A Mechanical Lyfe: Poker Face

The Vortex Poker II Keyboard with MX Cherry Blue Keys. LOUD NOISES!

It’s finally here! After months of debating and researching and just under a week of pure anticipation, my first mechanical keyboard has finally arrived!

I’m even typing on it right now and let me tell you… It. Feels. So. Good! It was a big purchase towards a big step in programming that I’ve been meaning to commit to. I remember the days of the Greenhouse HI in Kakaako where I used to fool around with my mentor, Justin’s mechanical keyboard at his workstation and leave random pages of sites on his browser. Although the publicly known mission was for tomfoolery, it really was for the love of how the keyboard felt.

But of course I really can’t leave my trusty Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard — lets be honest it’s probably one of the best keyboards made for extreme comfort, and got the job done splendidly. But there’s something about having a mechanical keyboard that makes you feel like you’re doing “work”. Somehow the desire of typing faster overwhelms your hands and you just go for it. I have the need, for SPEED!

Final Fantasy Chocobo and Legend of Zelda themed keycaps to pimp out my Poker II.

Granted having a mechanical keyboard isn’t going to make me a better programmer. A faster typer perhaps, but not a faster coder. I need more brain power for that level — and I do intend to reach that by whupping some mathematical ass on Code Wars (one of my biggest obstacles as of now).

There’s so much to do right now. So much to learn and so many things to acheive. I can honestly say that I can’t tell what is ahead in my future — there’s so many opportunities waiting to be attempted!

Looking back when I first started DevLeague, my knowledge of many foundations of programming was limited. I didn’t understand theory. I only used what I needed to know and not what I should know to generate a better understanding of code. Now, almost 4 weeks later I’ve become twice the better programmer than I was before I started schooling in code. The many challenges that are thrown at me and my fellow classmates have definetly allowed us to understand things in the best way — the hardest way. Creating tests through Mocha and Chai was one great example of understanding how to find a specific function and create that within our own domain. It’s like the student becoming the teacher who educates him/herself. It’s a wonderful experience!

I’m looking forward to more challenges. More challenges for my new mechanical keyboard to hack away at.

Let the clack wars begin!

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