- Welcome to "Meet the professional"!
- Maya Bello, Software engineer and YouTuber
- Sarah Northway, Game Maker and Nomad
- Brenda Jin, Mobile Prototyper and DJ
- Tom Heinan, Mobile Developer, Pilot, and Zombie
- Amy Quispe, Data Liberator and Developer Relater
- Bill Mills, Physicist and Interdisciplinary Programmer
- Carrie Cai, Researcher and Dancer
- Lauren Haynes, Product Manager and Lindy Hopper
- Marcos Ojeda, Designer, DJ, and Dog Owner
- Allyson Lubimir, Support Engineer and Cat Lover
Hi, I'm Brenda Jin!
What do you work on?
How did you learn to program?
It all started with AOL Instant Messenger in the 90s. Back then, you could use HTML to decorate your profile. My friends and I used to have a lot of fun changing colors and font styles in the basic editor.
In college, I majored in Musicology and took a computer science course that would lay the groundwork for success later on. It was called PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra. We used a language called ChucK to program music and wrote compositions every week using Computer Science fundamentals!
I found my calling, and I’m so grateful to be a programmer. It’s a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun!
What do you do when you're not programming?
I make electronic music and love hiking and biking! I also hack for fun - my side projects include microcontrollers like Arduino and wearables like Google Glass.
What’s your one piece of advice for new programmers?
Don’t be afraid to feel like a n00b - everybody is a n00b at something! Learning is what we do every day on the job, and it’s a part of this career that I absolutely love.
Want to join the conversation?
- What is the thing on her head on her pic(6 votes)
- Google Glass is an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed by X (previously Google X) with the mission of producing a ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displayed information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. Wearers communicated with the Internet via natural language voice commands. Google started selling a prototype of Google Glass to qualified "Glass Explorers" in the US on April 15, 2013, for a limited period for $1,500, before it became available to the public on May 15, 2014. It also had a camera attached to it.
The headset originally received a great deal of criticism and legislative action due to privacy and safety concerns. On January 15, 2015, Google announced that it would stop producing the Google Glass prototype, to be continued in 2017 tentatively. In July 2017, it was announced that the Google Glass Enterprise Edition would be released.
- Are there many opportunities for people who are beginners in programming but over 30? I might not have a computer science degree but could my skills still be put to use?(2 votes)
- Once you learn programming, age becomes nothing but just a number. There are a lot of ways you can put your skills to use especially when it comes to programming. Learn about freelance coding here:
- Are there jobs when we complete programming(2 votes)
- Is it possible to program or set up a programming environment on a tablet? I have a Nexus 7.(2 votes)
- SHE HACKS? she is a good programmer isnt she?(2 votes)
- by hacking she means using a piece of tech in a way it was not meant to be used ( if she was an actual hacker I doubt she would say she was )(1 vote)
- how do you get help on coding?(2 votes)
- There are various resources that you can utilize to get help. You're already on Khan Academy, which is a good start! If you run a search for the name of the programming language you are needing help with on any given search engine you should be able to find an abundance of guides and resources. You'll want to look for the language's official documentation, or a website that mimics that documentation so that you are getting the best information.
You can also navigate to Youtube and type "xxx programming guide," where "xxx" is the language you need help with. There are many generous content creators on Youtube who have made programming guides for various languages, and they tend to be well-produced. Always be vigilant though; make sure the source that you are using is up-to-date and accurate so that you aren't learning inaccurate material.
You can also, of course, ask here on Khan Academy. If you have anyone that you know in real life who has studied software development, then they could be a great resource as well.(1 vote)