Learn to become a programmer: now easier than ever

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If you ever searched for employment for briefer or longer periods of time, I am pretty sure that you must have reached a certain conclusion: 7 out of 10 job vacancies are about programmers and developers. It seems that everywhere you look, everybody is looking for a qualified programmer with specific skills.

Take my case for example. After long studies in a non-exploitable market field, I was stranded in the job market looking for an occupation. I searched and searched but to no avail.  Turns out my studies did not reflect the current state of the market. It seemed that everywhere I turned, every company looked for programmers. 

So, I thought, why not? It mustn't be that hard after all. All my friends and family shared the belief that becoming a programmer requires more studies and more time and that by the time I would be done I would be too old to enter the job market. How wrong they were though. I set out using many online resources like Udemy, seminars, and webinars and after some time I landed my first job as a programmer. And if I can do it so can you. 

But enough about me. I just wanted to point out that nowadays, if you make out a learning program and you start learning, you will be able to become a programmer. Throughout this article, I will share with you some tips and tricks that will get you going.

The first step is the harder

 Get it from me. If you want to become a programmer, you need to accumulate, day after day, year after year theoretical as well as practical knowledge. This requires constant effort on your behalf to reach the desired result. But trust me it is worth it. Here are some of the most basic steps about to start learning how to become a programmer. 

  1. Firstly, you must follow an initiation course in one or more of the following disciplines:
  • logic
  • discreet mathematics
  • one or more programming language (preferably C++/Java/Python for beginners)
  1. Focus on concepts that relate to databases and data, such as tables, procedures, and queries. To familiarize yourself with those concepts, you can use no matter what database software such as:
  • MS Access
  • DB V
  • Fox Pro
  • Paradox
  • MySQL which is a perfect example. It is free and databases are easily accessible thanks to SQL queries.
  1. Thirdly, it’s up to you to decide what type of programmer you want to become. Programmers usually belong to one of the following categories:
  • web programmers
  • programmers for office applications
  • programmers for applications distributed 
  • core programmers
  • system programmers
  1. And many more categories. Once you have chosen what sector you are interested in, you need to start studying and learning about the technologies that interest you. For instance, if you want to become a web programmer, you need to familiarize yourself with concepts such as:

        ◦ HTTP

        ◦ FTP

        ◦ POP3

        ◦ SMTP

        ◦ TCP

        ◦ IP protocols

        ◦ HTML

        ◦ XML

        ◦ Coldfusion

        ◦ ASP

        ◦ JSP

        ◦ PHP

        ◦ ASP.NET

And many more. One thing is for certain. Technology is constantly evolving and new technologies become available every single time. You always need to be ahead of your game and in front of everyone else since competition is fierce.

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