Meet the Instructor: Luke

What gets you excited about Technology?

The ability to allow collaboration and communication without geography being a blocker is incredible (this has been even more the case with recent events). I also love the speed it advances. The world will look completely different in 10 years due to technology, I feel lucky to be here for the ride!

How long have you been coding? How did you get started?

Just over 3 years now. A friend of mine introduced me originally. It didn't take long for me to realise it was a career I wanted to follow, so I soon joined Northcoders (a coding bootcamp similar to Manchester codes). The rest is history...

What do you enjoy about working at Manchester Codes?

I'm excited to be able to share in the enthusiasm of students learning concepts for the first time! I'm still learning something new every day, and its always more fun if you have someone to share it with!

Favourite language and framework/library/ tool?

I ❤️ Typescript, and rarely write vanilla Javascript these days. I've also been learning Golang, which I'm really enjoying.

Least favourite language and framework/library/ tool?

Java 🤮. Our server code was written in Java in my previous job. I found it clunky to work with. I was used to javascript rarely complaining about my code, the contrasting cries of Java hit me hard.

One piece of advice you have for people fresh to Software development?

Sponge as much as you can. There are so many different disciplines under the umbrella of software development. Talking to and learning from as many people as possible is a great way to demystify some of these.

Outside of work, what do I like to do for fun? How do you spend your downtime?

I enjoy all things musical. I sing with a swing band on weekends (Or at least I did!), as well as playing a bit of guitar and piano when I can. I also enjoy gaming(Often a bit too much)

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I don't think I ever knew what I wanted to be. I ended up floating around until something felt right. I'm lucky I found code when I did, who knows where I could have ended up 😆

If you were stranded on a remote island, alone. What piece of technology/ gadget would you be unable to live without?

I'd have to bring my Xbox. With nothing else to do, I might end up getting good at Call of Duty!

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