1. Zero to Hacker

    I’ve always wanted to program. Well that isn’t true. For the last 2 years I’ve wanted to program. I’ve been working with my friends on various startups, and at various startups, and I have the dubious distinction of being the only non programmer on our team. Not that this is a bad thing, but day in and day out I’ve become steadily more jealous. I’ve gotten this itch that can only be cured learning to program and helping build Seedlauncher. 

    So here I am. This morning was the last straw. I signed on to Udacity and signed up for the Intro to Computer Science course. Over the next month I’ll be devoting every second I’m not working on Seedlauncher to learning to program.

    I’m starting off with this Udacity course which is learning Python. The class project is to build a search engine which is great, because we need a search function for Seedlauncher. Currently Seedlauncher is built on a custom PHP framework. We’re switching over to node.js starting after our MVP is launched on November 14th. So, after finishing my course on Udacity, I’ll be turning to 2 books Eloquent Javascript and Node Beginner. I’ll also be taking Steve Huffman’s course on Udacitiy on web development.

    My plan is to be competent enough in Node to contribute starting in December, and to update this blog every 2 to 3 days as I continue to learn. I don’t think I’ll be anywhere even close to skilled in Node, but hopefully, I’ll have enough of a handle on the building blocks that with the help of my co-founders I can help build Seedlauncher. My co-founders are also going to be leaving commentary about my progress as well. I’ll be putting their comments below.

    Wish me Luck!

    -Jeromy

    Dan: Dan here. I’m one of Seedlauncher’s technical co-founders, so I’d like to consider myself to be one of Jeromy’s influences. (Perhaps his biggest influence even, but I’m not here to brag.)

    Personally, I’m not a big fan of classes - I prefer to just get in and get my hands dirty - but our friend here’s starting from literally zero. When I started learning C++ in high school, I’d already been working with AHK’s macro-binding.

    We’re excited to have him contributing to the development side of things of course. After all, who isn’t excited to have their very own intern? I kid.

    So, wish us luck! Specifically, I mean “wish Avi and myself” luck. After all, we’re the ones who’re going to have to deal with Jeromy - especially until he figures out what StackOverflow is.

    But seriously, we’re a very engineering centric team, and bring our only non-programmer over to the dark side of the force is something we’re all really excited about. 

    Avi: My first response to the idea of bringing our other co-founder to code goes along the lines of “Yes, come to the dark side, we have cookies” followed closely by “But now we can’t make coding jokes that go over Jeromy’s head”

    Joking aside though this shows a huge level of commitment from Jeromy, something I am proud to see in a fellow co-founder. From even when we were first setting goals just for ourselves and finishing early features of the site it was common to hear “If only I could code, I would help you guys out”. But Dan and I always knew, this wasn’t some empty handed gesture, but a sincere wish to move us along if he could.

    I think that as a whole it is great for a team to be able to bridge these gaps so that everyone has a handle on exactly what is going on. And the first step to any undertaking is really putting yourself out there, as Jeromy has. 

    Obviously a team like ours works best if we are all able to help out in all aspects, a hope that I myself will buy the pants off of Jeromy one day when it comes to business (but that day will probably be the same that he shows me how all of my code could be better).

    Until then, it will be off to StackOverflow for the three of us! And hopefully our bug count won’t go too high, at least now we have another bug hunter on our side.