Youngest Computer Programmers & How They Did It

Monday, 7 December, 2015

youngest computer programmers and how they did it

We have heard a lot about child prodigies or gifted children. Although, most of them are gifted, some have been lucky to get a favorable environment. Behind the limelight, these young achievers try to balance their lives. They try to keep their feet firmly on the ground while aiming high in life.

Here is a bit about some young achievers:

Wasik Farhan-Roopkotha (Age 6)

Wasik Farhan-Roopkotha, termed as a child prodigy from Bangladesh, began computing when he was seven months old. By age four, he already knew how to program and download game emulators. He has played more than 700 games and mastered video games like Metal Gear Solid and Modern Warfare. He aims to become a computer expert, and work for a big computing firm.

Zoya Ball (Age 7)

Zoya Ball snagged the title of the youngest person to create a full-version mobile application video game. The app created in Bootstrap programming language helps children aged 12 to 16 understand complex mathematics. Studying at Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, in West Philadelphia, she picked up the tricks at Harambee’s 48-week after-school program offered by STEMnasium Learning Academy.

Marko Casalan (Age 8)

A boy from Macedonia, Marko Casalan is the youngest Microsoft-certified computer programmer. Raised by parents who run a private school specializing in computer studies, Marko was able to read and write at the age of two. An administrator with Microsoft at the age of six, he aims to be a computer scientist and develop a new operational system.

Pranav Kalyan (Age 9)

Introduced to the world of computers at the age of two, Pranav Kalyan is the youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. Capable of solving complex problems in integral and differential calculus, he began writing small software programs when he was six years old. A fourth grader at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills, California, he passed the MCTS test in ASP.NET Framework 3.5 in January 2013.

Lim Ding Wen (Age 9)

The person behind the Doodle Kids app, Lim Ding Wen became the youngest iPhone developer at age 9. Hailing from Singapore, he can develop programs in Java, JavaScript, Action Script, and Objective-C. He rewrote the Doodle Kids for the iPhone and then Android platforms. Right now he is working on an iPad arcade game, Invader War 2.

Mahmoud Wael (Age 14)

At 14 years of age, Mahmoud Wael is qualified to teach C++ in master’s courses. He learned to read, write, and speak English in just three months. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Wael possesses an IQ of 155, and is a Cisco Certified Networking Professional and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert. He dreams to win a Nobel Prize.

We wish them all the best!

Should I Go Back to College or Take an Online Course?

Monday, 30 November, 2015

should i go back to college....

Going back to college after staring a career might be overwhelming for some, while to others it provides a second chance to pursue their dream career. It might arise from a need for career advancement or just a desire to learn. A lot of adults are returning to universities or opting for online courses. Over the years, adults returning back to colleges have increased. Some opt for a part-time online program while others go back to regular colleges.

Before enrolling in a degree program, you need to consider the following options:

 Reason you want to pursue it

 Energy and commitment required finishing it

 Learning mode: Regular or part-time

 Number of years required

 Source of funding a degree

Thanks to the changing times, going back to college has become much easier. As a professional, going back to college means learning a new skill along a pre-defined set of responsibilities, that is, family, parents, spouse etc. Nowadays, colleges offer weekend classes and flexible class times. A college prospectus provides a full view of the various options available. Before going back to college, ask yourself: Would a college degree enhance my job prospects? Can I afford it? How much time will it take?

When you go back to college after pursuing a career, you take with you experiences and skills that you developed on the job. You can always share your thoughts and experiences with the students. A lot of universities consider work experience an important requirement for a degree course.

If the degree you want to pursue is not available at a nearby college and you don’t want to travel, you can opt for an online course. Similarly for people who want to earn money while pursuing a degree, going back to a regular college is not an option. A growing number of employers also provide tuition reimbursement options. A number of colleges offer online training programs. Also termed as “distance education”, in an online course students can learn a skill without physically visiting a college. Online courses offer a customized timetable, video tutorials, weekly assignments, and online study resources.

If human interaction is what you crave and want to experience a student life, join a college. However, if you cannot afford a pay cut, and do not wish to compromise your family time, you can always opt for online courses. Whatever your choice, make sure to pick up the right course and the right degree and go build yourself an excellent and a rewarding career!

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Thursday, 26 November, 2015

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Learn Computer Programming Online

Monday, 23 November, 2015

learn computer programming online

If you plan to move into the field of software development or simply enjoy coding for the love of it, you should learn computer programming. Programming teaches us to focus, think, solve problems in a logical way, and test our ideas. In the digital world where computers have overtaken our daily tasks, computer programming has emerged as one of the most sought after professions. The fact that computer programming is not easy to learn makes it an ideal choice for those with clear logic.

To start learning computer programming online, you need to choose a language relevant to your requirement. Go for C, C++, and related languages for creating standalone computer apps, Java or JavaScript for making web plugins and mobile applications, or PHP for server side programming; the list is endless. There are a host of programming languages to choose from.

To learn a language, you can either go to a school or learn it online. With many universities and educational platforms offering resources and tools to learn computer programming online, one is spoilt for choice.

If you prefer face-to-face interaction, and a live instructor or professor, consider joining an intensive university or a college program. Local universities and colleges offer useful resources for programming skills. However, these courses might not be free.

In an online academy, a student learns at his/her own pace. Students are provided with online course material, practice exercises, online books for learning, helpful videos, and online tutorials by experts. In addition, project-based learning helps the student keep track of course progress, complete assignment-related tasks, and get online feedback. Free online tools like Mozilla’s Developer Network and Google’s University Consortium can also be used.

If you are new to the field of computer programming, you should consider trying the online programming videos on YouTube and free online books for download that teaches you programming from scratch. These can also be used for reference. Many universities offer structured courses. These online courses may have a fee, or provided free of charge. Some of the most popular online academies that offer free online courses are Codecademy, LearnStreet, Code Avengers, Udacity, and Khan Academy.

The trick to effectively learn computer programming online is constant motivation. You need to keep learning and trying your hands in different sets of programming languages. Once you are familiar with one language, move on to the next more complicated one. Remember to practice a lot, and try to keep up with the latest trends in the world of programming.

Happy coding!

Jobs in Computer Science

Monday, 16 November, 2015

Jobs in Computer Science

Traditionally the hottest job in the field of Computer Science was a software developer job, but times have changed. There are a host of options to choose from and there are many well-paid career opportunities in this field.

Across the globe, Computer Science graduates command some of the highest salaries. In recent times, the Computer Science field has seen tremendous growth. From a Security Architect to a Business Intelligence Analyst, the Computer Science field offers students a wide variety of jobs.

When staring your career in the field of Computer Science, you might be a Programmer; however, with training and experience, you graduate to take on other responsibilities, such as design, testing, and management. In order to advance in the field of Computer Science, you need to constantly upgrade your skills and learn new technologies. A specific role might require a specialization. For example, to work in an animation house, you might require a specialization in graphics.

Although staring at a screen is part of the package, do not consider it only as a computer-based job. It involves both technical and non-technical aspects. You will be working with people, and there will be a lot of team and client-specific communication and interaction. In addition to your programming skills, you need to groom your communication skills, soft-skills, and networking skills as well.

Some of the common employers in the field of computer science are IT companies, IT departments of companies, defense, and financial sector, among others.

As a Computer Science graduate, the job-profile related to your degree includes system analyst, database administrator, IT consultant, and network engineer. Whereas, the jobs where your degree might be useful includes job-profiles like IT trainer, technical author, and IT sales professional.

On the financial front, the Computer Science field looks pretty promising. As the demand for professionals in the field of Computer Science increases, the salary trend is going to go upwards. In the years to come, the field of Computer Science promises a lot of jobs and high salaries. However, salaries vary based on your specialization.

If you are looking for a career in the field of Computer Science, you should have a solid foundation in computer science basics. In addition, in this rapid and constantly changing industry, it is equally important to gain some specialization like security, database administration, or game development.

The future is uncertain and the field of Computer Science is constantly evolving. Therefore, Computer Science students should focus on building their basic skills and not just limit themselves to present trends.

Industries Best Fit for Online Learning

Monday, 9 November, 2015

Industries best fit for online learning

Specialization in a particular field is often based on the area of interest and latest trends. The field of computer science is constantly changing with new research topics being added everyday. With the availability of traditional school-based learning and access to online learning and resources, you need to choose the right fit. Luckily, there are so many different areas you can get into that are fit for an online learning experience.

Below is a list of industries that are best fit for learning online:

 Artificial Intelligence

 Asset Management

 Android Development

 Automated Debugging

 Business Intelligence

 Cloud Computing

 Computer Security

 Cyber Security

 Data Mining

 Database Administration

 Embedded Computing

 Game Development

 IT

 iOS Development

 Machine Learning

 Mobile App Programming

 Network Security

 Programming

 Risk Management

 Robotics

 Server Configuration

 Software Testing

 Technical Support

 Web Development

Online Training vs. Classroom Training

Monday, 2 November, 2015

Online training vs. Classroom training

Training is crucial for skills development and the entire training process must be efficient to ensure knowledge is being gained in the process. Training is made up of an entire process that begins with the assessment of the existing skills level of the participant, hone their skills further, and impart useful knowledge to them in a structural manner. The process of training concludes with the final assessment of the participants to check the level of improvement as well as to understand the efficacy of the training program.

The advancement of technology has impacted the training process. Unlike earlier training methods, which primarily included classroom training, new methods driven by technological progress has led to several forms of online training methods.

Classroom Training

Classroom training involves face-to-face training, where a single trainer coaches several participants. The training is conducted in person and the trainer is able to gauge the participation level of the participants on the basis of their body language. The participants also get a chance to speak to the trainer in a personal manner.

Online Training

Online training can be in multiple forms. There can be one-way training through a webinar, where the trainer speaks with a large number of participants who are able to listen and watch the trainer, but the trainer is unable to see them. In another training format, the trainer imparts a two way training where the participants also actively participate. This can be single person training or training to an entire group.

Key Differences

In an online training program, if the trainer is imparting training to a single participant, the response of the participant is partially perceptible to the trainer. However, if there are a large number of participants, the trainer will not be able to exactly gauge the level of participation of the individual group members.

To the contrary, in classroom training, the trainer can not just clearly view the participants, but can also move amongst them, thereby ensuring that their participation level remains high. This is where a classroom training method beats online training.

Online training, however, offers more flexibility and is very cost effective. The trainer and the participants do not have to travel to the training destination and can interact with each other from any part of the world. Also, online training is more convenient in terms of time and resources.

The final decision for choosing a specific training method depends upon several factors such as the nature of the training and the types of participants. If the participants are professionals and are mature enough to understand the seriousness of the training program, online training is useful as the trainer does not have to constantly monitor their participation and interest levels.

If the training program involves participants who require constant monitoring, and the infrastructure is available, classroom training is a better option for such training programs.

It’s up to you to decide what option is best fit for your lifestyle.

A Revolutionary Way To Save On ITIL Training

Tuesday, 27 October, 2015

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Is a Certificate the Equivalent to an IT Degree?

Monday, 26 October, 2015

bachelor degree vs certification

Every graduate aspires to succeed in his or her career and the basic reason for them to pursue a graduation course is to open doors to the right professional opportunities. Information technology, for the last 3-4 decades, has been growing exponentially and is one of the hottest and lucrative career paths right now. Graduation in IT is one of the most preferred academic choices of student these days.

When graduating with a degree in Information Technology, you’ll seek to gain a deep insight into the several subsets of IT and then follow specific specialization. Since IT is fast changing and a highly dynamic industry, every day new requirements and functions are created and older ones become obsolete. The academic field is unable to keep pace with these changes.

It’s because of the obsolescence of the academic literature that the graduates find their skills incompatible with the industry requirements. To resolve this issue, graduates enroll in several certification courses that help them update their knowledge and skill levels. These certifications add value to them and enable them to get the right job. They are able to acquire specific skills that give them an edge over those who have a basic graduation degree.

Graduation courses impart more basic and generalized knowledge whereas a certification course offers a more specialized and current knowledge that is in demand in the market. Due to these factors, several young individuals speculate about the efficacy of a degree. They doubt if it would not be better for them to just pursue a shorter duration certification course instead of a degree course that could take years to complete. The knowledge they gain from graduation is also not updated as frequently as it should be.

This may seem a credible argument at face value but a deeper analysis will reveal the fact that a degree is more important than it is generally presumed to be. Graduation courses are generally underestimated. Graduation must receive more respect than it is accorded. It cannot be denied that certification courses impart more practical knowledge and update the skills of the candidates; however in the rapidly changing field of IT, even these skills soon become outdated. Those with just certifications very soon find it difficult to sustain themselves.

Graduates during their courses gain more basic and foundational level knowledge, which helps them have a better conceptual understanding. It means when they pursue a certification course, they are in a better place to fully comprehend the various aspects of the certification course. They can keep learning new skills in future because what they learned during their graduation phase makes their basic knowledge strong. They are more adept at learning when pursuing certification courses.

Certification courses are complementary to graduation and are not a replacement. Graduating from an average to good institute is important and when these graduates pursue certifications, more value is added to their knowledge.

How to Decide the Best Certification Course After Graduation

Monday, 19 October, 2015

certification

Getting a graduate degree is just a prerequisite for finding a suitable job. The academic system has failed to deliver a quality education, and as a result, most graduates do not have the required skills. In order to address this issue and bridge the skills gap, it’s important for graduates to take initiatives themselves and pursue certification courses that will help them get suitable job offers. To begin, the graduate must evaluate the various courses that are available and identify the right option. The first obvious step is to identify the courses based on one’s own qualifications, aptitude and liking.

There is no point in pursuing a course with herd mentality and then regretting the decision. A course might enable the person to get a job, but if it doesn’t do justice to the skills and aptitude of the individual, there is a very little chance they will be able to sustain their career for long.

There are several courses and a large number of institutes that offer these courses. Some of them look pretty attractive due to a high level of window dressing done to them. Therefore, to identify the right kind of certification course, job aspirants must first evaluate the authenticity of the certification.

For instance, there are several institutes that offer a large number of technical courses with the promise of providing certifications and job placements. However, a large number of them simply provide basic knowledge of the subject matter and many of them operate from a single room classroom and use pirated software. The certifications provided by them is local and isn’t associated with the software developer.

In this process, the first step is to check whether the certification provided by such institutes is genuine and is provided by the developer of the application or system. Next is to check the credibility of the training institute; its teaching faculty, infrastructure, type of certification and placement record. Training institutes must have the right infrastructure capable of imparting quality training. These should also be able to provide the required level of on the job training. The placement opportunities offered by these institutes must match the skills and qualification levels of the course participants.

There are several other factors that are subjective to each individual. Do your research and check with actual professionals about the efficacy of the various courses. Working professionals are the right people to guide young graduates since they are a part of the professional world and understand it better than anyone else.

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