This once was a website creation company, whose own website expired in 2012. Custom Web Development Experts, they were. In Peterborough, Ontario. Back then, MyCMS was a successful Content Management System. (This proceeded the dominance of WordPress). It had editors, plugins, some Search Engine Optimization.
There is need for all computer programmers, application developers, soft-ware engineers, game developers, website coders and all other computer technologists to appreciate that times have changed and what used to keep one in business yesterday might not make a dime today.
This is because the industry of IT is rapidly changing and to cope with the latest demands of the market (which has too gone global as people worldwide are turning to online opportunities), there is need to come up with solutions which are tailored to meet the needs of the users.
This means adapting methods, formulaes, procedures and technologies which are the latest in the market and they too need to be reviewed and updated from time to time so that they can still serve the growing demands with minimal failures.
I will be posting stuff about the latest technologies in the IT world as well as improvements which take place in different IT fields or those which need to be advanced if at all the demands of technology by humans will be matched.
Why I Entered and Left the Field of Computer Programming
The first time I was ever exposed to Computer Programming was in high school. I was taking a class called ‘Computers’ if you can believe that is what they called classes back then.
I was exposed to a programming language called Turing which is often used for teaching purposes. I quickly became bored with what the class was learning but I was fascinated with the program and excited to give it a try. I quickly began programming a program that answered questions and even a game of X’s and O’s.
When the final project came along everyone wanted to partner with me because they knew I was the best in the class. We were instructed to make a game. I had decided to make Pac-Man which was incredible ambitious for a high school programming course.
The rest of the students were amazed when I made a playable game of Pac-Man with enemies at all. The problem was I was a little bit lazy and failed to put any comments into the programming. In code, comments are meant to say why I did a certain thing as opposed to something else and theoretically make it easier to understand.
When I got my grade back I was horrified to see that I got an F! When I asked why I was told it was because I didn’t have any comments in my code. We were allowed to go back and fix it up and I ended up with a ‘C’ even though I had by far the best program in the class.
I found Java fascinating as it was objected oriented. This means that you make little modules that do a distinct class, and then another part of the program can then use that module later.
This is obviously a very simplified version but you get the idea. I liked Computer Science and Programming a lot so I decided to major in it in my second year. Second year was interesting but I was working day and night coding assignments and studying for tests. I couldn’t figure out why. I later discovered that I actually had taken all the hardest classes without realizing. Serves me right.
I ended up switching out of Computer Science to Business. I could have taken them both concurrently but I decided not to. I really regret that now because it would be very useful. I received very bad advice. One of the other Computer Science students had told me that soon all coding would be outsourced to India. That was the view at the time and so I believed him and switched out. In fact outsourcing coding to India was largely a failure and its a very lucrative business in North America still.
In business school I convinced myself that I would continue to teach myself code but I unfortunately did not. We did have a class called Management Science however which actually talked about the coding language of Excel. I forget what it was called at this point.
For my final project I actually programmed a working chess game into Excel. One of my friends would point out that in fact, it didn’t register a checkmate so it wasn’t really working, but it was working well enough for my liking. This time I remembered to make comments and I think we got a pretty good mark on the thing.
Years later, I am quite grateful that I do have the coding background I have. I have since started an online startup. It isn’t very coding intensive but occasionally I do feel the need to use PHP, which I was able to teach myself with my previous coding knowledge.