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Old May 2nd, 2006, 12:09 PM
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Greetings everyone. This is my first time in a forum of any kind. This is rather exciting.
Anywho... The nature of my msg. is this... short version... I hope!!!

I'm a Com. Sci. graduate w/ a BS. I've been out of school now for about 2 yrs. (need to back track). I'm trying to break into the programming field from a data entry position that I'm in. I experienced a lapse in my schooling which lasted about 7 to 8 yrs... which brought me back to school in 2004 or so. I'm trying to pursue a job involving web technologies. My last real course involving coding of some sort was in HTML/Javascript. I've been doing independent studying at home, learning & implementing what I've learned, to hone my skills as a programmer. I love tech stuff, primarily the software development aspect, but need some direction. The whole reason I went to school in the first place was because of video games. Though I want to ultimately find myself in that field, I want to first delve into web technologies. I have some material on HTML/XHTML, CSS, Javascript, XML, and Flash MX. I'm looking to be a well rounded programmer, w/ professional quality skills. I just recently purchased the "Beginners XML" from Wrox because it was written from a pro programmers perspective. My question(s) then is(are) this(these):

What knowledge and/or skills would I need to simply get my foot in the door in this field? I need lots of help in the software development process, as I'm a bit out of the loop.(No pun intended!!!:)
Some entry level positions seem pretty demanding in terms of what one needs to know. Help!!!

P.S. - Need advice on other great resources... i.e. - books, websites, articles, etc.

Thanks a bunch... God bless!!!:D

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 01:07 PM
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Well...
I am just starting to put together a web site to address exactly the issues you are asking about - a site about WHAT to learn, and WHERE to get the tutorials, books, etc.

However, I just started it last week and I only have a small amount of info there. I plan on adding an article or two each week, and a book review or two each week for the next year or so.

The link to it is in my signature below.

I'll try to answer a few things here:
A lot of the job postings for "Entry Level" developers list numerous technologies and skills, but that is just a wish list. If a person had all those skills, they wouldn't be entry level. So I say don't worry too much about what they are asking - just apply for the job and get the interview based on the strengh of your schooling. If you get the interview, just do your best.

Depending on what part of the world you are in, there are lots of jobs for developers. I am in the USA, and in Southern California, so the market is very strong. In a market like this, there are plenty of entry level jobs.

Web stuff continues to be strong, so that is a good choice for you to continue to study. XML is a good thing to know as part of your skillset. I would definately be learning some server-side skill: ASP.NET, ASP, PHP, JSP or something like that. This basic HTML, CSS, Javascript, Xml, plus a server side techonology, you will have a good start.

Well... I could go on and on.

Woody Z http://www.learntoprogramnow.com
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Hey WoodyZ:

Dude, you couldn't have encouraged more!!! I mean, really, thank you so much! I've been a bit reluctant to go ahead, but, felt like I needed so much more than I have. Just so you know, I'm on the eastcoast... NY to be exact. By the way, I'll be checking out your site soon enough. Again... thanks & God Bless!!!

daivan


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