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#680806 I give up.

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 23 October 2015 - 10:37 AM

So, I've been thinking about this for a while as I continue to swat spam while seeing very few real questions. I've been on the forum for 9 years, been a moderator for most of that, and survived multiple owners.


Looking at the content, membership, etc, I think it's safe to say this forum is dead. I can't reach the new owner. I see only two other members commenting regularly. It's been a good run, I've still got my CodeCall t-shirt, mugs,  and a lot of good memories. Despite that, I think it's time to admit to myself that a site I've been a huge part of is dying, at long last.


I'll peek in from time to time, but I can't justify spending tons of time trying to prop up a website that appears to be dead, or at least on life support. I know it could be revived, but that's going to take a lot of hard work and commitment that I just don't have in myself, and that I don't think should be my responsibility. I've never been interested in being the owner, or I would have bought the site long ago.


I hope it recovers, but for now, I don't see a point in being here, when there are so many other vibrant coding sites I could be contributing to. I've turned on email notifications to PMs if any of you want to reach out to me, but I don't expect to check in regularly.

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#680276 New aspiring website for hackers!

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 27 August 2015 - 08:57 AM

You realize this forum is NOT the place to discuss hacking, right?

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#679962 adhd-can i become a computer programmer?

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 22 July 2015 - 04:53 AM

Caffeine is a well-known (but far cheaper than medication) treatment for ADHD. It helps ADHD people the same way as non-ADHD people: increased focus :)

I've taught students with ADHD and watched them learn programming languages in intense study in about a month. They still only know the basics, of course, but it's a solid foundation to work from.


One thing I tend to advise people with ADHD: try to set up your environment so you can work WITH the ADHD instead of against it. If your focus is going to be jumpy, try to have multiple projects open in different tools so you're jumping from project to project and ultimately always "on task". Another thing you can do is try to develop a rhythm of "code a little, test a little" so that you're not doing the same thing all the time. Once you have a workflow that complements your ADHD, you'll be better off.

I've also read several articles where network admins talk about ADHD making them MORE effective in their jobs than people without. Since many of them also do scripting to accomplish their tasks, that may be an area of interest, too.

Side note: DarkLordofthePenguins, can I call you Penguinthulhu?

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#679111 Site transition issues

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 29 April 2015 - 04:41 AM

Charles, why would he make the CSS inline? That makes no sense, and would slow down the site.

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#678989 swf to apk online converter

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 20 April 2015 - 04:43 AM

Please stop asking the same question hoping for a different answer. Already answered here: http://forum.codecal...es/#entry678948

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#678797 help me

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 09 April 2015 - 04:17 AM

cout << "1\n212\n32123\n4321234\n543212345"

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#678514 Mathematical Concepts Useful for Programming

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 23 March 2015 - 04:35 AM

It's going to depend to a certain degree on what you plan to do, and what you've had so far. Discrete math is always useful for programmers. Abstract algebra was my key to really understanding operator overloading, classes, etc. If you want to implement implement approximations of integrals, then there are a few numerical approximations courses you can take.


With that said, you can sometimes do just as well with no additional math. Much of programming uses relatively little math, beyond a little bit of algebra.

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#678250 Books, online tutorials or both?

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 05 March 2015 - 05:10 AM

I'm a book person. However, the TYPES of books I buy has changed over the years. When I started, I got text books. They have lots of example problems in the back of the book, and lots of guidance on style, etc.


When I wanted to learn C# recently, I got the C# Pocket Reference as my first book. It's about 100 pages the size of a paperback, not a 1000 page tome. I was able to read through that and grasp the essential nature of the language and start writing programs in Visual Studio. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't great, but I could read that book in a day and essentially know what's going on. Then I got C# in a Nutshell. Again, no problems to solve in the book, just a far more detailed reference to the language. That helped with with several concepts that had eluded me (LINQ especially).

I also read the books differently from when I started. When I was first learning C and C++, I would read a chapter, do problems, read a chapter, do problems. Now, I read programming books before going to sleep. I don't use everything in them, I try to absorb concepts and differences, then look things up again when I'm doing actual code, either in a book or online.

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#678227 How to you stay productive when you don't feel like it

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 04 March 2015 - 09:33 AM

A good question might be, "What are you doing with the new language to demonstrate competence/mastery?"


My guess is you're learning a variety of languages in order to be attractive in the job market. In that case, your goal is not to learn a bunch of languages so you can check them off on a list, but to have a portfolio of applications that you can use to demonstrate your skills. For each language, before you start it, you may want to set a challenge to yourself of building a particular application in that language by the end. Now you aren't trying to "learn a language", you're trying to "build application XYZ in this language".


I don't know if that'll work for you, but I actually picked up the basics of C# in about a week and then built a simple todo application that saves its data to XML in about a day.

Something else you may want to do, if what I just said sounds crazy/impossible, is pick up the book Seven Languages in Seven Weeks. It's quite possible that your problem is how you're trying to learn new languages.  When we're in school, we get giant books about a language and steadily work through them over the course of several months. For the first language, it feels like a nightmare of information overload. For the second couple, it feels stressful. The next few are pretty easy. Then you start learning other stuff, like compiler theory, etc.

When you get to your tenth language, trying to read a 1000 page book that explains the concept of inheritance for OOP in excruciating detail for the seventh time is going to be painful. The problem isn't with you, it's you grabbed the wrong book :)

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#676980 Blogs

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 18 December 2014 - 10:38 AM

I make a point of reading regularly, but sometimes have no meaningful feedback on the post.

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#676923 Is it a "strong" password?

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 16 December 2014 - 09:29 AM

Actually, it IS strong if it's written on the bottom. If people have physical access to my wireless router, network access is no longer the problem. They can plug in an ethernet cable and be just as connected.

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#676919 Is it a "strong" password?

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 16 December 2014 - 07:52 AM

If you have bought a home wireless router recently, you'll notice they have long, complex passwords. A typical password is something like "A3?fr7_9Dx!LupQ" It's long, and resembles a string of random characters more than anything else. It's completely immune to dictionary attack, stringing together dictionary words, etc. It can ONLY be broken through brute force or some inherent protocol weakness.

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#676916 What kind of music are you listening while coding?

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 16 December 2014 - 05:52 AM

It depends on what I'm coding, what my mood is, etc. My go-to bands are Gorillaz, Unkle, and Beats Antique, with They Might Be Giants seeing frequent use as well.

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#676780 Hey Everybody!

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 09 December 2014 - 05:20 AM

Welcome aboard!

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#676459 How many hours do you code a day?

Posted by WingedPanther73 on 24 November 2014 - 07:46 AM

It varies WIDELY from day to day, project to project, etc. I have days where I produce no code at all (often doing misc paperwork), and other days where I code 6-7 hours per day.


Lines of code is pretty meaningless as a metric, since different languages can express different amounts of logic in a line of code. Additionally, depending on the type of project I'm doing, I can sometimes copy hundreds of lines from an external source, do a regex search/replace, and have hundreds of lines perfectly good code.

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