Thanks for asking, Zaina!
I had a long career in GIS, making maps with proprietary software, in which you can use Python to script processing steps. It always seemed very interesting, but I never had time to take a deep dive in it. I left my mapping job of ten years in November and quickly decided to join the revolution sweeping the globe, and use my natural geeky skills in data management and visualization to become a web developer!
I was briefly enrolled in a web dev boot camp at General Assembly and among the tech skills I was learning, it was clear that networking with other developers is a huge part of becoming more effective at coding. This is my favorite part, and I’m able to extend the explorations I’ve done into coding and relationship I’ve made in meetups and mapping gatherings to the web dev field. So cool!
I’m really humbled and amazed at how many resources there are out there to support learning! I started with CodeAcademy and now there’s no looking back!
I want to help wire up the nervous system of the planet, assist in visualizing problems so we can solve them faster, provide people with that “aha!” moment by presenting information in new ways, and generally get involved with the amazing, creative, and world-changing evolution taking place. Oh, and making a little more money than the nonprofit salary I had for ten years is appealing too!