Advice for a female getting into programming as 2nd career?
March 21, 2013 1:54 PM Subscribe
I'd like to help my friend look into a career in programming. Best way to do it?
posted by lattiboy to computers & internet (25 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
She graduated with a minor in mathematics from a SUNY school and substitute teaches math at an incredibly prestigious private high school. She took some light programming in college and enjoyed it well enough, but got into another non-technical field for a decade.
She left her job about a year ago and has had no luck finding something similar.
1) Is there a program I should point her towards that works to get women involved in programming? Better yet one that deals with 2nd career individuals?
2) She's not keen on taking out student loans and going back to school, especially in the current economic climate. I know there are a lot of free online training sites, but what specific resources would people here recommend to get her feet wet?
3) What is generally considered the least daunting language to work with? She's brilliantly smart, but hasn't touched a command line in 11 years. I've been told PERL or Ruby are good ones, but opinions are all over.
Thanks so much.