Drinking from the Fire Hose at CPP Con


What I’ve been up to

Roxanne with a sign that says "datalicious"

Being a Tabloid

For the past month and a half, I’ve been ramping up on my new team.  Although it’s only a team of eight, everyone on the team is a subject matter expert of something.  It’s a bit intimidating to be in the position where I feel that I know nothing… again, but it’s also invigorating because I know that I can learn all the new things and have a team of people that I can ask when I have questions.  I’m lucky that everyone is supportive.

What I’m planning to do

I’ve made up my mind that I’m going to learn everything that I can and I’m starting with C++.  Why?  C++ is a statically typed language and I know that my data structures and algorithm studies can be put to use while I’m learning.  I’ve just gotten my Arduino in the mail and am planning on working on a personal project.  I haven’t worked with hardware before so this should be an adventure.

What I’m doing now

Roxanne with Bjarne Stroustrup

Right now I’m sitting in the audience at the CPP Conference waiting to imbibe C++ knowledge.  Luckily, I didn’t have to travel too far from Seattle.  It’s a 30 minute drive to Bellevue.  So far, I’ve been a little starstruck.  My Pluralsight teacher, Kate Gregory, has given many talks.  I appreciate the way that she thoroughly explains each topic.  Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, took a photo with me.  I’m going through his book, A Tour of C++, with my reading group.  I love learning, but there is SO MUCH INFORMATION.  The history of C++ is long and full of twists and turns.  I have had the chance to talk to such amazing software engineers and I’ve only been here for two days.  I’m not sure if anyone from my work is here.  At first, I was a little overwhelmed and felt like I didn’t belong here, but Simon Brand from the #includecpp group recognized my name and introduced me to some friendly people.  Tonight I’ll be attending the Women in C++ Dinner and Panel.