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The Art of Computer Programming

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The web is filled with clutter and some of this clutter are code snippets. While this may seem to be a bad idea, especially with all the wrong snippets of code lying all over the web, but immersing yourself into this world will give you plenty of ideas on how to solve programming challenges and get you up and running on some of the major programming languages, the common being JavaScript. JavaScript is one of the easiest languages to learn and the net is filled with client-side web scripts that can be accessed by simply accessing any web page, right-clicking and selecting “view source code”. Check out ways that other programmers have used to resolve a particular programming challenge or how to do a certain task.

Soliciting feedback from people who already have more knowledge about a computer programming language will also go a long way in helping you think along fresh lines or think about old ideas in new ways. How though, do you solicit for feedback? One way is to join a strong helpful community. These communities are all over the web. One good community is the Ruby-talk mailing list for Ruby language developers. Here you get to learn the culture, best practices for a particular language and you get to have your questions answered by experts. Another way is to pair with another programmer and learn the ropes. This is fashionable practice that has gained respect through the rise of the agile development computer programming methodology where 2 people get to work together on a project. The potential value of pair programming is indisputably superior when compared to programming on your own.

Computer programming also requires following predefined steps if you are to avoid typing time-consuming and tedious code that will not do what it’s supposed to do. Programmers start by prototyping their programs. This involves creating the program interface with all the windows, dialog boxes and pull-down menus without adding action to them. The next step involves choosing a programming language that will be easiest to write the program. The last step is to create mock-up instructions known as pseudocode that describe exactly how the program will work. Pseudocode is thus a valuable tool that you can use to outline the structure of your program and spot flaws in your logic. Now you are ready to get down to writing code and seeing it work.

Become an Art Director

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Take the appropriate classes to learn more about it. It is the same with most careers, you must have a solid education in order to work as an art director. You should be sure to obtain your degree or completion certificate from an art school. Develop your skills by taking classes in graphic design, art, photography, and drawing. Be sure to have an apt knowledge of the current computer art direction programs out. Brush up on your social skills so that you can share your experience with your employers effectively.

How to create the best portfolio. Before you begin interviewing for positions you should create a portfolio of your best work. You should develop a collection of your work to be able to share with any possible employer. You can include advertisements, book covers, and magazine layouts in your portfolio. Don’t worry if you don’t have any examples at the moment, they can be added as part of a school project. Eventually they will come to you which is when you will be able to make updates to your portfolio.

Accepting a position as an intern is one way to get experience. One way to work toward the position of art director is to study the trade early on in your career as an intern. You should speak with book publishers, ad agencies and editors regarding any possible internship opportunities. There could also be a list of possible art internships at your school’s career center. The experience you can gain from accepting internship positions can greatly help in finding a permanent career as an art director.

Applying for jobs as an art director that you may find. Once you have completed your formal education or internship, it will be time to apply for a position as art director. Be sure to let your supervisor know that you are interested in a full-time art director position if you have just finished an internship. Maybe you will be able to stay working for the business where you did your intern work. You can also check the company website to see if they are currently hiring. Your resume should include your most recent accomplishments in art design and be accompanied by a customized cover letter applicable to the company you would like to be employed by in the future. Stick with it and in time you will get a job as an art director.