Re: Should Techwhirlers Program?

Subject: Re: Should Techwhirlers Program?
From: Mitch Berg <mberg -at- IS -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 1997 10:21:22 -0600

Karen F. wrote:
>
> I'd like to know if anyone out there with no prior programming experience has
> tried to learn Java.

I'm starting it soon (already learned Delphi, working on Smalltalk)

> With all the WWW hoohah I've been hearing lately, I'm
> wondering if it's something to add to my skills list.

No skill is wasted. It can't hurt - there's no such thing as too much
knowledge, unless you're dealing with the Mob...

> Is there a demand for
> tech writers with Java? Would the investment of time and aching brain cells
> pay off in the short run?

Short Run? Hard to say. Depends on your situation and the market
you're in.

Long Run? Jump on it. This is probably mostly my personal prejeudice,
but I, as a Tech Writer, am getting tired of being accorded a level of
professional respect somewhere between "Office Temp" and "Boat People".
That's why I'm doing my dangdest to move into Usability and Human
Factors - for which programming and software engineering background is
very useful.

Put it this way - broadening your skill set _may_ increase your value as
a tech writer, but it _will_ give you options if this fields starts to
seem too, um, constricting.
>
> Karen Felker
> AnnaQai -at- aolcom
>
> "We're all in this alone." Lily Tomlin
>
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