Clinton Dreisbach

Cool dad, feminist, programmer. @cndreisbach

Deathly sore

Having a three year old will be the end of me

I took my son Dashiell to something called Defy Gravity today. It's a giant room filled with trampolines, plus something called a "ninja course."

Did you know jumping on trampolines is hard work? When I was a kid, I thought it was the easiest thing in the world. I...

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December 15, 2014

Demo Day December 2014

At the end of each semester at The Iron Yard, our students present their final projects to the local development community and potential employers at our Demo Day. We had our most recent one this Friday, and it was fantastic. It was particularly special to me, as I've...

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December 14, 2014

My programming story, part 4

Fortran (1993)

The summer between my junior and senior year of high school, I lived with my grandma in Auburn, AL, and attended Auburn University for a semester, taking Chemistry 101, Calculus 101, and a computer science course that used Fortran.

My grandma was amazing. I know...

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December 12, 2014

My programming story, part 3

Visual Basic (1991)

Windows and Visual Basic happened for me at the same time. My parents got a new computer with this Windows operating system on it. I'd never seen a graphical user interface before, so it blew my mind, but I couldn't figure out how to make it do anything, so a...

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December 11, 2014

My programming story, part 2

Logo (1986)

Around 1986, I discovered Logo. It came on a cartridge for my PCjr, and I was very excited to find out there was more than one programming language in the world. (I know, how did I not know this? We lived in a pre-Internet world, though, and I lived in super-rural...

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December 10, 2014

My programming story, part 1

The BASICs (1984)

I wrote my first program on an IBM PC XT my parents had bought to run the books for their farm. It was in the BASIC programming language.

That computer came with a collection of ring binders, one of which contained a reference for BASIC.

Binder cover

I don't remember what the...

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December 09, 2014

My theory of code schools

Seriously, mine, not my employer's

Note: I'm an instructor at The Iron Yard. Nothing in this blog post is their opinion or endorsed by them. I doubt any of it is controversial,but it's my thoughts and doesn't necessarily reflect anyone else's.

When I first considered working at a code...

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December 08, 2014

Better terminal history using bash

When working in the terminal, I find it very useful to be able to quickly search through what I've done before. Often there's a command that you used that you can't quite remember. The default shell on most computers is bash, and you can customize it to help you...

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December 07, 2014

Memories from a big rig

My dad owns and operates a turfgrass farm. When I was a young kid, I would go on deliveries with him. He'd drive an eighteen-wheeler loaded with grass, usually to Columbus, GA. There was a time he listened to a lot of Tony Robbins audiotapes. That guy has an amazing...

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December 06, 2014

Two semesters of teaching

What I've learned so far

I've just hit the end of my second semester teaching at The Iron Yard here in Durham. (Well, it's a week from the end, but I got knocked out of commission early because of this guy. Thanks to everyone on staff for being supportive and letting me snuggle my new...

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December 05, 2014

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