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njr1489

Member Since 14 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 18 2011 02:59 PM
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Recommending Books for Novice Programmers

25 March 2011 - 06:38 AM

I'm looking for some books or sites that I can recommend to some people, but I'm not really looking for books that teach you how to program in a specific language, but more along the lines of problem solving with general programming concepts that are practically used everywhere. These are the kinds of questions I'm looking for:

IE #1: If you have a user enter a number, it should do different things depending on the number entered, how would you accomplish that?

IE #2: If you have an array of variables, how would you show the position it's in, and its value?

IE #3: If you wanted to automate a set of code, how would you do that? What if you wanted to use that code over and over again until a flag has been changed?

Might get a new job, but I don't think I'll like it

09 December 2010 - 07:30 AM

It's kind of ironic when the only job you aren't interested in may actually want you. As a PHP developer, they wanted to see what I could do, so they give me some of their code to work with. Little did I realize before I went there, their code is horrible! I spent an hour looking at what their code does and how their database is structured, it's just very cumbersome to work with. To top it off, the environment is business casual which was very odd to me. A lot of jobs I know of that are programming have no dress code. It really sucks knowing that, when your last job in doing the same thing let you go in your gym clothes.

I'm not sure what I should do, my friends tell me I should just get employed there, because if I think I could write better code and fix theirs, I might get promoted, or eventually replace someone higher up. Although that is possible somewhat, I just don't think my skill level would progress nor would I be happy there. I did however, ask for somewhat of a hefty amount at my level.

What's the best possible course of action for me? At this point if I take it, I'm just going to continue doing my own work on the side so I don't feel that my skill would degrade at all.

I want to be more informed in web development trends

31 October 2010 - 12:08 PM

I have a lot of skills under my belt, but I could definitely use a lot more. The thing is, I'm not exactly sure how to keep up with all these trends or how to find them at all. By this I mean practical open source libraries/frameworks/utilities/etc, things that people use in everyday business (on the Linux/PHP side at least). It wasn't until recently I found about things such as CodeIgniter/MongoDB/SOLR/JS Ext.

How do you find out about these things? I know there's mailing lists and forums, but it only goes so far. I've also been to meet-ups/seminars before, but those are very costly if you're not a student anymore. I think that being aware of what's out there for use is what separates the level of an experienced programmer to a senior programmer and it shows when you see job postings. Does anyone else understand what I mean?

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