I sure do hope that this is the right place to put this topic, I would love to see other programmers perception of this and hopefully I'll be able to improve on my plans.
Here is my plan of action to completely master programming(To a certain degree, don't hesitate to correct me if I'm wrong):
- Programming logic and design
- Practise my own flowcharts and pseudocode
- Practise practise practise
- Learn Other Languages
Of course all this will happen while getting help from and reading a lot in </DIC>, which I believe will be the other way of gaining some experience and learning a lot.
I have learned the hard way that having a piece of paper saying that you have a degree or diploma does not always mean that you can do the job. And also relying on the lecturers to teach with all the ambition and determination as we hope them to have,they don't really care about you, no matter in what country you are. You have to teach yourself and learn from other people like you or who have been where you are . . . So my goal is to learn programming, be able to code a variety of things without a lot of help or at least knowing what others are talking about and then only will I go out and get a certification(e.g.Sun programmer or developer). The internet is there and the resources are there, we should use it. You don't get a better degree than the other. You get a guy who can do the job and another who can't.
So what do you think ? ? ? ?
P.S. Excuse the spelling or grammar errors. . . .