How To Become A Computer Programmer

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How To Become A Computer Programmer
How To Become A Computer Programmer

I would encourage you to learn computer programming because it is a rewarding career that is open to all regardless of age, gender or background. 

Here are some of the reasons why “learning computer programming” is a good decision for anyone who is sincerely interested in the career …

Computer Programmers Are In High Demand 

There is a higher demand for computer programmers with specialized programming skills in languages like CSharp or Visual Basic.NET than there is a supply of skilled or trained computer programmers in these programming languages.

New Report: Software Developers the No.1 Most In-demand Nationwide in 2013

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Now Hiring Software Developers!
Now Hiring Software Developers!

Lauren Hepler, an Economic Development Reporter cites a new report for 2013 that says Software Developers will be the No. 1 most in-demand profession, nationwide in 2013!

Using data compiled by CareerBuilder and research firm Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., she reports that nationwide, jobs in the software development field have increased 7 percent since 2010, adding 70,872 jobs.

According to Lauren, if you’re into tech but not so much software development, you may want to consider exploring career opportunities as a computer systems analyst which ranks as (No. 4)

Success Principle: Build You Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses
Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

I have a cousin who was a skilled, talented artist in high school. Whenever he was painting a portrait, he would be playing his favorite rock band and be singing and dancing along … all at the same time!

One thing led to another, and his “artistic skills flourished into an entrepreneurial side business” and he started selling his portraits to supermarket chains!

Then it was time for college and his parents insisted on him choosing a career like “building engineering” that promised a stable income with lots of growth potentials vs. that of an entrepreneurial artist.

Which Do You Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

Which Do I Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?
Which Do I Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

Starting out in the Information Technology (IT) industry, two of the most popular, marketable and portable skills are Relational Database Design / SQL Query Writing and Computer Programming / Web Software Development.

Considering the demand for each of these skills, a reader wants advice on which skill should be tacked first: computer programming vs. relational database development.

Advice: Which Do You Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

I will advice you to learn both computer programming and database design at the same time if you can afford the investment of time, effort and money but if you have to start with only one, learn database design + sql query writing first and here is why …

How To Learn Programming Fast Or Get A Software Developer Job Easily

Become A Programmer

The answers to the questions: “how do I learn programming fast or get a software developer job easily” are hidden in the amazing story I am about to tell you next …

Matt was an electrical engineer who had been a stay-at-home parent for four years.

When his youngest child started kindergarten, Matt wanted to return to work doing what he loved: Computer Programming with cutting edge technology.

KEY ISSUES

  • While Matt was at home, technology and software development processes had changed.

    So, Matt needed a re-orientation on the Software Development industry and guidance in picking the right programming technology to focus on and a curriculum for covering the core areas of that technology.

10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition

10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition
10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition

A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) suggests that the information we need to do our job is doubling every 18 months, and that we are running harder and harder to keep up with the required knowledge for our specialized fields.

In this post, I will present 10 techniques that will help you keep ahead of the competition and / or changes in your industry.

How To Get Extensive Hands-on Experience In Information Technology

How To Gain Hands-on Experience in-Information Technology
How To Gain Hands-on Experience in-Information Technology

When it comes to the Information Technology Industry, getting more hands-on experience is one of your most important professional development activities.

In this post, I will explain how information technology workers including business analysts, computer programmers, database developers, data analysts, project managers, software testers and infrastructure / networking professionals can gain extensive, high visibility, career defining hands-on experience!

More Opportunities To Get Hands-on Experience

By far, the number one place to find hands-on project experience in the information technology industry is in web or software development projects!

How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

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How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!
How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

Have you you reached a plateau in your career?

If you have, consider becoming a contractor.

As a contractor, you may earn significantly more money (20% to 50% more) and you will find more challenging work for your skill sets.

In this post, I will show how you to minimize the risks while maximizing the benefits of being a contractor so that you end up with significantly more money in your pocket!

Can a 55 year old female become a programmer?

Part 5 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?

This question was submitted by Anoush from Glendale, California … Hello, I am a 55 years old female, I have done mainframe programming for more than 25 years before and I was very good in that.

However i have left my job for 10 years now helping my husband in accounting firm.

Do I have a chance to be hired if I learn .NET and create a software?

  1. Do What You Love – Do You Love Computer Programming?

    If you love learning programming languages you will put in the hard work that it takes to be the best programmer you can be.


How To Learn Programming In 6 Months And Get A Job!

Part 2 of 13 in the Series: How To Learn Programming Languages
How To Learn .NET Programming In Six (6) Months And Get A Job
How To Learn .NET Programming In Six (6) Months And Get A Job

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations …

Submit questions about your career using the [Ask IT Career Coach] service and I will answer it for you just like I am answering this question …

Hi My name is Josh Kemp I am 26 married and self employed currently, I have read almost half of “Learn .Net 3.5 in 24 hours” by SAMs.

How To Be A Faster Programmer

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How To Become A Faster Programmer?
How To Become A Faster Programmer?
[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

This post answers the question of “how to write or code faster in ASP.NET, C#, .NET Framework or Visual Studio” or any computer programming language.

If you have a question about your computer programmer or software developer career, post it here and I will answer it for you, just like I am answering this computer programmer’s question today!

Java, C/C++ or C#, Which Is Better?

Part 2 - How To Become A Productive Computer Programmer
Part 2 – How To Become A Productive Computer Programmer

This article is “Part 2” of the series: “How To Become A Productive Computer Programmer“.

In today’s article we are going to review three (3) of the most popular programming languages: Java, C#, Visual Basic, C/C++ using their speed of execution, level of difficulty and portability of code.

After reading today’s article, you will be able to determine the suitability, usefulness or productivity of these programming languages for today’s computer programmers!

Is C/C++ the Best Programming Language?

The C programming language was standardized in the early 70s for the UNIX operating system (and not Windows) by Dennis Ritchie.

In The Software Developer Industry, Experience Is King!

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Hands-on Experience Is The Key To Landing Good Jobs!
Hands-on Experience Is The Key To Landing Good Jobs!

Once a computer programmer with marketable programming skills gains handson experience by building real-world, practical applications, he or she is virtually guaranteed not just any type of job … but a portable, marketable, high-paying professional career as a software developer!!

Why? Because in the software development industry, Experience is King!.

Real world, hands on, practical, computer programming experience is valued more than computer programming certifications or even computer science diplomas or college degrees!

Which Programming Language Is Best To Start With?

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Are You Chasing Rabbits For A Living?
Are You Chasing Rabbits For A Living?
[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

Do not worry about how to get handson experience in a programming language before you actually learn the programming language … that is called putting the cart before the horse.

If you choose to worry about handson experience before learning the programming language, all that you will end up achieving is nothing … those worries, fears or doubts will only delay your progress because they are either imaginary or harmful!

Career Roadmap For Programmers: Keeping Your Skills Current Or In Demand

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Keep your Skills Current or In Demand
Keep your Skills Current or In Demand

It is a commonly held belief that once you learn “how to code in one programming language“, you can easily transition your programming skills to another.

Yet many computer programmers never quite make it because they get lost in the transition from one programming language to another.

This is true of computer programmers transitioning away from legacy programming languages like Cobol or relatively more modern programming languages like classic Visual Basic.

When a computer programmer falls behind the technology (programming language) curve, the developer may experience:

Why Microsoft .NET Jobs for COBOL Mainframe Programmers?

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Cobol Mainframe Programmers Changing Careers!
Cobol Mainframe Programmers Changing Careers!

COBOL Mainframe Programmers switching careers have to overcome several challenges including the fear of learning new programming languages.

In addition, cobol programmers have to pick the right programming language which is not an easy task considering the range of possibilities (C#, Java, C/C++, PHP, Python, Visual Basic, Perl, etc.).

Cobol programmers also have to brand their resumes to look like that of modern, object oriented software developers.

Considering these challenges, one is not surprised whenever a cobol programmer decides to stick with legacy programming skills.

Cowboy Coder Or Agile Programmer?

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Cowboy Coder Or Agile Programmer
Cowboy Coder Or Agile Programmer

Are You A Cowboy Coder Or Agile Software Developer?

Software Developers facing a new programming project sometimes start coding before thinking through or planning an approach.

Coding without first planning or thinking through is a programming method known as cowboy coding.

Cowboy coders approach work with the mindset of coding without estimating or planning.

And they are at a complete lost when the results achieved by their cowboy coding tactics does not meet expectations.

Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job

how to: ace technical interviews and land jobs
how to: ace technical interviews and land jobs

This question was submitted by Vijay who needs advice on “how to ace programming interviews and land the next job!

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering Vijay’s questions below!

Question: How To Impress Hiring Manager at Programming Interviews

Here is the question submitted by Vijay:

On my last job I was given a technical test to write nested SQL queries.

Would You Like To Study A New Programming Language?

Part 12 of 13 in the Series: How To Learn Programming Languages
Learn Hot Programming Languages
Learn Hot Programming Languages

Learning new software development languages can be fun.

That is one of the reasons why software developers like their careers … they get to learn or solve problems with new software development languages.

However, learning a software development language is a real-world exercise because programming is learnt by doing.

That’s why computer programmer job interviews are designed to test practical programming skills or abilities.

Apparently, some college graduates have a hard time grasping this concept because they seem clueless on how to get a programming job despite their computer science degrees!

How to Become a Freelance Programmer

Part 5 of 13 in the Series: How To Learn Programming Languages
Choose a Freelance Consulting Career
Choose a Freelance Career

This question was posted by Mallory who needs advice on “how to begin a freelance software developer career!”

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering Mallory’s questions below!

Mallory’s Questions Are:

I have started an account on scriptlance which is for programmers. However I am not a professional programmer.

How To Learn Many Programming Languages

Part 11 of 13 in the Series: How To Learn Programming Languages

learning multiple programming languages?
learning multiple programming languages?
This question was posted by a reader who needs advice on “how to learn many programming languages!”.

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!

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Develop Your Personal Brand And Become a Leader!

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Develop Your Personal Brand - Become A Leader
Develop Your Personal Brand - Become A Leader

Develop Your Personal Brand And Become a Leader

This course teaches you how to develop and use your competitive advantages in the workplace, job market and industry using the PULL method.

You will learn how to become a leader in your industry by developing and taking advantage of your personal brand using PULL techniques.

By the end of this course, you will have learnt how to select the best leadership projects for your industry based on your background, skills, education, training, job history and interests.

How To Become A Highly Paid Corporate Programmer

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highly paid corporate programmer
highly paid corporate programmer

Becoming a corporate software developer is not the same thing as becoming a freelance programmer or a systems programmer.

  • Corporate programmers are hired for coding skills in programming languages like Microsoft .NET (ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET, SQL Server) and they tend to work regular, office jobs as contract or full-time programmers.

  • Systems programmers tend to work with programming languages like C/C++ and they also work for companies like Microsoft that build operating systems or systems software.

Become a Leader And Get The Job You Want!

Part 1 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
become a leader get the job you want
Become A Leader-Get The Job You Want!

Become a Leader And Get The Job You Want!

Getting a job by sending out resumes to employers is known as the push method because it depends on you pushing the employer to hire you!

The problem with the traditional method of getting a job is that everyone who is out-of-a-job is probably doing the same thing … pushing their resumes to hiring managers or employers!

Getting hired in a competitive job market doesn’t mean … “do what other job applicants are doing” … it means “do more than your competition!

How Do I Overcome Employment Gaps In My Oracle Programming Career?

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Ask IT Career Coach

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How To Become a Microsoft .NET Software Developer

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microsoft.net software developer job
microsoft.net software developer job

This question was posted by a reader who wants to become a Microsoft .NET Developer!

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Here is the Reader’s Question:

First, a little bit about myself.

It Is Never Too Late To Become A Computer Programmer!

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Ask IT Career Coach
Ask IT Career Coach

This question was posted by a reader who wants to become a computer programmer!

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About The 2012 Software Developer Internship Opportunity

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The Software Developers Internship Coaching Opportunity
The Software Developers Internship Coaching Opportunity

About The 2012 Software Developer Internship Opportunity!

Computer programming is one of those few careers that offers you the option to either freelance, get a full-time job or become an independent consultant even when you are really just a beginner!

As a freelance software developer, you may live in the United States, India, UK, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or any country and work for clients located anywhere on the planet!

There are several specializations available to software developers including Mobile Application Development, Desktop Programming and Web Programming.

Bonus HTML Practice Tests, Quizzes or HTML Training

Top Paying Skills in High Demand
Top Paying Skills in High Demand

HTML programming skills are in high-demand for freelance consulting gigs, web design jobs, web development careers or internet businesses.

HTML web design and programming skills are some of the most frequently asked for skills in out-sourced or freelance computer programming projects.

Why HTML Skills Training?

HTML web design skills are among the most frequently asked for computer programming skills because almost every business has a website that needs to be maintained, redesigned or developed from scratch. In bigger corporations, the HTML web design or development jobs are taken care of by a specialized web design or web development team.

Bonus C# Training In The Computer Programmers Book

Top Paying Skills in High Demand
Top Paying Skills in High Demand

CSharp (C#) software developers with as little as six months of computer programming experience can get full-time jobs, consulting or contracting positions from any state, province or city.

C# developer salaries range from $60,000 to six figures. Though, six figure salaries are more common for C# software development consultants than full-time employees, they are still available for really good C# developers.

Why CSharp (C#) Skills Training?

C# programming skills are by far the top-paying, in-demand computer programming skill. C# programming skills are in-demand in most cities or states because it is a modern, object oriented programming languages (OOP).

How To Gain Handson, Web Programming Experience

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How To Become A Web Programmer
How To Become A Web Programmer

The post which you are just about to read answers the question of:“what is the most compelling thing on a web programmer’s resume or how do you gain the type of resume that will make you standout in the web development industry!

Let me begin by saying that, the key thing that hiring managers are looking for on your resume is not your programming certifications or your college degrees or computer science education but your handson web programming experience.

How To Get Computer Programming Experience

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Be Wise ... Get Experience
Be Wise ... Get Experience

In the computer programming industry, experience is King.

Real world, hands on, practical programming experience is valued more than computer programming certifications, software development diplomas or even programming job titles.

What you know is much more important than how you obtained the knowledge!

The next time you read a computer programming job description and you feel overwhelmed by the list of degrees or certifications required, just remember that the job market for computer programmers is not really that formal.

Tech Predictions for 2009

2009 Tech Predictions
2009 Tech Predictions

Happy New Year!! Here are some technology predictions for 2009 that are worth a read for software developers, business analysts and database developers who want to position themselves for success in 2009:

1. Pay attention to Social Media says CapGemini:

“2009 will be the year when use of social networking tools within companies will be the talk of the town. Yes, it has been around for a while but to be honest, nothing much has really happened apart from that Serena Software uses Facebook internally.

How To Keep Your Job In A Recession

Part 2 of 6 in the Series: Recession
Laid Of In The Recession

No doubt you already know how the recession affects the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Unemployment Rate or Stock Market. So, I won’t waste your time by repeating all that bad news.

What I would talk about is what really matters:”how you or your loved ones can protect your finances by staying employed in this recession!

The best way to keep your job in a recession or to find a new job easily is to become “The Most Over Qualified, Under Paid Professional” on your team.

Knowledge Workers Accept The Challenge To Be The Best Or Why IT Professionals Feel UnderValued

How you value knowledge tells me a lot about who you are … because knowledge capital is the most important resource in any organization.

In the digital age, what makes one employee more valuable than the next employee is simply stated … the amount of knowledge, skill, expertise, training and learning they have managed to acquire and put to use.

Now, managers are not interested in employees that know it all … only in employees that constantly put their knowledge capital to work by solving corporate problems or challenges … those employees are the gold mines in any organization.

Employment Discrimination For Java Programmers

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I just received a question that has to do with age discrimination for a Java programmer and I would like to share it with you.

Reader Question:

I would like to find an IT Career Coach in San Diego CA.

I am a certified Java Programmer, and have an academic background in applied mathematics, but I did not work with J2EE and data bases, I would like to know what type of career is available in my age 55, what additional training is necessary.

Sincerely.

How To Find Affordable, Flexible Career Training Programs

If you want to excel in an information technology career, you need to make a career plan or plot a career road map that will take you from your current skill level to a professional, highly skilled or expert level.

You will also need to create a plan for maintaining your skills at the level of
top performers or experts in your field when you get there.

Whatever your current career (business analyst, data analyst, software
developer, report writer, database developer, web designer, etc.), you need to
sharpen your skills using one or more of the following training options:

Training for Computer Programmers

Have you taken advantage of the online training for computer programmers?

If you want step-by-step computer programming training that covers what a professional software developer needs to know, then this online training program is for you:

http://www.softwaredevelopercoaching.com/ Here are some of the details of the online training program:

Training Duration:

The online computer programmer training service is a 16 weeks (4 months) to 24 weeks (6 months) program.

Training Prerequisites:

You must be completely comfortable with using the computer. You need to know how to perform routine tasks with your computer like, installing a software program. You don’t need a Bachelors or Graduate degree. You don’t need a math or technical background.

How To Become A Computer Programmer – Ten Articles

Our blog readership has grown a lot and there are now a lot of new readers.

What I would like to do is to highlight some of the most significant articles or posts that has to do with “how to learn programming” or “how to become a computer programmer“.

1. The Secret Art of Writing Highly Effective Killer Resumes for Computer Programming Jobs

http://www.it-career-coach.net/2006/08/27/the-secret-art-of-writing-highly-effective-killer-resumes-for-computer-programming-jobs/

2. How to become a database developer

Almost every business software application depends on a database. This post gives you a concise, step-by-step plan for becoming a database developer.

http://www.it-career-coach.net/2006/09/04/sql-developers-are-in-high-demand-and-how-to-become-a-sql-programmer/

Become A Technology Expert First!

One of the reasons why you may find yourself struggling with your career is that you have too many goals. So, I’m writing this article “pick a technology and master it” to help you achieve your goals more easily.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the number of choices you have to make?

Perhaps, you’re married, you have 2 kids, you have a job, your spouse has a job, you spend quality time with your family every day and you want to become a better software developer or business analyst.