I’m not a programming expert. In fact, I hate programming. My main career path has been in general management; computer science courses were not required for an Accounting degree. I can’t even spell pergramming.
My first college major was Engineering. There was a joke circulating in the engineering department. It went something like this:
What do you call an Engineering Major dropout? An Accounting Major.
Initially, things went well with my intro Engineering courses. However, I was required to take a Pascal Programming class. I failed the class once and almost failed the class again.
Computer Programming stressed me so much I changed my major to Accounting.
There was a joke circulating around the business school:
What do you call an Accounting Major dropout? A Marketing major.
For years, I avoided learning any programming language. Besides, I enjoyed Accounting, and programming was not needed.
When I heard about Cryptocurrency, I wasn’t initially impressed. Another future dot-com failure, I erroneously assumed.
However, once I discovered the Blockchain and its worldwide implications, I was hooked. I felt I needed to be a part of this.
I had to learn a few programming languages to get a deep understanding of the Blockchain,
Soon after, I began online HTML and CSS courses. I eventually understood the basics, but I wasn’t interested in proceeding further.
I discovered Solidity. Simply put, it is a programming language to create smart contracts in the Blockchain. I visited a training website, BitDegree, where there was a fun, interactive course on Solidity.
When I started the free course, I wasn’t sure if I would be succesful on creating a smart contract via Solidity and “Space Doggos”. But after three online lessons, I felt a sea change. It was still difficult, but it wasn’t impossible. My skin didn’t break out in a rash. What happened?
I had fun with the program. I completed the first three tasks without a hitch; I gained confidence to continue.
Maybe I’m older and wiser. Maybe I just had to be motivated due to something so exciting, so earth-shattering like the Blockchain, that programming was now possible.
I’m not a programmer. I can do create a WordPress website with plugins, but I’m light years away from applying for a Full Stack web developer position.
My goal is to have a rudimentary knowledge of a few programming languages. I feel my career path is leading me to a finance position at a startup Blockchain company. Understanding programming languages will help me gain insight as to what my programmers are doing, and why.
I’ll continue to post updates on my adventures in Blockchain.