Jeff Cogswell

Jeff Cogswell is the author of several tech books including “C++ All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies,” “C++ Cookbook,” and “Designing Highly Useable Software.” A software engineer for over 20 years, Jeff has written extensively on many different development topics. An expert in C++ and JavaScript, he has experience starting from low-level C development on Linux, up through modern Web development in JavaScript and jQuery, PHP, and ASP.NET MVC.

Articles by Jeff Cogswell

  • Blockchain Engineer Skills: What You Need to Know

    We’ve all heard of cryptocurrency and Bitcoin. These inventions are based on a technology called the blockchain, which is essentially an encrypted online ledger. In simplest terms, blockchain is decentralized l…
  • SQL Developer Career: Skills You Need to Grow

    What do SQL developers do, and why are they so vital to many organizations? SQL, usually pronounced like “sequel,” is a language for manipulating relational databases. A relational database is a type of databas…
  • Java Skills: What You Need to Succeed

    Java is a programming language invented back in 1995, and it’s continually gained popularity over the past three decades. Originally, it was used for small apps running inside a web browser. But as it evolved,…
  • Data Architect Skills to Build a Career

    A data architect oversees and designs the data systems in an organization. This includes selecting and implementing the database server software, building the data systems, and working with the software develop…
  • Full-Stack Developer Career Path: What You Need to Know

    Full-stack developers must master many things: the front end of a website, app or service (i.e., what the end-user sees), the back end (the libraries and frameworks supporting the software), and the database. T…
  • How to Become a Security Engineer

    A security engineer ensures that an organization’s software, networks, hardware, and data are safe from intrusion and theft. Let’s first look at the details of what a security engineer does and the skills neede…
  • Web Development Degree: Do You Need One?

    The software development world is divisible into multiple subcategories. Web development is one of the most popular, and it requires a particular set of skills to do effectively, including extensive knowledge o…
  • UI Developer Career Path: Skills You Need to Succeed

    If you’re interested in design and code, consider becoming a UI developer. In simplest terms, UI is what the user sees on a screen: the icons, text, colors, backgrounds, and any moving elements (such as animati…
  • How to Become a QA Engineer

    In simplest terms, a QA engineer runs tests to ensure the quality of software. These tests happen at multiple points throughout the creation and lifecycle of software. If you’re interested in becoming a QA engi…
  • How to Become a Full-Stack JavaScript Developer

    Despite its age, JavaScript remains an immensely popular language deployed in a galaxy of applications and services. If you want to become a full-stack JavaScript developer, you’ll need to learn how to use the…
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