This year I decided that if I was going to keep doing all these classes, I might as well go “all-in” and make the jump to a career change from technical trainer for a software company to software developer.
Why now? Well, there are, as always, several reasons. Let me share just a couple with you (there are many more ….):
- It’s a good time to be a developer.Not that it’s never been a good time overall in the past 10-12 years or so, but it’s a growing and stable field with many interesting opportunities. A decade ago, there was no such thing, really, as a mobile developer, and I am fascinated by the ability to bring meaningful information to people when, where, and how they need it.
- It’s a good time to be a woman in technology.Or perhaps I should say it’s a better time to be a woman in this field. The idea that maybe diversity is a good thing is gathering steam – not just from a touchy-feely PC kind of perspective, but also from the idea that you can actually build better software if you have developers on your team that match your audience.
And then right after Christmas I’ll be off doing the full-stack C#, which will be more challenging.
Check back in for weekly updates on how I’m doing! In the meantime, here’s what I created on my first day – pretty basic, but fun to do … And if you want to see the code, check here. Nothing fancy (yet). First day’s homework is here; with code – here.