Q:Hi! I understand a career in programming isn't for everyone. So how do I know if it's for me? I really find technology and web design interesting, so what would you expect to need to have mentally (traits like patience or a clever mind?) in order to be a programmer?
Hey, I really don’t know. That’s like asking what traits someone needs to be a Surgeon. Is it compassion, and the drive to help your fellow human? Or is it cold, hard logic and the ability to make those difficult choices. To put aside sentimentality and see the human body as a machine in need of repair. Or is it embracing empathy and seeing the big picture, that the broken body in front of you is indeed a person with loved ones and dreams?
Ok, I digress. But you can see my point. There are great surgeons in the empathic camp and great surgeons in the logical Spock-like camp, and then there are surgeons who embody both characteristics. Any can be great if they work hard enough.
I’ll say the same is true with programming, software development, web development, even web design. Characteristics of those successful in the fields can run the gamut.
With that said, I’ll offer this advice: Writing a program is like solving a set of problems, one after another, from beginning to end. Whether it’s the most robust application, or simply a small web app like a blog, you will have to solve problems.
Most of the time, solving those problems will require you to look up documentation about the language or the technique you’re utilizing. And when your program or web app or website or whatever it may be, is finally finished, you’ve then got to maintain it.
Maintenance requires the same problem solving, as you’ve got to figure out how to “future proof” your project when new technologies arise or how to fix your project when you’re confronted by bugs and errors. You’ll rework and rewrite your project to optimize what you’ve previously done, or to fix security vulnerabilities or other flaws.
If you don’t like problem solving and figuring things out on your own, i.e. looking up documentation, scouring the internet for a solution, taking criticism from fellow developers and programmers, you will be miserable.
And you should enjoy learning. Like truly get ecstatic about learning new things. With technology continuously changing, you will need to constantly learn and adapt. You should be a person who enjoys learning new things all the time. And sometimes just for the hell of it!
But obviously, the simple answer would be: “Program and see if you enjoy it!”
Good luck, and let me know how it works out!
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So, can everyone please the word about the FBI Virus making its rounds again. This time via FaceBook. It was the reason I had to replace my computer.
I recieved a request from an old high school friend and accepted. I went to their page to comment on their wall and my computer locked up before their page loaded properly. Come to find out the page was a fake. They took a picture and basic information from the real page to set up a new one and when you go to view the page you get the virus.
The virus will have only show one page on your screen that declares it is from the FBI and you are in violation of an internet based law. Sometimes it says you viewed illegal pornographic material, others that you were involved in illegal activity such as terrorism or money laundering. In your right hand sind of the screen will be instructions to give an amount of money between $300 and $1000 to make this issue “go away” and unlock your computer.
DO NOT PAY THE MONEY!!! Please be aware this is a virus. If the FBI wants you, they will come get you without warning or notice. The FBI shows up at your door in person usually with local police or detectives to aid them. They do not lovk up your computer and ask for payment to fix it. They barge in your home in the flesh and take your computer away from you. DO NOT PAY THE MONEY!!!
This virus was gotten from FaceBook. So please be very cautious about who you add. Like I said, I knew the girl I was adding but the profile was a fake. And because my computer is a dinosaur the virus finally destroyed it and forced me to replace it.
Tuesday, March 11 - 5pm to 6:30pm
Times Square, 43rd St. & 7th Ave., Manhattan
- We say NO! Not Another U.S. War!
- U.S./NATO is the aggressor in Ukraine; not Russia.
- We stand with anti-fascist resistance of the Ukrainian people who reject the coup in Kiev.
What’s really happening in Ukraine? Don’t be fooled!
U.S. officials and the media claim there was a people’s uprising in Ukraine that is now threatened by Russian military intervention. Don’t be fooled.
These are the same people who tell us the economy is improving, when we all know jobs are scarce and the minimum wage is too low to live on. They use their platform to justify police and vigilante killings of Black and Brown youth.
These are the same people who led us into more than 10 years of ruinous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are the same 1% who want war with Iran and Syria.
What happened in Ukraine was a coup against a legally-elected government. The U.S. spent more than $15 BILLION to make this happen. $15 billion that could have been used to restore and expand SNAP food assistance programs for the hungry, create jobs, extend long-term unemployment benefits and improve public schools here at home. $5 BILLION was just cut from basic food programs because we are told, “There is not enough money.”
What has Washington paid for? The new government in Kiev is dominated by far-right-wing politicians, including open neo-Nazis. They worship Stepan Bandera, a follower of Hitler who massacred Ukrainian Jews, immigrants, leftists and trade unionist during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Fascist gangs armed with guns and baseball bats now control the streets of Kiev. They are tearing down monuments to the Soviet troops who liberated Ukraine from the Nazis.Their demands are to align with the EU and the NATO military alliance.
Leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties support this disgusting and dangerous coup. Two years ago, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out the plan for the coup at a conference in Europe. Senator John McCain later went to Kiev, spoke at rallies and was photographed with the leader of the fascist Svoboda party. State Department official Victoria Nuland was caught on tape plotting who would be the next leader of Ukraine. She bragged that the U.S. had already spent $5 billion funding the “democracy movement” in the Ukraine. The Obama administration immediately pledged an additional $10 billion in loans for the coup leaders.
Why do both parties support a neo-Nazi government in Ukraine? Because it’s what the Wall Street 1% want. They want to take over Ukraine’s gas and oil pipelines. They want to set up NATO military bases on the border with Russia. Their next step is to divide up Russia, grab its vast oil reserves and natural resources, and gobble up millions more skilled workers to compete with underemployed, underpaid workers here in the U.S.
Workers in Ukraine will get nothing but misery from the deal. The coup government has already agreed to accept an IMF austerity plan in return for loans, like the ones that have devastated workers in Greece, Spain and Portugal. Unemployment, poverty, pension cuts and privatization are what they have in store.
But people in Eastern Ukraine and throughout the country are fighting back against the fascist coup in Kiev. Some have taken over regional and city buildings and refused to hand them over to the new authorities. Others are marching on military bases and demanding that the troops not obey the commands of the neo-Nazis in Kiev. Some are calling on the Russian government to protect and assist them. The people of Ukraine remember well what Nazi rule was like during World War II, and they will not stand for it again.
Russia’s government is acting defensively. Russia does not want a war with the U.S. and NATO, but understands that it is next on Washington’s hit list.
People in the U.S. don’t want another war either – not for oil, not to dominate more low-wage workers, and certainly not to prop up racist neo-Nazis in Kiev! We want money for jobs and income, a raise in the minimum wage to at least $15, housing, healthcare and schools – not war and occupation.
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