Starting back on May 5th I was taking an intro computer science course that will began my path (and hopefully not an overly slow one) towards obtaining a Certificate in Computer Programming Applications from Ryerson University. It was a night course: three hours on Monday and Wednesday nights and an optional lab on Friday nights. The course used Java as it’s programming language and it finished on June 23 with the final and a programming project. I actually did pretty well, which surprised me a little, but let me back up a bit and give you some background as to why I’m doing this.

For a long time, I’ve always been studying this stuff on the side, reading up on different languages, creating my own plugins etc. I wanted to take it to the next level and get a better understanding of programming in general. The certificate is a means to that end. But my hope is this experience and education will lead to new career opportunities because, quick frankly, the current job that pays the bills just isn’t cutting it for me anymore. More importantly one for me is that to me this is fun. I love learning this stuff, whether or not I become a software developer or something else, so if I can be involved in it in any way, bonus.

And the fact that the first class of the course uses Java seemed like a great starting point, an idea I read about a few years ago that stuck with me ever since.

I’m on a break now and just came back from vacation in New York City(!), which I’ll post about later, so I thought this would be a good time to start posting to this much neglected blog again. No more long breaks, I promise.