OK, this might be the strangest post yet. Here goes. Hello. My first post.
I am a postgraduate [BA in maths from Deakin]. Last year I started messing about with compilers and started for the first time in my 33 years to like programming - no that's wrong - I started to LOVE it. So
I downloaded compilers and started mucking about. In Feb 2008 I also began a Dip of Design offline through Australian College; it is a great course that I am about 1/4 through. So after spending a lot of 2008 as a total lunatic - I read so many things about programming that my brain should have burst - I settled down and found that I really liked one language a lot: Ruby.
Then I started to think "I am learning on my own about programming; what about something like a cert to show for it?" Great Idea! Hmm. Not a lot on offer. I didn't do honours or anything IT as an undergrad so that closed down options. These 5 day courses that cost 4000 bucks? No thanks! I can't do them anyway; I like to learn over a longer period. So I scoured the net up and down dale. TAFE? Lack of specificity: what compiler? what language? I also don't have 2 years to do some course. I am getting old.
Then I find the AIE. What's this? A cert 3 in programming? Looks good! And the visual C++? Already got it on my PC! And 1200 bucks; got that! Better than 18000 for some postgrad uni thing with some weird fee help that I can't understand. Offine too! That's good - means I can get work exp, do my other course etc.
So in a nutshell I want to use the AIE cert 3 as a backdoor method of getting a programming qualification. Yes, I KNOW that it isn't the same as a Dip of IT etc. I KNOW that. That misses the pt. I am teaching myself heaps of stuff as well. I have access to VTC and every free C++ tute on the net. I have bookmarked them all - i told you earlier that I am a lunatic.
Any thoughts? I have filled out the enrolment form. Hope I am not too late. AIE Seems to end apps in Jan. I like game programming, but I will probably never be a games programmer.