What Are the Different Types of Computer Programming Programs?

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Computer programming programs are offered to provide both computer science students and computer programming professionals with deeper knowledge and better skills in computer programming. There are several different types of programs which are academic, professional, and ad hoc. Since they have different purposes, the requirements of each program also differ. Some programs will allow a student to brush up on his skills by just taking a course or two while others require a bigger investment of time. For a student or professional looking to bolster his resume with professional development in computer programming, finding the right program is important.


Universities may offer computer programming programs through their computer science departments. These courses of study will often cover mathematics that are essential in learning how to program, computer languages that programmers need to learn in order to maintain the source code of various computer programs, and the different domains of computer programming which include operating systems and web development. The duration of these programs depends on whether the student simply wants to earn a certificate in computer programming or a bachelor's degree in computer science. Many universities, community colleges, and technical schools offer computer programming classes online. Depending on how many credit hours the student takes, these classes can cost thousands of dollars to complete. Although they can be an expensive option, most employers recognize accredited university and college computer programming programs, making students and professionals who have completed these programs more competitive in the marketplace.

In addition to academic institutions, professional organizations such as Microsoft may offer computer programming programs for their specific software. People who enroll in these programs can complete courses and achieve certification for different levels of expertise in the company’s particular computer programs. Usually the company’s website will have information about how to sign up for classes. These courses can be quite handy if the computer programmer is already working for a company that uses that specific software company’s products but wants the programmer to become more skilled at using them. If this is the case, programmers should see if their employers would be willing to cover the cost of the course since they can be expensive.

The cheapest alternative for computer programming programs are online ad hoc programs. Ad hoc programs typically offer courses and testing in various areas related to computer programming. Although the ad hoc program might require all students to complete the same course of study, the programs themselves may not have good credibility in the workplace because they are not developed by accredited academic institutions or software companies. Still, because of the low cost, it may be worthwhile for a programmer to check if the ad hoc program he is considering is recognized by his current or potential employer.



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