Make programming your business. Even if you’ve never programmed before, this course will explain to you the Business of Software, how computer programs work, how computer programmers think, how to start a computer programming business. You won’t have to do any hands-on coding, but all the essential features of the modern programming world will be explained simply and clearly.
Need to manage a tech project or recruit a programming team but you are baffled by the terminology? This course explains everything you need to know to talk to programmers on their own terms.
It will explain the differences between compilers and interpreters, procedural languages and object orientation, machine code and bytecode. If you are an entrepreneur, it will help you focus on the technologies you need; if you are recruiting a team, it will give you advice on finding the right people; if you already have some programming experience, it will help you to discover new languages and new programming platforms.
The course is taught by Huw Collingbourne, Director of Technology with SapphireSteel Software (makers of the Amethyst and Sapphire programming environments for the Ruby and ActionScript languages). Huw has been a programmer for over 30 years, he has written programming columns for numerous computer magazines such as PC Plus, PC Pro and Computer Shopper. He is author of ‘The Book Of Ruby’ from NoStarch Press and ‘The ActionScript Programming Bible’ from Software Press.
This course will help you to break into business of software: on the Web, on mobile devices. On desktop computers; on PCs, Macs and ‘cross-platform’. So join up and get to know how to start a computer programming business….
Huw Collingbourne is the technology director at SapphireSteel Software (http://www.sapphiresteel.com/), developers of the “Sapphire” Ruby IDE for Visual Studio and the “Amethyst” IDE for the Adobe Flash Platform. He is author of The Book Of Ruby from No Starch Press.
He runs Bitwise Courses (http://www.bitwisecourses.com) and teaches courses on a range of programming topics.
Huw has been a programmer for more than 30 years. He is a well-known technology writer in the UK. For over ten years he wrote the Delphi and Object Pascal programming column for PC Plus Magazine. He has also written numerous opinion and programming columns (including tutorials on C#, Java, Smalltalk, ActionScript and Ruby) for a number of computer magazines, such as Computer Shopper, Flash & Flex Developer’s Magazine, PC Pro, and PC Plus. He is the author of the free ebook The Little Book of Ruby and is the editor of the online computing magazine Bitwise (http://www.bitwisemag.com/).
In the 1980s he was a pop music journalist and interviewed most of the New Romantic stars, such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, Boy George, and Depeche Mode. He is now writing a series of New Romantic murder mysteries.
At various times Huw has been a magazine publisher, editor, and TV broadcaster. He has an MA in English from the University of Cambridge and holds a 2nd dan black belt in aikido, a martial art which he teaches in North Devon, UK (http://hartlandaikido.blogspot.co.uk/). The aikido comes in useful when trying (usually unsuccessfully) to keep his Pyrenean Mountain Dogs under some semblance of control.