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Help a student - get interviewed

 
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Paul W. go this e-mail and thought we could help a little.

"Hello Paul. I am an online student with the Art Institute Online and need some programming expertise. I have to interview a programmer "in the field" and post my findings in a 1 page summary of sort. Since I do not know any programmers, I found you guys online and thought I would give it a shot. Maybe, if you can't help me personally you could forward me to a few others and see if one charitable soul could do an up and coming designer a favor!? The following is the actual assignment:

Assignment 3: Interview a Programmer

By Day 5, you will have observed and discussed the techniques and strategies used by programmers to create graphical user interfaces. Now is the time to check things out with an experienced programmer. Locate an experienced programmer and interview them to gain additional insights into programming.

Next, post a one-page summary of the interview, highlighting new points of interest and reinforcing issues already discussed. Post this summary to the Discussion Area.

Please comment on your classmates' postings by Day 7.

a.. State the concerns that you have about programming.
b.. How important are GUI's?
c.. How much time does it really take to create a GUI?
d.. Does the interviewee have any tips of his/her own to share with you?

---some additional inquiries for my own curiosities:

-How and where did you get your start in programming and what intrigued you?
-What do you work mostly on, what have you written personally, and what do you prefer to do mostly?
-How do you view GUI's today in comparison from their beginning stages?
-Do you feel JAVA is an important tool for the web, why or why not?
-In your opinion, what is JAVA's main uses and functions?
-Where would you like to see programming go from here or what face would you like to see programming start to form?

Thank you so much for any time you can give and share with me. The answers don't have to be an epic novel but a little bit of heartfelt response would be a good thing for me to fulfill my inquiries and assignment requirements! Thanks guys!!"

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Dangit I skim too fast on posts, and I've been programming for about 2-3 years. I'm 17, and I'll give you my amateur answers lol:

  • State the concerns that you have about programming.

  • My concern is if what I'm learning now, will benefit me the most in the future of my programming career.
  • How important are GUI's?

  • VERY important, much more user friendly. People learn better and faster with graphics than just plain text. Things go faster because they don't have to remember commands all of the time, and there are many shortcuts when things are GUI based (such as browser windows, ).
  • How much time does it really take to create a GUI?

  • With Visual Studio about 2 seconds. With Java about eehhh I don't know it really depends how much GUI we're talking here. If we're creating just a window, using JPanel probably like 20 seconds.
  • Does the interviewer have any tips of his/her own to share with you?

  • I guess!?

  • How and where did you get your start in programming and what intrigued you?

  • The power that you had. It first started with JavaScript, I loved the control and power to make things interactive. Then when I went into my first computer science class, we learned QBasic --> Visual Basic 6. I loved it mainly because I love logic(math), and using logic to make powerful commands for computers to do.
  • How and where did you get your start in programming and what intrigued you?

  • I started when my sister and I were creating our own websites on angelfire. I was so confused lol, I would ask so many questions. It intrigued me because it was mysterious, and it was a never ending cycle of questions that would help me grow my power to become one with the computer! (or browser, whatever!).
  • What do you work mostly on, what have you written personally, and what do you prefer to do mostly?

  • Well it first was JavaScript --> VB.NET --> C# --> Java
    My best work I'd say is Resident Evil 5 (please don't sue me lol) at: http://re5.no-ip.org it's created in C# and it's way not done! But pretty cool so far! I prefer to change my status A LOT. Like one minute I'm doing JavaScript, the next minute I'm creating a Java program that's using new skills that I've learned from an article. I prefer to mostly do Java, since I made all of my java programs (.class files) to all have a really cool coffee icon!
  • How do you view GUI's today in comparison from their beginning stages?

  • More antialiasing and more pretty I guess. Graphics are more smooth vector based rather than bitmap based. There are more colors (32bit [24bit color, 8bit alpha channels], 48bit, instead of like 8bit color channels [256 colors]).
  • Do you feel JAVA is an important tool for the web, why or why not?

  • Yes, but Java on the web is I feel shifting towards Flash. Though Flash & Java are made to work together, since Flash needs Java to take certain actions. Java is slowly deteriating from an important tool in the web I believe (applets is what I'm trying to get to here).
  • In your opinion, what is JAVA's main uses and functions?

  • Mainly I'd say cross-platform. Like one java program can run on Linux, Windows, whatever...as long as they have their JVM.
  • Where would you like to see programming go from here or what face would you like to see programming start to form?

  • I love it the way it is
     
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