4 Things to Remember When You Get Discouraged

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Over the last few months, I’ve been helping students when they get stuck working on the Learn.co online full stack web developer course. While I’ve been doing this job, I’ve encountered a few students who have expressed dismay and frustration when considering their progress. In this post, I want to talk about what I say to those students, because it’s something I wish that I had heard earlier on in my journey.

Why I Wanted to Learn Software Development

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Hi Everyone! My name is Dakota Lee Martinez. In the following post, I want to talk to you about why I wanted to learn Software Development. In my life, I’ve been passionate about many things. But, few things are as exciting to me as the developments in the field of software.

Some of my favorite conversations have been about the role of technology in our rapidly changing world. I think that the ability to think abstractly and to create tools is one of the things that really sets humanity apart. At present, the acceleration of progress in Software Development is extremely inspiring to me. These days, there are so many amazing things that we can do on the internet.

I have always been a creative person. I would always be inventing new ways of doing math problems, imagining how different the world would be if we changed the rules, and exploring how changes in the language I use to talk to myself could transform the way I felt about my life. I’ve written many songs, recorded them, read about countless techniques for getting the best sound in a recording or a live situation. Still, as I’ve gotten older, software has become a more substantial presence in all areas of my life.

Today, I am continually amazed by all we are able to do with recording software in our bedrooms. Ultimately, I have felt the value that great software can provide within the world of music long before I decided to learn software development. There is one particular story that I have to share, because it’s a wonderful example of just how big of an emotional impact software can have. For this story, I’ll take you back to my college days studying music in Claremont.

The Moment I Knew I Could Be a Programmer

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I was exposed to programming a couple of times in my life before I decided to dive in headfirst. The first was in high school at a summertime Code Clinic in C++ at UCLA. I remember the students who were helping to run it telling my parents that I would be good at it, but didn’t really learn anything exciting so that was that. The next time was in my CS5 class at Harvey Mudd College where my final project was to build a Connect Four Game in Java. I stayed up super late finishing this one, and I really enjoyed it, but didn’t really catch the bug.

The moment that I realized that I could really do it for a living was much later.