Thursday, May 4, 2017

How to get a programming job with no experience for young programmers

Nowadays it's a lot harder for programmers to get a programming job, simply because every third Jack is now doing programming and/or studying Computer Science.

I've compiled a list of five things you can do to stand out from the crowd and easily get a job. This list is aimed at high school students, college students, university students. I however think it will also be beneficial to programmers that don't fit the category.


In the following video I talk about the list and explain everything:


In short, the list is as follow (but I recommend you watch the video instead):
1. Create a personal website
2. Self-publish apps
3. Do online courses for certifications
4. Create your own business/company
5. Don't be afraid of people and don't be afraid to ask for jobs





For more Career Advice, check out my "Career Advice for programmers" YouTube playlist.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Delphi enters top 10 in the TIOBE Index

The Delphi programming language has been growing a lot lately and it lit some good spark in the whole community with Embarcadero allowing developers to use the Desktop Bridge to make Windows Store apps and with Delphi 10.2 Godzilla having Linux Server support. It is clear that Delphi is turning into something very powerful.

Delphi / Object Pascal has now entered into the rank 9 position on the TIOBE Index for February 2017:
Delphi / Object Pascal - Rank 9 on TIOBE Index



By looking at the following graph it is clear that Delphi have been growing tremendously since 2014:
Delphi / Object Pascal - TIOBE Index growth


I think Embarcadero is on the right path with Delphi at this moment. I think the first big steps towards the 'right' path was when they made the Starter Edition free and brought Windows 10 Store support. I think 2017 will be a great year for Delphi and we can expect this growth to continue for Delphi / Object Pascal.




If you haven't started learning Delphi yet, then I suggest you start now. Here is some resources to help you learn Delphi:

Monday, February 6, 2017

[Chapter 1: Introduction to Delphi] - Delphi Programming For Humans (VCL)

Delphi Programming For Humans (VCL)

Chapter 1









You can download/view chapter 1 of my upcoming book at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B54DDjmZE1AWMW1UeUxwVmhYdkU/view?usp=sharing

Keep in mind that this is an early rough version of my book and many things might still be changed and added or removed in the future which will be published in the final version. Some things might be updated and added in this free shared chapter 1 as well.



Here is the main page where you can find the other chapters of the book.





Saturday, February 4, 2017

Delphi Programming for Humans (Book)


I’ve decided to write a book

So I've been thinking of ways to help promote Delphi to keep the language alive. I've really enjoyed making the YouTube training videos and I think it is time to write a Delphi training book now.


Why I'm writing this book

Ever since I started learning to program back when I was 15-years-old I quickly realized the large demand for good Delphi books. There really aren’t any good Delphi books aimed at beginners. There was some good books here and there, but not any new and updated books. I started wanting really bad to fix this gap and provide a really good book. I’ve written two draft books of around 20-40 pages about Delphi in the past 3 years, but it never got anywhere. I never really got past basic things such as loops and arrays. The book was doomed to fail, but now I want to try again. This is why I'm writing this new book. I wish to provide a good book for beginners to learn new skills, but also for old programmers to pick up some new skills.


How the book will be published

I'm not planning on publishing it in the traditional way. I will be publishing it publicly on this blog. I will try and write a chapter per month and then every month I will post the whole chapter as a blog post on this blog. The posts will represent my rough copy of the book. These blog posts will not be my final book.

(Note: I can not promise a chapter per month, but I will see what I can do 😊)


Why I'm publishing the book like this

Publishing the book in this way will give me more motivation to finish it because I know that people will be expecting me to finish it. This will also help me write a better book as everyone will have access to the early pages of my book and help me improve it. Their feedback will help me shape this into a fantastic book.


The purpose and goals of the book

I would like for the book to be a book for anyone, but specifically aimed at new programmers or people with no prior coding knowledge. The book will need to be able to take you from beginner to expert.

Another goal I have for this book is to be a book that will feel more intimate and personal. When you're reading it then it must feel as if I'm sitting next to you and just simply explaining and showing you how to program.







Below you will find all the chapters of the book. I will keep updating this blog post and all new chapters will be added to this post. So make sure to bookmark this page.


Delphi Programming For Humans:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Advice for young programmers

I've wanted to create a video where I give advice to young programmers for months now and I've never had the chance until now. I bought a new camcorder this week and will now be doing more vlogs regularly. This is the first vlog of many.

I know that I am still young myself and advice like this should probably be coming from more experienced and older programmers however I feel that I have gained enough experience and learned enough to be talking about this subject. I believe the tips and advice I give in this video for young programmers are really important and useful. They should definitely focus and follow this if they're serious about their future career in programming.

Here is the video:



I actually think that some of the advice I gave in this video can also be applied to other jobs and careers that is not about programming and for non-programmers from outside the programming world.

I hope you enjoy the video and that it helps and inspires you!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Delphi Programming Series: 1.3 - Delphi RGB Color Picker


I have decided to make a new video showing how to create a Delphi RGB Color Picker before Christmas and so at 2am this morning I made one.
Delphi RGB Color Picker


Here is the video:







If you're interested in more Delphi training videos then check out my Delphi Programming Playlist on YouTube.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Delphi Programming Helper is on the Windows 10 Store

Its been almost a year since Microsoft released the Desktop Bridge (formerly known as Project Centeniaal) that allows developers to package their Win32 apps as AppX apps and publish them to the Windows 10 Store. Embarcadero released Delphi 10.1 Berlin Update 2 a few weeks ago and this allows Delphi developers to package and create AppX apps from within the Delphi IDE.

There's already been hundreds of developers porting their apps to Windows 10 using the Desktop Bridge. Delphi developers such as Marco Cantu has also taken advantage of this and published his own Windows Store app, My MiniFigures.

Last week I started the journey of getting my own app, 'Delphi Programming Helper' ready for the Windows 10 Store and today is the day. DPH is now officially published in the Windows 10 Store ☺. This is very exciting news for me as I have been using the Windows Store on a very active basis ever since Windows 10 came out and I really love the store.
Delphi Programming Helper in the Windows Store


I think every Delphi developer should take this opportunity and chance to publish their Delphi apps to the Windows Store. If you've developed any cool Windows Store apps using Delphi then I would love to see it, leave your app name and/or link in the comments.

Download DPH on the Windows Store here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/delphi-programming-helper/9mtrd2ptbvcp
The EXE version for none Windows 10 users can also download it on Softpedia here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Programming/Other-Programming-Files/Delphi-Execute-Files-Helper.shtml