Programming Language Classes

Written by Shirley Parker
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Programming Language Classes have traditionally been taught by technical institutes and programming schools, as well as on university campuses. Workers seeking advancement in their careers, or escape from low-paying jobs, go to night school to learn one or more computer-related languages.

Programming languages are one of the doors to a better life, through which anyone can walk, if the right amount of effort is applied to go along with the initial interest in the field. But. . .as with other technical occupations, some of the work is being outsourced overseas. Ongoing learning is required anyway to keep up with new technology.

Depending on a person's location, it's more difficult to find classes for the older languages, such as RPG, FORTRAN, Cobol and Pascal, or the less well known, such as YORICK, developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Even so, an Internet search will bring up relevant materials for each of them. In most cases, a training source can be located. If no classes are available within a reasonable distance of home or work, online courses or other home study may be the answer.

Career Conditions for Programmers

Something that should be kept in mind is that computer programmers only work 40 hours a week under rare conditions. Most work longer hours under intense stress, due to heavy workloads. Even when working as part of a team, their hours are generally their own. If an unthinking employer tries to make them toe the corporate line, the programmer has been known to just walk out, and there goes the project.

Programmers work most profitably late in the evening when the rest of the office has gone home, or they work from home, also late into the night, as a rule. In some situations, they are in the office during the busy part of the day and interact with users and documentation teams. However, programmers should never be harassed during the debugging phase of a program!

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