Hi I’m an old aspie so i struggle with this sort of thing. What is interesting about me when there are so many neat tricks to learn?
Am i really old though? I’m nearly 50. It may take me a year or so to get there because i go a lot slower these days. Is 50 old? Not so much to me, at least not until i hear how young other people are. A better question might be “How young are you?”.
My relevant work has mostly been in Charity and other non-profits as User Support, Systems Administration, Web-Developer (html with only occasional css), Wiki Editing.
I’ve also been a painter and decorator, a doorman, a photographer, a cleaner, a house-mover (actually just the contents of the houses), an accounts clerk, a housing officer, a rent-collector, a translator (part of a team), a teacher, an examiner, a roadie for a couple of bands, a member of the board of directors for a few multi-million £ housing association, a carer for someone with complex ptsd, crew on a narrowboat and a sail-boat, a scuba-diver, a bookkeeper and accounts clerk, treasurer of a housing association and a milkman.
I’ve built a little robot from a cardboard box but it’s not remote control and does need to be able to think for itself. Not as AI but more a “Uh oh, there’s something in the way. Can i go around it?”.
I’d also like to build my own IoT to check i switched things off and maybe to switch them on ready for me. Not quite like this:
More just to switch on/off sockets to start-up/shutdown my desktops and check i locked the door.
I started with Python to be useful and slipped into doing Ruby for fun to wind-down. I’ve done a little Scratch with my robot and !gf. When i was a kid i used Spectrum Basic, a little Pascal, a tiny bit of BBC Basic and at college i soldered some logic-gates and learned a little machine code. So far Ruby seems a lot like Python without the fuss.
I really like the hands-on coding and “solve the puzzle” aspects to Codecademy. The badges and points are kinda nice too. I wish i could see a list of how i gained my points. The badges are perfect though.
I hope to try C, or C++, or C# but haven’t quite decided which yet. The React Native looks very interesting too. There are a few things i’d like to be able to do with my phone. Some apps get close so i’d like to add bits.
I’d also like to be able to help QA at LibreOffice because LibreOffice and OpenOffice are already fantastic. One advantage with LibreOffice is that it helps people take the next steps with Python.
Regards from a t0m