As I've neared graduation, I started looking for a real job. I've worked remote technical support for several medium and small web hosting firms working on mostly Linux servers. I love my work, but I prefer something a little more local, given the state of the economy. I'm finding the job interview process to be going surprisingly well down here, and that is part of the reason I am here. Once I started visiting local job fairs and handing out resumes, I realized how many programmers are needed in my home state as well as how many of set programming positions wanted folks with Windows experience. (I've worked with Win Server 2k3 for a short period of time.)
One of my potential employers suggested looking at programming with my Linux experience. I'm not an expert Linux programmer, but I've worked on some basic shell scripts, a little PHP, and some MySQL. I know how to administrate a server pretty well with each, I've just never dived deeply enough to actually program. This suggestion kindled my interest, so here I am. I took advantage of the Dreamspark program, and picked up Visual Studio. I complimented this with a book on VB.NET. I know this starts a flame war in some cases, but the language is used in many of the positions around here and I've got a couple friends who use it and like it.
I've pretty much fallen in love with VS and how easy it is. Since I've designed HTML sites (at the age of 12), I'm used to Notepad sessions and CSS fixes. However, I really like VS because you can create the frontend stuff so quickly and then concentrate on the backend code.
So, in a nutshell, I am here to learn. It may be in the cards someday to go back to school and get a CS degree (or CE), but I am content to learn it on my own. That's how I've done it before. So here I am, because I'm a forum junkie.
I will probably lurk initially more than post, but I really like what this place has to offer.
This post has been edited by CrazyTech: 24 March 2009 - 06:33 PM