Fighting Windmills
[2020-04-05] - [Music: Seal - Violet] - The Beginning

"If gentlemen, great lords, nobles, men of high birth, were to rate me as a fool I should take it as an irreparable insult; but I care not a farthing if clerks who have never entered upon or trod the paths of chivalry should think me foolish. Knight I am, and knight I will die, if such be the pleasure of the Most High. Some take the broad road of overweening ambition; others that of mean and servile flattery; others that of deceitful hypocrisy, and some that of true religion; but I, led by my star, follow the narrow path of knight-errantry, and in pursuit of that calling I despise wealth, but not honour. I have redressed injuries, righted wrongs, punished insolences, vanquished giants, and crushed monsters..." Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote (1605 and 1615)

Today was busy, most of the day was dedicated to learning about what it takes to become a Certified Secure Software Lifecyle Professional. I've been in the world of Software Development for a long time, before I even knew what software was. When I was 5 years old dad introduced me to my first personal computer. It was a Commodore 64. It was an amazing computer that fit completely in the keyboard used to input commands. At a young age I tinkered with it, learning to input the commands necessary to load games at first, then figuring out how to display all of the files available on the floppy disks that is used. I didn't realize it at the time but I was actually executing a program function called "Load" and passing in parameters to it. I was more interested in my Commodore 64 than I was the Super Nintendo in my sisters room. I remember one night I had my best friend Jose over and he kept begging me to play the Super Nintendo with him but all I was interested in was playing games on the Commodore. Later in Highschool I discovered a PC game called Quake and the scripting language that came with it called Quake C which allowed me to customize the game. I was able to add new weapons, monsters, change the way things worked and build new worlds to explore in the game. Naturally this made me really want to pursue a career in video game development. I took my first academic programming classes in High School, then Community College, and finally at University. I was first introduced to the concept of the Software Development Lifecycle in Community College and my knowledge of it was expanded and refined by the time I finished my Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University. Then I went to work as a Software Developer and have been doing that for 13 years now. I know a lot about software development, it is definitely what I love to do and I'm very thankful I get to do something that I love for a living. So I'm happy I got to spend the majority of the day expanding and refining my knowledge of the field.