The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Career in Computer Programming

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Today there is a tremendous demand for professional programmers. This is the single most lucrative and rewarding career path available to the self-taught and self-motivated, and this book tells you everything you need to know to get started. Take this road map and completely understand the work environment, alternative career paths, and the skills needed to be a professional computer programmer. Find out about the really important stuff, too: salary ranges, paths of self and assisted training, interview ...

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Overview

Today there is a tremendous demand for professional programmers. This is the single most lucrative and rewarding career path available to the self-taught and self-motivated, and this book tells you everything you need to know to get started. Take this road map and completely understand the work environment, alternative career paths, and the skills needed to be a professional computer programmer. Find out about the really important stuff, too: salary ranges, paths of self and assisted training, interview preparation, obtaining job experience, and how to network for job advancement. The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Career in Computer Programming puts you in control.

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Currently there is a continuing shortage of applicants for technology-related jobs. Liberty, author of a number of programming tutorials, gives readers considering a career change a gentle introduction to the art of computer programming. He discusses market opportunities, traditional and nontraditional paths to becoming a programmer, what are the parts of a programming language, what are the pros and cons of various languages, and how to find that first programming job. Recommended for all libraries. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789719959
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 6/23/1999
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Jesse Liberty is President of Liberty Associates, Inc., which provides onsite training, mentoring, consulting, and contract programming. Jesse is the author of Sams Teach Yourself C++ Programming in 24 Hours and Beginning Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, C++ from Scratch, as well as other books on C++ and object-oriented programming. Jesse was a software architect for Xerox, a distinguished software engineer for AT&T, and Vice President of Citibank's Development Division.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    A Most Helpful Career Guide

    If you have any aspiration to become a computer programmer, this book will serve you well. They say wise men learn from other people's mistakes (i.e. experience). Why not learn from Jesse Liberty's 20 years of experience by reading this book? He covers all the major programming languages that you will likely consider in your quest for a programming career. Even if you have already decided on a specific programming language, it can only help to be familiar with the alternatives. The author covers all the platforms and technologies that a successful programmer will need to know. Mr. Liberty has provided a valuable service to aspiring computer programmers. Before you sign up with a search firm or step into your first interview (or even buy your first compiler), make sure you pick up some real-world advice by reading this book. Good luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    Please Don't Read This Book

    Because if you do, then I will have to compete with you for those great programming jobs. Seriously though, I have been looking for a book just like this for literally years, but could only find those that touched on the subject or alluded to the answers that I wanted. This book gives several examples of exactly what to do. I have started them and received good feedback. While this is an 'idiot' book, it is really more realistic and down-to-earth (without talking to you like you're dirt). This is an especially excellent book if you're not sure that you want to be a programmer because it touches on what programmers do and addresses this very issue. I am now looking forward to a new career in programming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 1999

    An Excellent Career Primer

    As a career-changer, it is not always clear which path to follow, much less how to maintain a realistic perspective. This book provides the fundamental knowledge to make informed decisions at different stages of a computer programmer's career. Jesse distills hands-on industry experience and provides sound advice both in the technical and professional spheres. As the cover very well reads, the tone is down-to-earth and was a very enjoyable read. Wish you had written this book a year ago, Jesse!

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