I'm Lee, and I go by @kaplejon most places online (Tweet me!).
I'm a total CodeNewbie, and yet not at all new to coding. By that, I mean I've been writing code in some form for the (simple) majority of my life. I'm 28 now, and would estimate I got started using a keyboard to control computers before I was a teenager. I remember playing with Atari, ColecoVision, and other forms of classic gaming, and doing something or other with writing code on 5 1/4" floppy disks, but my real start was on IRC, using the scripting language built into mIRC prior to entering high school. At this time I also had much exposure to HTML, and much more restricted understanding of server languages (PHP, ASP primarily).
In every course I've taken, I've shown great aptitude for programming. However, the reason I refer to myself as a CodeNewbie is that I've never sat down and worked extensively on personal projects. And the absolute most important part of learning to code is writing code. I am the theory without the practice.
These have helped me write more code. But even more importantly, I'm starting to build projects that are my own creation, not part of a tutorial.
And through this I have found my way to the CodeNewbie community. I love this community, and I look forward to learning and growing with all of you.
As for my plans, eventually I want to explore A.I. coding concepts, but for the time being I want to find full-time employment as a web developer. I struggle deeply with impostor syndrome, so it's been a discouraging job search so far, especially when I talk myself out of many applications.