What does a Web Engineer and C++ Have In Common?
I'm beginning to feel that itch again to immerse myself in something completely new (yet tangential to what I've already been doing). I'm a full-time software engineer, but I feel that it might be time to broaden beyond a specialization in web. So I'm going to try to pick up C++ and hopefully get a task at work that can exercise what I'm learning.
Having these feelings really puts me in a bind when it comes to being passionate about the work I need to do right now. I've consulted with some people that I would consider my mentors and I have been told that this feeling is normal. (It's always nice to hear your internal freakouts are completely normal.) It's been 2 years and 8 months now at the same company, same team, so I think it's probably about time for a change of some sort.
Whether that change actually happens, and happens in my favor, is yet to be seen. I am targeting some infra teams, but it's tricky tranferring internally with limited domain experience. It reminds me of all the times I used to hustle to learn something new for a client or a large project in a new domain. Happiest times of my life.
What's keeping me busy in the meantime besides my work are my two side projects: learning C++ and taking some drawing classes.
I am using my personal computer (MacBook Air mid-2013) and found myself having to clear some disk space since I have the 128GB SSD model. I have Java 7, so I quickly downloaded the Eclipse Mars IDE and set up a new project. Voila, I'm able to compile and run the examples in the first couple of chapters of this book.