So I’m a bonafide coding dinosaur. I’ve done mainframe C, Php, mysql, SAJAX, and just stopped short of learning how to get sites SSH validated. I’ve made and customized a very popular, in the day, vbulletin server yet I do not really consider calling myself a full stack developer as I simply tinkered and got things to work with new functions based on pre-existing functions. I’ve worked at Lockheed Martin and Morgan as an intern but didn’t go full time as I couldn’t hack calculus to get a BS in CS. I instead pursued a BFA in Animation and Illustration and didn’t think I’d look back.
Well I did. Past two years, as a lead graphic designer/illustrator I started creating a semi-automated Digital Asset Management System in Python out of sheer need. Looking through thousands of files to check for a misspelled name was driving me bonkers so I did it in less than 3 days. Took me a day to understand python syntax. The clients were impressed but the company had no interest in training me coding. Through the encouragement of the client, I left to pursue web development and scratch my itch on what the heck React JS is. I mean… it’s just a JS library right?
Well I was absolutely overwhelmed and excited by the amount of resources online, I have 6 udemy courses I couldn’t possibly finish all at once. But what’s encouraging is, this dinosaur’s coding background is still relevant.
I joined Hacker Rank not too long ago, reached problem solving 3 (probably means nothing…really not sure even if it means something i have to keep going) and I’ve passed Lambda’s intake test.
Lambda’s folks are super nice, rather overwhelmed, but now I’m wondering if I should just jump right in to project work and save myself the 30K.
It’s offline now but I once half coded a client-customer portal on a custom modified vbulletin to integrate membership with the forum. However, I heard php is no longer relevant but I still love it. Should i update myself and integrate a different, more updated forum software?
Gosh and don’t get me started on git hub. Still confused by what version control especially since I controlled everything, but I do want to become agile savvy.
Anywho, as you can tell really excited but overwhelmed. Thanks for taking the time to read this!