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How to find the last created file using python or C? [on hold]

Hallow guys, I'm learning programming on my own so I still don't know much. Can you guys help me out here, I need a Python or C program which find the last created file in a certain directory e.g (C:\...
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What is the differnce 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? Edit: To clarify, Computer science is CS while software ...
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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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Mental Model of Type Conformance/Subtype Polymorphism

I'm finding that my CS2 students really struggle with the notions of type conformance and subtype polymorphism in Java. Say we have the following: ...
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First project in my second year data structures intro

I am currently teaching the pretty much normal second year Data Structures and Algorithms course. In this course there are four programming projects, with the first project completed the automated ...
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Need a good “streaming” software for coding tutorials/workshops

I'm doing a coding workshop and I can't seem to find a good way to stream a part of my screen (or some windows in my screen) into a projector. I only need the code editor and terminal/command prompt ...
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Example for Introduction to Generics in Java

Any good example classes for introducing generics in Java? I'm introducing this in the context of implementing ArrayList, but I don't want my first example to be <...
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How would you explain what is a race condition to a five years old

TL;DR: How would you explain what is a race condition to a five years old. Which analogy to concepts he is familiar with would you use? Long version: I am not a teacher but a software engineer. ...
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Data and Database modelling books

I need a suggestion for books for my University. I have a subject called "Data and database modeling" but we lack of books. Our professor gave as barely understandable scripts. This is an official ...
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Software to produce an interactive presentation?

I'm tasked with leading a couple information sessions (totaling 4 hours) to teach non-programmers how to get started in Python. The audience is software testers employed in a technology department. I ...
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How to gamify the learning management system

I have been reading up on how to shift more of my teaching resources on to the Learning Management System, to make it easier to access from other locations even though I mostly teach in a classroom. ...
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Python function has access to global variables, and doesn't need passed arguments

When teaching functions in Python I get a little annoyed that the code below actually prints out the greeting. I know the preferred way would be to pass in the name, but, for students, if it works ...
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A Binarization Method for Degraded Document Image using Artificial Neural Network and Interpolation Inpainting [migrated]

I am doing a research on above cited topic but I am stuck with how to actually start the project on this. What tools are required for this kind of project? What resources are required to do project ...
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Methods for engaging students when teaching unpopular or unfashionable topics

The world is full of computing technologies that have been put to productive use but may be unpopular or unfashionable with students today due to their complexity, their lack of support, limited ...
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Lab ideas for set theory

The title of the question actually says almost everything there is to say. I cannot think of any programming labs whatsoever that would naturally flow from set theory. My students will be coding in ...
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What belongs in a low-math undergraduate AI elective besides ML?

The primarily undergraduate institution at which I teach does not have an Artificial Intelligence course. We do have classes on Data Analysis and Machine Learning: DATA 150: Introduction to Data ...
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Will I Regret Using Python As A Teaching Language When I Later Need to Teach Static Typing?

Given the prevalence of Python as a first language at many universities I think using Python as a language to teach new software developers is a good approach. But there's one thing that concerns me. ...
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How to give students practice with streaming computation?

I'm teaching a theory-focused randomized algorithms course at the undergraduate level, and have included a section on streaming algorithms. It would be great to get students to implement these ...
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Small to medium scale exercises about Haskell's higher abstractions

Short version: Where can I find highly varying, small or medium-sized exercises and examples on the use, identification and instance declaration of Haskell's abstractions such as applicatives, monads, ...
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How to convince students that self learning is an important skill?

I am teaching beginner programmers with a variety of backgrounds. Towards the end of the course, we encourage more independent and team based learning rather than lecture based learning. This is ...
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book recommendation: basic, broad and solid overview for advanced learners

I did a PhD in software engineering, now working in financial IT. I had a proper education in algorithms, datastructures, operating systems, networks, software etc. and worked as a tutor for Java, OOP,...
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Why do we count starting from zero?

In computer science, we usually count starting from 0. Is there any effective way to explain why, to new programmers who ask why? I've read a bunch of different sources that list several reasons for ...
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Study Advice for a CS Student

It's my second year in my computer science degree, 2nd semester. I feel like I am still not good enough and not satisfied with myself! I still can't program and when I have a task I can't think. I ...
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How Can I Apply Spaced Repetition To Teaching CS?

Lately I've been seeing quite a bit on the importance of spaced repetition in retention of skills. My job is to level up a group of C# developers and I'm trying to figure out how to apply the idea of ...
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Short foundational lessons for 7-8 year olds

I have an opportunity to run four classes of about half an hour, with 7 to 8 year olds (my sons age). This is part of a program called STEM professionals in schools. All I am there to do really is ...
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Why are pointers a key topic in a CS curriculum and oft cited as something people don't get?

I was reading a Q&A on Meta Software Engineering and saw some people make reference to pointers, as well as this SE. I see several Q&A here relating to pointers as well. I don't understand ...
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What can be the causes of the difference in student performance?

The box-plot represents the number of programming tasks performed correctly in 30 minutes.These tasks are designed to learn basic CS concepts: sequences, loops, conditional ... Each box represents an ...
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How is computer science (and education) different today than some decades ago?

My sister, her husband and I (the older generation) were sitting at the dinner table with their two children (the younger generation), discussing computer science. One of the members of the older ...
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How to retain technical information about new features?

I'm going through an online training on Apex and Salesforce (trailhead), and I don't know how to retain all this info. I'm memorizing it, and trying to build stuff, but I'm still not retaining it.... ...
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Where one can learn CS in very rigorous way? [closed]

I'm interested both mathematics and computer science. I like math because one can formalize it rigorously and I have seen that many things can be defined by sets. Is there similar thing in computer ...
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In self-teaching, how can I move from basic tutorials to more complex work?

I'm currently learning SQL (specifically T-SQL) and focusing on searching databases, not building/editing them. This is pretty much the first language I'm learning, so I don't have a CS background to ...
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Teacher Community - Using CS50 for AP

I will be teaching AP Computer Science Principals this fall for the first time. I've decided to use the CS50 curriculum. (partially due to Curriculum choice for AP Computer Science Principles) Is ...
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Best way to pass on the problem solving experience

In my workplace, my team (working both on a ASP.Net MVC ecommerce and a C++ client) had a recent addition of two young members. One is a fresh graduate and the other worked as PHP programmer for some ...
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Advice for becoming more confident in programming

I apologize if this isn't the right kind of forum to ask this question, but I've been feeling helpless. I'm in my 4th year in college as a CS major. However, I am horrible at programming (relative to ...
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What are the “intangibles” that distinguish one university's CS program from another?

Both Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Yale are top schools. (I attended both; one as an undergraduate, one as a graduate student, neither as a CS major). Their curricula aren't all that different. ...
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How important is it that I know all of the words for the technical terms when mentoring in my second language?

Every year for the past few years, I've been mentoring at Scratch Day, helping the kids with their projects during the course of the workshops. The problem? This takes place in my second language, ...
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Are programming contests beneficial to students?

Background: I’m not entirely a CS educator, but I did run into a debate on whether programming contests are good for students. A lot of people around me have fun in programming contests. Usually, ...
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Easy to use database for HS students

I'm a web design teacher and I teach 9th graders (14 year olds) in the US. Currently the 9th grade curriculum in my HS programme teaches students CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Students can create buttons,...
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How it's better to teach web development - videos or articles?

I want to create a web development blog that I will teach there variety of subjects that usually people not talking about it, or there it not so much articles/tutorials about it. The title is ...
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Students frequently distracted by peers and games

I have a class which is in a computer lab (each student has a computer). These are standard Windows computers. The computer lab is organized into rows, with students on either side of a row facing ...
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Would it be beneficial to learn computer science (or other computer related stuff) from 5-6 year old material?

There are so many resources on the internet for self-learning computer science, such as the MIT OCW courses. However, some of those courses are around 5 to 6 years old taught in 2012 or 2013. There ...
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What advantages do students who learn how to touch type have?

Would a student's overall CS education benefit by having such a skill, and if so why not make it a required prerequisite? An editor notes that there are three (at least) different ideas here that ...
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Looking for puzzle/game programmes, so students can write solvers

I was playing some logic puzzles, and was thinking that they would be good for students to program solvers, that can be plugged in to the game logic. Some of the quantities to make them useful, in ...
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How to structure a Predictive Keyboard project similar to GBoard

Many are now familiar with GBoard, the Google / Android predictive Keyboard. I don't actually know how it works. Obviously it must gather usage data on the device where it is being used, but it ...
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Courage to Attack Difficult Questions

In a recent blog post Eugene Wallingford says that when teaching: I frequently pose a problem for them to work on for a few minutes before we look at a solution, or several candidates, as a group. ...
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Becoming a master from a newbie at Computer Science and Electronics [closed]

I want to learn about Computers and Electronics and presently don't hold any kind of degree in the same. My urge to learn is entirely driven by my interest and curiosity for these subjects. I will be ...
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Textbook on Optimization

Can anyone suggest some good textbooks on optimization for MSc level? Books with more concrete applications and examples on real problems would be more appreciated. I am more interested in algorithm ...
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How can Chatbots be useful in CS education?

I am reading this book published ten years ago and it says that chatbots can be very useful in helping students with course details and to break the ice. I am not familiar with chatbots, so I have ...
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Difficulty of algorithms homework problems

I have a question for educators, from the perspective of a TA. I'm happy to post my question elsewhere if it's not appropriate for this site. Homework problems in algorithms classes often involve ...
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The confusing Unix permissions terminology

The GNU manpage (what you'll find on a Linux system) – but pretty much any Unix manpage – of chown (the command for changing the owning user and owning group in ...

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