Better Late Than Never

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Code, Wildcard

This is a repost from my short lived coding blog. I’ve updated a couple things, though the message generally stays true, except I’ll ramble about more than code here. The occasional photo, music, or general tech work rant will likely appear. I don’t know, maybe not. It’s a blog.

July 10, 2015

By almost any standard, especially software, I am late to the game.

I have to confess. I was scared of code. When I first started looking into a career in the technical world, code looked interesting, and exciting. Then I took my first Java course. The instructor required us to write code using only text editors. I got frustrated, confused, and annoyed. I finished my class and vowed to stay away from code.

For ten years, I kept to that promise.  I played a lot of music, tried to make it big (we didn’t). I took pictures along the way of friends, family, and adventures. I had a lot of fun along the way.

I worked in the satellite communications and electronics manufacturing world in the meantime, working mostly in hardware. Software? That magical creature that made the lights work on my satellite terminals? I knew the big picture, but nothing more. Even as I worked as a systems engineer, I worked with code in little neat packages I could move around block diagrams. I spent a total of maybe 8 hours on a command line in 8 years of work as a technical lead.

Then I joined the real darkside, program and product management. It was (and continues to be) exciting, new, and a constant learning experience swimming in the deep end of business development. But I was two steps removed from nearly every real creator of any project I worked on. At the end of the day the strategy was exciting, but the meetings and presentations left me feeling hollow, even when the product was successful. I wanted to create again.

The more I thought of it, the more I wanted to create something I could use, preferably use often. Even better if it was daily. So, I finally opened Xcode, and started toying around. After toying around a bit, I decided to get serious. So I’ve spent the past six months starting down the road of iOS development, culminating in the Bloc bootcamp, which I’ll complete this fall.

This is a log of my journey into the (until recently) mysterious world of code. It won’t always be pretty, but I think that’s a good sign.

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