What have I been up to lately? It’s obviously not blogging. Nor is it housecleaning (alas), body-building, knitting, or staring at the ceiling. It’s not even much eating of chocolate. No. It’s prepping for a Vanderbilt class I’ll be auditing come January – EECE 262 – smartphone programming.
In other words, I’m learning how to develop apps for Google Android and Apple iPhone. Then in the spring semester, I’ll be doing it with a large group of incredibly smart and enthusiastic Vanderbilt engineers. Can you see how this might grab my attention?
It’s no secret: the future is all about mobile. And these young engineers, many about to graduate into what I have no doubt will be brilliant careers, know it. They already have teams and team leaders for projects ranging from Android Dining to iPhone Augmented Reality.
Then there’s me. I haven’t taken a class in approximately 200 years, and when I did it was oh-so-genteel – library science. I had to work up the nerve to ask the professors, but once I did, oh my goodness. They and the student leaders have been so very welcoming.
I’m a far cry from the normal demographic. Not only am I female, I’ve got gray hair. But repeatedly they’ve made it clear they’re happy for me to join in their fun. It’s been markedly different from the stereotypical female-in-IT-land experience. And this in the hottest area of technology. All I can say is – wow.
So here is to Professors Jules White and Doug Schmidt, Vanderbilt Computer Society President Hamilton Turner, and all of the Vandy Mobile Teams. You all are amazing. I can’t wait for January.