How to become an effectual professional software programmer? Many people use to go the “traditional” path through a computer course or software engineering education lessons and from there put themselves into professional programming work.
Some times it is viewed that people become professional programmers by accident. A person writes a small program to assist at work, and their boss say, “Oh great, you can write programs! You’re our programmer now!”
Other people start out as hobbyists and follow a less traditional path, not always getting a degree, but clearly wanting to be programmers from the start and working actively towards that goal.
I’ve been a hobbyist programmer since I was 16. I wasn’t writing anything amazing back then but I had started writing and soon found it was absorbing most of my time. Since I never really stopped, that gives me 21 years experience as “freelance programmer” and counting.
At first I was into writing simple web programs to know the basics of programming. Later people asked me to write programs for them, and sometimes I even got paid. From this I learned useful languages like PHP, asp .net, java that are always for something. Programs are not self contained worlds of their own. I had to learn something about all those domains in order to write programs for them.
Whatever the path we follow, most professional programmers have in common the fact that they learned to code first and how to be a professional later.
The Meaning of “Professional freelance programmer”
So what does it mean to be a professional programmer? What does it mean to be a professional anything? Some definitions simply say to be a professional is “to make money from a skill,” but true professionals also have a set of qualities often described as “professionalism.” In my opinion, these qualities are: trustworthiness, teamwork, leadership, communication, constant updating of skills, an interest in minimizing risks and accountability. Each of these affects the professional programmer in certain ways.
Advantages of web programmer analyst
What we need to do is get our foot in the door. We need to get programmers to write projects and do so successfully. We need those projects to be visible to managers.
Web programming is the best way to get our foot in the door. A programmer with little experience can produce a useful web application in a matter of hours. Not just playful or interesting, but something that can actually go into productive and live use. The only other environment where that is possible is the command line — and managers never see programmers’ command line tools.
Web programming is also a kind of universal need. Sure, there are lots of things besides the web. But unless you really try to avoid the web, as a programmer you are likely to have occasional problems that are best solved with a web application. This is true no matter what field you are in. In part because web applications don’t just touch on core needs — e.g., embedded programming at a hardware company, numerical analysis at an engineering firm — but on any coordination needs, and everyone needs to coordinate things.
By some coincidence three languages starting with P are often grouped together: Perl, PHP, and Python. It’s a nice coincidence, and these are the languages I’ve thought about. Both Perl and PHP have had tremendous bursts of growth because of web programming.
As a PHP programmer who have tried to pick up Python? The number one thing that makes PHP easy to use is its documentation. The thing with good examples and user comments together with the actual API makes PHP great for productivity. I found it hard to use Python because the documentation wasn’t organized as nicely as the PHP doc was.