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System to validate run time complexity requirements

TL;DR: Do you know of a method/system that can determine the run time complexity of code automatically? At our university we have a system in place that allows students to submit their code and get ...
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Explain to someone that programming isn't just all “if”s and “else”s

I have a friend who, in his mind, has the wrong image about programming. Whenever I mention that programming is fun and that one can enjoy it very much especially if they like solving problems (both ...
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Programming language for teenagers

I have been asked to give an introductory programming course for kids between 14-15 years old. Scratch seems like a good option for young children, maybe up to 12 years old. Python, is also a good ...
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How can I improve other programming languages while having command on one language

As in computer science field we have to learn several programming languages like C++, Java, C#, python, php etc to complete our tasks and home assignments. However you are good in only one language. ...
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Should I teach modern web development in an introductory programming course? How?

I'm currently teaching a introductory programming class in a technological university course (FYI, this is a type of university course that is not a BS). The recommended language to use for this ...
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Abreviation of practical work assignment?

I teach programming in french where we use the ambiguous names labo for laboratoire == laboratory or ...
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Any relevant research in Motivation?

I came across another reference to how CS education does not produce bimodal grade distributions etc. Also re-read some stuff about gender issues, that women are not mentored and supported and so on. ...
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Recent Graduate becomes a teacher

In less than one month I'll be graduating from the equivalent of high school (I'm in Latvia). In my high school you also get a certificate based on which career you choose eg. a Chef or a Computer ...
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Classification of programming exercises

I wondered what attempts were made to classify programming exercises for students in their learning path, just like taxonomy in biology. For example : A "concept covered" criteria from generic to ...
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Spring core exercices

I'm actually studying (free studying using online books) to pass the Pivotal Spring core certification and i need some exercices (online or pdf) to practice in order to master the framework as well, ...
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How can programming skills be improved?

I often take help from online videos to improve my programming skills, but I am not successful. Videos help me in debugging my code, but I am not improving my programming. Is there any other way ...
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How to recast an ASPX application as Object Oriented

I am a programmer in a small department creating some new tools and applications with ASPX and SQL, and explaining the methodology to co-workers, and writing documentation (so the question here ...
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how can i build up interest in learning some dry but important subjects of BS(CS)?

As a student we didn't have interest in every subject of computer science because some of these subjects have different domains of learning. But in case if you have didn't properly done with one ...
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Is it a good idea to teach algorithm courses using pseudocode instead of a real programming language?

I am a young professor teaching a data structures course for the first time. I'm teaching at an engineering college that provides an academic degree, but the focus is preparing future computer ...
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Shallow, broad and general introduction to programming

I've planned a shallow and broad curriculum for a summer program (5 days a week for 2 weeks, 9:00 to 17:00) or sorts, and the flow of the subjects seems flawed. The students are gifted (not a ...
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How should one go into learning algorithms and data structures? What do you think is an efficient way to do so?

Should one first understand its logic and see its implementation? Or should one try to implement it first oneself? How should one learn so that one can quickly implement the algorithm or data ...
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Abstract data type that has “include” “remove” and “is in” and only those

In a data structures course, we see trees, balanced trees, hash tables. These have an important thing in common: we can use them to keep a collection of elements (with operations add and remove) and ...
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Bit stuffing in ethernet [migrated]

I am naive to computer networks. I studied bit stuffing protocol which helps in identifying the end of the frame. If we assume a two systems which use ethernet protocol at data link layer. How the end ...
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Is it better to lie to students or to be pedantic when teaching Intro CS?

When teaching Intro CS in Java, I sometimes tell students things that are not entirely true, such as that, unlike abstract classes, interfaces cannot contain any code. (For those of you unfamiliar ...
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How can I automate the grading of programming assignments?

As a TA, the usual workflow for grading programming assignments for an introductory course would be: Some instructors used email as a submission mechanism (yes, really.) So, search for submissions in ...
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Recommended IDE for teaching web development to beginners

I have been assisting an IT teacher who has recently started teaching computer science to year 7-9s (11-13 year-olds). This year they will just be covering basic client-side web development: HTML, CSS ...
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What is the closest pair problem useful for?

The closest pair problem is the famous problem of finding out the closest pair of points given an arbitrary set of points on a plane. This problem has a divide and conquer algorithm and often is used ...
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Method for keeping records in a computer science notebook?

Which recording method is best used for computer science. The Cornel method or the subsequent method developed by Scott Young who mastered the MIT program in a year. To be honest, I have problems ...
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A real world example for the divide and conquer method

Can someone give a real world example for the divide and conquer method? For example, I've heard the boomerang used to explain the idea of a loop back address. What is a real world example we can use ...
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What are good sample programs for learning to use a debugger?

One skill I teach students in Java 1 is how to use a debugger, specifically: single-stepping through code using breakpoints viewing the values of variables going up and down the call stack I have ...
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This question is for anyone who has read Introduction to Algorithms by MIT press 3rd edition - Exercises, how to make them easier?

I'm a student at a liberal arts college who has recently been taking classes at a tech school due to our schools cross-exchange program. I did not do well last semester, so I have spent the summer ...
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Why teach C using scanf without talking about command line arguments?

Most of the books I read give examples using printf and scanf. At some point the students know perfectly how to use these two ...
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Framework vs Vanilla JS for students

I'm serving as a tech lead for a student group's charity project. We're building a website which puts a bunch of homelessness resources in one place. There are two goals to the project: create a ...
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What are some good problems which can be solved with a queue?

I am trying to introduce the idea of stacks and queues in a course on data structures. For stacks, my idea was to show some interesting examples of problems, like evaluating an expression in RPN, or ...
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Through what basic programming language can beginners easily get the concept of programming? [duplicate]

I have some students that are from medical background and have no concept of programming. So, which language I should teach to them to make their basic concept of programming perfect?
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What are some good introductory projects?

I'm teaching introductory programming for high school. Back in the day, when I was starting out, DOS and Unix terminal prompt was normal UI, and console apps would spark kids interest. Now, on the ...
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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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Python IDE for beginners

With a bunch of colleagues we will start learning Python together. I'm a programmer, but I'm new to python. Most of my colleagues know some VBA, but are generally new to programming. What IDE do you ...
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Anyone teach web development? How do you assess it?

I've been teaching Java and C# for years and I'll be picking up a web development (HTML, CSS, JS) course in the fall semester because our department is down a faculty member and won't be filling the ...
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Array or vector? Two dimensional array or matrix?

I'm from Brazil and I'm involved with programming language teaching for, at least, ten years. I have a background in computer science and my colleagues tend to use the term ...
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Is it easy for professors to get academic versions of software from IBM?

I'm developing a big data algorithms course, and would love to teach students how to use IBM's InfoSphere streams platform, which I once used years ago. Does anyone have experience reaching out to ...
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How can we determine which students are a good fit for an educational program?

tl;dr: How should I be thinking about assessing technical experience for admission into an educational program? At my day job, I help run a program that invites undergraduate students to get "real ...
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Are there any resources out there to continue developing my students' programming skills after Code Combat

I am teaching several classes consisting of 12-15 year-olds the beginnings of programming by exposing them to Code Monkey and Code Combat. These resources successfully engage most of my students and ...
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How To develop One's Interest in Programming [closed]

My younger brother is having a hard time learning programming. This seems strange because he's very good at other computer related subjects. He isn't choosing any other field, so how can he develop ...
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Publication outlets for research by undergraduates?

In mathematics, we have lots of undergraduate research journals. In CS, you can publish by either conference proceedings or journal papers. Are there peer-reviewed conferences or journals aimed at ...
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What do A-level students, that have not done GCSE, struggle with?

I will be teaching key-stage-3 pupils, in a school with no key-stage 4 or 5 in the computing subjects. Some of these pupils may wish to do computing at key-stage-5 at another school. Does anyone ...
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How to create webpage slides for teaching?

I have PDF slides prepared in Latex. I would like to have all of my slides in a website where students can find all learning materials, animations, examples, etc. Do you have any experience with ...
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End of Year Movies For CS Classes

The last day of school is a half day for us and it isn't one where my students are too engaged... Last year I showed Hidden Figures and it went over pretty well. Many students were stunned by the ...
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Assignment repositories

Are there any assignment repositories that you use for assignment ideas? I am aware of the Nifty Assignments from Stanford and have used several. There are a lot of good fine grained problems on ...
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Are There Exercises To Build Software Development Research Skills?

Would anyone refer me to exercises or resources to help learners build their research skills? I mean I'm trying to get learners to think in terms of solving their own problems before bothering other, ...
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Helping students adjust to using industrial-strength IDEs

Something I've often observed is that many students find it challenging to figure out how to use full-fledged IDEs such as Eclipse, Netbeans, Visual Studios, IntelliJ, and PyCharm. From what I can ...
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Creating Interactive Gnu/Linux shell programming courses

I am looking to create interactive workbooks that teach the Gnu/Linux terminal to students. This would be presented in such a way that one half of the screen is an interactive terminal, running the ...
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What do I do if my computing teacher does not teach the subject properly?

I'm a student in the UK, and I have a computer science lesson every two weeks. Most people would think computer science is my favourite subject, as I started coding from a very young age, but the ...
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How to teach so that your student doesn't feel stupid?

I'll start by admitting I'm not a teacher. But I am a professional computer programmer with over 20 years of experience and a BS in computer science. I'm also a dad. My daughter is 9 years old and is ...
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Do automatic style hints help students to understand the language they're learning?

Do automatic style hints (like those provided by linters) significantly increase the student's understanding of the language they're learning? I am asking because I assist in a course that uses a ...

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