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Re: Where does the new generation of programmers begin?

by PerlSufi (Friar)
on Oct 04, 2013 at 21:07 UTC ( #1056936=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Where does the new generation of programmers begin?

Hi Davido, I loved your story..very inspiring. I am currently attending online school for a Bachelors in IT with a concentration in Software Applications Development using *sighs*- Java.
My first course involved programming a Java swing GUI to allow a user to essentially order a fictitious product and enter payment/billing information. I had very little experience programming preceding this. Mostly "Hello World" type stuff in python. Shortly after writing the Java Swing program, I submitted the code along with with my current resume to a company I found that was hiring for Perl programmers- and I'm still doing it after 6 months.
Update: my java program and other things can be found here:
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Re^2: Where does the new generation of programmers begin?
by davido (Archbishop) on Oct 05, 2013 at 00:44 UTC

    Congratulations on your Perl gig! I've noticed that your Perl has improved markedly over the past little while; you seem on the right track.

    One thing that occurred to me after my earlier post: It may be that in the early 80's we had lots of opportunities to tinker since every computer came with a programming environment. That lowered the barriers to entry to programming as a hobby, and even helped a lot of people (such as myself) decide what to study. But there were two things we didn't have: First, the Internet, which serves us now as both an inspiration and as an endless source of study and available projects. Second, quality user groups: There were hobbiest groups, but now we have organizations like Perl Mongers, programming Meet-Ups, Unix/Linux users groups, and so on, which give us an opportunity to learn, be motivated, get involved in projects, and associate with other professionals and hobbiests alike.

    I'm not sure if people just getting started know what a powerful resource they have available to them in the learning and networking available with user groups like PerlMongers, Python Meet-ups, C++ Meet-ups, Unix Users Association of whatever groups, Big Data meetups, **your local area** Open Source groups, as well as access to the broader Internet programming communities such as PerlMonks, specialized mailing lists ( * ), and so on.


      Thanks, davido. That means a lot ;)
      I should also mention that I am 27

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