Liberia: three ways to become a computer programmer

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In the early years of my ICT career, I was a computer programmer. In fact, I got my first college degree in computer programming and applications. And, working in a UNIX environment motivated me even more to seek a better understanding of programming languages, especially C and Java programming languages. In addition, I have been fortunate to have participated in several boot camps and training programs, all paid for by my employers and myself. Still, I’m inclined to believe that the incredibly huge amounts of personal time spent “religiously” learning and writing code when I joined the open source community, contributed significantly to what I consider my successes. You see, as a young man, I had an unwavering passion for computer programming because, “I always believed the solution was in the code.” This passion earned me a scar on my right hand; the result of surgery for tendonitis. I’ve grown older and grown in wisdom now, of course, but I’ve enjoyed every second of those years.

Computer programming is a rapidly growing field in this technology driven world. It allows us to create software and operating systems for devices ranging from mainframes to smartphones. It is an interesting field of study that not only pays well, but is also responsible for the many changes the world has gone through. So today I have chosen to write this article in the hopes of inspiring, guiding and motivating others, especially high school and college students, towards the field of computer programming. Apparently, this is one of the many areas where Liberia lacks human capacity. Therefore, if we intend to be a “DIGITAL LIBERIA”, we must help young people gravitate towards this field.

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