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Why I got into coding
I’ve always been into computers and have been playing games since I was 6. I’d wait for my parents to go sleep and then I’d sneak down. I loved playing first-person shooters like Quake 3, strategy games like Age of Empires and Starcraft and role-playing games like Diablo and Baldur’s Gate.
I did C and Matlab as part of my course, but I really started learning to code by teaching myself when I was in 2nd year at varsity. At the time I was studying Mechanical Engineering which wasn’t very exciting to me. I was at a party with my older sister and she introduced me to a friend of hers who ran an internet startup called VisionTech.
He explained the problem they were trying to solve: they were developing software that would convert brain signals into images so that mute people could communicate through pictures. I spent the rest of that night speaking to him about how you can build something like this with code, it was fascinating.
Things I’ve done
I asked him how to get started and he recommended that I teach myself Python and learn the Django web framework. I started by doing the online tutorials at python.org. After a few weeks I had managed to develop a Roulette game in the terminal. It kept a balance in a wallet and you could place a bet, get a result and your balance would update. Check it out on Github.
Next I developed a website using the Django framework that you could use to make posts. It limited the user to one post a day of a maximum of 500 words. You could also make 5 comments a day on other user’s posts. I got my class to start using it and there is still a little community of us that still use it. You can sign-up here.
When I’m not coding I’m reading about tech developments and startups or listening to audiobooks. I read articles on OfferZen’s blog, Hackernews, TechCrunch and Paul Graham’s blog. I follow Ycombinator startup news. I most recently read Clean Code, Cryptonomicon, The Hard Thing About Hard Things. To keep my skills sharp I do at least one challenge a day on Project Euler.
I’ve been to the Joburg Python meetup recently and will definitely be going as often as possible. I am working on a talk that I hope to give at the meetup on how I built my web app. You can view the draft here.
What I’m looking for
I currently stay in Randburg with my partner but I am happy to move for work. I’d ideally like to be able to walk to the office.
I’m also fascinated by Etheruem and smart contracts - I still need to build something with this! If I could work for a company that is using Etheruem or blockchain tech that would be awesome. Otherwise if I could use part of my time to develop something using blockchain that’d also be great.
I’d prefer to work in an environment where I can work with a senior developer and learn really fast. At this stage of my career I’m looking to put in extra hours and become a professional software developer. I want to spend at least 80% of my time coding.
June - July 2017
During my vacation work I got an internship at a startup that builds software for banks. They gave me the challenge of developing a proof-of-concept budget application for use on an iPad.
The project was successful and the bank bought the proof of concept, along with a strategy to roll it out to it's users.
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