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AV Programmers Prepare

This past week was spent in a three-day class preparing for my final certification for a certain control company. It was a great class that developed my programming skills, not only in their proprietary language, but also honed some of my C++ skills as well. During the course of the class a new direction was becoming clearer; more IT-centric programming.
The two main control and automation companies have had their own programming languages for quite a few years. One could be labeled as more “coding” and the other as more “logic flow”. We won’t get into the configuration models in this post, though there are plenty of those. As a control programmer you most likely have your favorite for one reason or another. What is becoming clearer, from both companies, is the idea of taking those professionals who possess an established computer coding background and giving them the tools to make the jump to control and automation programming with little or no learning curve.
This is a great opportunity; not only for the generation coming up under us, but also for the older ones as well. If we can learn and keep up with the developing culture in the industry, we will be able to tie into systems that were only accessible by the great “control gurus” of years past. You know who I’m talking about. This is the programmer who sneezes better code than most of the rest of us. With the ability to tie into C # and other such languages, it opens the door for a true IT and AV convergence.
It also gives those integrators who are developing into an AV/IT service provideer another reason to hold to their guns. There are a number of companies I have talked with over the last few months who indicate their business is anywhere from 10-25% IT. This can run the gamut from cloud solutions to full on network architecture creations. These companies are also in a position to create custom solutions for their clients using these same employees. If you already have the skill set to program using a computer language, learn the AV side, then flip back to computer programming you would be a force to be reckoned with in this industry.
So, integrators, find the best and brightest computer programmers out there. Teach them the AV side and set them to work. You AV programmers, break open the C # and other language books and get to coding. The more you know, the more in demand you will be.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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