I recently found a old blog entry written by Scott Hanselman. Scott Hanselman is a programmer, teacher and speaker who works for the Web Platform Team at Microsoft. The title of the blog topic is “Stop saying learning to code is easy”.Continue reading
It’s a great idea. But it highlights two problems in the South African IT industry. Both problems are favourite topics of mine, so I’m going to indulge in a little ranting this week.Continue reading
Look at almost any job advert posted these days. The most common description includes: “minimum 5 years experience”.
I understand that most companies want to employ someone who can actually do the work. You want someone who will become productive as quickly as possible. Continue reading
One of the delegates on a recent SQL course made this comment on her course evaluation form:
“Having tried numerous online courses, this is the first time I understood SQL and was able to write queries. 😊 Thank you”
This is not the first time this year we’ve had a comment along these lines. The past few years have seen an increase in the use of online learning. Some of our clients have no budget for classroom-based training. Instead they have bought packages from organisations like Udemy, and their employees have only e-learning as an option.Continue reading
Programmers need to be trained. Just because they can do something, doesn’t mean they can’t do it better.
If you don’t know how something works, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It just means you don’t know how it works.
In the 17th century, Alexander Pope famously said: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.”
Who would have thought that his words would apply so well to 21st century systems? Continue reading