C.R. Anderson

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Recent posts by C.R. Anderson

Paul,

1) I'll check out the cattle drive. If I can't hack that, that will be a sign to think about doing something else.
2) PHP stuff disgusts you but that is maybe what I should be learning. Not sure what you mean. It's not as elegant, too clunky, or, just not as fun to use? ok. Is there any reason to learn other older languages like C++?
3) We will see from the Cattledrive If it is something I can groove on.

5) Not exactly sure what you mean by webmonkey... Someone who maintains websites for individuals as opposed to larger companies? Or something else?
Thanks again.
Cindy
7 years ago


Paul,
Thanks for commenting on my post. I read permies.com from time to time and sometimes listen to your podcasts, as well. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. Yes, there are lots of different concepts in my question. I'm just at the beginning stages of making a plan to be able homestead in the future. I'm trying to brainstorm possible ways to supplement my teacher retirement benefits. About your questions...
1. Do I have a knack for software development? I have no idea. I'm a musician who took 1 computer programming class in graduate school back in the day. It was a visual basic class and I really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of it. I was thinking at the time, "why didn't I major in this earlier in life"? Does that mean I'd be a good programmer? Not necessarily. I need to do some more exploring to see if I DO have the knack for that sort of thing. Not sure what steps to take to do that, though. A programming class at a local college, self study, etc.? If so, what language to start with? Or, something else entirely?

2. Getting money for my effort. I assume that I will need to go into the office for a job for the first several years. Then, hopefully, I could work remotely. Are some areas of IT (is that even the correct lingo) better than others for this?

3. Have I worked from home? Never (other than a parent). Sounds great, though.

4. Internet connectivity in the country. I've had problems with that while camping in the mountains, even with just cell phone reception. That's something to consider.

5. Homesteading is hard work. Yes, I know that! I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and many relatives had farms in Texas. Farms are great places to grow up! I escaped that lifestyle to go to the big city. Now, I'd love to escape back to the country. How ironic is that?

Well, my main concern is that I need to figure out a direction to go, or figure out if IT is the direction I want to go in. Working remotely sounds waaaay more appealing and efficient than driving into the city everyday for a job. I'm assuming some aspects of IT would be more suitable for for a person in my position than others. I'm willing to put in several year's worth of training to make it work. But, I want to make sure I'm learning/getting training/taking classes that will pay off in the way I want them to. I'd love to hear any comments you have. Thanks again.
Cindy
7 years ago
Jeanne,
Yes, I will be receiving a pension and benefits from my teaching career. I'm really looking for part-time or maybe full-time contract work as a way to supplement my retirement income. I figured that I might need to start full-time and then cut back to contract work part time after having a real job in the field.

Thanks for the info about areas other than Java programming. I have a friend that used to do web design. I don't feel like I'd be very good with the aesthetic design considerations of web design. I'd rather work on the inner workings of the website or program. I'm such a newbie at this that I don't have more than a very basic understanding of what web development is. I've heard of Ruby on Rails but that's about the extent of my knowledge. I need a starting place to get some general info about the different areas of job opportunities in programming, web development, etc. I have 4-5 years before I'm eligible to retire and I'm just starting to think through my options. I'm not sure where to find the general info I'm looking for.
Cindy
7 years ago
Also, I'm not sure what forum would be most appropriate for this question. Please let me know if I should re-post elsewhere. Thanks again!
7 years ago
Hi all,
I'm considering changing careers and I'm thinking about becoming a programmer. I've been a public school band director for almost 25 years. I'm looking for work I could do that would allow me to telecommute after a couple of years. I'd love to buy some land, have a small farm and work from home. I took a programming class years ago while working on a graduate degree and really enjoyed it. What advice do you guys have for me? Are there still lots of entry-level programming jobs? Or, are they all outsourced to India? Do I need to get a computer science degree? Or, just some kind of certification? Also, what language(s) would you recommend? I'm looking forward to your ideas. Thanks.
Cindy in Texas
7 years ago