MJS 038: Peter Cooper


Charles Max Wood

Guest: Peter Cooper

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Peter Cooper. Peter was one the original panelist on Ruby Rogues and JavaScript Jabber. Currently, Peter runs several weekly new letters on JS, Ruby, Go, React, etc. Peter talks about his journey as a programmer, which started at an early age tinkering with his father’s computer at home. Peter describes the beginning as a hobby until he learned the skills to being programming on many platforms. Peter talks about how he learn Ruby and JavaScript, and in early stages of noodling or learning code. Lastly, Peter talks about his contributions to the community and giving back.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • How did you get into programming?
  • Playing with computers at an early age
  • Computers were a hobby, rather than a career builder then
  • Being heavily into to anything can become your career, age does not matter
  • Finding the skill or passion in programming
  • Natural ability to see and make sense of code
  • UseNet
  • AJax
  • Directness
  • Blogging 
  • New Letters
  • rubyflow.com
  • What is the ultimate goal of the new letters?
  • Contributions
  • Helping host podcasts
  • Current work?
  • and much, much more!