An Insider’s Perspective on the IT Industry

In this article, we will meet you with William Abboud. He is a software engineer with more than 8 years of experience. Today he is here to answer your questions.
William-Abboud

Meet William Abboud. He is a senior software engineer that decided to talk about his path as a developer so far. We asked William some questions that might help you start your career as a programmer.

How did you get into programming?

As a student, I liked computer networking. In 12th grade, I first had to write programs with C++ and Pascal. The materials were not enough, and I watched a few youtube video tutorials and got hooked. After I graduated, I moved to the United Kingdom and started learning computer science there.

Which language to choose if you are a beginner?

The thing is, after years of programming development, it doesn’t matter. You need to learn Algorithms and Data Structures, and from there, it will be easy. The real question is, what do you want to do with programming? It depends on what you want to do. But still, I will prefer C# and Python.

Would you recommend JavaScript for beginners?

Yes. With JS, you can quickly see results on your screen. You usually program web apps, and you can see your results almost immediately. In C# or Java, your first tasks are mathematical equations, but in JS, the problems are more interesting. For example, you will have to move a box from the left to the right part of your screen. JavaScript is easy to start with, but it is hard to master. There is a great community and good tools. You can debug with chrome and so on. There are a lot of solved problems on the web.

What is the difference between a front and back-end developer?

A front-end developer creates a user interface that the user interacts with. Everything that the user clicks and see is what a front-end dev does. The back-end developer works with data and ensures that the users see the correct data. There is a lot behind the scene logic. You cannot make a site without the two sides.

What are the perks of a programmer's job?

One of the main perks is flexibility. You can work remotely the job from another country. Most companies are ok with you not going to the physical location. The job pays well. It can be a very creative and satisfying job.

Is it true that for each new project, you have to learn something?

Yeah. You have to constantly be on your feet and search for new techniques and tools. It’s a field where things can change very fast in a matter of a year. You always need to learn. You have to be wary of what is trending and the best tools to solve programming problems.

Will Machine Learning replace Software Engineering?

Partly yes. It’s a great tool, but I don’t think it will happen fully. In the next 10-15 years, I don’t believe that it will happen. It will make my job easier but not take my job.

What would you say recruiters look for when hiring?

They always look for experienced people. They don’t want to hire inexperienced, but some companies have to hire junior developers. There is a deficit for junior developers. For me, the most necessary quality is passion and motivation.

How can you best prepare for a job interview?

Every company has a different interview process. What I would say, research a company and the position you apply for. Ask the recruiters questions. Search for typical interview questions on the web, and I believe that you will be ready for the interview.

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Video Topics

In the video, Ani talks about the following topics:
  • How did you get into programming?
  • Which language to choose if you are a beginner?
  • Would you recommend JavaScript for beginners?
  • What is the difference between a front and back-end developer?
  • What are the perks of a programmer’s job?
  • Is it true that for each new project, you have to learn something?
  • Will Machine Learning replace Software Engineering?
  • What would you say recruiters look for when hiring?
  • How can you best prepare for a job interview?

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