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 …
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.
Inspite of the outsourcing of Information Technology jobs, there is a net positive increase in staffing for computer programming jobs, because the fundamental demand for hi-tech skills in the US economy is quite strong.
The job market for computer programmers has virtually exploded in the last ten year and the demand for software developers will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future.
In this post, I would like to discuss the factors driving up the demand for computer programmers.
Job Market Surveys for Computer Programmers
One of the surveys conducted by Harris Interactive found that:
Do you want to learn the C++ programming language or become a C/C++ computer programmer?
Have you ever asked this question? which programming language is the most complex and challenging?? and received the answer C++?
If you answered yes, you are not alone. About 13 years ago, I asked my mentors in computer programmingwhich programming language is the hardest, toughest, most difficult to learn? and I got the same reply as you… C++.
I asked the question because I wanted to become a successful computer programmer.
A few days ago, I granted an interview to a student writing a research paper on The job of a computer programmer. During the interview, I was given ten questions to answer about careers and jobs in computer programming. I’ve decided to post my replies, since a lot of people will benefit from it. You will find this entire interview interesting.
Please read it for your own benefit.
1. How did you get into the field of computer programming?
A contract programmer is a software developer who is paid an hourly rate for working on special software development projects for a period. Contract computer programmers are not paid salaries like full-time developers but hourly wages.
Contract programmers tend to be very project focused because they are hired to solve specific problems or code specific features and as soon as that is done, they have to move on to another project or find a new client.