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Jan
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comment Can One Get a Solid Programming Foundation Without Going To College/University?
This is mostly a problem where hiring is done through an Human Resources (HR) department. The best way to deal with it is to build a business social network of IT managers who know you or at least of you, and let try to side-step the HR "filter" process. In other words, people without degrees tend to have to be better at marketing their skills and services themselves, rather than applying for advertised positions. Most competent IT managers will hire based on a solid track record, and reputation (i.e. referral from someone they trust). Don't expect to get a government job. It's rare nowadays
Jan
6
comment What non-programming books should a programmer read to help develop programming/thinking skills?
@MAK, they are actually more about software management than about actual programming directly. They are classics that I strongly recommend to any if not every professional developer for becoming a more well rounded developer. I admit they are at the fuzzy border of whether they are programming or non-programming books about development/software management.
Dec
31
answered Question about programming in linux
Dec
31
comment Question about programming in linux
The other largest Unix/Linux editor camp is Vi/Vim, of which I strongly recommend you learn the very basics of vi, but use vim if you prefer its modal command style. Emacs has a steep learning curve compared to other editors, but it is incredibly powerful.
Dec
31
answered Usage of Pirated software at a company
Dec
31
comment Usage of Pirated software at a company
@Walter, piracy or more formally intellectual property infringement is not the same as theft, in that it involves (typically) unauthorized (& unlicensed) duplication of a work (in copyright). The original copyright owner (holder) is not deprived of their copy (i.e. the item), but is deprived of the lost opportunity of income. I am not condoning or supporting piracy, but intellectual property (IP) is a complex environment, so please avoid emotionally loaded words or phrases.
Dec
31
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
I'll disagree. While I understand that psychometric testing, can be a useful exercise for an individual, their value is in my opinion oversold within HR hiring as to their effectiveness. I think the actual core value is in understanding / remembering, acknowledging, and learning to work with (i.e. co-operate or utilize the strengths of) other people's personalities, and learn to utilize your strengths. I.e. Not everyone thinks / works / acts like you do, but you are most productive when you work in a manner that suits your personality (within reason and healthy balance).
Dec
29
answered Should a developer know the inner workings of the computers' hardware?
Dec
29
answered Important non-technical course for programmers?
Dec
29
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Dec
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comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
The best short (too short on its own) introduction to understanding your employer for me was What Your CEO Wants You To Know by Ram Charan -- amazon.com/What-CEO-Wants-You-Know/dp/0609608398/… -- you can read in 15 minutes, but can help start a new or young developer to realize what that "big picture" talk is actually all about.
Dec
29
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
@dan_waterworth, I disagree, I think all programmers have a responsibility to their users to be humane. Also understanding some psychology can help some developers interact with people in an organization that are not so purely abstract or intellectually focused, but are critical for the organization to survive. Of course Abnormal Psychology can be taken for its own enjoyment of self-diagnosis.
Dec
29
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
Arguably Statistics, English, Behaviour analysis (psychology / sociology) are not "technical" topics typically associated with programming. If every programmer read How To Lie With Statistics and understood enough psychology to understand that not everyone thinks & acts like they do, I believe the world might be a (bit) better place.
Dec
29
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
@dukeofgaming: Backend interfaces (e.g. API) need to well designed. They are not visual-focused, but good design is still critical, in fact perhaps more important as computers are less resilient than humans when dealing with poor interfaces. I think design principles rather than purely graphic design is an important yet neglected topic for programmers' education.
Dec
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answered Are debugging skills important to become a good programmer?
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Aug
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comment Is it ok if I don't know C but I am good with C++?
@DeadMG, my point is that although it may not be your domain, it is still, a large, non-trivial sub-industry of computer programming.
Aug
24
answered Is it ok if I don't know C but I am good with C++?