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E06: How creativity and programming drive Steve's passion for music.

By Chance Strickland

0:30 - 3:30: What I’m working on currently — Digging into Laravel on Laracasts - definitely recommend those tutorials. Also…working on renovating my fixer-upper house. 🙃3:35: Introducing Stephen Smith: Canadian web dev / general programmer extraordinaire and nerd-rock enthusiast.4:55: Programming as a tool for your passion vs. programming as a passion.6:25: Steve’s start as a middle-school text-based video game programmer.8:15: Hello, world.9:15: Programming as a fallback. Music is the main 10:25: How programming fed Steve’s main passion for music. And how he coded his own nerd-rock “band”, Regdar and the Fighters, a hacked Dance-Dance Revolution pad powered by Sonic Pi.Watch a video of Steve and Regdar in action here.13:00: How Steve stays on top of new trends and tech after 15+ years on the job. Spoiler: 🔥 pay less attention to the specific codebase/tools you learn and more to the theory and problem-solving skills.17:05: Top three skills I decided to learn to get my foundations in order as a webdev: Bash, SQL and JavaScript.17:30: Steve’s learning through side-projects related to music rather than just tutorials.20:55: Steve’s take on his traditional education as a programmer.23:20: How to learn foundations of CS theory when you don’t have a traditional education. Steve suggests reading the right textbooks (Learn Python the Hard Way) and learn to automate your own job.27:00: Steve’s career plans for the next several years.29:45: WHAT I’VE LEARNED THIS WEEK 💡 The basics of using Vim, the best-worst text editor you’ll ever be forced to use more than you’d like! Here is a decent YouTube tutorial.List by @cassido of the the most important skills she’s learned to advanced her career here.Follow me on all the things @chancethedev. twitter.com/chancethedev instagram.com/chancethedev and chancethedev.com KTHX.

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