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comment How does agile estimate the time required for a “research phase”?
Could you flesh that out a bit with an example of what that looks like, possibly linking to some authoritative sources on the matter for further reading? (or, since I know agile isn't an exact science, cite some agile semi-authoritative sources)?
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comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
I was really torn between this answer and the one I selected. Will update the post with a brief explanation as to why I made the choice, linking to a longer explanation should you care to read it. The answer you gave was absolutely critical, insightful, and invaluable. Thank you very much.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Yeah, I'll just kinda throw my hands up in the air. As long as people can use google or stack exchange to at least find the answers, I'm happy. The content needs to be easily discoverable in the future by people who have the same question.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Over at meta (meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/3513/…) I'm actually encouraging them to move it to a more appropriate destination. According to the official FAQ the question isn't appropriate for this forum. However, observing the de facto use of Programmers, I feel that it's appropriate to be here. The moderators can make up their mind where it best fits. To summarize my thoughts on moving it: According to what Programmers is supposed to be it doesn't belong here, but according to what Programmers is it fits perfectly.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
THIS. This is very good. In fact I consider this to be a more than valid answer. The marked answer was just a bit more validier... *sigh* so hard to judge with so many great answers :( Wish I could help your rep out more. But since I know you in real life (but mostly through twitter as we've previously discussed haha), I'll have to buy you a beer or some whiskey as a consolation prize.
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comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! Just about every other response was also good, very few contained anything that was wrong or unhelpful. I'll be updating the question to include a small section about why I chose this, and a link to a blog post that fleshes it out in more detail (the reason for putting such an explanation on my blog instead of Programmers is due to the already HUGE length of the post, as well as the growing number of concerned moderators who already feel the question is ill suited for this site). Stay posted. And thanks again.
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comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
thank you @gnat, appreciate the pointer.
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Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
I apologize, you are correct. Nobody else suggested CS classes as electives. While it's good advice, and certainly not wrong, some of the other responses have been more thorough and addressed the three questions in better context with the rest of my question. Not to negate any of the advice you give (I give you a +1), it will be taken to heart for sure, sincerely, thank you very much, and again sorry for my mistake.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Oh, and speaking of networking, I'd love to hear more about your story! Sounds like we share a lot of the same path / goals. Feel free to chose whichever contact method works best for you at paulhazen.net/about, and we'll grab that beer.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
I feel really bad that I can't mark this as the answer. Like so many of the other responses nothing you say I think is wrong, but you focus entirely on how to further my career when the crux of my question is how to be a successful programmer. While successful programmer implies good career, I'd rather focus on the "successful programmer" aspect, and let the career part be (an important and very intentional) after thought. I do give you a "+1" though for valuable information that answers my question in part.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
This is great, thank you for your response. I give a "+1", however I can't mark it as the answer, other responses thoroughly fleshed out the why, as well as identified ways to objectively determine learning goals. None of this negates your response, I take what you say to heart and it is truly helpful, so thank you once again.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Ohhh... that was what was so confusing to me, could you increment the headings or use **bold** text to mark sub-headings? I think it would go along way in improving clarity.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Very affirming of the steps I'm currently taking. The added section is invaluable. I feel like the list of things I want to learn details about is far too long to be reasonable, I historically have a scoping problem in that regard. Is there a good way to look at the industry, and identify which topics within the ones that interest me would be most beneficial to learn details about? Or would you say it doesn't really matter which ones I learn, as long as I deep dive on a smaller set of them? Seems the industry can be difficult to forecast in this regard.