WHO IS SPENCER SNYDER?

Hi!, I'm Spencer and I am just a guy who is totally passionate about JavaScript, Node.JS, and broader software development. I have been working with different aspects of the web for a few years and have really found a love and talent (shameless plug) for programming and building software. I am self taught and I am currently working as a full stack developer for Konica Minolta Healthcare where I get to work on cutting edge JS project with tons of tough problems that need solving and I couldn't be happier. Please feel free to reach out with opportunities if you find this site useful or interesting.
I started out by building WordPress and Shopify sites and learning the ins and outs of SEO and moved on to coding my own sites and then backends by hand. Here you will be able to find information about me and what I am working on, and also, lots of information and tutorials on this and that. I love working with Node, React, react-native, and redux and I also like writing about my experience learning to code and the challenges involved.

The History

tldr: You really should read the long version, but, if your'e in a hurry, here's the skinny: I taught myself to program throughout 2015-16 by sloppily clanking my keyboard 20-40 hours a week, on top of working a full time job and involving myself in the developoer community in a myriad of ways. I then started working freelance jobs on the side, and finally in 2017 I jumped ship full time to be a SW engineer. Today I write about software development and practice in it as much as I can!

2004

I was in the hottest one of the hottest rock bands in the Ledford Senior High School. Clearly, we had the best website made by yours truly. These were times when CSS was barely a thing. I laid out our website with beautiful tables and tags and photoshopped images of text. It was hosted on angelfire. It was beautiful. It even had a cool flash plugin on the landing page!

2006

I started school as a young freshman in an undeclared engineering major at my alma-mater NCSU. I wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. I'm still not sure, but I know that my next few years will be dominated by web development and javascript.

2008

Joined biomedical engineering track at NCSU and took a multitude of classes based around programming with Matlab. I guess this isn't proper for the time line per se, but I had to point out that engineering in general, not just computer science, teaches programming. I used Matlab to model biological systems and represent data from research. Later I would use it extensively for learning signal processing.

2011

Graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on instrumentation and signal processing. Whoo! Still had no clue what I was going to do with myself, but I knew I had significant training in engineering disciplines that were steeped in logical thinking and math.

2011

Started work as a biomedical technician in a hospital near where I lived. The career path was to get into clinical engineering and one day become a manager. Time played out and that didn't seem so attractive. I was yearning for something much more technically and mentally challenging.

2012-13

Decided I would try my hand at graduated school. I didn't join the program, but instead took some graduate classes in computer engineering. Took classes on DSP in Matlab, which laid foundations for understanding complex algorithms and intro to systems programming. I decided after a year of fulltime work in addition to studies, it didn't make financial sense to quit my job to get a masters degree. I felt a bit lost.

2015-16

I started looking for ways to change careers when I stumbled upon marketing material online. I learned SEO and did a bit of client work for small businesses. I wasn't Studied programming concepts and dove into learning javascript. Spent many hours pouring through books and completing projects while working an unrelated full time job.

2016

Studied programming concepts and dove into learning javascript. Spent many hours pouring through books and completing projects while working an unrelated full time job.

2017

Began taking on freelance work and made the transition to full time software developer!