Who is Lindsey and why are you here?
My career is looping (pun intended) as I transition from a writer to a developer, so if you love writing—whether a programming language or fiction—then you will enjoy taking this journey with me.
Through my blog and the comments, I want to extend the supportive community of coders. So in addition to learning from my coding tips, please offer suggestions to help me become a better developer.
So what’s my story?
I grew up in small town in Georgia (yes, there were peanut fields and horses). Because I love learning, I stayed in school as long as I possibly could, so I wound up with a Ph.D. in literature from Florida State University!
So how could someone with that background end up interesting in coding?
For me, it happened slowly. I grew up straddling the tech-less and tech-full worlds. Computers came of age with me. So I clearly remember learning to type and logging on using a dial-up connection (and now I complain when a page doesn’t load in 1 second!). The Internet was exciting and I was in middle school—so no car and nowhere to go. I made my own web page and I learned HTML from chat rooms—the old school way.
Then I got a car, and the web page and HTML took a backseat. But the coding bug bit me again when I started teaching college classes in graduate school, I wanted to use computers in the classroom and have students create writing portfolios online (blogging, in a sense, before blogging was cool). I learned about SSH and transferring files and created web pages using Drupal. The challenging part was learning it well enough to teach it to 18-year-olds!