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Saint Francis Coding Club Interview

posted Nov 17, 2013, 11:56 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 5:06 PM by Golden Knight ]
 by  Sean Silva

  Me: Albert, you’re the head of the coding club at Saint Francis, right?

Albert: Yes I am, along with Arthur Ter-Zakarian.

Me: Why did you decide to make a programming club?

Albert: Well it came about as a whimsical thought. I practiced programming on my own and Arthur saw that and came up with the idea of a club. From there, we thought it would be great to make a friendly place in which people interested in programming could learn from more experienced people. Through a team we thought perhaps programing would be more productive.

Me: What are some of the goals of the club, in terms of programming?

Albert: We hope throughout the first semester that we finalize on learning one programming language and if we're feeling adventurous even two. So far in our few meetings, the consensus has been to learn programming languages geared more towards the web. We plan to have many more meetings in the future in which more people are likely to join due to scheduling to achieve this. When we do and head on over to second semester, we plan to create a respectable project.

Me: How has the general interest level in the club been?

Albert: To be honest it hasn't been as high as we would have liked. I think it's mainly due to the fact that we haven't been exactly very clear in our meetings dates. Also we know that not everyone on campus is entirely aware of our club's existence. Towards the end of October, we will strive to do a better job and hopefully set our work in motion. Next week our meetings resume and we will have an announcement on KNIT.

Me: Hopefully this interview will help out with that. Tell me about the benefits of knowing how to program and why you think it's important.

Albert: Programming is highly important today. It's very applicable as a part of nearly any field particularly in science and entertainment. It's one of those underlying technologies that we don't ever see but we certainly do experience. It really covers everything from a computer's OS or really any devices' OS, to applications we use daily such as Office, the Adobe Suite, and of course hundreds of games. Every page on the web has been coded or at least created using an application that was coded. As you can see programming is truly diverse and it's now extremely important even in fields such as medical science where stem cells maybe actually programmed to perform a certain function. Programmers usually find jobs quickly particularly in entertainment industries where good programming is essential. If you don't necessarily want these jobs, you'll certainly learn a new way of thinking. Programming is very logically based and it's certainly fascinating to learn what's under the hood in technology you experience daily.

Me: Thank you, Albert and good luck!