Flying High in the U.S. Air Force.
Well, not really. I was Security Forces and I did a couple of cool details (China and Korea was awesome) while also deploying for Operation Endureing Freedom and Iraqi Freedom missions.
After I left the military, I had zero direction and was repeatedly told "Thank You For Your Service, but you have no skills". Upset and depressed, I found this crazy thing called code. Having found something that had actionable returns and a remarkable community it saved me and made transitioning into the civilian work force easier.
Believe it ot not, I went to a performance High School. Imagine the show Glee but with everyone having a southern accent. That is what you would get.
Went here to work on my degree for Criminal Justice ( figured I would need it since I was in Security Forces). I earned my Bachelors in Criminal Justice, and I still use many of those skills that I learned in Law Enforcement for Vets Who Code and building projects.
I spent two years here learning more about Digital Marketing. Here I learned a lot about messaging as well as branding, two skills that I use everyday.
I had been coding for about three years now but I had the opportunity to super charge my skills. I learned Ruby on Rails and Node.js while using my expertise in marketing and branding to set myself a part from the class. I had my first Rails position six weeks before the class ended.
When developing on the front end I really enjoy Bootstrap and React. I also enjoy working with WebGL and D3.js.
When it comes to the server, Node and Rails are my preferred tools. I enjoy using both to rapidly build apps.