View Full Version : Programming as a career

07-02-2002, 02:41 PM
I have perhaps a dumb question. Can one reasonably expect to make a living by programming in languages such as C and C++?

I am a network admin and am tired of playing nursemaid to Microsoft problems. I am interested in programming but my only coding background was in fortran about 20 years ago.

I have an MCSE cert. but so does everyone else. I think I would like to write code, but I don't know anyone who can tell me if this is still something which the world needs.



moemen ahmed
07-02-2002, 02:56 PM
u must be kidding :D :confused:
no doubt coding is a wide branch for work, at short time its needed as the depends on computers r growing uo all over the world

but I think that in future man ll not need just to be a good programmer to find a job( as alot of ppl r learning , its gonna be just like natural languages) that tme high quality programming and unordinary branches of programming (just like Arteficial Intellegance) ll be most needed

thats my opinion....by the way if ur administrator Im sure u ll learn faster as u understand the archetcures of computer engineering(as im supposing ) .........
go ahead.......push the wheel and wait to c what ll happen :)
good luck

07-02-2002, 03:02 PM
There are quite a few professional C and C++ programmers who post here, so it's definetely doable. I think the better question is how much will you need to learn, how much time and work is it going to take, to become employable. I'd like to know the answer to that question as much as anyone. Obviously, there is no hard rule to how much knowledge/experience is required for a job, but more a progression (more experience, more likely to get job, etc).

07-02-2002, 03:41 PM
If you're a network admin with an MCSE, you probably will take a big pay cut to program, at least the first couple years. And seeing your MCSE, many employers will probably look for ways to use that instead. I started getting my MCSE, but realised I didn't want to deal with networks 24/7.