RE: TWs and Aptitude for OO Programming

Subject: RE: TWs and Aptitude for OO Programming
From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>, "Tara Charter" <tara -dot- charter -at- physiciansmutual -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 11:39:41 -0400

Would this kind of aptitude test be valid for someone with limited programming experience? Is one available on the web?

I believe Joe is right in saying it is something you'd have to love to do. Those that think they are interested can dive into VBA if you use nearly any recent Microsoft application. Some might consider that statement heresy, but I've pulled off a couple programming projects that have impressed my boss. One program gets used by others in our company on a regular basis.

Here's what I've learned. I need a lot more practice to become proficient. It can be fun and frustrating at the same time. It gets easier the more you do.

Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
tjohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
Joe Malin wrote:

I can't be used as a reference point, since I learned OOP before I
learned TW!

If you want to be a programmer, you should try it. I don't recommend
becoming a programmer just for more money and more "prestige", though. I
am convinced that programming, like technical writing, is something you
have to love to do.


-----Original Message-----
Tara Charter wrote:

My company recently allowed volunteers to test aptitude for Object
Oriented Programming. I scored in the highest tier, while most did not.
Is this a common thread among TWs? I am now wondering if I should make a
leap over to OO Programmer. Any suggestions? Anyone else who has taken
the test?


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