On Saturday, 05 March, I am one of the keynote speakers for Django Girls den Haag.
Hi. My name is Rain Leander. Welcome to Django Girls den Haag. Today I’m going to talk about programming – what it is, why you should do it, what you can do with it. I’m going to tell you my programming story including how I got the job I have now. And I’m going to give you a little programming advice.
First, what IS programming? Ashley Gavin gave a great TEDxNYU talk where she defines computer science as a medium for problem solving and self expression. Just like a dancer will solve a problem or express themselves with movement in space, a programmer uses technology.
But then why should you learn to program? There are so many reasons. Steve Jobs said, “Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” And code.org is putting out some great you-tube videos of “code super stars”saying that everyone should learn to program.
Paraphrased, some of the reasons include:
Continue reading “Change is Terrifying. Do it Anyway.”
And I just now found the video which has been up since June 2 this year by looking for “K Rain Leander” results via images.google.com.
If I search for the same phrase on google.com it doesn’t show on the first page, which is not ideal.
I’m so bored with those previous sentences that I fell asleep.
But if you’re still awake, check out the video after the jump.
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And the video’s up.
If you listen carefully, you can hear ProsAlpha off camera.
No, we’re not pregnant.
No, we’re not moving.
I have a shiny new job.
But first, some history.
Had a blast.
Then Red Hat changed their new hire scope – you had to have two of three requirements – customer service, technical skills, or linux. I had the first two. I was hired. I had a blast.
But when you work at Red Hat, every day is drinking from the firehose and I had to stop coding entirely.
Continue reading “AND THE BIG NEWS IS (drumroll, please)”