Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By laserlight

I decided to go for it...

This is a discussion on I decided to go for it... within the General Discussions forums, part of the Community Boards category; I decided to go to school for computer science, I have a lot of questions on what to do to ...

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    17

    I decided to go for it...

    I decided to go to school for computer science, I have a lot of questions on what to do to prepare myself for the real world. I want to become a good reliable programmer. What should I look for in schools, what classes I should take, what should I look for in work study opportunities and what type of stuff I should study outside of class any Info would be much appreciated. The only reason I am able to go to school is because of the Montgomery GI bill and I dont really have any references to ask about colleges and computer science, so i would really apreciate it...

    Thank you
    ARod

  2. #2
    C++ Witch laserlight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    21,436
    Make of it what you will, but I took some of Joel Spolsky's Advice for Computer Science College Students.
    manasij7479 likes this.
    C + C++ Compiler: MinGW port of GCC
    Version Control System: Bazaar

    Look up a C++ Reference and learn How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    17
    Thanks, that answered a lot of my question. What about your own experiences?

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    86
    Just my opinion. Nothing more than that, so I won't give an essay to back it up. Without further ado (and pretty much in this order):

    Start out with a language like C++ which has all the object orientated features that mark modern development, but won't protect you from having to contend with some lower-level realities of computing (pointers, memory management)

    Once you are comfortable with your first tool (C++ in this case), now learn how to get the most out of it: start learning data structures and algorithms. This is basically the art of learning to use your head/maximizing efficiency.

    Learn a managed language like C# or Java. You already have experience with the grittier details of computing if you know C++ or something lower-level, so now you can appreciate what these languages take care of for you. Though they might be easier in some respects, this can be a real accelerator in some sense....because you don't have to worry about as many little details, you can be more ambitious with projects and more quickly jump into dealing with bigger challenges and larger issues.

    Software Engineering: Learn how to plan a serious project. Requirements gathering, use cases, detailed use case specifications, analysis class diagrams, sequence diagrams...that's right, ambitious projects aren't just coded via spur of the moment inspiration.

    Design Patterns: Learn how to effectively mange complexity in code


    ....these are my pillars but there will be much more along the way (databases, web, etc)
    I made a pair of "Braille Gloves" which have 6 vibration motors in six finger tips and vibrate in the relevant patterns. I have used this to read stuff while out walking. Given there is a fairly well defined programmer-oriented Braille encoding I should imagine it would work in this situation. Diagrams could be a pain still.

    Note: I am not blind but have learnt Braille fairly easily so for me it works quite well

    Disclaimer: I haven't tried this while driving yet...

Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

Similar Threads

  1. So I decided to use function pointers in my code for the first time...
    By A10 in forum A Brief History of Cprogramming.com
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 11-13-2007, 06:13 AM
  2. I've decided Bush is right, and we're wrong.
    By Jeremy G in forum A Brief History of Cprogramming.com
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-30-2005, 08:16 PM
  3. I decided to try this
    By face_master in forum Windows Programming
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 03-10-2002, 10:27 PM

Tags for this Thread


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21