22,000 words!

Making decent progress: my novel is now 22K words!  1/3 of the way to our target of 65K.  The characters and the plot are both coming out great.  It’s a fast, fun read – and it has plenty of coding in it!  It’s awesome to have it coming together. Latest progress is always available here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1313335974/a-novel-to-break-software-developer-stereotypes/updates

This is what breaking ground feels like

My friend Lisa Hsu just wrote this piece to express the isolation and exhaustion she feels working in an environment without enough women. https://medium.com/@lisa.hsu/the-incredible-loneliness-of-being-an-only-c35ab7d85da2 I applaud her bravery in sharing her feelings.  I have to count myself lucky that I feel nowhere near this level of strain.  I think that is partly because I’m in…… Continue reading This is what breaking ground feels like

Thoughts on the Pipeline

As I outline here, we have a shortage of people in computer science in general, and especially a shortage of women and minorities.  People usually break the shortages down into two parts: pipeline (getting people to enter the field) and retention (getting them to stay).  CS has problems with both parts. There are many factors…… Continue reading Thoughts on the Pipeline