101 reputation
bio website
location San Antonio, TX
age 35
visits member for 3 years, 2 months
seen May 10 at 1:22

Career: Software Developer
Degree: B.S. Computer Information Systems.
Certificates: MCP: HTML5 Development with CSS3 & JavaScript
                      MCP: Programming with C#

favorite joke: Knock knock. Who's there? ... (long pause) ... Java!

Favorite quote: "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. -Anonymous-

Projects:   plus.google.com/113946341668470653930/photos

awarded  Commentator
comment Can working with bad code erode your programming skills?
I hope you're a mentor.
comment What do employers look for in self-taught applicants?
I was about to say I should come work for you, based on your requirements, but I have no idea what a tree/hash map is lol. After three years of living and breathing software/web development I still get slammed at interviews for things I've never heard of. Makes me feel like I haven't learned a thing. Sometimes I swear you all make this stuff up. Either that, or I really won't learn anything until I get hired.
answered What can I do to strengthen up my pen and pencil coding skills?
comment Upcoming Google interview, looking for some preparation advice
"... Java...preferred programming languages for Google " I didn't know that. Explains why Chrome uses 3x the resources as other browsers. (Knock knock. Who's there? ... long pause ... Java!)
comment Newbie ASP.NET developer being forced into MVC4 with WebForms
For what it's worth, I understand the situation you're in. I to am a newbie C# developer who got hired and 'bushwhacked' per say. I learned LOD development with Win forms and VS2010 in college, but was told by employer I needed to build an HMI for industrial blow molding equipment using VS 2005, compact5 framework for Win CE, and because CE does not support WPF, I was told to hand-code graphics using the GDI. Aside from being new, I was also the only developer. After 3 months with no guidance I had to leave. My advice to you, you have mentors there, speak with your boss about your concerns.
comment Let go yet again from another job, should I give up on programming?
I couldn't have written this question any better. I have the same exact issues to the letter. I have also been let go from several jobs due to the fact that I am slower than most programmers and my communication is also very poor. Like the OP, I to was hired due to my abilities to perform complex tasks from scratch(entire websites using MS Notepad). Before anyone asks, I do have ADD. People with ADD are perfectionists and require 100% of the details or else everything crumbles. We must learn programming from the ground up.
awarded  Supporter
awarded  Editor
comment Are certifications worth it?
Looking back at my original comment and the 4 downgrades it received, I can't help but chuckle. After $110,000 and four years of 15 hour days studying IT/Programming I couldn't find a job to save my life. 3 days after getting my MS certification I was hired. I guess futures OP's can take that for what it's worth.
awarded  Autobiographer
answered Are certifications worth it?