Coder Formerly Known As..
- Jan 6, 2010
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Read more about this article here...Lynne is an accomplished vBulletin add-on developer who has released numerous add-ons including New Social Groups page layout, Widget - Users Online, and many more. You can find her working on her site: The Traders Den. She has only recently joined AdminExtra but the staff felt she would make an excellent first interview. Lynne is also a vBulletin.org moderator and she spends most of her time helping out those who need help with specific code. So without further ado I present to you the interview of Lynne.
For those who do not know you, could you provide a little information about yourself?
For starters, I'm female. For some reason, many users think I'm male. I have a husband and three kids - a step-daughter who is married with a step-daughter of her own (yes, I'm a grandma!) and two teenage boys. I also have two cats.... or they have me, not sure which it is. Professionally, I was a Mechanical Engineer at Lockheed Martin for fourteen years before taking a break. I then worked at a small startup doing some web design until the money guys pulled the plug. Now I spend my time playing on the forums, reading, cooking, and being a soccer mom, although I'm more of a marching band and badminton mom these days.
How long have you be a software coder?
Well, the first time I ever wrote a line of php or a mysql query was after buying vbulletin and that was the end of 2004. So, I've only been coding for a bit over five years now.
Are you proud of how you have developed your skills or is there aspects of how you obtained your skills that you wish you could change?
I learn by doing, so that's how I learned to code. I had a need to have certain things happen on my website, and there were no mods available to download to do what I wanted, so I had to do it myself. I'm glad I am able to teach myself something like programming; I don't think everyone could pick it up as easily as I did. I'm no coding guru, but I can do most things that I want to do. At times I wish I had some more formal training just because the coding may come a little easier to me if I did. Sometimes I feel like I am trial-and-erroring a piece of code to death!
How did you get started on being a software coder?
I got started when I bought my vB license. I did have a pascal class back when I was getting my BS degree, but, um... that was a long time ago! I learned by necessity since it was either learn to do it...
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