Interested in taking your PHP/SQL to the next level?

During the Spring Quarter at Clark College, I will be teaching “PHP with SQL II”. This class is a continuation of “PHP with SQL I” . Several people from the Clark County community have asked me if this course can be taken for those wanting to improve their PHP and MySQL chops. My answer isContinue reading “Interested in taking your PHP/SQL to the next level?”

Don’t Distract New Programmers with OOP

Thomas Gumz sent me a link to a blog entry entitled “Don’t Distract New Programmers with OOP“. Having just wrapped up one year of teaching “Intro to Programming and Problem Solving” to students at Clark College, I could not agree more. One of the core outcomes of my class is centered around functional decomposition –Continue reading “Don’t Distract New Programmers with OOP”

Learning How to Code with Bruce: The Results

For the past year, I have been teaching a course at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington called “Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (CTEC 121)”. During this time 60 students have successfully completed the course. Here is the class description from the course catalog: Fundamental concepts related to designing and writing computer programs and procedures.Continue reading “Learning How to Code with Bruce: The Results”

Ars Technica: What’s the difference between college-level and corporate programming?

This article strikes home as I am now completing my first year as a college instructor who teaches computer programming: When they graduate and get their first job, a lot of students feel like they don’t really know how to program even though they may have been good programmers in college. What are some ofContinue reading “Ars Technica: What’s the difference between college-level and corporate programming?”

Part 1: What has Bruce been up to?

The last year has been a total absolute blur. Between teaching at Clark Collge, working on projects at Elguji, volunteer work and more has consumed every available minute of my time. I have also been quiet on a few fronts on purpose. Let me first start with Elguji. Elguji Software Elguji has been very fortunateContinue reading “Part 1: What has Bruce been up to?”

What advice would you give students who are pursuing careers in web development?

Tomorrow I begin teaching the following 4 classes (80 students in total) at Clark College: HTML Fundamentals (2 of these) JavaScript Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (Python) My question to you is what advice would you give these students regarding pursuing a career in web development and/or programming? Thanks in advance for your comments.

Six months of teaching at Clark College

Back in December 2012 I wrote a post titled “A Change of Seasons” where I announced my new role as a Computer Technology instructor at Clark College. Six months later I am here to share with you some of my experiences of teaching Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, PHP, Advanced PHP and HTML/CSS Fundamentals.Continue reading “Six months of teaching at Clark College”