Tarek Chaaban

Tarek Chaaban, M.Sc's official blog. It contains current web project portfolio, posts regarding his Canadian army experience, news, sports articles, and web tutorials on programming and using social networking technologies.

Computer Science

Few years ago , i launched my “free service” where you can send a question and i answer it on my blog …. here is the last question i received .

The Questions :

So i hear that you’re a computer programmer and i have a couple of questions if you don’t mind…


Hello Cecilia … and welcome to my site .

Do you like what you do?

Of Course … no one should do something that he doesn’t like …

What do you do?

Currently I’m Programmer Analyst at DTI (Digital Technology International)

What courses are necessary in high school?

I didn’t do my High School in Canada , but i know you need (Math , Physics) maybe there is few more …

What’s your typical day like?

This is what the official task are: Analyze, design, code, test, document and maintain the advertising applications systems and provide tech. support and guidance to staff

but what i really do :

- Install new software on both Windows and Linux + Configuration
- Test Them
- Debug Codes
- Write Codes
- Learning new coding languages
- Meetings (a lot of them)
- Web Programming
- a lot of reading
- a lot of researches
- etc …

How well do you get paid? [lol i don't need real details, but an estimate perhaps?]

It Depends , if you have a lot of experience and knowledge you will have success but usually they will ask for work experience .

1-5 years of experience will get you (35k$ -> 50k$)
5+ years of experience (50k$ -> 75$k)

Pros and Cons about being a computer programmer

Hummm ,

Pros : Everyday you learn something new
Pros : You can work from home !
Pros : It’s not for anyone , you need to be a good thinker …

Cons : You need to always keep updated on what’s happening in the word
Cons : A lot of competition from the “poor world” (India , Pakistan.) sometimes Indians are better than us in the field (they are humans) and they take much less than us (their hourly rate can be 2-3$/hr)

it’s changing now … but still when you are online it’s a different world .

How much did it cost to get your degree?

Hummm i really don’t know , in Montreal it doesn’t cost a lot to study , you can expect to pay approximately 1000-1500$/ semester . (6 semesters for the whole Bachelor in Computer Science) … so between 6000$ and 9000$

How big is the field?

More than Huge , if i were to study for the next 10 years full time , i wont have enough time to cover all the fields … it’s really Huuuuge !!

It can be programming to database to Algorithms to Computer Architecture , Bioinformatics , web development , etc …

i think I’ll be fine with those answers. Thank you sooo mucchh!!!


You’re welcome ! let me know if you have more questions .

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1 Comment

  1. English. Hi I was wondering if I can ask you a question regarding hacking into a hotmail account. Its not only crucial but personal as well. I was wondering if you can help me? Can you conact me via e-mail: platinum_01@live.ca

    Greatly appreciated :)


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