Programming: a new adventure / by Derek Neuland


Even though i've been thinking about it for a while, I am marking today, February 28th, 2017, as the first day of my computer programming/web developer/whatever you want to call it journey.  I have a pretty good grasp on HTML/CSS and Wordpress web design, but for several years now i've been wanting to move toward the backend. I want to learn how things work behind the scenes. As strange as it sounds, I want to be knee deep in code. I remember a time many years ago where I thought I didn't want to do this. I was a different person then. I was looking for an easy job that I could forget about after 5pm. And i've done that, I've carved out a decent career for myself in business development and lead generation. I'm really good at my job, but it's not challenging for me anymore.  I miss solving problems, I miss spending hours/days researching how to do or fix something.  That is why i'm looking to programming.

When I worked at Modulus (a node.js PaaS which is now called Xervo), I worked next to and became friends with a lot of great developers and engineers.  The one who I stayed closest in touch with is Taron Foxworth. I always looked up to Taron and he continues to be a great friend. When I decided to commit to this new career path, he was the first person I reached out to. He had a lot of great suggestions for me and answered all my questions.

eloquent javascript programming
eloquent javascript programming

Among the starting points he gave me, reading this book was up on the top of his list. I'm only a few pages in, but I already can tell it's going to be a great book to get me started. If you're at all interested in computer programming, I highly recommend it.

I'm going to try and document my process as best as I can here. Not only for myself, but for others who are in similar situations that I am. Yes I am 35 and am embarking on a career change, but I am inspired by my mother who went back to college in her 40's to get her bachelors and masters, and is now a college professor.

As my favorite band Lemuria sang in their song 'Paint The Youth', "It's never too late to be what you might have been".