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I am a Computer Science major at Florida State University, and I am here to share, review, and learn new skills in Mobile Development, Machine learning, and general Software Development paradigms. Definitely looking forward to meeting new or like-minded learners and developers!
What's good James~? ✌🏿
Are you staying on campus at FSU? I'm nearby UCF in Orlando (applied maths and biz)
I look forward to work you'll accomplish in ML and app-development; as unofficial mathematician, I love how matrix calculus' making a comeback in programming; but as a Clojurist, frustrated Python dominates the scene with good semantic frameworks to jump into ML.
Do you have a language of choice for your projects or ~do you laugh at us over-opinionated developers~?
Thanks for the message! I actually take my degree online through FSU's Distance Learning program, so while I am not on campus directly I still see the same degree material.
I definitely agree with you, Matrix algebra is an important concept to learn about when studying Machine Learning,
For a Software Engineering practice course I helped design a Car Detector for cyclists to use on the road, and before I was able to code it with Python I had to learn and do a bit of review of Linear Algebra (its been a while since I did Calculus 3 lol). Doing that really helped me better understand and conceptualize tensors, which is mainly what ML frameworks are built upon. I used PyTorch, which has a tutorial also on how to build an image classifier.
If you are interested in Machine Learning I definitely recommend using Python 3, and also learning Numpy if you would like to try using PyTorch.
I think even being at my senior year, there is still much for me to learn in terms of different programming languages and technologies. I learned OOP, and Data Structures with C++, and started my programming journey using ANSI C.
When studying CS, I always remind my friends that part of the effort comes with the interest of exposing yourself to new languages and concepts. The more you learn, the more you will improve and succeed! The best advice comes from devs in the field.
Hi Joseph, greetings!
Nice to meet you.
Hi Codemaniac, Greetings!
Hi Rafael, greetings!
Hi James. I am also here to learn all I can and share.
Hi Dan, I am glad to hear it! I am happy that I will be able to contribute back to this great website and community.
Nice having you here.
Hi Tapesh, likewise! Greetings!
I like your no non-sense approach to introductions.
Hi Nidal, nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you too, Bro
Hi Jamshed, greetings!
Welcome to the community James.
i am also a CS Student. from the university of Bahri in Sudan
hello! I'm happy to be joining dev.to along side you and others!
Hello to all that are new to DEV.
I'm Katie, one of the basic moderators. My unofficial title: DEV cheerleader 😊
I want to welcome all of you to the DEV community and let you know that you'll find lots of help and support here for all your coding needs.
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Katie Nelson ・ Dec 20 '19 ・ 3 min read
Hello Katie 🎠
Hey girrrrrrl! 🙆
Hi Katie. I'm so encouraged by your unofficial title: DEV cheerleader :)
Thanks Khami! Along with helping out with coding, I cheer for everyone here!
Well you are extremely cheerful.
Rah Rah Ben!!
What does the cute pink unicorn at the bottom do; I’m curious but can’t seem to get it to love me back when I poke at it.
Hi how are you?
Hello everyone. I've been reading posts from DEV.to from my news feed for a while now and decided to sign up to be able to follow people. I'm learning programming at the moment, but I've been in I.T. since 2007. Stopped my career to focus on having a family a couple of years ago and I'm aching to get back in the field. However, that most likely won't happen for another 2-3 years. (-_-) It may not happen at all if I decide to homeschool the kiddos. I'm taking everything one day at a time and hoping that I can actually get to where I want to be in my career.
Anywho, I'm excited for the future.
P.S. I'm a bit confused as to what the difference between Welcome Thread- v56 or v57 is. I would have thought there was only 1 welcome page everyone posted on. 🤷🏻♀️ Eh.
Developing your career while having young kids to take care of is a challenge, but I've found it in my case to be a huge win over time as it forced me to get more organized and really think more about priorities.
Taking it a day at of time is exactly the right way to go, and always keep in mind that progress compounds no matter how small you slice it up. 15-30 mins here and there a few times a week is still 1000x better than nothing.
If you could get to where you want to be in your career, what would that look like?
Yeah, I'm definitely unable to rush getting back into the swing of things because I have to focus on the kids. I've actually always wanted to own my own business and since security was my major and where I worked years ago, I guess that's where I feel a good goal is. I have a learning curriculum I would like to complete. Ultimately it leads to my original goal of security (pentesting) Right now I have 2 app projects I'd like to start. Or see in the future. So, long story short I'd like to have my own business or work on my own terms in anything IT security. I'm so~~~~ done interviewing for companies. I never want to interview ever again. Lol.
A big part of why I run my own business is to have the flexibility to decide how I want to balance things between work, personal interests, family responsibilities, etc and so I am a huge proponent of that approach for anyone who can do it!
Take tiny steps each week, and little by little you will get closer to your goals.
What works for me given that I am still pretty much on a part time schedule is to think on long time scales and compare where I am now to a couple years ago at any point in time, and that makes it easier to get through the days and weeks where all the rest of life seem to get in the way of anything work related.
Good luck, and happy business building!
Oh man, I want to encourage you get back in the field but I also really loved being homeschooled as a kid. I don't think I would have gotten into tech otherwise.
Congrats on your growing family, either way I hope the future stays exciting 🎉
Homeschooling is such a hard choice! We're in the same boat with our new one. There's just so many things I wish I'd worked on when I was a child that I have the ability to give my kid.
I know quite a few families who have decided to homeschool and I'm overwhelmed at all the options there are on how to start it. I've tried to do a class like approach at home a few times, but the kids simply aren't interested. Since I'm trying to learn programming and have the kids at home all day It's not easy. Most days I just want to put them in daycare and go work, but then I hear about the abuse, deaths, and such happening (just read about one in my area) that just makes me want to quit my career goals for good and protect my kids. :( I try to stay current reading articles / posts about tech, but i do miss going to work. Having a family and making that a priority is a sacrifice for those of us who had an awesome career. I worked while i was really big and pregnant. Working overtime sometimes because I loved my job. ...sigh Are you homeschooling or planning on it? Are you able to work from home or have flexibility/ family to care for your child when you can't work from home? Even though I'm 1 hr away from my fam. (i was 16 hrs away) they can't always help. So that's why i'm thinking about homeschooling and taking my career future one day at a time.
Yeah, I'm WFH and my partner is full-time on child care currently. We're undecided on schooling but leaning homeschool.
Hey, Katmonpiv. I wish you good luck in everything you do! Homeschooling might be hard but it's probably a huge service to your kids. Schools are largely a waste of time & money nowadays when they use outdated methods ; but if they have the right priorities & values they can always benefit a lot either way - most important thing to learn is how to learn.
If there's one good takeaway from public education environments its communication and teamwork, that might be a challenge elsewhere. And in case you'd like your kids to get into tech or s/w like you, it's a good idea to introduce them early, huh. Programming teaches one how to think. I wish my school included it lol.
I'm also confused about the Welcome threads btw, but I'm guessing it's to keep it from growing into one massively long thread with very old comments. People probably don't want replies to their comments from years ago lol.
With so many new members every day, the Welcome Thread gets very long. Could be over 1000 in just a week depending on traffic. Every couple of weeks a new one is created to make scrolling through it manageable.
Either way, welcome to DEV where you will find lots of friendly coders to help you with any questions you might have.
We are excited to have you here!
I imagine one thread would overwhelm the Infinite Scroll Of Doom. People aren't really going to look back on them in weeks to come, so why not reboot the thread every once in a while?
Homeschooling for the win. Especially if you have likeminded people in your vicinity.
I am a 28 year old man from The Netherlands.
I started my dev-path at development basic programming for Windows 3.1 as a 6 year ild kid. Moved to web development with PHP and vanilla JS 15 years ago as a teenager. And while I was studying for a Bachelor in Sports & Movement I transferred to Python to do complex tasks (Statistical Movement Analysis for top athletes for example).
Later on I started working for a data-minded and tech-driven online advertising company which allowed me to expand my Python skills and extend my frontend skills towards ReactJS and SASS.
Nowadays I am a Product Owner with a focus on User Experience, Brand building and Team Dynamics. There is not much room for coding in my day to day job but I love to code a bit from time to time. Especially if that helps the software engineers in the team.
I hope to enjoy some discussions here. I am more of a reader than a online debater, but you may see a comment with my name on it from time to time.
That is quite a path! I was lucky like you to have a computer as a child. I liked BASIC and Visual Basic. I would love to password protect a silly program and have people try to “hack” it. 😄
What kinds of things did you build as a kid?
Thanks for your reply!
As a kid I started with a simple calculator for windows 3.1. I have always had a passion for the combination of backend operations combined with an easy-to-use frontend. Even as a kid, although I did not knew what it meant.
Later on I made small text-based games. When I switched to web development I made a platform for athletes to find their match results automatically (in The Netherlands there is/was no true centralized platform that offered all your personal results across multiple games). That attracted about 5k monthly active users. After which my lack of knowledge (as a teenager) of infrastructure and devops came to light. So I killed the platform and began to focus on small automations for me personally.
What's up Kristof
Hi here 🙌
I'm Leo, I come from a frontend background, worked in cool startups such as Aircall in Paris!
Ten I quickly moved toward having my own business, currently running hyperping.io and quickmetrics.io, which are bootstrapped (and profitable) companies. Lots of technical challenges, mostly devops, which I'm having fun doing (more than frontend 😁)
Love doing optimization in response time, making thing blazing fast fascinates me 🤓
Keen to share what I've learned in the past years!
Thanks @daolf for pushing me in joining dev.to, finally took the leap!
Welcome Léo! It's great to have you here!
That sounds amazing! How have you changed from working as a developer to your own company?
I've always wanted to go on my own. As soon as I landed my first job I tried to learn as much as I could and apply every single bit of new knowledge into a side project that will eventually become my full time gig since April of last year!
Now grinding it 💪
Are you also working on your own or considering it?
Hey Leo, Great to e-meet you. I have gone through a similar process and I think there are a lot of learnings that we can share with each other on the journey. Keep in touch
Hi all! I'm Ania and I've been in IT for almost a decade as a QA. Recently I left my job to focus on learning Web Development more in depth and transition to a DEV job in the near future. Double challenge: I'm used to working remotely and would like to continue being a digital nomad when I go into development. Fingers crossed!
Hi Ania, I'm Katie, one of the basic moderators.
It's great to see more woman who code here on DEV.
I want to welcome you to the DEV community and let you know that you'll find lots of help and support here for all your coding needs.
Look around, make comments and ask questions. You will find that everyone is really helpful here.
Good luck with your future as a digital nomad, sounds great!
We need more women in our industry! I hope everything goes well for you!
Did you always want to be a developer, or did you get the bug from meeting people in your QA roles?
I always wanted to code, learned a bit at uni, but didn't think I would enjoy a dev job. QA kept me happy for a long time though, but then I thought that I can work on my dev skills, start working as a dev and then decide if I want to stay or go back to QA:)
You’ll do great!! QA makes you think about problems from all angles.
My name is Patience Okoro currently undergoing training on Web development, and I am here to share, review, and learn new skills in web development, Machine learning, and general Software Development paradigms. Definitely looking forward to meeting new or like-minded learners and developers!
Hello Patience! I think we're on the same page here :)
My name is Bimo Prasetyo Afif. I am from Surabaya, Indonesia. Just a normal IT Student, and wanted to learn a lot about IT.
I am very interesting about Python, django, flask, etc.
Member of Python Community at my city called Surabaya.py (Python community user group chapter Surabaya). And now i am interested graphql framework in python and some BackEnd. I wish i could learn and share many experience in here. :)
Nice To Meet You All .....
Hello, I'm Andrew. I'm in Brooklyn, NY. I'm learning to code and I think I can really do it this time!
I found the best way to learn was to get the basics out of the way then try to build something you don't know how to build yet, and make the subject something you're passionate about. You'll struggle to NOT code and learn if it's the right project!
If you need help brainstorming, let me know.
I think you can do it, too.
And I am cheering for you !
I am sure you can do it !
You can definitely do it!!
Hi everyone! I'm MJ, I just graduated from Middlebury College where I studied computer science & psychology. I now live in Los Angeles where I work as a mobile engineer at Disney. I'm currently learning android/kotlin and enjoy reading about the intersection between tech and ethics. I'm hoping to blog more in the new year, especially with technical topics.
Congrats on Disney+ launch. The iOS app is really nice. 🙌
Thanks! It's so cool seeing so many people use it. :)
Hey y'all! I'm Izzy - I found dev community by following Vaidehi Joshi on twitter (BaseCS video series and podcast) and decided to check it out. I'm a software developer in Seattle, and I'm here to learn, network, and make friends :)