Aprendiendo un Idioma Nuevo Puede Ser Divertida

While enjoying lunch in the DDA kitchen the other day, a few of us got into a discussion about learning new languages. I’m not sure how we got on the subject, but in addition to my quasi-sorta-not really-somewhat proficiency in Spanish (as you can see in the title of this post), we learned that Judy can make people laugh with her attempts at Punjabi and Vinnie amuses small children in Japanese.

It’s taken me less than two weeks here to learn that the creative copywriters at DDA must master new languages almost every day, as new projects come in needing search engine optimization and keyword research. They may not be foreign languages that you’d take in school, but they might as well be sometimes. I’ve already learned about exotic metals and precision assembly, and used fancy terms about protective roof coating (go ahead and say this three times fast: “fluid-applied partially reinforced fluoroelastomer acrylic roof coating systems”). But late Tuesday afternoon, I got an even tougher language dropped in my lap: Programming.

As project coordinator for a fledgling in-house assignment that will showcase our programming capabilities, I have a lot to learn about the world and language of programming. Sure, I consider myself pretty good with computers — I know a tiny bit about HTML code, and sometimes know what to do when Windows gives me the Blue Screen of Death. But after just a few days around the talented programmers at DDA, I’ve realized why I shied away from that computer science elective in college.

Take a glance at some past blog entries from Amy, Reggie, Tyler, Vinnie, or anyone else at DDA who does some sort of programming. I can follow along with Amy’s tales of bathroom renovation and Tyler’s love for Whopper Wednesday, but she and the other programmers lose me at Coldfusion, PHP, ASP, and C++. Judging by the cool sites and programs we produce, it’s obvious that the DDA programmers more than know what they’re doing — but I’m lost.

So as this new project gets off the ground, I’m sure the programmers are going to get sick of me asking them a million questions that seem trivial and simple to them. But I know they’ll be able to teach me enough to write engaging content for this new assignment, and we will continue to expand upon DDA’s already-impressive scope of services.

In the end, I’m excited to learn at least a little bit about this new language. Maybe in a few months, if someone drops AJAX or jQuery into a sentence, I won’t look at them like they’re speaking Punjabi or Japanese.