qbasicWhen I was 12 years old, with school out and most of my local friends out of town, I spent the better part of an entire summer cooped up at home with not much to do.  This was years before I would be cruising the streets of Olympia with my slicked out '95 Dodge Neon.  So what did I do?  I discovered the inner geek in me through a 1000+ page QBasic book that I had borrowed from a friend's mom's dusty bookshelf.  I had been playing computer games for almost three years on our family's Gateway (Pentium 120Mhz, 16MB RAM, 1.2GB HDD...what more could you need?), everything from Doom, Dune 2, to SimCity, but it wasn't until I opened that book and saw computer code for the first time that I became fascinated with the inner workings of these, by this time, ubiquitous machines.

Ten years later I find myself deep in my second year as an intern here at F5 Networks, one of the greatest software engineering gigs this side of the Mississippi.  Where most of the big software names hire college interns for a summer only, taking them in June and spitting them back out in September, F5 hires most interns with the intention of keeping them around until they're ripe for the picking; that is, until they graduate and are able to work full-time.  Doesn't it make sense though?  First, three months is hardly enough time for anyone, even a seasoned professional, to become familiar with a software company's engineering practices.  Second, once you've got an intern up to speed and (at least somewhat) productive, wf5-logo-internhy would you throw that away?  So in December, when I graduate from the University of Washington with my B.S. in Computer Engineering, I hope to get the chance to reward the best ADN player in today's market with yet another dedicated and driven engineer, while rewarding myself with a more permanent position at the only place where the beer flows freely, every Beer Friday that is.

The greatest part about an internship like this, though, is the opportunity to learn from and get connected with a professional community of computer engineers.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out that I could have my very own blog here on DevCentral where I can reach out to F5 and its beneficiaries, the many computing professionals who visit DevCentral daily, with my thoughts.  So Hello World, Hello F5, welcome and stay tuned, 'cause I have much more to come.