I just spent New Year’s Eve working on a software development side project for new year. And it was totally worth it.

I started writing this article at 23:26 on December 31, 2017. I spent the last two hours researching software architecture and design patterns.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I’m a third year student in Computer Engineering. I started getting deep into the development world in early 2017, when I started an Internship in the area.

Before 2017, I was the kind of college student that was hoping to have a good job and a good life. Simple as that. However, I couldn’t see what I should do in order to achieve that. I did almost nothing to get there and the dream seemed to be far away.

I feel that this was the year I learned the most, both in college and at work. I’ve discovered the joy in doing research by myself, on learning new stuff I like. I started learning about back-end development with GoLang (my love) and more about software engineer (thanks, teacher Leles).

I’ve studied more deeply about Object-Oriented Programming, language paradigms, test automatizations, Agile (hello, XP), TDD, project patterns, software architecture, clean code, good coding practices, concurrency, database performance data, security and encryptionuser experience, design. I even confronted my nemesis, front-end, and discovered that it’s amazing (Evan You, our lord and savior).

We’ve all been through this. Admit it.

I’ve been thinking about a project for two months where I could practice most of the things I’ve studied. Without sponsorship. No company support. Just to prove my knowledge and practice my team management skills.

I called six friends of mine from college. Most of them have no experience in software development. They’re newbiews, just like me. And they are as eager to learn as I am.

My duty and personal challenge is to manage this team of newbiews to develop a cool software involving many concepts.

So here I am. Lauren, 20 years old. Student of Computer Engineering in a small town from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researching about microservices and other stuff in order to manage a team in a simple but challenging project.

It’s going to be a fantastic year.

Happy New Year’s Eve, guys!

PS.: I’m accepting tips and suggestions of any kind. Thank you very much. ❤