When I was little, I remember being fascinated with computers. I'd take apart the family computers in the basement and try and combine the old ones we had sitting in the storage. I can remember taking out the RAM and trying to add it to the working one to give more memory to it, or trying to add a second hard drive. It started my love of tinkering with computers, and eventually I like many others in my generation found Neopets, which let me customize my page.
I started playing around with creating websites shortly after, and really enjoyed finding code and watching to see how it would change my site. After a lot of tinkering, I attempted to pick up Programming with PHP. I ran into so many struggles while I was learning that I eventually gave up...
But I wouldn't give it up forever. In 2012 a friend introduced me to Ruby and Sinatra, and helped me to build the first version of this website(andrewfomera.com)! I really fell in love with the readability and simplicity of Ruby, and from that point on I found a new language to learn.
Fast forward to 2014, I picked up Ruby on Rails and started to build apps with it. I managed to build a few side projects over the next two years and ended up creating AthensMC, which is my community for my Minecraft servers. I used Ruby on Rails to automate a lot of the pains I had while running the community... and continued to see the effect it could have.
Professionally I started my career in September 2016. I started as a Software Engineer for ProctorU. After almost 3 years, a lot of learning, and a lot of building really cool things... I decided to move on and try out the remote lifestyle.
In April 2019 I started as a Product Developer for Podia. and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I get to spend my time building software that helps empower Creators to build a living doing what they love. Not only that, but living the remote life allowed me to follow my dreams and move to a state I've wanted to call home.
In the future, I want to continue to give back to the community, with more resources for developers or those aspriring to be. Early in 2020 I released my first course: Learn Rails by Building Instagram