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I’d say that I started to create ‘meaningful’ things when I was lucky enough to get Lego Mindstorms as a child. Remember show and tell? Every Friday I’d bring in some form of robot…robots that could follow lines, measure distance, walk, drive, you name it….
Lego Mindstorms taught me to follow the below thought process at a very early age.
– What do I want to build? (You need an idea)
– How do I want it to look? (Aesthetics is KEY for the wow factor)
– I’ve built my concept, can it function better? (Enhance the code)
To this day I follow the above rules when it comes to bringing a project to life, so thank you Lego Mindstorms!
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Moving on from Lego Mindstorms I ventured onto bigger projects and moved to the Arduino platform. The Arduino platform is what really taught me to code. I’ve created over 100 projects on the platform itself and still tend to use it when prototyping my more complicated projects (to save on cost).
Just as they say, once you learn to code in one language its pretty easy to pick up another. I very quickly moved on to creating Android apps, eCommerce apps, games, user productivity apps, you name it. I use the Android OS where the project at hand requires a substantial amount of user iteration + (I’m an Android power user…so it makes sense).