Back-in-the-Day App Engineer to Web Developer
Or Why I Started Coding (Part II)
January 13, 2018
So there I was, my first job as a programmer, working at a large financial institution where my title was Senior Applications Engineer! Just the day before I was ringing up customers at the Green Grocer down the street, mopping the floor if I had the closing shift. Why did I start coding? My income was 4-times what I was making at the grocery. That's 400% in one-fell-swoop with no more floor mopping! But, I must admit, I was a little over my head. I had to learn a lot of things on the job — and very quickly. Fortunately, most engineers are wonderfully helpful if you're just willing to ask.
(Read Part I)
There are always buzzwords. Currently they include “mobile first”, “artificial intelligence” (AI), “microservices”, and “framework”. One of the buzzwords at my first tech job in the ’90s was “client-server”, mostly because small businesses and even individuals could now own a computer, creating desktop applications or “clients” that never before existed. (Learn more about client-server in the ’90s.)