I really do enjoy being a developer! I mean I’m getting into it more and more each day! It’s complicated and you have to master several concepts just to get moving but there’s such a great and helpful community around you!
When I got serious into development and decided to make it a profession I immediately ran into a roadblock. I started at community college and it was so ultra-competitive- which isn’t bad – but no one would share information with anyone. This is probably because there were about 50(?) of us competing for about 10 jobs. I really felt like I was on an island and I would have to figure out everything myself.
My last semester I had an instructor who obviously loved teaching. He taught our network security class. Talk about someone who really embodied the open-source idea – he wanted ALL of us to know what he knew and build upon it. That spirit completely engulfed the class and we weren’t trying to beat each other up anymore.
Fast-forward 2 years, after going through code school, I’m working in a start-up where we’re doing a few things new to me. I’m on deadlines and I’ve got to perform because there’s only 4 of us on the creative team! Luckily community is huge. There is always someone who’s been in your shoes before and are willing to take a few minutes to help out! This really spurrs the idea that ’sky is the limit’. It’s great! It’s a great feeling when you can help someone else out as well!
The state of the dev community? Very good and getting better!
If you’re a developer – remember to pay it forward and help someone. It’ll completely make their day and they’ll do it for someone else as well.