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Posted 28 Feb 2015First, congratulations on your progress. That is proof you do not need a degree to do it.
For your issue, I agree with Atli. You are still in the learning curve, in fact just starting it. You could make things slightly easier and use a framework, but even then to tune it you are going to need to know how the parts fit together. I assume you are looking at the PHP side of things if your IT department uses .NET and you don't want to go that route? Or is the server you are getting running a Windows Server environment? Are they going to handle the DBA and SYSAdmin tasks for you or is that on you as well?
Sorry like I said I could have explained myself a little better. Yes my IT department will be taking care of the SYSAdmin side. I have a copy of my project on their development server, their plan was when the project is finished to link it to the production server. All the source will remain on the development server. However I found out Friday there is a work order in for me to get my own server. I really doubt they will throw me to the wolves. For one they know I'm a front end guy. So I can assume even on my server they would take care of the heavy duty stuff. What my company is expecting is what I can already deliver, basically work instructions and SOP's that everyone in the company can see. however some of the ideas they had seemed to involve server stuff like employees logging into a page, reading a safety briefing, then clicking a button to acknowledge they read it. This sounds like I'm going to need to set up some databases. If I need to learn more stuff it certainly isn't a problem, in fact they will pay for it. What's nice is I can slowly implement stuff as I learn.
So what is always rambling about? With the many things I've done in my life, this is BY FAR the most difficult. And I'm having to do it on my own, with no "school". However everyday is a new challenge, and its fun. I have alot different goals than most here. I'm just hoping to pick up some part time contract work in the future. No matter what it is, your never too old. If i could do this stuff for 12 hours a day I'd do it.
Posted 7 Aug 2014Ah I see, Good analogy.
Posted 7 Aug 2014Thanks. Reading through your reply gave me some decent ideas. The thing is this line of work has so many different avenues to go down its mind boggling. I'm not gonna get frustrated, in fact its one good thing about us old coots. We are darn stubborn.
Posted 21 Jun 2013I was in sales for most of my life and at 35 I decided to go back to college and get my bach in software engineering.
greatest move ever
after your get some projects in and prove yourself to the "working" community aka real job.. programming will not only help pay the bills -- it will save on your back and hands since you are a mechanic.
It may seem hard at first but stick with it...
also just remeber 2 very important things:
1. you will NEVER know everything about a language
2. google is your friend
Thank you, thank you, thank you.....right now I'm wondering if I should try and master one language, or keep my present course of hitting them all lightly. Thing is there are so many different jobs out there I honestly don't know where to start. I may just concentrate on HMTL/CSS/Jquery/JS and build some websites while learning other things like Python and Ruby on the side. We will see. Already having fun lurking on the site
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