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Harleigh Abel
Harleigh Abel

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Nevertheless, Harleigh Abel Coded

I began coding because...

Well... I started when I was 8, and I did it to write my own computer games, we didnt have a lot of options then. I picked it back up in my 30's because I fell in love with it again after stumbling across an "hour of code" challenge. I realized that modern programming wasn't that different from the languages I worked with as a child. I really began to pursue it for several reasons. It is an opportunity to work remotely and continue to travel. It is challenging and engaging. Coding is a tool that has the power to change the world while building something from nothing. Programming is an in-demand skill that created an opportunity to move from being under employed and under paid into a position that matched my abilities, salary expectations, and work ethic.

I'm currently hacking on...

refining and building my skills as a full stack web developer at Flatiron School

I'm excited about...

Learning to combine my web development skills, c language knowledge, and design skills with embedded systems to create IOT (internet of things) devices.(ie, smart homes, smart appliances, a refrigerator that can order it's own groceries, etc.)

My advice for other women who code is...

Follow your passion, don't be intimidated. If you are interested in a non-traditional field stick with it and follow it through, the world needs more female influence and insight in science, engineering, and technology.

Perseverance is the key to success. Anyone can learn if put your mind to it, hard work and tenacity often beat out natural born abilities in the end.

I was an English major, and terrible math student and it did not hinder my ability to learn programming. If I can do it, you can do it.

From the outside the world of programming may look dry but from the inside it looks magical.


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