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Beginner Developer: Where to Start?

I just can't get enough of curious goats.
I have a friend who’s looking to become a marketable developer fairly quickly, but is essentially trying to go from zero to hero. Despite starting a project in Python to randomize wedding slideshows, he’s never really done development, nor does he understand its core concepts (classes vs. objects, for instance).

He kinda just needs a job, plus the ability to make useful tools for himself.

Folks are telling him Java and *.NET, and I (mostly) agree for the simple purposes of 1) easy desktop or web development, and 2) using keyword-heavy languages to reinforce programming concepts. Not strong reasons, no. If he just wanted a job, I’d recommend UI development.

Plus, for marketability in Charlotte, NC–home of plenty of Big Banks–diving into quasi-enterprise development can get you a cube (albeit maybe shared) and a comfortable paycheck. Good luck finding a Python gig here.

But where does he start? Continue reading Beginner Developer: Where to Start?

Surprise Wedding Shower!

I try not to be all weddingy at work, although I have a few close colleagues I geek with. (Drama-inducing colleagues, I’ll add. They think I should be super-stressed and overly-picky.)

In fact, I’m not sure all my colleagues knew I was getting married at all until I mentioned it to one of the admins on the floor a couple of weeks ago.

Regardless, two of my closest buddies snuck around behind my back–literally, one of them sits behind me–and crafted a wonderful party/shower that they dropped on me yesterday. The whole team showed up. There was both cheesecake and a tasty lemony cake. The whole thing was decked out in orange and blue, as befits the wedding.

All the photos were taken on my phone (geez, how could they have not given me fair warning so I could bring my good camera?!), so there’s some blur and they’re a bit dark. Continue reading Surprise Wedding Shower!

Weekly Linkage: Politics, Money, and Some Music

The original posting of this was horribly borked. I may be switching link-posting plugins.

Can I have this woman as my Rep? (Courtesy of Prometheus 6.)


Continue reading Weekly Linkage: Politics, Money, and Some Music