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    Default Hello Everyone

    My name is Dwayne M. I have dropped out of college to pursue programming fulltime (please let me know if I have made the right choice). I come from a background of C# (just the basics) and Im now currently studying Java ( because a professor told me this would be a good language to use to build a dominoes gaming website). I have a couple of questions and I'm not sure if here is the place to ask them, but hopefully I'll get lucky;

    1st Question. How long would it take to become familiar with Java if I devoted 10 hrs every day of studying books dealing with Java?

    2nd Question. Will I one day be eligible for an entry level job if I have no college degree and just self taught experience?

    3rd Question. How do I get my foot in the door for an entry level job position?

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    Default Re: Hello Everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by Project Dreamer View Post
    (please let me know if I have made the right choice)
    Nobody can decide that except you.

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    1st Question. How long would it take to become familiar with Java if I devoted 10 hrs every day of studying books dealing with Java?
    If you only read books? Forever. The best way to learn how to program is by programming. Recommended reading: Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Project Dreamer View Post
    2nd Question. Will I one day be eligible for an entry level job if I have no college degree and just self taught experience?
    That depends entirely on the job you want, where you live, the company you're trying to work for, how impressive your portfolio is, how well you interview, etc. We can't answer that.

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    3rd Question. How do I get my foot in the door for an entry level job position?
    Again, it depends on all of the above. I would suggest putting together a portfolio showcasing what you've done first.

    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Hello Everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by Project Dreamer View Post
    ( because a professor told me this would be a good language to use to build a dominoes gaming website).
    Some day perhaps, but if you're not experienced with web development I'd pick something easier such as Ruby (on Rails).

    1st Question. How long would it take to become familiar with Java if I devoted 10 hrs every day of studying books dealing with Java?
    I hope you're not going to do that, you need to live too or this is going to become VERY boring right away. I suggest you do this: in stead of devoting 10 hours cramming, devote 2 hours to cramming and 4 to building something fun. You'll be stuck lots of times, but when you get stuck on something functional you have something specific to learn and work at which helps you to focus. Of course your first few weeks will be mostly cramming to get the basics of the basics in your head.

    2nd Question. Will I one day be eligible for an entry level job if I have no college degree and just self taught experience?
    Anything is possible. You may hook up with some open source projects to get something to show for before you get that far.

    3rd Question. How do I get my foot in the door for an entry level job position?
    That, detective, is the right question. Program terminated.


    EDIT:

    regarding dropping out of college, my personal opinion is that it is universally stupid to do that in this shitty economy. But that's just me being too critically honest for my own good.
    Last edited by gimbal2; 02-20-2014 at 09:10 PM.
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