Mary Dickson Diaz

Code, Life, Learning

Month: January 2015 (page 2 of 2)

about that wizard book

Last fall, when I was still mulling over this programming thing, I spotted this book in Josh’s collection and decided it would make for some light holiday reading:


The book is Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman, otherwise known as SICP. From the book jacket:

“This is a long book, which takes time and effort to digest, but it is never dull and it reinforces my belief that one of the main attractions of the academic study of computing is that it is fun.” – David Barron, Prof. of Computer Studies, University of Southampton

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the plan, part 1

Happy new year, friends!

happy new year!

I hope your 2015 is off to a great start. I love the opportunity to reflect on a year well lived, and look down the long, blank slate of a new one. This year is especially dear to me because not only am I headed back to school this month (so to speak), I am also getting married in May, an occasion that will bring many of our friends and family together in a delightful, worlds-colliding event.

I’ve posted the first iteration of what I am calling The Plan, a ~40 hour / week program of self-study, MOOCs, and in-person classes wherein I will learn the foundation of coding and web development, and have the opportunity to work on solo and group projects to demonstrate mastery competence. I’ll talk more about how I chose each element when I blog about them in detail. There are SO MANY free and cheap resources for learning this stuff; I hope my experience can be a resource to someone else just starting out and needing direction.

I don’t expect to be employable as a software developer in four months, and possibly not even in a year, but I do expect that I’ll have a better sense of what type of career I want to pursue working in technology (if any), how that might blend with my passions and previous work experience, and clear steps for moving forward.

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