Hello all: I have a friend interested in learning coding and she found www.freecodecamp.com and www.courseforward.com. I know nothing about the sites and was wondering if they are legit, have anything to teach, and could help a complete beginner.
...was wondering if they are legit, have anything to teach, and could help a complete beginner.
How could anyone other than your friend possibly answer that? What helps one person may not necessarily help another. Training is an individual thing. If she goes through the training and is then able to solve a problem via code, then the training was likely beneficial.
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1) Pick a language that's both easy and available
2) Get someone to show you a few basic commands (Hello world type stuff)
3) Get a reference
4) Think of something fun and simple you want to make
5) Figure out how to make it using reference material
6) Goto #4.
Granted... I did this back in 1984 in Atari Basic... I'm sure there are better ways now... But hey, the above list worked for a four-year-old...
The only thing i see those sites offering in return, at the most; is a reference to say that you've been there. I'd go with the majority of people here and agree, to spend productive time in a good programming book. Which would be time better spent!
I've recently been promoted to Director of IT, and have the responsibility of creating a bonus plan for my employees. The company owner has laid out some criteria:
* Bonuses are only paid out in months when the company is profitable
* Bonuses should be based on an objective measurement and not on subjective perceptions
* The measurement should be based on the employee's individual performance
But I'm stuck because I can't quite figure out the objectives by which to measure my (so far) sole employee.
I don't want to base it on the number of bugs fixed, because that means the bonus will decline as the products (two websites) improve, and it will also decline if bugs go undiscovered (and therefore, unfixed).
I don't want to base it on the number of paying subscribers because this particular employee's work is mostly unrelated, or only peripherally related, to the subscriber count.
Basing it on the number of programming tasks completed is problematic because that can be subjective, dependent on how one defines "complete". The owner doesn't like subjective.
How do you measure programmer performance? What criteria do you use in your work to determine bonuses?
You mean "average" performance. Well, there's no agreement on that one yet, but most of us agree that measuring LOC/day isn't a very valuable metric.
I'd recommend it though if I was on your team; copy/pasting a lot of comments would surely get me that bonus
See, there's the problem with metrics - if you start taking things like the amount of bugs solved, you'll get a lot of bugs solved, just not the ones that the customer really needs. People will game the system.
I've seen lot of experienced developers bite on hard stuff with little progress. I've also seen people who were merely "faking it". It may take a while for an outsider to distinguish both.
I also do not see how a bonus makes programmers write better stuff. Training does that.
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