Am I elligible for employment?

Hello again, world! This is Dr. COM WIZ. I've been waiting for this moment for so many years. I finally turned 13 when I wasn't even looking! I turned 13 in November, but I recently realized that I am elligible for a summer job! I don't see myself flipping burgers or mopping the floor for a living. I really, really want to be a professional QBasic programmer for atleast a small company that needs to be launched. If I have to learn C to be a real programmer, then I'll continue. Whatever it takes, as long as noone is heart, to have this kind of job, I'll do it!
BENEFITS
1. I'll taste what it feels like to work for a real company. This way, I won't be a complete dummy when it's time to get areal job. Besides, aren't the big companies looking for EXPERIENCED people?
2. My comany, COM WIZ Productions, will probrably get some popularity. We are a very, very small company with 3 members (programmer, 2 testers). We need something that will give people a reason to purchase our games in high school.

This has been,
Dr. COM WIZ
P.S. Thank you and goodnight!

Comments

  • Umm, sorry to put your hopes down, but I don't think there is such a thing as a professional QBASIC programmer - have you tried looking for one in the employment section of the newspaper? I doubt there'd be many companies that would actually pay you to program in QBASIC. Nowadays, if you want to pursue a career in programming you need to learn modern languages such as Java, C++, Perl, etc.

  • : Umm, sorry to put your hopes down, but I don't think there is such a thing as a professional QBASIC programmer - have you tried looking for one in the employment section of the newspaper? I doubt there'd be many companies that would actually pay you to program in QBASIC. Nowadays, if you want to pursue a career in programming you need to learn modern languages such as Java, C++, Perl, etc.
    :

    you dont need to know modern langs. i doubt anyone would consider cobol modern. yet it is still used by many.

    as for professional qbasic programming... if you do a consulting type thing then you could probably get away with it. i have, only once though.

  • I didn't want to dash your hopes, but I'm afraid these guys are right. Not only is it hard to make money with QBASIC, I don't know of any professional programmer who's 13 years old. I'm not saying there aren't, I just don't know any.

    You still have alot of time ahead of you. I suggest taking computer science courses in H.S. (If your school has them. Mine didn't.) Then on to college. I don't have a degree, but having one will sure help you in landing a programming job. I've lost many an chance because I don't have a degree.

    As far as flipping burgers, we all have to start somewhere. For me, it was washing dishes.

    Don't let us get you down. You are doing fine, it'll just take some time. DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. You have plenty of time.


  • : I didn't want to dash your hopes, but I'm afraid these guys are right. Not only is it hard to make money with QBASIC, I don't know of any professional programmer who's 13 years old. I'm not saying there aren't, I just don't know any.
    :
    : You still have alot of time ahead of you. I suggest taking computer science courses in H.S. (If your school has them. Mine didn't.) Then on to college. I don't have a degree, but having one will sure help you in landing a programming job. I've lost many an chance because I don't have a degree.
    :
    : As far as flipping burgers, we all have to start somewhere. For me, it was washing dishes.
    :
    : Don't let us get you down. You are doing fine, it'll just take some time. DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. You have plenty of time.
    :
    : I'm not discouraged. It's just that my school's system is so cheap, so simple, so...so...so CHEAP AND SIMPLE! They offer no programs at all for students to gain internships or help students to reach their future career goals. I wish I didn't live in he city I do. It's so...so...so BORING!
    Thanks anyway, :)
    Dr. COM WIZ

    PS: By the way, I [itlaic] AM [/tialic] learning C and Assembler. By the summer, I'll be a trilingual programmer. Wait: I know English, French, Creole, a little Spanish and a tiny bit of Japenese. So, I'll be octalingual! (I made that word up :) )



  • : : I didn't want to dash your hopes, but I'm afraid these guys are right. Not only is it hard to make money with QBASIC, I don't know of any professional programmer who's 13 years old. I'm not saying there aren't, I just don't know any.
    : :
    : : You still have alot of time ahead of you. I suggest taking computer science courses in H.S. (If your school has them. Mine didn't.) Then on to college. I don't have a degree, but having one will sure help you in landing a programming job. I've lost many an chance because I don't have a degree.
    : :
    : : As far as flipping burgers, we all have to start somewhere. For me, it was washing dishes.
    : :
    : : Don't let us get you down. You are doing fine, it'll just take some time. DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. You have plenty of time.
    : :
    : : Note: I messed up alot in my previous message. This is the 2nd edtion.


    I'm not discouraged. It's just that my school's system is so cheap, so simple, so...so...so CHEAP AND SIMPLE! They offer no programs at all for students to gain internships or help students to reach their future career goals. I wish I didn't live in he city I do. It's so...so...so BORING!
    : Thanks anyway, :-)
    : Dr. COM WIZ
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    : PS: By the way, I [italic] AM [/italic] learning C and Assembler. By the summer, I'll be a trilingual programmer. Wait: I know English, French, Creole, a little Spanish and a tiny bit of Japenese. So, I'll be octalingual! (I made that word up :-) )
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  • : you dont need to know modern langs. i doubt anyone would consider cobol modern. yet it is still used by many.
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    : as for professional qbasic programming... if you do a consulting type thing then you could probably get away with it. i have, only once though.
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    I guess it depends what you're programming. For example, you can use QBASIC to do CGI on websites, and theres definitely lots of money in making websites. Generally speaking though, there isn't much of a demand for QBASIC programmers in the IT industry.

  • : : PS: By the way, I [italic] AM [/italic] learning C and Assembler.

    damn boy, from basic to assembly? thats a pretty big step. ya might wanna get a good grasp on c before starting asm. although asm is much more fun. especially when yer writing ten pages of crap that do invisible calculations. either way... hell yeah! expand those horizons... ...and all that inspirational crap. good luck, have some fun, and we're (at least i am) here to support.

  • : : : PS: By the way, I [italic] AM [/italic] learning C and Assembler.
    :
    : damn boy, from basic to assembly? thats a pretty big step. ya might wanna get a good grasp on c before starting asm. although asm is much more fun. especially when yer writing ten pages of crap that do invisible calculations. either way... hell yeah! expand those horizons... ...and all that inspirational crap. good luck, have some fun, and we're (at least i am) here to support.
    : Don't worry, I KNOW I can do it. Even though I have only been programming for about 8 months, I am far from a beginner. I am a very good computer guy, so I really don't think learning "the hardest language" will be so dificult.

    Speaking of languages, what makes the difference between a low-level language and a high-level language? Is it it's user-friendlyness or it's dominance and control over Mr. Computer?

    "C is not a high level language like BASIC or Pascal."
    -The Complete Refernce to C

    Yet, some are telling me that C is high-level and BASIC is not! I am confused.

    --Dr. COM WIZ


  • : : : PS: By the way, I [italic] AM [/italic] learning C and Assembler.
    :
    : damn boy, from basic to assembly? thats a pretty big step. ya might wanna get a good grasp on c before starting asm. although asm is much more fun. especially when yer writing ten pages of crap that do invisible calculations. either way... hell yeah! expand those horizons... ...and all that inspirational crap. good luck, have some fun, and we're (at least i am) here to support.
    : Don't worry, I KNOW I can do it. Even though I have only been programming for about 8 months, I am far from a beginner. I am a very good computer guy, so I really don't think learning "the hardest language" will be so dificult.

    Speaking of languages, what makes the difference between a low-level language and a high-level language? Is it it's user-friendlyness or it's dominance and control over Mr. Computer?

    "C is not a high level language like BASIC or Pascal."
    -The Complete Refernce to C

    Yet, some are telling me that C is high-level and BASIC is not! I am confused.

    --Dr. COM WIZ


  • I don't consider C as low-level exactly. I end up arguing with these die-hard C guys over whether BASIC is lower level. I consider both C and QuickBASIC as high-level procedural languages. The old syle of interpreted BASIC is more of a "scripting" language.

    Ok! The difference between High and Low. Low level languages work on the CPU level. Like directly manipulating the registers, and interupts. Assembler is low-level. Machine Language is low-level.

    High-level languages give the low-level instructions more understandable names like PRINT or IF.

    Well my explanation is simplified, but thats basically it.


    Hey if your learning C, I suggest TURBO C. It's IDE reminds me of QB, but the IDE doesn't support mouse. The EXE it makes are pretty small and real fast. You can get TC on programmers heaven.



  • I don't think you will get a job as QBasic programmer, but possibly doing Visual Basic (VB). VB programmers are still in demand, and you might pick up some work doing that.

    That said, I'm not sure of too many places hiring 13 year olds as professional programmers. I'm not trying to discourage you, but maybe when you're 16 or 17. I think 13 is a little young to deal with the stresses of a professional programmer, or work in general for that matter.

    It's good to see you learning C, as that will put you in good stead for later on. I would suggest that you get a couple more years under your belt doing C, then move to C++ or Java. By that stage you could get a job doing one of those languages and/or go to college or something along those lines.


    hth.


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  • : : : PS: By the way, I [italic] AM [/italic] learning C and Assembler.
    :
    : damn boy, from basic to assembly? thats a pretty big step. ya might wanna get a good grasp on c before starting asm. although asm is much more fun. especially when yer writing ten pages of crap that do invisible calculations. either way... hell yeah! expand those horizons... ...and all that inspirational crap. good luck, have some fun, and we're (at least i am) here to support.
    :
    It's not that big a step, I went from basic to assembler, with 2 c classes and 2 fortran classes that were all worthless and screwed me up, inbetween.

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