So since I decided to start delving into this coding thing, I have been following people and orgs of interest on Twitter. The crazy thing is people are asking to follow me. I have never experienced such a flurry of activity on Twitter and I have been a member since 2007.
So I did that and my feed still isn’t drowning in geek speak. Why?!?! Too much other crap I followed before this, I guess.
I am wondering what is the favorite smartphone of computer programmers. I hope it is not the iPhone. I haven’t had an iPhone since the 3G and I had that for at least 3 years. (Still using it as an iPod.) I have been an Android girl for a bit. I needed some freedom, you know, the ability to make my own decisions. I shouldn’t have to root my phone, voiding the warranty in the process, to do that. I grew tired of the limits on the iPhone and I didn’t want to buy a new one and continue to be limited.
I escaped to the Samsung Galaxy 3 which was great for two years. At that time, batteries would no longer charge inside the phone. I bought an external charger but that became too much of a pain. Never mind that my son’s phone did the same thing 2 months later. (Does that make it a feature? I think not.) Then I got the Galaxy Note 3 which is still awesome after two years. (My son disagrees with me. He says I desperately need a new phone. Oh, the impatience of youth!) If I upgrade, it will be to the Galaxy Note 4. I am not keen on Galaxy Note 5’s lack of removable battery and expandable storage. Sound a lot like an iPhone to me.
Well, back to my original question about which smartphone programmers favor . . . I googled and did not get a definitive answer, but I did happen upon this surprise:
If you go there you will be see a video about how the “The Code 7370 program at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif., offers a chance for immate[s] to learn entry-level software development skills.” This training is certainly more interesting than the other mindless work they usually have prisoners doing while also giving them useful skills that are in demand in the job market which will lead to a lower probability of re-offending after they are released. This valuable program is run by LastMile, a prison-focused nonprofit , and Hack Reactor, a programming boot camp. You can read more about it here.