I sucked at college hence me not being able to graduate. I always loved coding subjects but still have a lot to learn. I know C++, Visual Basic and Ruby on Rails, still a noob of course. I am actually new to the states and have no one to ask about being a coder. I am still practicing though I don't know where to start. I have heard of dev bootcamps but I'm doubting it. Can anyone please reply to this message and help me? I badly need some mentoring and advice. Thank you.
Just write good code. Start an open source project, for example. Once you have some good code out there that anyone hiring developers can review and an X number of users it will be much easier to get your foot in the door...
I was the first hire for this startup back in 1999 when I was a junior at college. For the majority of that time I have been the only programmer. When we started using remote desktop support and VOIP, we got rid of the office and cut the staff to two.
As engineers it's fairly easy to reach a salary cap in a given area. I've been at the high end of the salary range for the last 20 years. The only way I see to move past it is to become a manager (which I would suck at) or find the perfect niche(*) as a contractor.
(*) long term and a customer with more money than common sense
I've done a fair amount of outside work over the last few years, but never had the cojones to make the jump to contracting full time. Having a wife with medical issues and a kid in college tends to make you... cautious.
That's been the case for me as well. When I started I was working on MS-DOS based control applications for our products. I've also done data preparation apps under MS-DOS, OS/2, and Windows, an OS/2 device driver, and more control apps under Windows. As the DSJB(*) I administer our servers, manage our source control, and I keep our automated build process from turning into SkyNet. It's rarely boring.
(*) Departmental Sh!t-Job Boy
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