All journeys begin with a single step

I have dabbled in programming since 2003 when I took a VB6 class.  Over the years I’ve taken any number of online (and a couple of in-person) classes in everything from Javascript to HTML to C#.

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 ….):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

So today I started a coding bootcamp.  I will be doing a fullstack C# web development course, but am starting out with a three-week “back to basics” class: HTML, CSS and Javascript.

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.

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