Learning

Problem Solving in Programming with if and Logic Statements

Here’s a video I put together about Problem Solving. I think this is one of those topics that beginning programmers struggle the most with sometimes and this demonstrates a couple of techniques you can use to help you solve programming problems. I tackle the sumDouble and sleepIn problems from CodingBat.com.

How Will You Know if You'll Like Programming?

Learning programming to the level of being able to create web applications or work in the field can take a lot of time and effort. But what if you don’t like it? What if you spend all that time and effort and it ends up that you hate programming and never want to see its ugly face again? I hate to say it, but this can happen. I’ve seen it happen.

How to Measure Your Progress While Learning Programming

Learning programming can often feel like you’re running as fast as you can and getting nowhere fast. The minute you feel like you have something figured out, five more things pop up that you need to learn before you can even do anything useful. Measuring programming progress is extremely hard to do. It doesn’t come naturally to humans to measure progress of a mental skill. Programming is a very mental skill.

How to put a sparkle in a hiring manager's eye

When talking about interviews, most programmers are interested in the technical interview. And why not? It’s what we know. We think that if we can solve a problem on a whiteboard, we should get the job. Meritocracy for the win! But at most companies, it really doesn’t work like that. The management in charge of the programmers will always have the last say in whether you’re hired or not. What they want to know is, “Can this person do this job?

What to learn when you want to learn web development

I’ve seen a lot of posts on /r/learnprogramming and other places wondering how to get started with web programming. I’ve been doing this for about 15 years now and I’m here to give you some good news. Everything that I’ve done, from bill pay sites for Fortune 100 companies to lead tracking applications for small businesses, is essentially based on one simple concept and that’s CRUD. CRUDdy Applications In the computer world, CRUD stands for Create, Read, Update, Delete, which describes the four basic actions that most web applications need to do.