- 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
Welcome to our series about computing professionals! Meet folks from a diverse range of careers in the computing field, from game development, to machine learning research, to mobile app creation for medical applications. Created by Pamela Fox.
Want to join the conversation?
- Do you plan on interviewing any more people (like John Resig...) later?(59 votes)
- From the author:Yes, we'll continue adding interviews. There's actually quite a few interviews with John already, since he's so famous: https://www.google.com/search?q=interview+with+john+resig&oq=interview+with+john+resig&aqs=chrome..69i57.2839j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8#q=interview+with+john+resig+-site:ejohn.org&safe=active
I'm trying to do more interviews with people outside of Khan Academy, to show more parts of the industry.(72 votes)
- Is it the idea or execution that matters most? or something else?(7 votes)
- This is a very hard one. In my opinion it is the idea that matters most. If you do not have an idea then you can not execute anything. Right? This is just my own personal opinion, so others will think differently from me. What do you think?(18 votes)
- Why is it important to hear about the professionals?(5 votes)
- it's important to hear about the professionals because then one can learn about the professionals' mistakes and avoid making those mistakes in the future, it is like a mother and a baby, when the baby is born it doesn't know that if he touches the stove he will get burned,
then as he grows up his mother tells him about the times when she accidentally touched the stove and burned her fingers,
and the baby learns from his mother's mistakes instead of not having a mother and having to touch the stove on purpose just to see if the stove really burns(13 votes)
- I'm slightly torn between choosing electrical engineering, and computer science as a career choice. I am currently planning on taking a higher lvl physics, chemistry and higher lvl math (for engineering), but i could instead ditch chemistry/physics and go for a computer science class that is being offered at my school. I am slightly afriad of entering it as pretty much all the computer geeks who are considering entering already have lots of experience with programming/coding, while I have practically none (im just interested in it).
Can any of u guys give me some advice, and help me decide.(5 votes)
- The geeks prove more than anything else that programming can be picked up at any time. I'd recommend EE over CS (though that is not my personal life's experience). Note that one does not exclude the other.(7 votes)
- I am an "active" retiree. Learned how to program in COBOL and FORTRAN ages ago and taught myself a little object-oriented coding a few years back but have forgotten. Would like to be able to create some say Android apps and also do some small-time consulting for friends. How should I get started relearning how to code? What would be best language to start? Any help is appreciated. Jim(4 votes)
- which language should i learn first(3 votes)
- The language you learn first does not matter as much as you may think mainly because most languages use similar ideas and constructs.
- I am 17 don't know anything about programming to be honest.
I am also quite confused about what and how to start with.(2 votes)
- I think you should start with the Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation course:
Voiceover: You know what's cool about computer science and computer programming? Well, you know, besides everything? There are tons of interesting job in fields that use computing knowledge, and those numbers are growing everyday. In this series, we interviewed a bunch of people that work with their computer knowledge for a living to find out what they do, how they learnt, and what their advice is for people new to the field. You can read about Sarah Northway, who's who an Indie game developer and world traveler. Yann Dauphin, who researches machine learning and plays bass guitar. Brenda Jin, who creates table prototypes for Macy's and bikes all around the hills of San Francisco. Tom Heinan, who creates medical mobile apps, and is learning to be a pilot on the weekends. Marcos Ojeda, a Khan Academy designer, developer, and dog owner, and a bunch more. So, go ahead a meet some professionals, and if you're not a computing professional yet, think about it. It could be a whole lot of fun.