• Careers,  Personal

    On Success …

    This is my latest Ice Breaker speech that I delivered to the Early Bird Ocala Toastmasters group on November 3, 2018.  Toastmasters is a great way to develop your public speaking and leadership skills and there’s probably at least one group in your local area.  Check out ToastMasters.org for more information on the club and where you can find it in your area. What is success? You can tell a lot about a person by how they answer that and whether they are actually trying to achieve their definition of success. Not everyone defines it personally for themselves.

  • Careers,  Personal

    The Accidental Teacher

    The following is the text from my speech to the Ocala Early Bird Toastmasters on May 19, 2018.  If you’re in Ocala and would like to learn more about leadership and public speaking, come join us for breakfast on Saturday mornings at The Egg and I. My name is Andrew Comeau and I am … a public school teacher? I say it that way because It’s been a study in irony for me. If you told me just a couple years ago that I’d be teaching a nighttime programming class for vocational students, I’d have laughed. When others suggested I should be a teacher, I said it wasn’t for me.…

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    Job Opportunities – PHP Developer and Web / Graphic Designer

    I’m currently screening applicants for two full-time, in-house jobs in Ocala, Florida. Both of these positions will work as part of a team of local and remote developers designing e-commerce solutions. PHP Developer w/ MVC, HTML5, JavaScript and LAMP Develop, customize and implement high-quality web solutions that meet company expectations and requirements. Contribute to technical solutions and requirements definition; solve complex problems by contributing to analysis and development of technical solutions. Deploy code into a variety of staging and production environments. Meet regularly to provide status updates, reports on development activity and discuss project/product roadmap planning. Provide systems administrative assistance when needed for off-site servers, either remotely or by visiting the…

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    Upcoming Hiring Events – Ocala / Marion County, August 14, 2015

    I’ve received the following announcements from CareerSource for Citrus / Levy / Marion counties of upcoming hiring events and job fairs in Ocala / Marion County and surrounding areas. See the individual announcements for full details and contact information. Labor Ready, Golf Course Maintenance positions in Citrus County, Florida – Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 8 – 11 a.m. ResourceMFG Production Associate positions in Ocala, FL, Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10 a.m. – Noon. Sonic Drive-In Hiring Event, Multiple positions open in Ocala, FL – Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 9 a.m. – Noon Tri County Job Fair 2015, Chiefland, FL, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals – April 27-29, 2015

    The Professional Networking Group is holding a Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals transitioning back into the workforce or making a career change on April 27-29, 2015 at the College of Central Florida. Attendance is free but registration is required. Visit the Job Seeker Center’s Specialty Programs at CareerSourceCLM.com or call Robyne Fraize at 352-873-7939 ext. 1141

  • Articles,  Careers,  Programming

    Getting Started in Software Development: Part IV – Long Term Strategy

    In the last chapter, I talked about some of the current options when it comes to getting started in the programming field. I mentioned several development tools that you can get familiar with to decide what path you want to take as a software developer but getting started is only half the battle. As I said, the field is constantly changing and with so much evolving technology, it can be hard to keep up even if you’re working with it every day. When planning a career, there’s also a desire to have some idea of what things will look like five years down the road and where you should be…

  • Articles,  Careers,  Programming

    Getting Started in Software Development: Part III – Programming Technologies

    So far, I’ve given you some general ideas of what it takes to start and maintain a career in software development but you’re probably still wanting some direction as to the actual first steps of learning how to program. In this chapter, I’ll give you a sampling of the options available. Pay close attention to the links sprinkled throughout for additional information. There are a lot of options out there because there are a lot of different computer languages and types of devices to program. The type of device for which you’re creating an application and the operating system it uses is sometimes called the platform. For example, if you’re…