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Comment Intermediate Programming (Score 1) 172

If you are really trying to get to an "intermediate" level you could start doing simple data structures and algorithms. Learn the classic sorting routines, linked lists, etc. Once you understand those you can start seeing how they are used in large programs. Look at some of the annotated programs -- the Lion's book on Unix is a good collection of readings to see how an operating system is structured for example. Games are a great way to develop your skills but you may not have enough background yet to get very far. Read the Python source code - you may not understand all of it but you will learn how a language interpreter is put together.

Welcome to a long and twisty path as a programmer. Something new to learn every day.

Comment No Old Programmers (Score 1) 306

Old Joke: "What do they do with Engineers when they turn 40?" A: Buy them a birthday cake then take them out to the parking lot and shoot them.

18 years of experience probably means you are either getting close to your 2nd cycle of becoming an "expert" in a technology area or you've been doing the same 2 years work 9 times in a row. Either way, it's time to get out of your current sweet spot and learning something entirely new. You need to get "leverage" with your experience. Really learn something like Agile Processes, Project Management, Finance, a critical business area, requirements management, Continuous Integration/deployment tools, DevOps, etc. Don't try to recreate the same old skills in a new programming language -- it's a dead end.

Me? I started programming 40 years ago in high school and have over 30 years industry experience. I've tried to learn something new every 18 months and have managed to survive so far.

Good luck, the next 10 years of your career can either be the best decade or the hardest depending on how flexible you are.


Submission + - Who owns your health data? (wsj.com)

porsche911 writes: The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about how the data from Implanted health devices is managed and the limitations patients run into when they want to see the data. Companies like Medtronic plan to sell the data but won't provide it to the person who generated it.

Submission + - Hackers stole information from IAEA servers (sueddeutsche.de)

porsche911 writes: A hacker group called "Parastoo" have broken into an International Atomic Energy Agency computer and released details of more than 100 IAEA experts. They are asking the experts to criticize Israel's nuclear arsenal. Original article in German here: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/un-atombehoerde-hacker-brechen-in-iaea-netzwerk-ein-1.1535207

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Comment Next they'll off-shore them (Score 4, Interesting) 532

I can see them off-shoring production to China and getting 100's a month. Their big problem is going to be training pilots fast enough.

As far as the "age" - it was a good design then and is still a good design. Upgrade the weapons to something more modern and they are going to be very dangerous on a battlefield.


Submission + - Google-Oracle Jury (wsj.com)

porsche911 writes: "The jury decided Google did make use of Oracle's Java interfaces, but was unable to reach a decision on whether that was protected under the so-called fair-use doctrine.

The jury did find separately that Google infringed a minimal amount of Java source code as it developed its Android mobile phone software, though the judge overseeing the case indicated Oracle would only be entitled to statutory damages as a result. "


Submission + - IBM (cringely.com)

porsche911 writes: Cringely has a series of blogs about IBMs plans going up this week. The first one talks about plans to double Earnings per Share by moving everything but Sales off-shore (i.e., India). Some great and still very applicable quotes from the late Steve Jobs about what happens when "content" people get pushed out by "marketing" and "accounting" folks.

Submission + - Economist on the death of distance (economist.com)

porsche911 writes: Interesting article from The Economist on the bifurcation of jobs in America.
"While employment in retail trade is down by more than 300,000 jobs over the past decade, employment in "computer systems design and related services" is up nearly 400,000 jobs."

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