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Joel Corey

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What got you interested in becoming a developer?

Well for starters coding is fun. I think of it like Lego's for adults. You get to take a problem and solve it; and in so doing you are either helping yourself, an individual or group. Few things could bring more satisfaction and fulfillment in life. In addition to this, with the rise of automation and artificial intelligence, knowing how to code will become increasingly vital.

What were you doing before you learned to program?

Well from the age of 12 I have experimented with coding and failed many times. I have always enjoyed computers. I suppose my initial impression would go all the way back to a game called Radical Castle on an old Macintosh when I was very young. More recently I went on a deployment to Afghanistan, attended the Art Institute of Portland for a brief stint, started a Minecraft community and worked in Pesticides.

Outside of coding, what are some of your hobbies or interests?

I enjoy getting some dirt in my finger nails. Hiking in and around the Pacific Northwest; kayaking, bicycling and gardening as well among other things. I equally enjoy the company of friends and solitude. I also greatly enjoying coop games that are cross-platform.

What technologies or languages do you feel most comfortable with?

Currently HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery and PHP. I am very comfortable around computers in general and enjoy what they add to life.

Which technologies do you intend to become more comfortable with?

Well, my local development stack is LEMP. I will be learning more about the ins and outs of Nginx seeing as it is often a source of puzzlement online. Similarly Apache but I enjoy Nginx more. I am also working on Linux+/LPIC1 certification. In general I will be sharpening several skills and languages to better serve both myself and future employers.

Do you have any projects or code samples you're particularly proud of?

Well, I am just starting out but recently I incorporated a dynamic array into jQuery UI. It is the foundation for a project for editing arrays in a GUI fashion. It serves no purpose presently except really hammering down some basics in my own mind. However, if it helps someone in the future I would be delighted. You can checkout the code on my GitHub Repo

Briefly describe a memorable coding problem you had and how you solved it?

Well, I was having trouble with multi-dimensional arrays in JavaScript. And depending on who you ask, these actually don’t exist and they would be right. However, you can still represent multi-dimensional arrays in JavaScript by nesting an array within an array. So I solved my problem by learning how to create them dynamically, it was a great learning experience.

What advice do you have for future coders?

If I can do it, anyone can do it. It really is just that simple. And I will give you some of the best advice I ever got: Just go out and build something. It doesn’t have to be complex or have a thousand features, all you have to do is go out and do it. Also, avoid frame-work fatigue by focusing on only a few things at a time, your future self will thank you.

Aug, 2016