Hi, I'm Brenda Jin!
What do you work on?
I can’t show you what I’m working on now, but you can check out the CyberSwipe JS library that I built last year:
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.