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A teacher from high school.
I finish the assignment early, shit on everyone’s head in terms of speed and performances and this guy first praises me, then slams the keyboard with random chars, letters and weird shit in an application which was supposed to only accept numbers.
“But… the requirements said…”
“I’m your manager and I am dumb af. Trust me, this will happen a lot irl.”5
You remember that turtle game where you draw stuff? And lemmings. My dad got me playing with those at a young age. And one time I was ill as a kid, he took me into work with a briefcase full of lego, he woked away quietly while the rest of the office set doom up for me. Pretty awesome.
"Programming teacher" sounds weird. When I recall some teachers I had on these subjects in high school and College, there's really nothing they taught me that I couldn't have figured out myself with the help of books and the internet.
I do have a favorite though. A professor I had in College. She's open-minded and doesn't restrict our creativity. Every time she makes us work on a project, we have the freedom to build it however we want as long as the essence is still there. She also caught a bunch of porn Tumblr pages in my address bar while I was presenting something to her. She just laughed it off and said it's okay, we all get curious sometimes.
The best one so far is my current senior. I learned a lot from him, things I wouldn't even bother looking up online. I always receive excellent feedback even before I started working with him but he expanded my knowledge in a different way and doesn't allow me to stagnate by giving me random new "what the fuck is this" projects.
I went from "I don't think I can look for a new job with these new tools" to "That's all the money and benefits you can give me? Get out of my sight."
He's also very attentive. During our calls, he pays attention if I sound bored or sad. I always try to do whatever I can to make his life easier or help him (except now 'cause I'm totally slacking off).12
My dad actually. He's been in the industry for 40+ years. (Mostly answers my questions with a question and we end up talking about a whole different concept but in the end he's an amazing teacher.)1
YOU ARE YOUR OWN TEACHER. The failures I got in the past , failed to build a simple app , I get to where I am today because I failed many times.
My best teacher for this will always be my mistakes , my mistakes are the greatest teacher3
Tho I should thank Mr. S, calculus teacher in my last year of highschool, and most of my physics teachers, and that one lady in first year of highschool teaching maths. I think those were way more important in teaching me logic than the folks who pretended to teach me stuff later in uni.
Oh, and that dude, Sir O.D., who was my professor of embedded microcontrollers in uni. Didn't teach me much programming, rather taught a memorable lesson on VHDL and how hardware really works.
My middle school teacher showed me Scratch, I really loved it, then I jumped on AppInventor and SmallBasic.
I'm really glad I attended his courses.
Now I'm in college babyyyy
My game design & dev teacher. He was a level designer for an old german game company so he wasn't actually a proper programmer.
What made him a good teacher was he knew what he could teach and what was beyond his skills, and encouraged self study in those areas.
Not that many did, but those who did are all decent devs now.
My AP Computer Science teacher changed my life in 2001. Until then, I wasn’t considering a career in development. He challenged me to write a back propagating multi layer perceptron neural network, and an RPN calculator. Every day made me think about how to solve problems at an algorithmic level. He was brutally honest, and one of the reasons why I’m an team manager now. RIP, your legacy won’t be forgotten.5
My Mentor during the 1st year of my College
Set High Expectations and very frequently used to throw insults and shame me as if I knew nothing. And he was not wrong. I sucked so bad. Did learn some basics and promoted me one level from the "total newbie" state
But my best Mentor would have to be my PCs, Compilers, Debuggers. Couldn't find a better one1
Never had one of those but the teacher that was in charge of the Databases 101 course at my college was very memorable and supportive.
Got me through my graduate thesis and into a few gigs that gave me precious experience and confidence.