Alumni Spotlight: Cyn Armistead

This is the story of Cyn, in her own words. A Senior Technical Advisor at Apple, she picked programming a long time ago and is now dedicated to technical writing, programming and helping people with their technical questions. She took RMOTR’s Introduction to Python programming course and was an excellent student. We hope you find her story inspiring.

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Please introduce yourself

I don’t work as a programmer or use programming in my official employment, although learning to program has definitely helped in terms of doing QA. I program for the sheer joy and challenge of it, and in hopes of actually finding employment as a developer as my skills grow.

How did you get into programming?

Other than adding CSS and getting into WordPress and other CMS’s, I didn’t go much farther for many years — it all seemed too intimidating, and I didn’t have a real need to know how to create anything with them. When I’m doing QA, not knowing how to program is an issue, so I’ve always wanted to try it. The explosion of resources for learning how to code over the last few years has made programming much less frightening, so I started thinking that perhaps I could actually do it. And this year, I finally got started!

What’s your proudest achievement?

What’s the hardest part about programming?

What’s your advice for new coders?

Next, how do you like to learn? From videos or interactively, from a self-paced course or one with a schedule and live instructors? You can find it all easily, and much of it is free! I’d start by going to http://freecodecamp.com/ or http://codeacademy.com/ or one of the many other sites that offer free lessons to get you started. Those are the two that I used the most before coming to Rmotr, but there are other sites that might be more accessible to people who prefer videos more, like http://lynda.com/ (not free, but you can do a one-month trial). I truly appreciate the many resources from Laurence Bradford of http://learntocodewith.me/ — her blog, newsletter, free courses, and resource lists are very helpful.

Finally, you have to practice. Constantly. Do something every day, or you will forget what you’ve learned. Consider joining 100 Days of Code — https://medium.freecodecamp.com/join-the-100daysofcode-556ddb4579e4#.6g2u35s7y.

I want to personally thank Cyn for her dedication throughout the course, her good will to share her story and Women Who Code to make possible reaching these amazing people.

If you’re looking to learn to code, you can also apply for a Women Who Code scholarship here: http://bit.ly/wwcode-b18-m

Originally published at www.womenwhocode.com.

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