Hi all, I’m a bioinformaticist who works mainly with microbiome data. In a previous life I was a biochemical engineer but mostly did supervisory work. It wasn’t the right fit for me so I got into my current (more technical) role and definitely enjoy it a lot more. My first coding experience was when I took a semester of C++ ~ 15 years ago. Then never really used it again, maybe a little MATLAB here and there, but returned to coding in earnest with Python about 5 years ago, then transitioned to R for my job. I use it to make static and interactive documents stuffed full of plots, as well as Shiny applications to help easily share data with collaborators. I’m always interested in doing everything programmatically to automate stuff as much as possible (I love being lazy) and I’ve been inspired by software like this super-slick program called MultiQC (https://multiqc.info/) and really hope to build my own tools like it someday.
On Codecademy I have taken a bit of Python 3 and dabbled in the Front-End Web Dev path, but have recently switched to Full-Stack since I would love to make more interactive interfaces combined with data analyses. I really enjoy the interactive environment Codecademy provides that walks through topics step-by-step, but I frequently flip back to previous content and mess around with stuff on the fly just to see. I also appreciate the additional resources that link out from the platform.