Cory Althoff is a self-taught programmer and writer, who lives in Portland, Oregon. He published The Self-Taught Programmer in December 2016, a guide to programming professionnaly. After majoring in Political Science at Clemson University, he then turned towards a career of software engineer and developer to finally become a writer in his field.
Cory Althoff has worked as a software engineer at eBay, as well as several startups in Silicon Valley. When taking a break from programming, you can find him reading and traveling—the idea for The Self-Taught Programmer originated in the back seat of a taxi in Bali. Currently, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Cory tells you about his own story:
After a year of self-study, I learned to program well enough to land a job as a software engineer II at eBay. Once I got there, I realized I was severely under-prepared. I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I needed to know but hadn’t learned yet. My journey learning to program, and my experience at my first job as a software engineer were the inspiration for this book.
This book is not just about learning to program; although you will learn to code. If you want to program professionally, it is not enough to learn to code; that is why, in addition to helping you learn to program, I also cover the rest of the things you need to know to program professionally that classes and books don’t teach you. “The Self-taught Programmer” is a roadmap, a guide to take you from writing your first Python program, to passing your first technical interview. I divided the book into six sections:
1. Learn to program in Python 3 and build your first program.
2. Learn Object-oriented programming and create a powerful Python program to get you hooked.
3. Learn to use tools like Git, Bash, regular expressions and databases. Then use your new coding skills to build a web scraper.
4. Study Computer Science fundamentals including computer architecture, data structures, algorithms and network programming.
5. Learn to program for production: I cover the software development process, testing, and best coding practices.
6. Finish with tips for working with a team and landing a programming job.
You CAN learn to program professionally. The path is there. Will you take it?