Re: Tech writer to developer? Yes you can! was Re: help topic footers

Subject: Re: Tech writer to developer? Yes you can! was Re: help topic footers
From: Dave C <davec2468 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2019 14:12:28 -0800

Writer, now venturing into building apps from source code (written & distributed by others). Might venture into learning python or such for my satisfaction, probably not a career.

Dave

> On Feb 1, 2019, at 1:42 PM, Lin Laurie <linlaurie1 -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
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> I jumped the other way, from developer into writer. I used to develop custom financial applications and then I would do the documentation and train users. I found I liked the latter tasks better than the former. Plus I got paid more not to write code. Who'd of thunk that?
>
> I do like to dink around in a little HTML or Javascript on my terms though.
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> Speaking of coding, I enjoyed watching the six-part National Geographic
> series, *Valley of Boom*.
>
> It's available to stream as I write.
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> (I'm sorry I didn't buy more M$ in '92, as Windows 3.1 became
> semi-ubiquitous.)
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> On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 12:25 PM Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> wrote:
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>> No thanks. I studied programming but writing code all day makes me
>> depressed. I'd rather spend most of my work time learning things and a
>> little bit writing them down in English.
>>
>> I have from time to time spent a week or three coding sample
>> applications, writing build scripts, cleaning up bad online help
>> calls, and the like, but I read a lot more code than I write, and I
>> prefer it that way.
>>
>> I bought a Udemy Python course when it was on sale for 95% off, but I
>> don't know when I'll ever have time to do it.
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 5:06 AM Sweet, Gregory P (HEALTH)
>> <gregory -dot- sweet -at- health -dot- ny -dot- gov> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I've heard of tech writers who actually jump into a paying coding
>> job. Haven't met one yet, though.
>>>
>>> Now you have.
>>>
>>> Journalism BA with passing knowledge of HTML, CSS, and single sourcing,
>> which lead to a tech writer position at an HMO where I learned and
>> transitioned into eLearning, which lead to a training & help position at
>> state gov. agency where I formalized my web technologies education, earned
>> several certifications, and garnered a deep understanding of our product
>> and how our user community wants to use it, which lead to a promotion to
>> the lead front end developer position for a 340k+ user extranet. And yes, I
>> still write the occasional doc, including the docs for the stuff I code.
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