How to become a C++ computer programmer

I just got an email from one of my blog readers who wants to become a C++
programmer and works for a business that uses C++ to build web applications.
Here is an excerpt from the email (the name of the reader was removed to keep
the identity private
).

… Still new to this but one of the guys from my group suggested C++
programing as a starting point. What do you think and whats the path to take
from the starting point to marketing myself as a programmer. I do various things
but just want to know how to ge myself out there to get at least 70,000. I have
some real lite help desk data center ex
p.

Okay, I have a question for you or anyone reading this right now. Do you
currently build web applications with C++? If you do, please drop me a line
telling me why you use C++ for building web applications instead of Java, C#,
VB.NET, PHP or Ruby.

Building Web Applications In C++

The answer to the question "can you build web applications with C++?" is
yes. However, my question to you is why the heck would you want to do that?
What special features, capabilities or requirements are you addressing with C++
that cannot be suitably addressed by C#, VB.NET, Java, Ruby or PHP? Read this
post I made on the suitability of C++ for building web applications
coach.net/2007/07/25/learning-c-programming-language-is-bad-for-your-career-c-programmers-cant-find-jobs/"

target="_blank" title="building software applications with C++">By Clicking
Here

How to Become A C++ Programmer

The answer to the question "can I become a C++ programmer?" is yes.
However, my question to this reader is why would you want to become a C++
programmer
at this stage in the software development industry?

I understand that there are special reasons why you may want to become a C++
programmer. If you want to become a video game developer and develop computation
intensive rendering algorithms

target="_blank" title="Wikipedia on video game rendering algorithms">(click
here to read about rendering on Wikipedia)
or develop device drivers

title="read about device drivers on Wikipedia">(click here to read about
device drivers on Wikipedia)
or something of that nature, yes, you should
probably master the C/C++ languages. However, if you are really on that type
of career track, you should probably go to college and get a BSc, MSc and PhD in
Computer Science!

However, if you really want to make a career out of developing web applications
or software applications for businesses, C++ will NOT be your primary
programming language!
If you are interested in learning more about this
topic, then read my informed advice about the suitability of C++ for building
software applications
coach.net/2007/07/25/learning-c-programming-language-is-bad-for-your-career-c-programmers-cant-find-jobs/"
target="_blank" title="how to build web applications in C++">by clicking
on this link to get more information

Should You Become A C++ Software Developer?

Hey, the primary language of choice for commercial web applications or software
applications is not C++. The software development industry has matured to the
point that other languages like C#, Java, VB.NET are better suited for building
enterprise, high-performing, scalable, reliable, maintainable web applications.
If you think C++ is a better candidate for building web applications, you may
be leaving in the past and it is time for you to wake up
!

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My name is Kingsley Tagbo and I’m a technical expert living in Saint Louis,
Missouri. I write about the training, coaching, mentoring
and personal development of software development professionals including
business analysts, computer programmers, testers, project managers, web
designers, data analysts, report writers, software developers and other
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6 Discussions for “How to become a C++ computer programmer”

  1. Humphrey

    Please,

    i would love to get enlightened on softwares and analysis of programming language.

    Thanks

  2. anonymous

    Hello Mr. Tagbo,

    I thank you very much for responding to my e-mail. I am currently doing an intern in my Institution, and I have been asked to e-mail a few questions to a professional such as yourself about a desirable or chosen career. The career paths in which I am enthused and passionate to pursue are Game Designs && Development || Robotics. I have acquired a decent background in Math as well as Programming Theory. Please respond to the following questions below:

    (5) What type of qualities, skills, and education would be helpful in
    entering into the field of robotics as well as for Game Designs &&
    Development?

    (6) Is there a special IQ to have for becoming a Game || Robotics
    Designer/Developer?

    (7) What is the average length for completing educational requirements as a means of entering into the world of robotics || game design/development?

    (8) Are there any intrinsic relationships between Game Designs && Robotics?

    (9) Since Game/Robotics Designer/Developer involves alot of effort and work, what entry-level position would be ideal for a novice such as myself to start with to prepare as a Game/Robotics Designer/Developer after graduating say with an associates ||
    bachelors degree?

    (10) What are the most prominent Institutions that are affordable and available for passionate scholars to attend for the preparation of a career as a Game || Robotics Designer/Developer?

    (11) Are there any special requirements for being accepted into such Institutions?

    (12) Would a degree in Mathematics && Computer Science directly lead me to the Field of Game Designs/Development and Robotics?

    (13) Is it possible to work as both a game designer/developer and roboticist?

    (14) What kind of knowledge is most mandatory for succeeding as a game || robotics designer/developer?

    (15) Where is Game design/development heading in the future?

    (16) Where is the field of robotics heading in the future?

    (17) Where is Computer Programming heading in the future?

    (18) What is the most ideal programming language for becoming a game designer/developer || roboticist?

    (19) Does Web Designs/Development have any correlation with the world of games and robotics?

    yours truly,

    J.C

  3. Hello Game Developer :-)

    It does sound like your heart and desire is in game development.

    What you need to do is realize that you may have to work harder than the average wannabe programmer!

    Game development requires more knowledge of maths, physics, computer science, artificial intelligence than the typical business / web development career, so, plan accordingly!

  4. anonymous

    Hi Mr. Tagbo,

    I read the information regarding the future world in the Software Development field. But I am more interested in the Game Development field as well as in robotics. I consider myself as a fantasy person with a dream of inventing ideas and turninng them into reality. Would a career in game designs/development be suitable for me || web/Business Applications based upon my personality?

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