Hi there. I've been in the field for about 10 years as an employee and before then I just developed for fun. Before it was much easier to stay up to scratch with the latest technologies and to be sure you know what you need to know.
I've been thinking about some kind of study plan. Almost like a checklist you can go through to be sure you know where you are (knowledge/experience wise currently) and what the other things are you should know.
I moved over from vb6 to c# .net about 1 year ago. So I have development experience, but often find myself in a place where I just need to know a little bit more to do things faster.
Does anyone know of such a "study plan" or where can I find some kind of walk-through or guideline from beginner to current technology.
It's almost like just a guideline to make sure I have all I need - since the market have changed so much - so maybe like a few things one need to know in C#, then maybe some of the new technologies one should know... say LINQ / Silverlight... etc. Else maybe some RSS feeds I should subscribe to. I also have a friend who want to become a developer and this would help people like himself. Thanks.
nice plan mate,i think your opinion is great.i get what the point is,knowledge + experience = can catch new technologies more fast and efficient way to .about study plan,as guideline from beginner to current technology,your recipies could be the good way mate.
about my study plan,not for sure,im still wondering can help people around here to pass some exam etc.
Sorry - no. I really have no time for these qualifications. I'd rather hire somebody with proven experience, but please don't let me put you off. This is just my preference and shouldn't affect the way you go. I've just had bad experiences hiring somebody with MS certification when it turned out that they didn't have the necessary skills to back it up; it just leaves a sour taste with me. If you have the practical skills to back the qualification up then good luck.
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lol...,thnx you for your reply.anyway,just want to make me more confidence,that why i try to get that "MCTS".this is could be another preference for IT job,but it not must.doing the real world programming and make mony for that probably the good way is it.......
im understand about your preference ,but just to make some confidence when im dealing with someone else.im just have practical skills along with my experience(probably more that 10 year DIY developer and programer) as my hobbies,so...i've plan this "MCTS" as my study.
last hope is just make money for all this stuff mate....,
I've already gotten my BS in Computer Information Systems. I have a full-time developer job and my company is willing to pay for more training if it will help me do my job better. My main development environment is Visual Studio 2003, 2005 and I mostly develop in C# .NET. I have been as this job for more than a year so I don't have years of experience. What kind of training will prove to be worthwhile? I've read a lot that certifications are becoming less and less important to companies. Are developer conferences good to attend? I've never been to one. Does any one have any other suggestions?
Colin has good suggestions and I'd follow them. Do also keep up on the latest new, emerging technologies, learn how to use them, and make yourself marketable
Are developer conferences good to attend? I've never been to one.
I went to the VS2008 product launch from Microsoft in April and learned quite a bit about SQL Server 2008, and it was worth my while. Keep an eye out for events like this, some are free, which is cool.
"The clue train passed his station without stopping." - John Simmons / outlaw programmer
"Real programmers just throw a bunch of 1s and 0s at the computer to see what sticks" - Pete O'Hanlon
"Not only do you continue to babble nonsense, you can't even correctly remember the nonsense you babbled just minutes ago." - Rob Graham
Hi. I would like to find a VB.Net job board, hopefully run by developers instead of recruiters I was dissapointed when I saw how few jobs were posted on this site. CodeProject is my favorite VB.Net site, I usually look here first for programming solutions.. Is there a VBJobProject??
To listen to the techies, any IT manager ought to have deep technical knowledge about everything in the knowledge domain, whether it's network performance or code optimization. Or so the prevailing wisdom goes. When push comes to shove, though, your techies would far prefer that you fine-tune your management skills than compete with them on technical know-how.
Well, you should gain a good grounding in the basics of programming. You will need to choose a language/area to learn, and try to pick up as much as possible about it. Read a lot. Try a lot of examples and read a lot more. A good education is a really good idea. With the advent of the internet, there is more opportunity for you to contribute to open source projects which are a good way to prove your coding "chops" and this helps to impress prospective employers.
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I'm currently working for a small business of about 18 people. The company is a sole proprietorship, and the owner works here everyday. I do a combination of software development and IT, and I am the only employee here with those responsibilities, and the skills to perform them.
As you might expect, the owner and the manager know very little about development and IT. Even so, I am given very little latitude in which to do my job. The owner is especially hostile toward my solutions and ideas. However, I am generally held responsible for when things fail, even if I have specifically forewarned him of an issue that needed attention.
Is this typical of small businesses? How do you deal with bosses (or clients) who want to either micro-manage every aspect of what you do, even when they don't understand it, or ask you for results while vetoing your proposals?
As an example, I have to develop our internal software. It is a poorly designed mess of Access and VBA code, both from a business and programmer perspective. Whenever I am requested to make a change, I am never presented with the goal or problem. I am never given requirements for changes. Instead I am told what changes to implement, on the order of "add three new buttons, one green, one red, one blue!". They never seem to want to talk about what they are trying to accomplish, and get frustrated with me when I try to understand the "big picture". Often, what they suggest isn't even a viable solution.
How can I get them onto a more reasonable development model, where they present me with requirements or the business problem they are looking to solve, and I come up with the best solution, that works with our data?
One the one hand, I feel like I am paid to do what they ask me to do, but on the other hand, I feel like, as their DBA, I am also responsible for the data, and as their developer, responsible that their software function properly.
I doubt it's an issue of trust -- I have keys and full physical access to the property 24/7. They also understand that I have full access to and control of their data, even confidential data, and why I need it. They trust that I don't snoop through private records, even though I have the ability to. This is pretty usual for System Administrators.
From what I understand, this is not an uncommon small business situation. How do others deal with it?
Thanks for reading!
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