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How bad is a Computer Science course that doesn't teach Design Patterns?

I'm at final year of my graduation in Computer Science in Brazil. The university that I study is one of the best in the country and my passion is for Software Engineering. It disappoints me, in ...
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What do I need to know [on hold]

I have a question, but I am not sure where I should have posted it.This seemed like the best option. So i was wandering what should I be able to do before I can call my self a c# dev. If possible ...
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Automatic grading of test-cases

Last year I taught a programming course, and used an automatic grading system for grading the students' homework (in addition to other evaluation measuares). It worked quite well; the bottleneck was ...
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Using online courses instead of / in addition to traditional lecturing

Some time ago, I needed to teach git in the class. So I took a 6 hours course in one of the online courses websites (I think it was udemy or coursera). The course was so good, that I was wondering why ...
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Angular vs React vs Vue

For a software course about rich client Javascript applications we want students to be able to choose what framework they will use. Now to give us a little bit of control we want them to be able to ...
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Students seem to be unable to use code to express their ideas. Is the teaching methodology improvable?

In my beginner experience as a teacher, the thing that's strucking me most is a sensation of my students' inability to express their (valid!) thoughts in code. Let me deepen it a bit. I inherited a ...
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C# Array Lesson Plan

I'll be sitting in for a teacher next week and I'll be teaching about arrays in c#. They've been taught about variables, basic types (int, string, double) and how to print data to the console. They ...
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What's a good unit testing assignment for Android?

I'm teaching a capstone (the final class in an undergraduate program) software engineering course in which we are developing Android applications in Java. I consider test-driven development and unit ...
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latest Book (2018/19) for Computer Science for Grade 2 to 8 students [closed]

I am currently looking for what book to use/adapt for the 2019-2020 school year for students Grade 2 to 8 ICGSE or CBSE or other pattern.
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3answers
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Is learning C++ recommended for beginners?

I have heard a lot of people saying C++ is a hard language to learn and is not a good language to start. I myself am a beginner in programming and have jumped straight into C++ as soon as I heard that ...
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Curriculum choice for AP Computer Science A

We are currently researching what curriculum to use/adapt for the 2019-2020 school year. It will be our first year offering AP CSA. The students taking the class will have had 3-7 years of computers ...
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Which image rotation libraries use the Paeth algorithm?

I'm teaching linear algebra, and thought I'd show my students Paeth's rotation by shearing algorithm as a nice quick example of matrix manipulations. I'd like to include the information of which ...
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6answers
105 views

Quizzes after lectures

I put together elaborate, very carefully planned out lectures, complete with highly distilled exemplars, student teach-backs, and mid-lecture activities to check for understanding. I've had feedback ...
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7answers
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Any simple Python GUI projects for beginner/novice programming students?

I teach programming at a university, at 2 freshmen courses. My students are being introduced to programming for the first time, so we have to teach them about algorithms, variables, control flow, ...
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1answer
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How to learn to solve trees, graphs questions for competitive programming

I learnt about trees and graphs from my textbooks (undergraduate level) last year. But now I'm doing competitive programming and unable to solve questions involving these concepts. I fail to ...
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5answers
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What is a good teaching example/application for jagged arrays (2d arrays with irregular row lengths)?

We are teaching an AP CS class and the topic of 2d-arrays is coming up. There are plenty of cool and approachable sample applications for standard rectanglular arrays - matrix math, MIDI music, sudoku,...
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3answers
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How to learn to program compiled languages efficiently when coming from an interpreted language?

I have experience with Python and now am learning C++, I am finding the lack of an interpreter or a repl to be a serious hinderance when learning the language, as well as the ability to type ...
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4answers
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How to write a grading rubric for coding assignments?

I'm trying to improve the grading process and I need to write some guidelines for the graders. Students submit Java code for the assignments. Any ideas/suggestion about how to structure the grading?
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How to explain ETH to undergraduate students?

I am a TA for complexity theory course. I want to explain the Exponential Time Hypothesis (ETH) to undergraduate students. They have done algorithm and theory of computation course. They know about ...
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Do you know of a complete textbook for teaching databases?

The textbooks that I know about, teaching databases, are not complete. In the sense that they lack a complete set of assignments, homework, projects, slides and instructor manual. Do you know of any ...
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1answer
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How can I set up and deliver a Computer Hardware Course for the first time?

I'm in need of major help at my current job. I'm a HS teacher and I teach a private school - I just started in August, two days before school started and five days before the previous teacher left for ...
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4answers
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Code highlight for classroom use

I am thinking about "dissecting" my code with students, going line by line and commenting (why is this the condition of the while? What does this piece of code do?) A simple example can be found here:...
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4answers
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How can I improve my understanding in Computer Science?

I am new to Computer Sciences, working as machine learning engineer. I only know the basics of programming. How can I improve my technical comprehension so that I will be able solve different ...
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JavaScript to teach Theoretical Computer Science

We have been considering moving JavaScript into our core curriculum for vocational-readiness reasons. However, our core CS curriculum focuses on concepts that won't become out of date. There are ...
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Should programming assignments be graded based on results from unit tests or based on the similarity to the correct implementation?

Imagine students in a course on algorithms & data structures, which are given homework assignments to implement things like trees, hash sets, sorting algorithms, etc. Due to the high number of ...
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2answers
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What is the best way to learn an object oriented programming language with framework, data structure and alogrithms?

At first I will say, I known some basics Python and Haskell. For now I decided to follow my programming road with Python. I have chosen a few issues and their learning path, hence I would like to know ...
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Advise on a class project

Me and my friend are both in high school taking a “PLTW” Engineering class, where our goal is to design a solution to any problem and work on that solution over the course of the year. We’re reaching ...
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Why and how is it efficient to process sorted arrays than unsorted arrays?

It is well accepted that processing sorted arrays is easier and efficient. What would be the pedagogical approach to explain how and why it is more efficient to process sorted collections than ...
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Which is easier to learn : Perl or Tcl

I work in an EDA company (Electronic Design Automation) and need to learn a scripting language. If I know basic C language, how much of the C language knowledge would be helpful in learning the two ...
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Why do educators not set an upper bound for the amount of times we're allowed to compile code?

First of all I'm sorry if the wording of my question is off so let me be more specific with what I mean; At my University we have some platforms we can code on and hand in assignments. They usually ...
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1answer
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What makes a good explanation? [closed]

I'm thinking of studying, "What makes a good explanation?" in the context of introductory computer science problems. I'm wondering if there's any pre-existing dataset containing introductory ...
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Making induction meaningful

I've been teaching inductive proofs of code correctness to high school students for three years now, and the instruction has steadily improved. Many of the students come in not having done inductive ...
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4answers
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Why some students think that programming is difficult and hard to learn, how I convince my students that programming is not difficult as they think?

Some students think that programming courses are tough and hard. I personally know some teachers who say to their students that programming is not a cup of tea. How much percent this thing is true ...
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Standardization of software [closed]

I am a CSE undergrad 1st yr student. I would like to know how software that companies use change from time to time. Can't they have a single standard software? For example: in my school they ...
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Learning disabilities as a barrier - should I stop learning?

I am not a teacher. I'm an adult with learning disabilities. I have autism and memory problems. As a child, I was way behind and stuck in SLD, where the teachers had little interest in teaching, so ...
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Java or Kotlin for beginners (procedural programming knowledge is existing)?

We are teaching an "introduction to cs" course (bachelor level) and in the first half of a year students are learning the fundamental principles of procedural languages. We are using python 3 and C as ...
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Should one study programming by doing hard problem?

As one learns programming, how useful it is to spend time to solve hard problems? Like, I saw a problem solving site where one task is for example to find a regular expression for decimal numbers ...
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Is it okay to teach C++ to my 7 year old brother?

I was thinking this for quite long, should i teach my little brother about programming in the age of 7-8? Because it will help him in the future in 12th standard and in university life. I want him to ...
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Best way to install and maintain windows 10 in a computer lab

I’m looking for the best way to maintain a school lab. There are 20 PCs in the lab. All with windows 10. What would be the best way to configure them, so that the student will be able to use them, ...
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What is good age to start learning programming?

I am thinking of offering classes for people, maybe take 5 to 10 at the time. There would be 4 hours every Saturday, twice a month, for three months. So in total 6 such sessions. The language thought ...
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How can I remain a programmer and move into currently “hot” areas? [closed]

I'm a programmer, and I want to continue as such, but I want to explore new areas. I know the future is in the big data, and virtual reality (for example), but I don't know if they have less coding ...
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Improve motivation in the final part of a project based course

Fellow educators, I am teaching a project based course composed of two parts. The first half of the course focuses on basic concepts and activities that serve as preparation for the second half where ...
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Teaching binary encoding - using different symbols

I'm teaching some introduction lessons to a classroom of 6-8 year olds about basic 21st century skills. A fundamental part of this is how computers represent numbers, words and images, which all ...
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Why does array index not start from -1 why have indexes to be positive? [closed]

Arrays start from 0 then 1,2... But why are indexes positive, why are indexes not negative?
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Exercise or example to reinforce idea of functions?

I have a group of students with a very shaky understanding of functions and their purpose (encapsulation, reuse, modularization). The assignments I give them require them to write simple functions ...
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What are Macros in programming language am little bit confuse . why we use them for which perpose? [closed]

What are macros in programming language ? And we use these macros and for which perpose.I saw a YouTube video and also read from a link but am cofused about why we use them.
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Beginner Javascript course - recommended books

I was asked to teach Javascript to total beginners. Since it would most likely be free of charge, I would rather not spend time making my own slides and material. I would follow a book or some other ...
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Explaining why arrays are important for statisticians

I am a computer engineer, and I’m teaching computer sciences one hour per week to a student who failed her second-year university degree. She needed some help to have a better understanding of ...
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What is the difference between computer science and computer engineering in brief

For a beginner who wants to walk down the path of programming and developing and etc. What is a brief explanation of the differences of the two? To clarify, Computer science is CS while software or ...
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Project based on game 2048

I'm thinking about an assignment based around the game 2048. This would be towards the end of a first programming course at the university level and assumes the students have been introduced to at ...

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