Computer skills one can learn within one day
Computer related technical skills are usually thought as complicated and difficult to understand. It's very difficult for one to get hands on one skill or master one skill. But if you really do want to learn something useful within one day, there are some good choices which will not take too long to get to know and use..
- Version control:- Git, GitHub and SVN
- Regular expressions
- Learn how to do things with Vim that you never knew could be done.
- Set up a crawler that can scrape some webpages and parse some basic data.
- Set up a bigger crawler that has to fill out a form or two.
- Program a basic linear algebra library (matrices, vectors, multiplication)
- Add least squares regression to this library.
- Make your library work efficiently with sparse data.
- Learn how to use list comprehensions in Python.
- Get a Stack Overflow account and learn to use the site.
- Read the freaking manual for your favorite language.
- Implement a simple machine learning algorithm on your own, with a whole pipeline.
- Learn the how to make a simple line graph in Excel.
- Get your eclipse installation fully pumped up.
- Learn the basic functionality of a NoSQL database.
- Learn the most basic functionality of SQL
- Understand difference between SQL and NoSQL databases (strengths, weakness, limitations, where to use which and why etc.)
- Getting comfortable with Linux.
- One or two sorting algorithms. (Perhaps Quicksort and Mergesort)
- Learn how to effectively develop unit tests for your code.
- Familiarize yourself with some of the AWS services and their API in the language of your choice
- One algorithm a day
- Understand need for distributed processing and distributed data storage and challenges in them (basics of CAP Theorem, MapReduce algorythm, clustered MySQL or PostgreSQL database)
- Learn how to edit Wikipedia articles both syntactically and under wikimedia guidelines, such as neutral point of view.
- Learn how to write in markdown
- LaTeX, BibTex, and pgfplots
- Learn how to work from the command line
- If familiar with OOP, learn design patterns.
Ok, why not go and have a try?
A guy is working on some bug while he is riding a bike. He gets off the bike and stay aside the road and start to debug some production issue. So now you know how hard a programmer is working?