Prior to software engineering, I was a formulation chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. There was a great deal of manual data entry for each experiment, so to save myself from the tedium I learned how to use Python, PowerShell, and AutoHotKey to automate it. Along the way I discovered that I loved to solve problems with code.
I toyed with the idea of making a career change in June 2018, then became serious about it that October. After a whirl of interviewing in January 2019, I found myself with job offers in February. I know a slew of others who have similar stories--can't quite imagine any other lucrative profession that allows such a pivot in a relatively short timeframe.
Working on being more thoughtful about "just getting it to work" versus maintainability of code. Finished reading The Pragmatic Programmer but I think I'll need to re-read it next year. I am also checking out The Little Book of Semaphores, since I don't know anything about synchronization! An awesome friend bought me Jon Skeet's book on C# as well.
Other fun stuff--I managed to get to a 7 second handstand in July, and signed up at a rock climbing gym in August. Bouldering is really fun, and the people are very friendly. Slightly amused when I saw a Hacker News comment calling rock climbing "the new Tech Basic".
On hold: MIT 6.042, Clean Code
C#, .NET, TypeScript (Angular), SQL (MSSQL/T-SQL), nand2tetris' HDL and Hack assembly language
Lisp, Rust, Haskell, Scala, Swift and iOS stuff
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