The official podcast of the freeCodeCamp.org open source community. Each week, founder Quincy Larson interviews developers, entrepreneurs, and professors. You'l...
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#99 Game Development and AI with Lynn Zheng
Today I'm joined by Lynn Zheng. She's a software engineer at freeCodeCamp and at Salesforce. Lynn grew up in Shenzhen, China – the computer hardware capital of the world. Both of her parents were engineers. And from an early age, they encouraged Lynn to learn math and computer science. She got into the prestigious Computer Science program at University of Chicago, where she earned both Bachelors and Masters degree – all by the age of 21. I met up with Lynn at the Redwood City Public Library in the heart of Silicon Valley. But they didn't have any study rooms available. so we climbed to a nearby rooftop and recorded there. We talk about Lynn's many game development projects, which culminated in Learn to Code RPG, a Visual Novel game where you learn to code and get a developer job. And we talk about her experience working as an engineer at one of the largest tech companies in the world, even as she's stuck in work visa limbo. Next week will be our 100th episode, and I've got something extra special in store for you. Tell your friends about the freeCodeCamp podcast. Let's inspire more folks to learn to code and build careers for themsleves in tech. Learn to Code RPG: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/learn-to-code-rpg/ Lynn's Stable Diffusion course: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/stable-diffusion-crash-course/ Lynn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnzheng08 Lynn on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruolin-zheng/
#98 How to Run a Tech Conference with Ben Dunphy
Ben Dunphy studied international relations and had a short career in finance. Among other things, he co-authored a bill that eventually got passed in his state of New Hampshire. But Ben saw the writing on the wall – that technology was becoming one of the most powerful ways to affect change. He learned to code and moved to San Francisco, where he and I first met back in 2013. He built Real World React – a series of evening events and corporate training programs – and ultimately helped launched conferences like Reactathon and JAMstack conf. And now he's helping run the upcoming AI Engineer Summit. I talk with Ben about his journey into tech and the lessons he's learned along the way. And if you're considering creating a tech event in your city, boy has Ben got some tips for you. I hope you're digging these weekly freeCodeCamp podcasts. Be sure to leave us a review. And download a few episodes so you can learn on the go. Not only do we have Spanish and Chinese podcasts, but we just launched our Portuguese podcast as well. And tell your friends. Let's inspire more folks to learn to code and build careers for themsleves in tech. Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Benghamine Ben on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamindunphy/ The Rise of the AI Engineer article by Shawn Wang AKA Swyx: https://www.latent.space/p/ai-engineer The AI Engineer Summit Oct 9, 2023 through Oct 11 in San Francisco: https://www.ai.engineer/summit The Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/
#97 Disney Data Scientist Eric Leung on Math, Medicine, and Learning to Code
Eric Leung grew up in Oklahoma and learned a lot of math in high school. His friends wanted to go to medical school and he originally planned to join them. But instead he got interested in the emerging field of bioinformatics – math applied to medicine. After 6 years in graduate school, he made the big decision to leave without completing his Ph.D. But he was able to transition into the field of data science, and he now works as a data scientist at Disney. Eric and I met up at a public library here in Dallas, Texas to talk about his journey into data science, including his time spent learning through freeCodeCamp and ultimately contributing to our open source codebase. We also share our love of the US public library system, where we met to record this and where Eric worked when he was younger. And we talk about the ancient board game of Go. If you dig this podcast, you should leave us a review in whichever podcast player you're listening. It helps more people discover the show. Download some of our previous podcasts to your phone so you'll have something to listen to the next time you're offline. And tell your friends. Let's inspire more folks to learn to code and build careers for themsleves in tech. Eric Leung's freeCodeCamp articles: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/author/erictleung/ Eric on Twitter: https://twitter.com/erictleung The Standup Maths Minecraft Speed Run Cheating Scandal we talk about during the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ko3TdPy0TU The AlphaGo documentary about Deep Mind's efforts to conquer the ancient game of Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXuK6gekU1Y XKCD comic on when to automate things: https://xkcd.com/1205/ Math for Programmers book: https://www.manning.com/books/math-for-programmers Street Fighting Math MIT course: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/18-098-street-fighting-mathematics-january-iap-2008/
#96 Learning to Code in your 30s with Patrick San Juan
Today I'm joined by Patrick San Juan, a software engineer who first learned to code in his 30s. I've known Patrick since the early days of freeCodeCamp. He has always been a positive, supportive force within the community. Patrick grew up the son of first-generation immigrants from the Philippines. His family didn't have much money, and what they did have, they plowed into his education. He studied economics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, then went to work at a charity focused on helping underserved youth. After 5 years, Patrick decided to transition into a career where he could better support his family. And for him, that meant learning to code. I hung out with Patrick at the Alameda Public Library, in the San Francisco Bay Area where Patrick lives. We talk about the ups and downs of his journey into tech. Patrick doesn't sugarcoat anything. Getting a job as a developer is hard. But he's proof that with sustained effort, you can build a career for yourself in tech. I'm proud of Patrick and his achievements. And I'm proud to be the first person to ever interview him for a podcast. If you dig this podcast, be sure to leave us a review. And tell your friends about this show. Let's inspire more folks to learn to code and build careers for themsleves in tech. Patrick on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricksanjuan/
#95 Automate Your Job Then Keep Climbing with Malindi Colyer
Today I'm joined by Malindi Colyer. Among her many skills, she's a Python developer and AI engineer. Malindi grew up on a farm in rural Kansas, in the middle of the US. She trained to become a diplomat, and volunteered overseas. But along the way, she discovered a love of math and computer science. That passion has landed her jobs in New York City, London, and San Francisco. I met up with Malindi in downtown Manhattan to learn all about investment banking, and how she modernized her department at JP Morgan using her software engineering skills. We talk about the high-stakes world of global finance, where she was executing trades sometimes worth hundreds of millions of dollars. We also talk about her time as a venture capitalist. She researched thousands of startups to decide which ones her fund should invest in. This is one of the most technical interviews I've done. I've done my best to make Malindi's world of math, AI, and high finance as accessible as I can. I hope you enjoy it. Malindi on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-malindi-colyer-46b95589/
The official podcast of the freeCodeCamp.org open source community. Each week, founder Quincy Larson interviews developers, entrepreneurs, and professors. You'll learn all about how to build your skills and accelerate your career in tech.
Learn to code with free online courses, programming projects, and interview preparation for developer jobs: https://www.freecodecamp.org