The thing you should know about me is that I’m not a real computer programmer.
I went to university to study International Relations, and felt like I was fulfilling my destiny. Growing up, I lived in many parts of the world: Trinidad, New York, Kenya, France. Both of my parents worked for U.N. organisations. So learning how the world worked, through the lens of its international actors, was the natural thing to do. Computer Science didn’t even cross my mind.
I continued working with HTML and CSS during summer internships at UNESCO and the ILO. I even briefly worked on the World Trade Organization’s website, which paid great, for a summer job!
When I moved to Brussels in 2001, enrolling in a programming course seemed as natural and obvious as International Relations had been 5 years earlier. The course itself proved me right: the lessons just clicked and everything felt easy.
When I got my first programming job, I realised I still had a lot of work to do. Many of my colleagues had computer science degrees. All I had was a few months of training. So I continued studying fundamentals such as the Java language, design patterns and data structures. I wanted to catch up to everyone else as quickly as possible.
Today, 15 years later, I’m still learning: microservices, cloud platforms and new web frameworks. I’m still trying to become a real programmer. Still trying to catch up to everyone else. And there’s still nothing else I’d rather be doing!