What in the SQL?

So it has been a bit since my first post, lots of things going on in my life has slowed things down a bit. Between changing jobs and having to move to a new place quickly, the learning process has been slowed down a bit.

After my last post I sat down and started looking at all of the different coding languages to see what was out there and where I might start. After looking at so many web pages and listening to other people I decided to take a stab at learning SQL. Now I know what some people are asking, “What is SQL?”. I thought the same thing. SQL stands for Structured Query Language. This is a language that is used in databases to sort and find data. You would be very hard pressed to find a place that does not use this language.

I decided to learn SQL using a class from Stackskills.com called Learn Fundamental SQL. I had to download the Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and the SQL Management Studio before I could do anything. That process took about 2 hours, so don’t be in a rush. Start the download and grab a chimichanga or something.

I am only 4 classes into the course and so far it is not as bad as I had imagined it could be. There has been a few times when I had errors in the coding or getting the table to import. But taking my time and going back over what I had done so far allowed me to find what I had done wrong and fix it.

Well that’s it for now.  I will be back soon with another update on where I am in SQL.


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My name is Jason and welcome to my story……

Just like the start of a new video game, there was a bit of apprehension as I talked to my wife about switching careers. Now most people would not think that to be a big deal, but the kicker is I am almost 40. I am not talking like almost when you think 35 is “almost” 40. I mean just a hair over one month, looking down the barrel of 40.

I went to college and got my B.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on counter-terrorism. I loved my classes but I was an older student and my advisor failed to mention that at my age it would be hard to find a job with the government due to the mandatory retirement ages. All was not lost. I took what I learned and got a job as a communications officer with Lexington 911. The job was not bad, but I was working 12-16 hour days. Being a newlywed, it was a strain on my marriage. After several years, I had reached a point where I needed a change and wanted to do something that would allow me to spend more time with my wife; so I took a job in the insurance world. The hours are good but I still felt that I could be doing more. I have a good friend, Nick, that has been coding for years and I talked to him about it. The more we talked, the more I felt that coding might also be a good fit for me.

So, I talked it over with my wife and she agreed that this could be a good career for me. Now, I have zero experience when it comes to programming; so I have done some research and started learning to code at Treehouse.com. This will be my story, my place to share my experience. The joys and pitfalls and everything in between.