Unless you’re convinced very early on in your school career (before even heading to college) that you want to be a programmer, getting a formal qualification in programming or computer science is a mere formality. The true programmer develops an interest in creating things with the keyboard which doesn’t need to be fuelled or driven by the next upcoming exam. Some of the best programmers are indeed self-taught, breezing through the learning process much more effectively than someone who might have programming or computer science as a module, quite simply because they are driven by an interest.
In case you weren’t aware, you can build a site just like Facebook and other social networking platforms through online tutorials, free programming e-books and using discussion forums to ask and get answers to some questions which may have not yet been discussed. It’s like learning a new skill and then finding so many different variations of its application, many of which variations can actually make you a lot of money if marketed to the right audience.
Hackers, coders and programmers have literally sat in their garages and coded their way to billions of pounds and if you’re at a loss for ideas for a programming project you can lay into to put your new skills to the test, how about building an online casino platform?
But why an online casino platform? Well, once you’re done with a working prototype the programming world will essentially be your oyster. It is indeed an extremely complex and time consuming project, but what programming skill does an online casino not demonstrate? Assuming you’re not actually going to operate an online casino (there is a lot of red tape involved with operating an online casino and a lot of capital required), you can merely operate your platform as a demo platform with complementary content published in the form of casino reviews, betting strategies, news, special offers, etc.
Apart from that however (which makes for the many ways to monetise your unofficial online gambling platform), who wouldn’t hire you for a programming gig after they’ve seen a working prototype of such a demanding project? It’d be the complete one-item web development portfolio!