The Computer Programmers Career Guide features resources, articles and answers for aspiring, new or experienced Computer Programmers on topics like "how to start a programming career", "how to get a programming job", "how to learn a programming language", "how to succeed in the workplace as a Software Developer", "How to become a highly skilled programmer" and "How to deal with managers, peers and clients in the workplace!" I would encourage you to learn computer programming because it is a

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How To Become A Business Analyst?

I"m looking for a position either as a Business Analyst, Implementation Consultant or possibly account executive for an ecommerce platform provider or technology provider providing services to enhance or facilitate ecommerce, such as an integrator/middleware provider. The best of my experience is with B2B but will consider B2C for a company willing to overlook my limited experience in SEO and social media. I feel like I'm spinning my wheels in my search and am looking for a more efficient
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How To Become A SQL Report Writer

I have just been laid off after 28 years working for the same company as part of a corporate downsize. I have worked for the last 10 years as Project Mgr / Business Analyst within our IS department also managing developers. I have basic SQL skills but I very much enjoyed creating my own queries for data analysis and I would like to pursue a transition to the SQL Report Writer arena. As a result of the layoff and severance / unemployment benefits, I would like to take this opportunity to
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Hi, I have been working as a PL/SQL Developer for 7 years and I have experience in tuning sql statments using EXPLAIN PLAN and SQLTRACE and TKPROF. In addition to that I have one year of experience in OLTP - Relational Database design. In ORACLE 11g, new features like SQL Tuning Advisor, SQL Performance Analyzer, SQL Plan Management and SQL Profiles were added. I am wondering if you can tell me who would be actually working on them? DBA or Developer? Please let me know, if my next step as

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How To Become A Rockstar In Your Industry

[caption id="attachment_500" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="How To Become A Rockstar in Your Industry"][/caption] Top performers, rockstars or successful professionals have a mindset or a way of thinking. They practice a code or follow a set of principles that helps them achieve the best results in their industry. This post features the "Rockstar Mindset" and other actionable strategies for becoming the best at what you do. Always Be Learning [caption id="attachment_2518"
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Employers hire based on skills, experience and proven competency (i.e. historical evidence that supports your claims of competence). It is sometimes hard to grasp this concept because many industries (health, legal, financial) are regulated by law! The Information Technology (IT) Industry on the other hand, is not regulated and employers pay little or no emphasis to certifications or additional college degrees beyond the very first! Therefore, don't expect you can waive any type of

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Are You Worried About The Future of Tech / IT Jobs?

[caption id="attachment_3017" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Worried About The Future of Tech / IT Jobs?"][/caption] [Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations. In this issue, the question of: "How Outsourcing Is Affecting The Pool of Available IT Jobs" is answered. Here's The Question Submitted by A Concerned IT Professional: Hello, Your Software and SQL Boot
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What Is The Demand For Legacy Skills (AS400 / IBM DataStage)?

Hello, I have about 15 years experience in AS400 and seven years experience in Datastage, mainly as administrators, which includes the installation, configuring, tuning, upgrading, patching, system resourcing and user support. Are Legacy Skills In Decline? However in the UK, my skillset seems to be in decline as it has been really hard for me to obtain either a contract or permanent job for about 9 months. Are these skills in decline now, because I see a great increase in demand for web
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I have over 30 years in the IT field mostly as a programmer/analyst and as a software consultant on what we used to call mini-computers (not PC's).   As a result of the recession and other unplanned changes in the industry I find myself facing impending unemployment and obsolete skills.   My time has been spent in what are now regarded as older programming languages (Pick, D3, Unidata, Universe, COBOL, Basic, etc).   I do have a little HTML and a little SQL with little being

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