Sunday, September 10, 2006

Goodbye for now, Dumaguete

Yesterday I bade goodbye to Dumaguete. I'm feeling a little sad because it will be a while before I see her again. Thankfully, it's not a permanent departure but it is long enough to give me pause.

It's six weeks away from home that I'm looking at.

What's so important that I have to away for that length of time? PhilNITS is offering a class on Software Design and Development and I've signed up for it. Amazingly, it's free, one of the many benefits provided by Japanese funding.

Do I still need to go through a class like this, given my experience? Actually, yes. By training I'm an electronics and communications engineer, not a software developer. What I do know about software development has been learned on the job, and like many people I know, I've been "winging it."

Which has been fine, so far. Most of the things I've been working on have tended to be on the hardware and system administration side. If I have done any software, it's mostly been customization.

Now I'm looking at software design and development. That's the direction I want to take Dumaguete in. This couldn't have come at a better time.

And, hey, never too old to learn.

See you, soon, old girl.