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Programming Can Help You Learn Foreign Languages

Posted by WingedPanther73, 01 July 2012 - * * * - - · 1321 views

One of my most recent projects is learning Japanese. What can I say? I love anime, but would rather not have to read English subtitles. Crazy, right?

Anyway, it turns out that Japanese basically uses postfix notation instead of infix notation for their sentences.  What do I mean by that? In English, we say things like "I kicked the ball." In...


Book Review: Php Ajax Cookbook

Posted by WingedPanther73, 08 April 2012 - - - - - - · 2080 views

I recently finished reading my first "cookbook" style programming book: PHP Ajax Cookbook: http://www.packtpub....0-cookbook/book . This is my first cookbook review, so I thought I'd start by clarifying what this is and is not. It is not a textbook-style book, similar to...


Thoughts on being a moderator

Posted by WingedPanther73, 11 February 2012 - - - - - - · 1025 views

Dunno why I'm posting this one, but what the heck?

One of the things I've been doing for several years now is being a moderator for this site. Occasionally, someone will join who is eager to join the ranks of moderators. Other times, we grow enough where we need to add one or two more members to our ranks. Regardless, there seems to be no awareness that...


Book Review: Java The Complete Reference, 7th Edition

Posted by WingedPanther73, 03 December 2011 - - - - - - · 1065 views

Welcome to a book I will never recommend to someone who wants to start learning how to program with Java: http://www.amazon.co...22920795&sr=1-2 . This books is a great example of how you will change the types of books you want for learning as you progress. ...


Wikis: a skill?

Posted by WingedPanther73, 29 September 2011 - - - - - - · 670 views

I've run into something recently, and it's started me wondering: is using a wiki a skill that isn't normally taught?

For reference, I've posted on around 4 different wikis, including MediaWiki (private server), Hatta Wiki, and TiddlyWiki. In each case, after poking around at documentation on formatting markup, I've quickly started using it to organize my...


Book Review: Data Analysis with Open Source Tools

Posted by WingedPanther73, 01 September 2011 - - - - - - · 706 views

One of the questions that gets asked a LOT on this forum is, "How much math do you need to know to be a good programmer?" The general consensus is usually something along the lines of, "Some algebra, but more always helps." As a mathematician, I never really like that answer, because I know there is so much more that it is good for programmers to be aware...


Book Review: Manage It!

Posted by WingedPanther73, 17 August 2011 - - - - - - · 676 views

In case you didn't guess, this "programming" book is actually a project management book, focussing on managing software projects. So, should you bother with this book? I mean, most people reading this want write software, not manage it, right? There's a few things that make it a worthwhile read. I'll break these down into a few categories, depending on...


Book Review: Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software

Posted by WingedPanther73, 26 July 2011 - - - - - - · 653 views

I know, you're shocked that I'm reading another book by The Pragmatic Programmers. This is a book about what types of things you should look at doing when you get ready to release a major software product. That should immediately alert you to what it is NOT about.

This is NOT a book that will help you get through your programming homework. It will not...


Learning a new language: C#

Posted by WingedPanther73, 18 June 2011 - * * * * * · 905 views

Last Tuesday, I decided it was time for me to finally learn C#. I feel pretty comfortable with C, C++, Delphi, Lazarus, VBScript, JavaScript, and ColdFusion. I'm also familiar enough with Java, Lisp, and a smattering of other languages to feel pretty confident that I can do this.

As a result, I picked up C# 4.0 Pocket Reference and started reading. I...


Book Review: Ship It! A Practical Guid to Successful Software Projects

Posted by WingedPanther73, 20 April 2011 - - - - - - · 745 views

Before I get too far, I'll say this: if you have already read a few books from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, you will not find a lot of new ideas in here. However, the book is short enough that it's a very easy read, and won't stress you out.

The focus on this book is simple, what can you do to get your product out the door? The material is broken down into...