7. Oct 2019 |

It is EU Code Week 5-20 October 2019

EU Code Week is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way.

The last part of this EU Code Week aim is somewhat non-relatable. Because I just debugged my WP store like 6 hours (to make stock syncs faster) on Saturday and at the moment struggling with entry-level Python tasks for school. So, I can say this period of “fun and engaging” is very short in the learning curve 🙂 In my previous profession in the pharmaceutical industry it was called misleading communication and it was not allowed.

Or, I may be doing something wrong.

25. Sep 2019 |

Daytime or session studies – which one to prefer if you are a beginner (and you can choose)

Everyone I have spoken to would prefer daytime.

My initial idea was to start session studies. I did my MBA after work so I have previous experience with going to school and working at the same time. But you need to take the IT competency test (EUCIP test) as a part of the application process. This test is quite difficult if you are not a practitioner in this field already and I decided not to take it after getting to know more about the test.

In TalTech campus, end of September, friday evening, going home after 8 hours of coding Python.

Now

I am happy with daytime studies because it allows me to focus on school full-time without need to work. Thanks to my previous professional life I don’t have to worry about working at the moment. Though, I little bit think about an internship for summer already 🙂 Let’s see where it ends.

Everyone I have talked to would also prefer daytime studies but often it is simply not possible due to different (mainly finance and work-related) obligations.

 

19. Sep 2019 |

Why did I decide to learn IT?

Practical need for skills to accomplish everyday tasks.

Long story short. As I found myself more and more working with e-commerce solutions for my family business I more often felt absolutely lost and incompetent. And at the same time maintaining (and growing) 600 k€ revenue online business as a hobby. It is hobby because I personally do not earn 🙂

So I decided to learn how things should(!) be done. Hopefully this also simplifies the purchasing process of developing services.

Some examples of tasks

  • Use (and build?) custom API to get clients’ personal prices to WooCommerce (WC) store.
  • Automatically generate XML from json to sync stocks.
  • Generate customized csvs out of XML to speed up data updates.
  • Send orders from WC to business software.
  • Build simple php script for price calculations from XML to WC.
  • Combine multiple XMLs from different sources to lower the number of cron jobs.
  • Build regular backup system using command lines.
  • Etc.

I writed these down just in case. Maybe I will find these funny simple tasks by the end of curriculum.

19. Sep 2019 |

My 3rd time in university. In TalTech this time.

Well. I though I should document this path somehow. So I will just take rough notes here.

I am MSc in pharmacy (graduated 2012) and MBA (graduated 2019), left my daily job after 6+ years to study tech at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) on IT Systems Development program.

There are 500+ first-year students (daytime and session study combined) on this program. Though, I believe they are split between different curriculums and not all on the IT Systems Development program.

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