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Leanne Miller was our second developer intern, working from our edo Chicago office. For her last project, we asked Leanne to share a few projects she worked on this summer, and what got her interested in technology in the first place. We wish her the best of luck as she heads into her senior year at Wheaton College just outside of Chicago!

Finding a Path in Technology

Being involved in the tech industry would never have been a career path I’d have guessed for myself. While having an affinity for math, I never had an interest in computer science until I, somewhat spontaneously, decided to take an intro to programming class my first year in college and found out that I loved it. Puzzles and proofs have always been an attraction for me and computer science offered a whole new set of them.

After taking a few classes, I was delighted to find the large range of topics covered in the program. The field of computer science was much broader and deeper than I had expected it to be. Nor did I have to forget my other interests, as my love for linguistics could be pursued in a computational manner.

I’m currently double majoring in Computer Science and Ancient Languages at Wheaton College, with a minor in math. I enjoy puzzling through problems of natural languages, programming languages, proofs and algorithms. This coming year, my last at Wheaton, I am looking forward to taking classes in computational linguistics and programming languages, diving into the world of Prob & Stats, reading Plato in the original Greek, and leading Wheaton’s CS Club.

Interning with edo

To explore applications of my future computer science degree, I decided to look for a programming internship. I found edo online, through Hacker News. After enjoying my first experience with them last summer, I decided to return for this summer.

Through my experience with edo, I was able to see many aspects of my studies in action – development processes, revision control systems, architectural and design patterns all came to life in my daily routine. School gave me an abstract knowledge of all these concepts, edo – an implementation.

edo also gave me experience in areas I hadn’t studied in school. My schoolwork had been very algorithmic focused, but edo pushed me to also explore the field of web development. By redesigning web pages, I became closely acquainted with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Yet I also worked with databases and models, with SQL and Java, gaining greater familiarity with them than I had experienced in school. Seeing how data moved from the database, through the backend processing until the frontend displayed it to the user, and coding each stage of the process increased my understanding of software as a whole.

Working with edo, new areas of software development were opened to me: where there used to be dark corners of mystery and witchcraft, there now shone the bright light of understanding.

What’s Next for Me

I’m looking forward to my last year at school, but I honestly don’t know what I’ll be doing afterwards – edo has shown me that I love working as a software developer, but I also love the world of academia. Perhaps I’ll pursue graduate studies in computational linguistics, perhaps I’ll pursue them in natural linguistics, perhaps I’ll be working as a software engineer or in another area of the tech industry (data science?), or perhaps I’ll be doing something I haven’t even considered yet! There are so many possibilities and I’m open to all of them – if you want to know what I’ll be doing in a year, I suggest you wait a year and ask me then!

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Leanne Miller, Intern

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