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Techy Lisa's Coding Adventures

Techy Lisa's Coding Adventures

From the Beginning, Part Two: Getting Serious

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From the Beginning, Part Two: Getting Serious

In Part Two of this blog introduction series, I discuss my interests in tech and some of the learning I'll be doing before college begins.

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Lisa
·Aug 8, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Web Development
  • Mobile Application (App) Development
  • Financial Technology (Fintech)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Java? Python? Both!

I have always had somewhat of an eclectic personality. Musical genres? I listen to everything from hip hop, to Japanese music geared towards anime fans, to samba. Art styles? I love art deco, Afrofuturism, and AI-generated art (as terrifying as it can be). The same can be said for my interests in tech: I have so many interests! However, I'm just not sure which sectors I would actually enjoy working in. I know this will change in the next few years as I take classes in my program, explore different programming languages, apply for internships, and network. But for now, here are a few regions in the World of Tech that appeal to me:

Web Development

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As I mentioned in Part 1, my first experiences with programming came from constructing simple websites and deconstructing complex ones. Web development definitely has my heart. I often think about learning how to create aesthetically pleasing, user-friendly websites that efficiently collect data, and are convenient for people with various accessibility needs. Full-stack development is what appeals to me the most right now. I‘m interested in helping individuals and companies effectively communicate with their clients online. That would be a dream.

Mobile Application (App) Development

Photo by Joyce Busola on Unsplash On the other hand, the idea of creating mobile apps is even more fascinating to me. I love smartphones and tablets, and understand how much more convenient and accessible they can be to a variety of people in a variety of countries. I also go back and forth between native apps and web ones: are native apps “better” because you can link them to the various native apps you have on your phone? Are web apps “better” because they don’t have to be associated with an app store, offering them more freedom to be released wherever and whenever? Are they both great and does it really just depend on your preference as a creator or user? At this point, I would love to create either one and would love to speak to individuals and companies to hear the reasons why they would choose one over the other.

Financial Technology (Fintech)

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Fintech is a specific sector of the tech market I would be interested in exploring. How amazing is it that in a country like Canada where the Big Five take up such a large portion of the country’s financial infrastructure that fintech is on the rise? Neobanks are extremely popular with my peer group and in the past several years, Canadians have seen different fintech companies partner up not only with the Big Five but with smaller banking institutions (think Neo Financial partnering with Concentra Bank and ATB Financial) to provide a variety of consumer options. I wonder what Canada’s fintech landscape will look like after I graduate, particularly in relation to blockchain tech and digital currencies.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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As someone who in recent years has developed an interest in the brain and neuroplasticity, AI is right up my alley. The world has gone from using standard photo recognition tech online to many countries using biometric facial recognition tech for surveillance. It makes me think of several Black Mirror episodes (with this one being my absolute favourite). The possibilities for AI are endless and with those possibilities come a long list of ethical considerations. For instance, how can we eliminate algorithm bias so that certain communities are represented equitably and not further marginalized? Moreover, how can AI be used in a way that not only benefits consumers but respects their privacy and autonomy? And, not unlike that Black Mirror episode, should AI be given rights or legal personhood like businesses? Only time will tell.

Java? Python? Both!

I asked a friend of mine who had recently graduated from SAIT whether I should study up on some programming before September.

"Yesss omg study before you go to school. Java almost killed me. Don't be like me and ASK FOR HELP!"

Needless to say, I'll be taking her advice. 😆

I only have a little under a month before school, so I've chosen to watch a few short coding videos so I can take some notes of important things to remember for the fall. The videos I've chosen include Python Tutorial - Python Full Course for Beginners and if I have time Java Tutorial for Beginners, both created by Moshfegh Hamedani of Code With Mosh.

Moshfegh is a software engineer who is passionate about teaching people how to code without all the theory that comes with learning about programming languages and computer science in a traditional academic setting. The videos are fairly short, so they won't be too overwhelming.

The excitement is definitely kicking in now! 😊

 
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