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So long, and thanks for all the... Fishing lessons.

For the nearly two years, I was working at Kynetx. I started out after taking two CS classes, both of which were introduction classes. I recall learning things while at work that blew my mind. Things like aynonymous functions, JSON, HTTP, and many other things. It was an eyeopening two years. The people there tought me so much. It was an amazing apprenticeship. Sam Curren, Phil Windley, Mike Farmer, Mike Grace and others were amazing tutors!



However, this past week I was layed off (see http://www.mostlybaked.com/changing-sails). When I found out, the first thing that popped into my had was the quote from BBC's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: So long and thanks for all the fish.


However, as I thought more and more on my time at Kynetx, I realized I wasn't given fish. I was instead being taught how to fish. I was taught how to write proper Javascript, Ruby, Java (for Android!), the importance of doing things right, and many more things. I learned how to find things out for myself. I have always been a heavy self-teacher. I taught myself how to program (on a TI-85 writing basic), and working at Kynetx continued that trend. There would be times when I would ask Sam how to do something, and he would typically say, "There's Google. If you still need help after Googling it, I am here." After a week, I caught the drift. I would always try to do as much research and discovery on my own before asking for help. I was literally taught to fish for myself.


This is a farewell post, but more than that it is a thank you post. The team at Kynetx is truely one of a kind and I hope to work with them in the future. I would do it over again if I knew that this lay off would have happened. They gave me a chance to shine when I was just a geeky little kid! Thanks one and all for the lessons taught.


So long, and thanks for all the fishing lessons!