I would like to work in web development but I do not want to pursue it in the wrong way and be a failure. Where is the best place to start and what is essential? I'm thinking Database Administration or PHP Development.
I get so worked up. Sometimes I feel like I need to be a Hardware Engineer to do anything with computers at all.
I managed to program a snake game with 360 degree motion in java
That sounds pretty cool.
That is a load of stuff there.
I feel like I may have just been wasting my time and I really will never be anything.
I just lack direction and a knowledge of real world applications.
Now now... you just have to work at it. Why dont you tell us a little more about what you are trying to achieve ? Have you held a programming job before ? Do you have a degree related to programming ? Have you tried freelancing on sites like odesk ?
Once you know what you want to do, you can nail it.
Odesk.com is a very cool suggestion. I like their online skills test offering.
The problem is that I don't really know what it's like to do any of the jobs I hear about.
You wont know unless you try. Your work description seems to point to a CRUD web application that uses a database. Most web applications fall under that category. The business logic they use changes with each application. You can of course perform more complicated things with a web-app. Use a neural network / analyze sound files / search a vast database of information etc etc. You get to learn these based on your job description.
I didn't try to apply. Right now I can just tell that I'm not ready. I'm looking at Java Docs reading about Sockets and Client programming. I have the methods I need to execute SQL statements in java and I can see the relationship between the database, the server, and the client. I think what I might be missing is a broad knowledge of mathematical concepts.
I would suggest getting an SCJP certification, (not because it is reuired for a job) but to get things on track as far as your theoretical knowledge is concerned. How about getting a computer science degree ? (but it needs a lot of investment in time & money I guess)
Yeah. I'm looking into Computer Science Degrees. I took a few classes at my local university and then (once I noticed that they were making the undergrad courses into easy A's) I found out that our program isn't even accredited. Not that you can't be successful without an accredited degree program, but I need to have that confidence in my instructors. I also need people that I can trust aren't going to push me to get a Master's Degree just to learn what actually goes on in the real world. We weren't required to do a single case study from our book. Luckily, I was insightful enough to take the time to do them myself. It would have been nice to get CREDIT for my extra work though. And to see it criticized and graded.
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