mac_shinobi (29th May 2012)
I have recently been thinking more and more about going down the line of computer programming/software development. I lightly covered the subject in my college days and it was one of my subjects in my first year of university. However, I never pursued the subject as an area to learn or work in but it was something that I particularly enjoyed when I did touch on it.
I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations regarding places to study and what subject to cover as a lot of establishments name their course differently even though the bulk of the material appears to be the same. The course would have to be part-time or distance learning as I can not give up my current line of work to pursue this and if I had to travel to a campus from time to time it would have to be local (North east - Newcastle, Durham).
I am also rather restricted when it comes to funding the course so the cheaper the better but that being said, I am a firm believer in 'you get what you pay for'.
I know this is a lot to ask but I am not really expecting exact answer to what I should study and where, more just some friendly tips and pointers.
mac_shinobi (29th May 2012)
There's plently of sites that help with coding nowadays too, from the silly to the complex. Pretty much anything you want to find is online if you look for it nowadays.
Best idea "imo" would be plan to learn something in terms of software (e.g. I want to make a multiplayer game), Work the basics, learning how to make it, and how to improve it.
Then when you think it's good/usable, look to improve it. make it networkable/internetable, mmo, p2p etc etc. You'll learn a lot more trying to do something like that than sitting in a course that starts from scratch teaching you how to add two numbers etc
Personal opinion, but meh
I have looked at a lot of online tutorials and such in the past and would like to think that I have the basics of C++ down but it is something that I would eventually like to make a career out of and so would having a qualification in the subject not help with employability at the end of it all?
Have a look Home - The National Skills Academy for IT there are a lot of courses in c# and java but only a few for php.
But you also have access to other courses to build up your knowledge in other areas like project management, which be better than just a straight programmer
it currently £95 for a annual subscription (offer runs out in about 10 days).
Programming is about ability and understanding rather than just passing an exam.
So in effect decide what I want to become first then find out how to get there.
I think this is true for most areas of work as learning to adapt to your environment is better than partially learning every environment and not being truely comfortable is any.Programming is about ability and understanding rather than just passing an exam.
Last edited by petay87; 28th May 2012 at 04:27 PM.
I started an online course for free at Udacity - Free Classes. Awesome Instructors. Inspiring Community. and was really impressed,
but had to drop out about half-way through due to family issues.
https://www.coursera.org/ also worth looking at.
Wow that looks really good so far, thanks for the heads up, I'll take a look at it and probably try one of the course to see if its something worth pursuing as a career.I started an online course for free at Udacity - Free Classes. Awesome Instructors. Inspiring Community.
That makes sense seen as though work you have done is a far better attribute than work you might be able to do because your qualifications say so. However, this said, I wouldn't have a clue where to start selling my own software and would that not involve a lot of research in to the legality of the software or rather eliminating any comeback on yourself?A portfolio of succesfully completed real-world projects would probably help more. Pick a software development task that's interesting / worthwhile and get on and start writing software. You don't neccesarily have to aim for "employability" to make a living, either, you can simply write and sell your own software.
That said, I've heard good things about some of the Open University programming modules ... but then again I've also heard some bad things!
petay87 (30th May 2012)
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