25
Sep

MIT computer scientists’ favorite free coding resources


[MUSIC PLAYING] What’s a free coding resource
you could never do without? A free coding resource that
I could never do without is definitely GitHub,
both Git and GitHub for keeping track of code
and managing large software projects. Probably Jupyter Notebooks. It’s an interactive sort
of console to type code and visualize whatever
data you’re working with. And it makes it really easy to
work on projects interactively and quickly. I could probably never
do without Stack Exchange where it’s just a
lot of programmers coming together and
giving each other answers to their problems. Stack Overflow is incredible. I probably use it at
least 10 times a day to figure out what’s
[INAUDIBLE] in my program. Stack Overflow is the
most incredible website where if you just
need to do something and you have no idea
how to get started, you type it into Google. And probably the first result is
a Stack Overflow result saying, this is how you
solve this problem. That, I think, has
really revolutionized both the democratization
of coding because people can go and figure out how to
solve their problem if they’re stuck and also has really sort
of created this great community online where people can
ask and answer questions. Definitely Stack Overflow. I feel like if Stack
Overflow ever went down or if they decided
to charge for it, the entire programming community
would just go up in flames.

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8 Comments

  • Amit kumar says:

    Of course it has to be Stack Overflow. I can't even imagine working a project without it.

  • Aditya Shukla says:

    I agree with them, but at the same time most computer scientists already know about and actively use these resources.
    I think the students played safe and instead of giving some useful information, gave us popular references.
    I am surprised to find no mention of r/programming and related sub-reddits.
    I also believe that references to IBM developer forum and IEEE Collabrtec would have been far better.
    For a person who follows and respects CSAIL, this video is a let down.

  • awimagic says:

    I learnt a lot from the kind and gifted folks on various IRC channels, particularly on freenode

  • No Name says:

    it's all about stealing your data

  • Naofumi Iwatani says:

    Yawn. Give us something useful

  • Nicholas Lastname says:

    I couldn't 'live without' the standard library documentation for whatever language I'm using.

  • Süleyman ŞEHİR says:

    Post 42

  • Catend says:

    I'm not saying these aren't useful sites, but these are obvious choices that anyone other than an absolute beginner would already know… so I guess I'm saying this information isn't useful.

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