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Erik Nilsen

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Hi Erik, tell me a little about yourself

A few years ago after building computers for friends and family, I decided I wanted to continue learning about computers and I wanted to be able to contribute quickly. I didn’t want to go to school again, which would require four years before I could contribute to something. I began to teach myself programming through tutorials like Codecademy and Treehouse. A few months later, I discovered that programming “bootcamps” were popping up all over the US. This led me to discover Code Fellows and, in February of last year, I enrolled in a night class. I ended up taking the Rails “development accelerator” and helping in other classes as a teacher’s assistant. I am currently looking for my first full time position.

What got you interested in learning to code?

Learning to code seemed like the next logical step after understanding high-level hardware. How computers work is something to which I have dedicated a lot of my life, and I wanted to continue that.

Do you have a favorite language/technology? If so, what makes it so special?

Most of my experience is with Ruby, which was a great choice of language to start. Compared to other languages, it’s rather simple to get started while still being very powerful.

Are you currently experimenting with or plan to explore any different tool or technology?

I am currently experimenting with server-side JavaScript, creating web applications and command-line tools with NodeJS. Some of these projects are available on my GitHub.

Do you have a particular project that you're most proud of or excited about?

My most popular project is a Ruby gem called Eefgilm. Eefgilm automatically modifies a Ruby Gemfile to make it easier to read by alphabetizing the gems, removing comments, and removing whitespace.

I try to contribute to other open-source projects and create tools to solve problems for others and myself.

I understand you went to Code Fellows, what was that like?

Code Fellows was a great decision for me. I had very little programming experience at the time and quickly became confident in my abilities. I wouldn’t have been able to be where I am without the program, and I really appreciate the Code Fellows team for that.

What are your hopes for the future?

As previously mentioned, I am looking for my first full-time position. I’d like to find one as soon as possible so that I can begin to contribute to this awesome community.

Any advice you'd like to give to future developers?

Stick with it! Development can be very frustrating on your own. I find the best way is to connect with other developers, whether that’s at local meet-ups, conferences, or hackathons. Collaboration with others is key and makes software development fun. If you have any questions about Code Fellows or want more information of any kind, contact me on Twitter at @enilsen16.

Happy coding!