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  1. In Topic: Discrete Math and Programming

    Posted 8 Jul 2013

    It seems like the amount of theory you need is relative to how complicated the project is. For example, you can make some pretty cool rockets with little to no theory. But, if you're trying to send a man into space, obviously you're going to run into problems without any theory.

    To me it's best to work on both theory and practice. Discrete Math and Computer Science theory would be good to study for someone who already has a good amount of experience in programming.
  2. In Topic: Discrete Math and Programming

    Posted 8 Jul 2013

    View PostFlukeshot, on 07 July 2013 - 11:45 PM, said:

    Reading will only take you quarter of the way in programming, it's mostly about experience. Like any language, the best way to learn is to put it to use, so if you want to boost your knowledge of a programming language, the best thing to do is make lots of small programs and a few medium sized projects.


    I'm not studying a programming language. The Discrete Math book I'm talking about is like any other math book. It has content and then practice problems to solve at the end of each section.
  3. In Topic: MCSD certification or Associate's Degree

    Posted 13 May 2013

    View PostAtli, on 13 May 2013 - 04:49 PM, said:

    And not all interviews will be like the on you mentioned. Some of them will have actual developers interviewing you, who will test you and see what you can do. Companies who frequently hire developers have come to realize that getting a seal of approval from some school is no guarantee that a person can actually code worth a damn.

    During this interview, they had me write out several lines of code. They said I did fairly decent on the assessments. He asked if I did any projects and I said no. He said he was on the fence with hiring me. That's when he told me to get some kind of credentials and work on projects like you mentioned.

    I guess the only way to do freelance is by networking? Do companies advertise for that sort of thing? Thanks for the advice!
  4. In Topic: MCSD certification or Associate's Degree

    Posted 13 May 2013

    View Postmodi123_1, on 13 May 2013 - 01:42 PM, said:

    As atli said - it depends. Depends on what exactly you want to do, where you are, interviewing factor, etc. I would spot check your local job boards and see if certs are heavily represented.

    So sure.. certs are good, but you need to be able to back that up with a little bit of gumption.


    The CEO from a small company, that was interviewing me last week, told me he needs some sort of evidence that I know what I'm doing. I have a bunch of languages listed on my resume, but he said it would help if I had something with a structure to it.

    I like ASP.NET/C# and have been learning from Murach's book and the asp.net website.

    I don't know how to get experience. I guess I can try to build my own websites. Someone suggested that I do freelancing, but I'm not sure what that means.
  5. In Topic: MCSD certification or Associate's Degree

    Posted 13 May 2013

    View PostAtli, on 13 May 2013 - 01:17 PM, said:

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    I want to get a job as an applications programmer

    You can usually get some work as a freelancer at first, and then use that work experience to land a job somewhere else, if that is your goal.


    Someone recommended this certification that covers the fundamentals of development:
    My link

    Can you specify what you mean by freelancer? Does this mean working for a company without a long-term commitment?

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