Become a Successful Programmer without a Degree

Eric Frick, Destin Learning

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14 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Promo

      1:54
    • 2. Why Become a Programmer?

      4:04
    • 3. What are the Skills you Need?

      11:05
    • 4. What Concepts do I Need to Master?

      7:04
    • 5. What Equipment Will I Need?

      7:09
    • 6. What Investment Will I Need?

      3:59
    • 7. Where Can I get the Training?

      4:25
    • 8. Java .NET or Something Else

      5:19
    • 9. Entry Level Certifications

      2:52
    • 10. Writing Your Resume

      2:35
    • 11. Get Some Experience First

      3:43
    • 12. Where to Look For Jobs

      3:00
    • 13. Interview tips

      4:08
    • 14. Summary

      0:30

Project Description

The project in this class consists of 5 lessons:

Exercise 1

In this exercise, you will write down your high-level goals for becoming a programmer. Please use the following as a guideline. You will complete the following:

  1. What is your primary goal in becoming a programmer?
  2. What is the timeframe you would like to complete your training and obtain your first job?
  3. Do you already have some training as a programmer?
  4. What do you think will be your biggest challenge in completing your training?

Once you have completed this please post your goals in the discussion forum for one of our instructors to review and for the class to get an idea of what others are doing. Don't be shy in posting these, the more feedback you get on your plan the better it will be and your chances of success will be much better. Attached are some goals sample you can use as a guideline.

Exercise 2

In this exercise you will spec out the development environment you will use for your training. I have attached a sample template several different environments that are specced out for a Java developer, and a .NET developer. I also included an example of what a cloud-based development environment would look like as well. Once you have decided on your environment, a post is in the discussion forum for one of our instructors to review. It will also help other people in the class to get some good ideas for their development environments.

Exercise 3

In this exercise, you will write down your training plan and the time table you intend to complete each class or portion of the plan. I have attached some sample plans that are a mix of traditional classroom training, books, and web-based classes. I have also included some sample training plans that include a boot camp. Fill out your training plan and post to the discussion forum so one of our instructors can comment on it.

Exercise 4

In this exercise, you will write up your resume for review. I have attached some sample resumes that you can use as a guideline as well as some useful links to online resources that can help with your resume. When you have completed your resume post it to one of the free resume review sites that I have recommended to check it for errors and grammar.

All of the details of these exercises are included in the attached ebook.

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