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How to Self-Study for a Computer Programming Job

Discussion in 'News' started by tripwire45, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. tripwire45
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    How to Self-Study for a Computer Programming Job

    Readers will sometimes ask me, "I don't have a college degree in computer science. How can I study for a computer programming job?" Both my company in general and I personally have put a lot of work into answering that particular question over the past 10 years. The specific answer is based on a few questions that each individual must first answer for himself or herself...

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    1. dmarsh
      Well I can't really say I'm much of a fan of Steve McConnells books, he seems to have made a career regurgitating other peoples work without any real flair.
      The best I can say about them is that they are workmanlike compendiums of information compiled from other sources.

      Telling someone to self study a few established texts is also hardly a revolutionary idea. Nor is creating a curriculumn/study guide etc.

      I can agree with his reccomendation on these books, I've read them and they are good :-

      Programming Pearls 2nd Ed, Jon Bentley
      Applying UML & Patterns 2nd Ed, Craig Larman
      UML Distilled, Martin Fowler et al

      Also this is another classic :-

      Mythical Man-Month, The: Essays on Software Engineering

      I prefer Steve Maquire also a Microsoft Press writer,

      Debugging the Development Process: Practical Strategies for Staying Focused, Hitting Ship Dates, and Building Solid Teams

      or this set :-


      Or look at :- http://www.joelonsoftware.com/ Joel is also ex Microsoft and proves that computer science writing does not have to be dull.

      As with anything its a continual journey, you will need to read many books and write many programs, and don't always believe the latest marketing hype !
    2. dmarsh
      Programming Pearls 2nd Ed, Jon Bentley - This one really is excellent, a little dated perhaps but really does deal with the fundamentals of programming.

      Applying UML & Patterns 2nd Ed, Craig Larman - I don't think you can beat GoF Design Patterns, beginners however might need something more accessible.

      AG Communications do a good intro :-


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