I was in the finance industry for 13 years, specifically in real estate finance and servicing. I got my first job out of college in this industry and stayed with the same company for the entire time. I enjoyed the work and especially the people I worked with, but over the last several years I found myself especially enjoying creating Excel templates for my group and automating tasks in VBA. That quickly became my favorite part of my job (although it was far from my primary responsibilities) and I sought out projects to create templates to automate manual tasks and save time for my group.
I love being able to take something that’s structured and logical and using it to express my creativity and solve problems!
With my new found determination to learn programming I decided to switch careers and become a software engineer, but how? I wanted to learn at my own pace and also have short feedback loops on what I was learning to gauge my progress and understanding. I also wanted to not only ask questions of the instructors, but also fellow students learning with me. That type of interactivity was important to me if I was going to make the jump from a hobbyist to a full-time software engineer. After researching several options I decided to apply to the Online Software Engineering program at Flatiron School. I completed their prep course, applied to the program and was accepted!
I’m also supplementing the program with other online courses and books.
App Link: Shelter Gifts
Shelter Gifts makes it easy to donate directly to homeless shelters across the country by aggregating a list of items they need. The list of items come from directly from the individual shelters! The list is curated by the shelters for the communities they serve. The shelters create an Amazon Wishlist of items they need.
Shelters can register for an account on Shelter Gifts and save a link to their wishlist, then the wishlist items are automatically added to the Shelter Gifts collection!
The app displays the collection if items needed by all of the shelters on the homepage, where visitors can view info about each item and purchase directly from Amazon and have the items shipped to the shelter in need!
You can read more about my approach to developing it here.
App Link: Developer Journal
I built my second project, a Sinatra application, to solve a specific problem that I had (and something that other developers may have). Since I’ve been in the Software Engineering program, I’ve wanted to keep track of what I’ve been learning, see my learning/coding “streaks” and set goals for myself. I’ve used a combination of DayOne for journaling, Quiver for organizing my notes and different iOS apps for goal tracking. Individually, these apps worked for their specific purposes, but together they were too cumbersome for what I wanted; so I decided to make an app with the features I was looking for.
You can read more about my Journal for Developers approach to developing it here.
My first project was a Command Line Interface (CLI) application to quickly scrape article data from some of the technology-focused websites that I visit and aggregate them. You can read more about the project and my problem solving approach here.
Outside of programming, I love spending time with my wife Senta and kids. Whether it’s going to dinner and a movie or exploring fun things to do as a family in and around Charlotte.
If you’d like to know more about me, feel free to drop me a line; I’d love to chat!