Re: Which class

Subject: Re: Which class
From: Cheryl Magadieu <leftymagoo -at- attbi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 19:29:24 -0400

I'd have to agree with what other folks on the list have said--if you don't enjoy programming, don't take a programming class. Programming classes usually require a large commitment of time, patience, and energy. Also, a programming class probably won't help you during job interviews unless you can explain what you did with the information you learned or how the class helped you in your job. If you didn't do anything with the info or it didn't help you, then the interviewer may find it too easy to assume that you didn't learn much from the class or that you've forgotten what you learned.

The three classes you mentioned below are all object-oriented programming languages. You might find that it's easier to take a language-specific class such as Java *after* taking a class that provides an overview of object-oriented programming. Otherwise, you'll be trying to learn object-oriented concepts at the same time that you're learning language-specific material, and that's a pretty hefty load. I've taken both an object-oriented programming class and a Java class. I enjoyed the object-oriented programming class a lot more and got a lot more out of it. I found that there were many similarities between the thought processes used in object-oriented programming and the thought processes used in technical writing. Both tend to involve researching a problem, brainstorming about solutions, thinking about relationships between things, and determining how to combine those relationships in logical, efficient ways. The Java class helped me a bit with the programming chapters I was writing for the job that I had at the time, but they didn't help nearly as much as the database management course that I took.

I've never taken Visual C++, but I have studied Visual Basic on my own, and it has been very handy. But then, I like to write Word macros, which requires some knowledge of Visual Basic.

As someone else said, your best bet is to tailor your course choices to the goals you hope to achieve. Otherwise, it's like learning a foreign language and then not using it for 10 years--you forget more than you ever thought you could.


At 02:58 PM 10/22/2002 +0000, you wrote:

Okay, this is going to sound like an oxymoron but I'm a Tech Writer not really interested in programming languages. I like technology but not the inside of the box. Anyway, I know I need to add to my resume. So, in my available downtime, I'd like to take a class. Which do you recommend, which is more marketable, and which is easiest for someone who doesn't like programming languages:

Visual Basic
Visual C

Thanks for your help.


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