April 29, 2013
My formal education is in Social Work/ Counseling and for the past 12 years I have worked in community based origination throughout the Bay Area providing intensive case management and vocational rehabilitation, with a focus on mental illness and criminal justice issues. I have always a geek and being from the hood (raised in Richmond, Ca.) it has always been hard to express my geekyness. In addition there weren't many, if not any, role models or mentor who truly understood the technology that we use in our daily lives. Lucky for me I have always be a self-learner and as I witnessed myself and the people around me becoming more dependent on our computing devices, I felt compelled to gain a deeper understanding of how these things worked. As you all know this is like opening up Pandora's Box. Somewhere along the way I decided that I want to become a hacker and I took my laptop and did a full install of Ubuntu's daily build and erased Windows. I haven't looked back since.
At this juncture I'm building my website using Django, Apache2, Mysql, on my Ubuntu 12.04 server and I have been teaching myself programming through online tutorials i.e. Dive into Python and Ubuntu forums, Django tutorials. My project is still in its infancy thus all the protections aren't in place so ill describe my business with a famous quote: "Those who know won't tell, and those who tell don't know."
I still consider myself and "noob" and I sometimes get stuck on problems that would be easily solved if I had a way to get some personal instructions e.g. workshops and mentoring. So I did a Google search and was guided here. Funny thing! While I'm typing this post a NPR segment discussing a Ruby on Rails women’s workshops mentioned the BF Start Up. So I'm truly excited about getting involved.
What up, My name is Ibrahim Al-barri and I am a fairly new and self-taught developer and I am currently building/ designing the infrastructure for my start-up.