First off, I am/have been a manager in Retail and have a Fashion Merchandising BS and I would love to make a career change to Web Development. Now you are probably saying to yourself "Another one of these people". I don't see that the market is flooded with developers and I am sure there is competition over any job. But lets get to my question....
I would like advice on where I might connect with individuals that do Web Development? I would like to really see what the field is all about. Anyone have any ideas or other questions for me that would be great
On a more serious note, The Lounge is a good place to virtually converse with developers. Interacting with developers in person is a bit more tricky and will require some effort on your part. Here are some ideas:
Get a crummy job doing QA (quality assurance) for a web development company (one of my first jobs, actually). Plenty of web developers there.
Play video games with your friends. And their friends. Developers are nerds and nerds like to play games (well, not me, but I suspect there is something to the stereotype).
LinkedIn groups that are related to web development.
Use your management skills in a department at a company that works closely with web development. For example, I work with marketing a lot, so there is plenty of chance to communicate cross-department.
Start a career in web development by reading a book and completing a project on one of the outsourcing websites (e.g., vworker.com). Or maybe try making a website for free for a non-profit. Build your skills. You might get the opportunity to work side-by-side with other developers or you may have to work for a bit before that happens.
College. That's where I met a few programmer friends. You don't need to get a degree... you can just take programming courses. You might be able to find a local community college that offers 3-credit courses for about $300 each.
Hire a developer from a local college to build a website for you. The first website I made in college was done for $8/hour, so you could probably hire a budding developer for cheap.
Pay a developer from a local college to tutor you. I did some tutoring in college; there was actually a program setup by the college to help tutors find tutees.
*I have been working on getting a job more in the tech arena. Even if it's administrative in nature.
*I have played a couple MMORPG but did not even think of being a developer at the time. This is my late discovery of being geeky.
*Already on top of the LinkedIn groups
*Looking forward to rubbing elbow with some developers.
*I have been looking at projects on Elance and the like as well.
*The community college here has a WebMaster certificate program that I will take, it's only 25 hours but it will give me a base on things like HTML, XHTML, PHP, CSS, Java, SQL... you know.
*Good idea about hiring a developer!
*Good idea about the tutor.
I don't know what your technical skills are but Visual Web Developer Express[^] is a free tool to get you started, and the ASP.NET web site has some good tutorials. You can also check out the articles here on CodeProject for some useful help.
I have had CodeProject and ReadWriteWeb on my RSS feeds for a couple months so I have a good list of free E-books on learning programming languages. These two links will be great to explore too.
Just wondering if you should consider doing a course (online or onsite) in web development, maybe a short introductory course which would give you a feel for whats involved.
There are also a lot of resources available on youtube, vimeo etc which would help you do a basic website quickly - again just to get a feel for whats involved.
In Australia with our professional migration scheme, there is definitely no shortage of developers which can make it hard starting off. But then again it's always been hard finding that first real job.
1. I'd do a course, 1-2 years part time. This will show you are serious. (but don't wait to look for a job)
2. Start cutting the code and learning how the nuts and bolts work. Web development is good in the respect that you can demonstrate your skills.
3. Once you have the skills, take any programming job you can get, regardless of wage.
4. A lot of development teams have more axillary staff than actual developers, QA, client services, sales and marketing. So depending on your previous experience, you may be able to get into the industry while training up. This would be your best option.
We started planning for the next unofficial GIT Forum Members meetup of CodeProject in India. Those who want to take participation, are requested to follow the thread: GIT Meetup - II[^] and vote for the preferred time and location.
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Westwood Brewing Company
1097 Glendon Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024
Thursday, April 28th, 7:00-8:30pm
Free appetizers! Buy your own beer (if you want to). 21+
Put on by Westside Science Cafe in collaboration with SoCal Science Cafe
Sponsored by University of California, Irvine and the University of California, Los Angeles
I'd love to attend, but the commute is rather extreme. If they'd care to reprise the event in a different locale, there's a dandy microbrewery located at the Colorado Belle Casino in Laughlin, NV. Rooms are $19, and I'm sure the brewmaster can be talked into hosting the event; he let Shog9, his lady and me drink there one night, so I know he's fairly tolerant. Just don't plan it for next weekend, as we'll be hosting 80,000 bikers out for a few days of R&R, and the traffic gets a little challenging to navigate.
Today 5 of active GIT members celebrated the CodeProject meetup in Lonavala, near to Pune, India. Myself (Kunal), Abhijit, Abhishek, Ankur and SChristmas attended it. We really enjoyed the CP unofficial get-together there. From the start to end it was really awesome. Discussions and some of the photos are available in GIT Forum. Many more to come.
BTW, it was the members initiative to do this. I appreciate all who attended it.
We had a long discussion and planning in GIT forum 2-3 months in advance and I did never know about this "Get Together" forum. Hence missed to publish it here. BTW, that was our first CodeProject meetup. We will surely inform here next time.
Or did you mean to say what is this obviously someone wanted to get the first post which forever brands him/her as a twat for not posting something intelligible and you for not using a keyboard properly.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Agile Cambridge 2010 - the East of England's first agile software development conference will take place from October 14th-15th.
We are seeking speaker proposals covering any aspect of agile software development. If your session proposal covers practical experience we'll consider it
In addition to paying no conference fees, being a speaker gives you a unique opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with our audience.
* Adopting and evolving agile approaches
* Agile product management
* Agile software development
* Agile testing
* User experience and design in an agile world
* Agile technical communications
* Coaching and mentoring agile teams
* Tool and technology adoption
* Distributed agile teams
For the first time this year, the Seattle Code Camp (April 17-18) is providing live video for many of its sessions within a virtual event. C#, .NET & Silverlight, database, architecture, and other general developer topics. Virtual s'mores not included, but otherwise it is free to the public.
Ah, I would love to be there. My French is very rusty now - I learned it while I lived in Luxembourg and still love to holiday in France. The last time I was there would be last April when I brought the family to visit the Somme.
"WPF has many lovers. It's a veritable porn star!" - Josh Smith
As Braveheart once said, "You can take our freedom but you'll never take our Hobnobs!" - Martin Hughes.
I'll be in Berlin from the 10th to the 12th of November, for the Tech-Ed expo. Anyone got a couch they'll be willing to let me surf for those two nights, 10th and 11th? It's taken me forever to get this my first expo out of my boss, and he's quite adament on yours truly picking the cheapest hotel, so I thought I'd surprise him with a 0$ hotel bill Well, that and I'd like to try a different way of travelling this time, learning from the locals.
I'm easy-going and not one to get in your face about politics, I won't stay up all night and it's not in me to complain about every little thing I may or may not feel is wrong with the countries I visit. I can't offer money in exchange for your hospitality, but I'm a movie buff and would love to pay a visit to the IMAX or local movie theater on one of the evenings in question.
In June we have two evening events with Kathleen Dollard. Kathleen is the Chief Technologist for AppVenture (www.appventure.com) where she leads the application generation efforts. She has been a Microsoft MVP for 11 years and is a member of the INETA Speaker’s Bureau. Kathleen has worked extensively with application code generation and is the author of Code Generation in Microsoft .NET (from Apress). She has published numerous articles on a range of .NET technologies and writes the monthly column “Ask Kathleen” in Visual Studio Magazine (www.visualstudiomagazine.com). Kathleen is also active in the Northern Colorado .NET SIG, Denver Visual Studio User Group, Northern Colorado Architect’s Group, and IASA Denver.
Decades after object orientation design altered programming, it’s still evolving, and we’re still learning to use it better. Many changes in the tools we use and how we write applications affect the approach we take to OOD. Some of these changes relate to architecture where new approaches like SOA and the layering revolution behind Silverlight alter the place of traditional OOD within the bigger picture of architecture. Other changes are language improvements that alter the very meaning of the phrase “object” from a design point of view. While touching on architecture, this talk focuses primarily on the effect of language features like generics, extension methods, delegates/lambda expressions, partial classes/methods, reflection, anonymous types, and declarative programming. I’ll the growing role of interfaces as a contractual base in block based development and show a roll your own example of dependency injection so you understand this basic technique more often accessed through a tool. You’ll come away ready to leverage new features while retaining solid overall design.
Decoupling portions of your application has tremendous payback during both development and maintenance. Your application becomes more testable and flexible and can more easily evolve to meet changing demands. Decoupling your application also allows a new level of partnership with external groups because you can safely incorporate their code in your application without recompiling or releasing source code. Microsoft has exposed different provider models in many areas of the framework and libraries, and this year has moved toward consolidating its efforts at decoupling with the Managed Extensibility Framework, or MEF. This tool differs from an IoC container because its focused directly at simplifying the extension of applications and focuses at extensibility, discover, and composition. The underlying engine can support Microsoft efforts like Visual Studio and your own applications. MEF comes up short when you encounter isolation and versioning issues, such as wanting that external code to run in its own AppDomain. The Managed Add-In Framework, or MAF, focuses on these problems and the significant complexity they bring with System.AddIn namespace of .NET 3.5. You’ll learn more about architecting applications in pieces and the sweet spot of using MEF and MEF together. You’ll leave ready to evaluate the role of MEF and MAF in your applications.