When I started my first job out of college, I knew nothing about running a business… I wanted to code, and that is what I thought I would be doing all day long at work. School did not teach me to think of the customer, of finances, or reasons for implementing the features dissected during spring planning.
But once in the real worl..(never mind that phrase, it does not make sense. What world are we in while at school? The lab rat world?). Once we get our first job out of schoo…(nope, too wordy). Once we become full-time magicians (yes!), we realize we do not know anything about how to be software developers.
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I often think of coders as creatives. Some may disagree, but there is a lot of intersection between developers and artists. For example, a lot of developers I know play guitar and compose their own music. Some even write software for making their music life easier Never well versed in music, I instead concentrate my after-work creative juices on visual art and prose. I go home after a long day of solving fun coding problems and let my left brain relax. Make some clay figurines of Dragon Age Inquisition characters. Draw battling dragons. Write a story or two about urban magic…
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It has been long two weeks of holiday parties, warm Florida sun and goofing off! Now it is time to get back to cold and work as well as my New Year’s resolution.
Last year I attended several conferences in Boise, such as Hackfort, Boise Code Camp and develop.Idaho, and what did I see there? During those technical conferences the majority of time women ended up talking about women in CS. I do not say that we should stop those conversations, but I do say that there is a terrifying shortage of women giving technical talks in those events. QCon was a little better in this regard, but the most popular breakthrough technical talks were again given by… ahem… men. So my New Year’s resolution this year is to create more opportunities for women to talk about tech. Thus I will talk more about tech as well 😉
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