My name is James Price. I’m 30 years old, married, have two cats, and I live in Brooklyn.
Currently I am a bartender and server in Manhattan. Being in the restaurant industry has given me the flexibility to live and travel throughout the states, Europe, and Asia. Now I am ready to turn my attention to a new path.
In 2015, as part of a freelance project, I created an ebook that involved typing commands into my MacBook’s terminal. I was fascinated and began to think about doing some coding. I started learning to program from Steven Foote’s Learning to Program.
At first, I was very dedicated, focused and optimistic. I thought I would get a tech job inside of three months. I seemed to pick up the basics of programming very quickly. I rediscovered the joy I’d long ago felt in math class.
And then, it felt like suddenly, three months had gone by and I felt no closer to being able to get a job.
My interests had taken me in all different directions. First I would study hardware, then computer science history, then I was watching old MIT lectures, then I was working through tutorials online, and then I was back at hardware, and then on to system administration. Everything seemed to be both interesting and important.
Then things picked up at work and I was working constantly. Then I remembered that I had, after all, really wanted to be a novelist!
I created this blog as a place to start putting things into the world to show myself and others that I have made some kind of progress. I hope that in the next year and a half, I will move forward more consistently, with more focus, towards being a competent computer programmer. I hope that this blog might be instructive to someone similar who comes after me, who is wondering where to start. I hope also to connect with others further along on this path who may be able to give me some guidance.