My name is Derek Dyer and I currently live in Tampa, Fl. After a few years in software support and marketing, trying to break into a development role, I came to realize the time was now, I wanted to be a developer… Badly. So after talking it over with my wife, I got a second job waiting tables and I saved money to cover my bills while I attended The Iron Yard’s full time intensive three month Ruby on Rails course.

On April 20th, 2015 I put my notice in at my “day job” and on May 4th, 2015 I started class. Since then, I have been ushered through Linux, Git, Ruby, Rails, Postgres, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Slim, SASS, SCSS, Heroku, New Relic, Bootstrap, and others with the undivided attention and help of a seasoned senior developer.

Programming has become the thing I think about when I am driving, when I fall asleep, it’s what I read about, and is the theme of the social events I attend.