting and the project is written in C because I chose C language as their starting language but you can suggest other project made in other language. My goal here are to improve their logic by reading other source codes, familiarize to the available development tools like bug tracker, version control system, etc. and open their interest in open source community. Thanks. =)

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  • How does a programmer think?

    - by Gordon Potter
    This may be a hopelessly vague question. But I am interested to hear whatever logical thought processes people go through when learning a new concept or trying to get their brain around code they might not have ever seen before. Basically, what general steps does one take to to break down problems and what does it take to "get it"? If you were to diagram a flowchart of how your mental process works when you look at code or try to solve a problem what might it look like? What common references, tips, and mental assumptions do you find useful in problem solving? How is this different between different domains? For example in what ways is a web programmer's thought process similar or different from a traditional desktop app developer's process?

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  • C++ Class Static variable problem - C programmer new to C++

    - by Microkernel
    Hi guys, I am a C programmer, but had learnt C++ @school longtime back. Now I am trying to write code in C++ but getting compiler error. Please check and tell me whats wrong with my code. typedef class _filter_session { private: static int session_count; /* Number of sessions count -- Static */ public: _filter_session(); /* Constructor */ ~_filter_session(); /* Destructor */ }FILTER_SESSION; _filter_session::_filter_session(void) { (this->session_count)++; return; } _filter_session::~_filter_session(void) { (this->session_count)--; return; } The error that I am getting is "error LNK2001: unresolved external symbol "private: static int _filter_session::session_count" ([email protected][email protected]@0HA)" I am using Visual Studio 2005 by the way. Plz plz help me. Regards, Microkernel

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  • What is a programmer's life like?

    - by Zee JollyRoger
    Imagine like an 8-hour long video of any "typical/average" programming job. What is it like? Before I get myself involved in that path, what can I expect? I am interested in gathering first-hand information and accounts of the typical life of a programmer. My goal is to grasp the fundamental concepts of working in the professional field of programming. I just want to "see" into what it is/means to come to an entry-level programming job and program. See what kind of skills, mentality, expectations, and such are required.

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  • Perls Of Wisdom For a .Net Programmer [closed]

    - by DeanMc
    Hi Guys, I like to think that recently I have moved from complete beginner to beginner. It has been a hard road and one on which I took many wrong turns. Very rarely in any profession is there a place where so many rock stars gather, this is something I would like to take advantage of. What I would like to ask is what are your perls of wisdom for a .net programmer. They can be anything you feel of value, a concept, a book, a process that should be followed, anything of that nature, it doesn't have to be .net specific just contextual. Thanks for taking the time to read this and respond.

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  • How to keep code maintainable after original programmer quit

    - by Stan
    Say if it's a 10 people project, 2-3 of the original programmer quit after the project has been release a stable version for a while. How to have the code maintainable in this case? My imagination is reviewing the code after the project goes to release version and keep review it afterwards? Maybe split into 2-3 small groups and have each group review part of the code. So at least 3-4 people are familiar with part of code. Does this work? How do companies deal with this issue? Usually how many percentage of time spent on reviewing the code? Please advise, thanks to community.

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  • Writing code to be a better programmer

    - by wtfsven
    A while back I heard on a podcast about a site listing "10 applications to write that will make you a better programmer." I'm desperate to find where this is, or at the very least a decent list from someone here. The thing is, I've been writing code for about 8 years now, and it's my passion. Very few things make me happier than getting lost in some C# or Python. But I've spent the last 2 years in a job that doesn't allow me much time to do what I love. Now everyone knows that the best way to keep your coding sword sharp is to use it, and I've noticed recently that mine is getting dull. Does anyone have any suggestions on some simple programs to help flex my coding muscle? I'm one of those odd few who actually likes writing CRUD applications, so stuff like that would be nice, too.

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  • Which language to learn C# or Salesforce.com/apex for C++ programmer

    - by polapts
    Being a C++ programmer with 7-8 years of experience, I wanted to know the market trends. When I searched a little bit I found more jobs with keyword C# than C++ or Java. I am just wondering if it is a good idea to learn C# or Java from a career perspective. Also, I read somewhere about Salesforce/apex. It was mentioned that this is something in vogue. So my question is which technology I should go for C#/Java/Salesforce(Apex) from career perspective? Thanks

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  • How to avoid becoming a programmer while still beign closely involved with computer science/Industry

    - by WeShallOvercome
    I am studying computer science (A masters at an Ivy league), however most of the jobs i find involve way too much of programming. And frankly programming is not an issue, however programming without a meaning (read financial institution (non trading), other non mainstream jobs) bore me to death! I dont want to end up becoming a .NET,C#, Java kind of programmer. Can someone tell where i should look for jobs if i wish to do some real computer science work such as Machine Learning etc. I don't mind programming but becoming a Financial Software dev at Bloomeberg or an SDET at Microsoft isn't actually one of my goals. [note: I have interviewed for intern both positions listed above, and thankfully i got an intern for a data mining position in a top 750 Alexa rank web company] Sorry if angered anyone with a subjective question

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