Home study course on Visual C++, your opion please
Does anyone have experience learning Visual C++ via a home study course?
Such a course is offered by Education Direct, a home study school. You get MS Visual C++ 6.0 program, lesson books, and text books. It's a little pricy at $1000, and takes between 6 months to 2 yrs to complete. But I've seen similar online courses offered by Universities, usually around $500, and they are usually only 8 to 12 sessions in length.
Another claim made by this school is that one could get an entry level job programming after completing this course.
I find that a little hard to believe. Their site is:
Do you think this is a good way to learn VC++, or should I stick to traditional classroom training. Your opinions, please
Self-study or Community college
Beware if they want the whole payment up-front.
I'm sure there are lots of community colleges to choose from in the LA area. Many community college instructors are part-time. So, you have a good chance of getting an instructor that has a "day job"as a real programmer.
Personally, I wouldn't take a online course, unless it was impractical to attend a "real class". In any university or community college class, most of your effort will be outside of class. But, the face-to-face interaction with the instructor and other students is probably worth the trouble of actually going to class. I assume that the university class is an extension-course... otherwise you generally have to be fully enrolled in the university. I've taken one (non-programming) extension course. All of the students were highly-motivated working adults. The motivation is contagious!
It's probably better to get a certificate or AS degree from a traditional school... that potential employeers may have heard of! Its hard to know the value of a certificate/diploma from an obscure school.
Another advantage of community college credits is that they will apply toward a degree if you ever decide to "go for it".
Now the bad news... most job listings for programmers (or "software engineers") say "BSCS".