Cowboy Coder Or Agile Programmer?

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.

Cowboy Coding Is Dead, Long Live Cowboy Coding

While many programmers publicly ridicule cowboy coding, they privately practice cowboy coding because it is the easier thing to do.

How To Become A Highly Paid Corporate Programmer

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.

How Effective Are Resume Writers?

Miracle Worker?
Miracle Worker?

A Mainframe Programmer who “received zero (0) interest” after hiring someone to rewrite his resume for Microsoft.NET Jobs is wondering why his resume rewriting strategy is not working!

So, the question is “are resume writers miracle workers or are there situations where hiring professionals to rewrite a resume will not help“?

Why Would You Hire A Resume Writer?

Let’s look at some of the reasons why you may want to hire a resume writer:

Did I Mess Up My Career?

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This question was posted by a reader who needs advice on “what to do about making wrong career choices”.

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

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It Is Never Too Late To Become A Computer Programmer!

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

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How To Schedule An Online Training Class

If you are interested in registering for an online training class, here is some additional information that you need to consider before you sign up for the ongoing SQL BOOT CAMP or BUSINESS ANALYST BOOT CAMP or SOFTWARE DEVELOPER BOOT CAMP.

Career Roadmap and Career Planning

1. The online SQL BOOT CAMP class is for database developers, data analysts, report writers / developers, business analysts or software developers who want to learn or master two (2) core or fundamental programming skills:

a. Relational database design and database development

b. SQL query writing and SQL programming

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:

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.

In Search Of A Mentor

Looking For a Mentor

In college I tried to learn C/C++ by Dennis Richie and Brian Kernighan. It was a sterile experience because even though I could flip the pages of the book, I couldn’t make any sense out of it. What I really needed was a personal trainer or mentor who could work me through the book and show me how to build software applications using C/C++ because I learn better by doing than just reading.

I couldn’t get anyone’s attention not to talk of getting them to teach me how to develop software applications. Everyone I knew was busy writing programs and nobody wanted to stop and teach others what they knew.

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/

How To Improve Your Skills And Get A Lucrative Job

In this post I will discuss why some people are affluent and successful in their careers while others seem to struggle with minimum wage or low paying jobs and despite their hard work, intelligence and personality can not earn enough money to pay their bills.

The reasons why people struggle with earning enough money to pay your bills and afford some of the nicer things of life include:

  1. Lack of a Top Paying, In-demand, Marketable Skill
  2. Lack of Focus and Inability to Follow a Proven Successful Plan

MY LIFE MAKEOVER SECRET

Hello, my name is Kingsley Tagbo. I am an IT Career Coach living in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. I am in the business of changing the world one life at a time.

Through my blog on this website, my books and my online training courses for computer programmers and business analysts, I am making the world a better place by giving my customers the tools they need to succeed in their computer programming or business analysis careers.

Here is a testimonial I received 4 days ago from a happy, satisfied customer who experienced a life make-over after reading my book on how to become a computer programmer

Take Meaningful Action Towards Finding A Career

I’m going to share something with you that will pretty much blow your mind away.

Now, here’s it is. Do you need to be competent at web or windows development before you can get a computer programming job? What is the absolute minimum number of technical skills or programming languages you need to learn to get a business analyst, data analyst or software development job? Do you need to master a number of technical or programming skills to begin your career in business analysis or software development? Absolutely not, I say!

Why Johnny Can’t Get A Job

Did you learn an information technology skill but can’t seem to find a job?

If you are looking for a job now or will be in the market for a new job soon, you’ve got to read the rest of what’s on this article.

Are You Getting Job Offers?

Marketers know to do market research before promoting a product or bringing it to the market. This is because the time and money that may be lost by investing in a product that no-one wants to buy can be saved by doing some inexpensive market research.

How To Find IT Jobs

One life skill that strikes fear into the hearts of business analysts and computer programmers alike is sales and marketing skills.

Looking For A Job Is A Sales And Marketing Process

For too long, technical professionals have assumed that sales and marketing is something you need if you’re a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company, a used car salesperson, real estate agent, a marketing executive or someone else in a non-technical job.

This assumption is so seriously flawed ? nothing could be farther from the truth. Every time you look for a job, email your resume to a hiring manager, interview for a job or negotiate your salary or bill rate, you are performing sales and marketing tasks.

Talk About Tour Toughest Challenges!

I would like to help you by answering any challenging business analyst or software development career question you may have.

So, add your question as a comment to the end of this post and I will either answer you on this post or privately by email if it happens to be a sensitive question.

Here are some of the questions you can ask. You can borrow from the list of questions below or ask a more pressing career related question.

Here is a list of sample questions for Business Analysts:

1. How do I get a business analyst job?

Business Analyst Or Computer Programmer Careers, Which Is Better?

If you are having a hard time choosing between a business analyst career and a computer programming career, perhaps it is because you can’t tell the difference.

I want to help you out by explaining the major differences between business analyst and computer programming careers.

These differences include:

1. Technical Skills

2. People / Leadership Skills

3. Educational Requirements

4. Learning Curve

5. 2007 and 2008 Job Market Outlook

6. Salaries, Wages and Compensation

7. Job Satisfaction

The Business Analyst Book

The business analyst career is one of the most misunderstood professions in the information technology or software development industry.

The majority of software development professionals who understand the network administrator, database administrator, web developer, computer programmer, IT manager or IT director’s role fail at understanding or appreciating the roles, responsibilities and career opportunities available to business analysts.

Announcing The Ultimate Guide to Careers and Jobs for Business Analysts

The Ultimate Guide to Careers and Jobs for Business Analysts solves this problem by opening wide the doors to success in business analyst careers and jobs.

How To Get A Computer Programming Job Without A College Degree

If the possibility of spending 4 or more years in college studying computer science is remote for you then breaking the degree barrier or knowing how to get a software developer job without a college degree will be helpful to you. So here is how to begin a computer programming career when college just isn’t an option.

While it may be easier to find a programming job with a college degree in computer science, a large percentage of computer programmers either don’t have a degree in computer science, or a college degree at all. The secret to success is to gain technical skills and real-world experience that makes you as good or even better than someone who only has a computer science degree.

Who Is Your Software Developer Mentor?

If you have read my books by now, you probably know a few things about me already.

I am a Software Development Consultant and a Software Developer Mentor living in Saint Louis, USA.

Over the last decade I have been contracted to develop enterprise software applications for Fortune 1000 and small business organizations.

I also coach individuals who want to learn leading-edge computer programming skills or get hired into full-time software developer or contract programmer jobs just like me.

The Secret Path To Contract Programming

Who is a contract programmer?

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.

Thinking of Changing Careers To Computer Programming?

One of my blog readers emailed me the question below about the feasibility of changing careers to computer programming in Malaysia.

Question:

Hi,

I am 34 years old, currently working as an electronic technician and am thinking of a career change and take up programming as a career.

I am interested to know if you have come across anyone like in my situation from Malaysia who has done your course and managed to get a job as a computer programmer?

Time For Programmer Career Questions Again!

What are the computer programming career challenges, issues and problems facing you today?It’s time to have your tough, important and difficult questions on your programming career answered.

To make myself clear, let’s go over some typical programming career questions. You may ask any of these or another more urgent and critical programmer questions.

  1. How do I study difficult computer programming books?
  2. How do I overcome the fear of programming interviews?
  3. How do I succeed at programmer interviews easily?
  4. How do I transition to becoming a contract computer programmer?
  5. Am I too old to become a computer programmer?

About Your Computer Programming Career Goals

This post is for my readers who have unresolved questions, concerns and problems about their programming careers.

If you want to master your programming career or become a better skilled computer programmer, tell me how I can help you succeed.

Tell me who you are now and who you want to become in your computer programming career this year.

If you’ve read my e-Book, “The Street Smart Guide To High Paying Computer Programming Careers” and the bonus e-Books that come with it, tell me what more information, topics and questions you want me to cover in the next release of the e-Book.

Dot NET Developers In Top 5 Careers With Big Pay And Big Demand

.NET Developers (dot net computer software programmers) are in big demand with big pay in the major cities of the USA according to a 2006 survey at CNNMoney.com.

According to the survey, if you are willing to become an expert or highly skilled .NET software developer, you can command between $75,000 to $85,000 as an expert or highly skilled dot net (.NET) Microsoft software programmer and you can get an additional pay hike of 15% or more (which brings your pay to $86,000 to $98,000 and more) if you are willing to specialize in a field and then change jobs.