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My name is Cristina

In order to practice what I have learned I have created this website showing some of my projects with the hope to start working as a programmer in the near future.


Courses and training

I have always liked computers but it was only a few years ago that I decided to study what I really enjoy. One day I discovered a podcast about a bootcamp where lorry drivers were doing an online course. Every week the teacher made a podcast interviewing his students to check their progress and feelings. In that moment it dawn on me that the reason I enjoyed the podcast so much was because I shared their aspiration of becoming a software developer. So I started planning how to achieve my goal, while keeping my administrative job.

As a Spanish person living abroad (in Northern Ireland), having the right certificates was a barrier to enrolling any higher certificate course. I got my A levels and Higher National Certificate in Financial Business in Spain, and those certificates are not transferrable to UK education scheme, so I couldn´t use them to enroll the courses I needed in UK. Therefore, I decided to take an online Higher National Certificate in computer´s software in Spain, specifically for Development of Multi-Platform Applications.

I decided to follow the typical path and take all the subjects of the first year. Then I realized the workload was too high to balance it with work. The online training did not work well for anyone. The majority of students couldn´t manage to follow the pace of the course, and some teachers lacked the training required to impart the subjects online. After finishing my first year I managed to pass 2 subjects, which did not fulfil my expectations. I also realized that it would very hard to manage travelling to Spain to take the exams, so I decided not to continue with this course and take a different approach. I started some online courses to get the basics of multiplatform programming and decided to retake the higher certificate in Development of Multi-Platform Applications in the future.

Given that the HNCs covered HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, C# and Java, I started with some certificated courses to complement those areas among other languages, frameworks and hibraries, such as:

I have also used the following resources for self learning purposes:

  • Youtube Tutorials
  • Udemy
  • W3schools
  • Greenfoot
  • GitHub Guides

I have discovered the webinars in the lockdown and since then I join some of them from time to time and try to learn as much as possible:

  • Lessons Learnt at Apple,Amazon and Google by Google Product Leader (April 2021)
  • Front-end Bootstrapping #8 (April 2021)
  • Microsoft Business Applications Launch Event (April 2021)
  • Women in Design and Technology (March 2021)
  • Creating personal portfolio Using React (March 2021)
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Virtual Training Day by Microsoft (February 2021)
  • freecodecamp (every Sunday for four hours since July 2020 to December 2020)
  • Front-end Bootstrapping #7 by MaestriaJS (August 2020)
  • Desarrollo de aplicaciones web y de escritorio - Development of web and desktop applications by Foc Academy (July 2020)
  • Programación con base de datos - Data Base Programming by Foc Academy (July 2020)
  • Comprension general de desarrollo de Software - General knowledge developing software by Foc Academy (July 2020)
  • Introduccion a la programacion orientada a objetos en C# - Introduction to object programming in C# by Foc Academy (July 2020)
  • Thinkful Weinar. Intro to Javascritp by (June 2020)
  • Women and the future of work: Women and Cibersecurity by Alexandra Feldhausen (June 2020)
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Day Fundamentals 900 by Microsoft (June 2020)

These are some of the podcast that I listen and try to learn from them, some are in spanish:

  • Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats
  • React Native Radio
  • JS Party: JavaScript & Web Dev
  • Developer Tea
  • Changelog
  • Search Off the Record
  • Aprender a programar
  • Consultor IT
  • Coolest Nerds in the room
  • How I built this
  • Marketing online
  • La tecnologeria radio
  • Web reactiva
  • Programar es una mierda
  • Software Daily
  • Hanselminutes with Scott Hanselman
  • Software Engeneering Radio
  • No dogma
  • Coding Blocks
  • The cynical Developer
  • Developing up
  • All Javascript podcast by
  • Coder Radio
  • Front End Happy Hour
  • Podfeet
  • Complete Developer
  • The freeCodeCamp
  • Learn to code with me
  • The code review
  • Coding After Work
  • Soft Skills Engineering
  • CodeNewbie
  • Ted Talks Daily

Let's work together...

There are a few links to contact me