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The Autobiography of Russell
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Outdated/useless coding knowledge
Well, it looks like I've become outdated/useless in the world of programming. Everyone wants their programs done in C#, .NET, or Perl these days, while I only know PHP and Visual Basic up to version 6. I'll start doing something one day and then a few days later, after I'm well into it, I'll find something else that makes it outdated, and then repeat every few days.

It seems like, for as much as I'm into computers, I'm not what people want, thus making my interest and knowledge null.

So, barring the computer, what else can I do? I can be meticulous, pessimistic, aimless... amoung other things. I think it's best I just give up on the idea of doing computer work. There isn't a large demand in the computer field, and there are tons of people out there who can do what I can, as well as what people want, faster and more accurately, all the while having a degree to back up their knowledge. Who wants some still-teen kid who taught himself everything he knows.

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shadesfox From: shadesfox Date: March 10th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you not have a degree? There is quite a demand for people who know computers, especially outsourcing to India has become a passing fad.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 10th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I don't have a degree. I've only gone to a community college for a year, and I haven't been attending college for the last two semesters (current semester included).

If you were refering to A+ certification or something like that, I thought that was a Microsoft sponsered thing? I'm quite a bit anti-microsoft, but then again that is computer work one way or another and it's still something I could do.

By "especially outsourcing to India has become a passing fad," do you mean that I'd have to move to India, or that they're looking to the local market now instead?
raist_ From: raist_ Date: March 10th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the computer world, where you are only valuable so long as you can keep up with the newest generation of programmers.

A+ is not MS run, and in fact covers hardware at its basic level. It also never expires, nor does Net+.

MSCE however, needs to be renewed yearly. Novell certified Engineers have to do the same.

As flooded as the IT market is right now, you'll never find a job in this field without a degree (at least a 2 year, if not 4) and the required certifications. I should know; I've been trying to find one. (After 8 years of experience too)

VB has always been near-useless for most things (Except some functions of Access; most corporations are going to use SQL anyways), and Java# and C# has gained considerable ground in 'the next best thing' over the last year or two since it's come out.

In short, it's the curse of this professional field to have to continually update and retrain. Those who don't get replaced by those who do.
soccerfreak240 From: soccerfreak240 Date: March 10th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
No offense, but I'm not so sure VB ever was worth a lot. You could start teaching yourself something more modern and see what that gets you.
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