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Old 02-20-2004, 11:08 PM   #1
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C programming and Jobs


Hi i was just wondering what should people know to get a job programming in c/c++?

I know pretty much everything a book can teach you about c/c++ (ansi) but i was wondering do you need to know more? Win32Api, or various other apis? It seems like you can't do a whole lot with just normal c/c++ knowledge, and i feel like you shouldn't have to learn various apis to do anything cool in windows/linux, or am i wrong? Wheres a good place to go to learn more about c/c++?

Anyway i wanna try and get a job programming but i feel like i don't know enough about the language to get one
 
Old 02-21-2004, 01:34 AM   #2
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its good to know something specific and know it well, but the more you know the better. and you may know a lot about the language, but can you apply that knowledge to create a problem solution?
try building a portfolio of programs you've done. make them as simple or complex as you like. post them online or burn them to CD and hand them in with your resume. make shure you document it well so the person who is going to hire you knows what the purpose of the program is and why its relivant.

example:
dont write an openGL program that displays a rotating cube. that wont get you far. write an openGL program that shows off advanced reflective surfaces and such. maybe throw in some bump mapping on the reflective surface for show.

just dont make it too small or too simple. program to impress.
 
Old 02-21-2004, 09:15 AM   #3
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Chewy is right, you don't have to be a guru of the language, you need GOOD IDEAS, a good perspective view, capacity to apply to projects.

Ah, apply yourself to solve problems, you will learn much more than only studing on books
 
Old 02-21-2004, 02:39 PM   #4
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*ego boost succesful*
 
Old 02-21-2004, 07:29 PM   #5
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well, one thing for certain you are going to need to know well is how well YOU can problem-solve. It is one of the most important aspect of programming. Try looking up some sample problems and see without help if you can solve them and how efficient. Efficiency isn't too important in the beginning since you can always have someone look at your code and make suggestions, but you gotta have code first.
 
Old 02-21-2004, 07:43 PM   #6
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Heres a great place to test your skills:

http://www.topcoder.com/
 
Old 02-24-2004, 11:17 AM   #7
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Hi,

you won't find a job where only ISO/ANSI knowhow is needed.
You should learn Qt, GTK or some other more complex things...
 
  


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