Computer Programming, High School

To argue thatĀ computer programming should be a required high school courseĀ is absurd. But I’ve learned that many high schools still don’t offer any kind of computer programming/computer science classes. This is surprising to me, because even my high school, a mostly rural school with children of blue collar families and farmers, offered Computer Programming I… Continue reading Computer Programming, High School

What’s The Value of College?

Not long ago I found myself working alongside a brilliant college dropout–A young junior programmer who was just plain gifted when it came to software development. I was very surprised that he hadn’t completed a degree of any kind. It made me wonder why I had, without much consideration, put such high value on a… Continue reading What’s The Value of College?

Working Oneself Out of a Career

This is going to be a tough question, and I suspect many won’t like the anwer. Are you working yourself out of a career? If this question confuses you, chances are you are doing just this. Perhaps you’re the main guy or gal on your project, and your company values your work (for now). What… Continue reading Working Oneself Out of a Career

Where Are the Females?

I have an idea for an article, but I’m not entirely sure how to approach. It’s a subject that I believe some have written about, but as a male, it isn’t a subject that I have given much though to until recently: Where are all the female software engineers? I suppose the only reason I’ve… Continue reading Where Are the Females?

Life at Google

NY Times has an article about working at Google: Looking for a Lesson in Google’s Perks. Among them: private reading areas comfy chairs (take your laptop elsewhere for a change of environment) custom workspaces (let employees choose their equipment) fitness classes in-house courses (on a range of subjects) free food/snacks All of this is designed… Continue reading Life at Google

Staying Current

During nearly ever job interview I’ve ever had, on the phone or face-to-face, I’ve been asked some form of the question, “How do you keep your experience current?” Sometimes (emphasis on sometimes) this is asked by someone who seems impressed that I have such knowledge on a fair amount of “new stuff.” More often this… Continue reading Staying Current