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Apr
25
comment Is Cygwin or Windows Command Prompt preferable for getting a consistent terminal experience for development?
Is it possible that the reason I feel the experience is a little quirky on windows due to the fact that I'm probably not running a whole lot of commands, and some of the more simple ones are where the only differences exist?
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.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Could you please clean up your answer? You have two repeated section headers, with different but similar content beneath each.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Such a seasoned user, surprised you didn't take the time to read other user's posted answers, your answer is nearly identical to some that are already here. Please be careful to review pre-existing answers, or if you think your answer is different, help clarify that for me.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Interesting. Did give you a "+1", and I do like what you have to say more than anyone else, however you are more accurately answering the question, "how do I successfully get into the field of software development" Invaluable information to be certain, but my interest is in understanding the attributes of a successful programmer, not the attributes of a hirable programmer (yes obviously successful programmers are also hirable, but it doesn't always go the other way around).
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
-1 for not answering my question. You're not wrong, but you seem to have skipped my "what I'm not looking for" section, and didn't hit on any of the things I was looking for.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
+1 for sure. Despite the fact that you forgot 90% of the details, would you say that the experience of learning those details was what ingrained the concepts and ideas, or would it be more valuable to invest time in learning fewer details and more conceptual/higher level ideas?
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner since I linked to some of the projects I worked on before (to lend context to the kinds of things I had worked on), I felt it was fair to link to that site as an example of a job I did poorly. I added a footnote explaining, but the whole reference is not mission critical to my question.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
To clarify, where is the best place for community members invested in a question to discuss the state of a question (say in this case). I assumed this was an appropriate way to use comments since there are now two moderators using them for the same purpose.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
I intend on giving the community the day to re-open the question. If it's not (and so long as this is acceptable behavior, and do tell me if it is not), I will delete the question entirely, and come up with either a different forum to ask my question in, or a different way of articulating my question. A sincere thank you to all the moderators, despite my disagreement with y'all I fully respect and appreciate your role in keeping the community helpful, on topic, and generally speaking, sane.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Would it be fair to say that from your perspective there is little to nothing inside a CS degree that on its own is helpful towards becoming a successful programmer? Currently I like your answer the best, you certainly hit on a lot of the things I'm trying to figure out and understand. Could you lend some additional context to what area within CS that you do recruiting for? I imagine recruiters hiring new grads for work on operating systems may have different perspectives than yourself (but I could be totally wrong about that). Appreciate the time you took, this is super helpful
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
While this is great content, I feel it doesn't quite hit on the mark as to answering my question (something that may very well be my fault in mis wording). I'm not of the firm belief having a CS degree makes one a successful programmer. My question is more "which of the topics taught within a CS degree do tend to contribute to the success of a programmer, and how do I objectively determine how I measure up in those topics, and how do Isupplement/enrich my existing passion, hunger for knowledge, and industry experience with such topics?" Your answer is certainly not wrong.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
@MarkTrapp Good advice, if the community does not decide to reopen, I'll see what I can to in that regard. However I maintain the opinion that this is a useful question. It's not the kind of question where I have a specific problem before me that I'm attempting to solve. Being new to the stackexchange community, maybe there is a better site within stack exchange that would be better suited for this kind of question? I certainly don't want to clog the tubes with useless questions creating empty "noise"
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
@MarkTrapp Again, willing to accept what the community would decide. I am not able to offer a bounty on this on my own (new to the community, and it's understandable that that ought to be a privilege I own). Disclaimers are intended to clarify that I did look at the similar questions so it's not dismissed as duplicate on the title alone. Context (and I agree, verbose one at that) is intended to help clarify to what audience such an answer should be targeted (And I imagine that I'm not the only one that has this question, coming from exactly my perspective and given "context").
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
@MarkTrapp - I respectfully disagree with your assessment. I made it very clear from the beginning of my question that I in fact did like the simliar questions, as well as the responses, but was looking for something beyond what they provided. I think it's fair to say that there is quite a bit of difference between my question and the one linked in your comment. Primarily I'm asking a lot more about the "what" and "why" and requesting answers from experience, whereas the question you link to only seeks to answer the question "how".