THE SELF-TAUGHT PROGRAMMER
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I am a self-taught programmer. After a year of self-study, I was able to land a job as a software engineer II at eBay.
Once I got there, I realized I was severely underprepared. I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I needed to know but hadn't learned yet.
My journey learning to program and my experience at my first job as a software engineer were the inspiration for this book.
This book is not just about learning to program. It's about all the other things you need to know that classes and books won't teach you. It's a roadmap, a guide to take you from writing your first program to passing your first technical interview. The book is divided into five sections:
I always keep a few copies of The Self-Taught Programmer around to give to anyone that comes to me for career advice.
I am incredibly impressed with this book.
Learning to program is increasingly important in finance. Althoff's book taught me the skills I need to stay competitive.
I majored in Political Science in college. I took an introduction to programming class my freshman year, but dropped out because it was too difficult.
I learned to program once I graduated, and I found it was easier to learn outside of school because I was free to learn what was most important in practice, not theory.
I've worked as a software engineer at several companies in Silicon Valley. Most of my work has been focused on data pipelines and full stack web development.
I am passionate about programming, and enjoy helping others learn to program.