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Comment: Re:A year too late. (Score 1) 309

by proca (#46975609) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?
This is bad advice unless you are writing brilliant native code by age 15. Someone who just completed their first full-scale website has a ways to go before he's viable in the job market for a competitive job. Plus you'll miss out on all the parties, girls (or boys I guess), and networking opportunities that school can provide.

Comment: Do it on the side (I did) (Score 1) 309

by proca (#46975581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?
My background experience was very similar to yours going into college, and while my major ended up being neurobiology, I made money throughout college developing websites freelance for local businesses and school-related organizations. The way I found clients was to tell everyone that I knew that I was available for website contracting jobs and people would just come to me. I made enough to send myself to Europe AND still have money for beer.

Like you, I found front-end development interesting, but I really loved the back-end work. But if you want to be a full-stack developer one day, you should continue to hone your design skills so that you can complete a full professional-looking website all by yourself without anyone else's help. Also, don't write off front-end work as not being 'programmy' enough. With modern tools like Bootstrap to take care of a lot of the boring work (like forms) and the modern javascript libraries like Angular or Ember or ExtJS, you can do a ton of cool front-end work while still feeling like you're doing more legitimate coding.

Comment: Re:Now and then.. (Score 1) 270

by proca (#46353549) Attached to: How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

10 Years ago: Single Living alone Expendable income

Now: Married House Dog Kid Budget

Lets just say I am glad the days of all night Molten Core runs are over..But I do miss it sometimes.

I could have written the exact same post :) Since I stopped playing games like a crackhead, I've picked up golf and woodworking! It feels much better to do have an effect on the real world after 12 years of almost constant game playing.

Comment: Re:Users are morons (Score 1) 262

by proca (#43469815) Attached to: Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

Oh, and because our UI guys never *use* the site, I end up able to design a better UI than they do

That couldn't be more true. If you aren't developing the functionality of a UI, just the design, you can't possible develop anything good. Once you get into how a control will function, you can understand how a user might react to it intuitively in relation to the rest of the UI.

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