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Re: [PhillyPUG] Free beer and jobs

From: Nik W.
Sent on: Friday, March 30, 2012 2:03 PM
Mike,

I think it depends on how much time you have to invest. I personally think there's a lot of value in learning the fundamentals of CS, because many of the concepts appear again and again, regardless of the specific language or technology you're using. Things that I learned almost 20 years ago in CS classes are still very relevant.

For example -  https://www.cs.dre...­ - CS 171, 172 and 260 would be a great starting point.

or - http://www.temple...­ - CIS 1057, 1066 and 1068

For Python specifically, and for something much quicker than college coursework, many of the PyCon ( https://us.pycon.o...­ ) talks and tutorials are very good. Videos from PyCon can be found here: http://pyvideo.or...­

Another great thing to do is get involved projects on github. Starting or making contributions to open source projects is an excellent way to get your name out there and give potential employers something to look at.

Once you get going with Python, you will probably also want to check out PhillyPUG's own project nights.

Nik

On Mar 29, 2012, at 6:58 PM, Michael Zambotti wrote:

> Nik- I have a quick question about the software/IT industry and figured you might be a good guy to ask. I was a financial adviser
> for eleven years. I studied finance in college (Penn State) and always regretted not studying computer science. About a year
> ago I taught myself the basics of Python and really liked the language. I like learning new things and have loved computers since
> typing programs from the back of Compute! magazine into my Commodore 64 as a kid.  If you were me, what would you do
> to acquire marketable skills in software/IT? I know companies look for experience and I have no problem starting at the bottom.
> I like self study but I think I would benefit from a class at some point. My thought is to specialize in something like Python/Django
> as it seems like they are fast growing. Could you recommend any classes or courses of study for me? Thanks for your time.
> 
> Mike
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On 3/29/2012 5:47 PM, Nik Weidenbacher wrote:
>> All,
>> 
>> Hello. My company (SunGard) sponsored beer at this past Tuesday's PhillyPUG
>> meeting. Thanks as always to our wonderful organizers for organizing,
>> and to you for making it an event.
>> 
>> Anyway, I'm a member of a growing team of software and infrastructure
>> (systems/network/sto­rage/virtualization)­ engineers. We're busy
>> expanding the customer base and feature set of our
>> infrastructure-as-a-­service offering, and we need help.
>> 
>> We use Python extensively for data center automation. Django, Celery and paramiko
>> are some of the tools we use.
>> 
>> Why work at SunGard? One big reason: we are in the city, at Broad and
>> Callowhill. If you live in the city and work in the burbs, that might
>> be reason enough to talk to us. The current team is also a great one,
>> and our project is pretty fun (in my opinion, anyway).
>> 
>> You can find a job description here: http://www.linked...­
>> 
>> Please drop me a line if you'd like to discuss further.
>> 
>> Nik Weidenbacher
>> 
>> 
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