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.
A photo of Brenda biking up the hills of San Francisco
Biking in the hills of San Francisco
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.