I needed a win today and I got one! It’s so relieving to finally have a day where my mood was pretty even-keeled. The day started out a little bit down but as I got some things accomplished and was able to help my friend out I felt even better. At the very least, I learned something today about the Apache Web Server and the PHP software. Any time I can learn something, it always makes me feel quite a bit happier. I also learned something about myself and my own depression. I think the medicine was only able to take me so far and the rest I really need to do for myself. Being busy today definitely helped me feel worthwhile and good. Maybe instead of tweaking medications, my happy rear end just needs to get working again!?
Since my blog seems to really have taken off, I really needed to move it to the Apache Web Server, a platform better suited for higher horsepower. It was not difficult to install and get it basically going. The hardest part of the affair was getting WordPress to work because of the very vague errors being thrown. When the error is vague, it takes an extra level of detective work to finally find out what is going on. Now I know that when I see the error, “AH01071: Got error ‘Primary script unknown'”, it simply means that WordPress cannot find the PHP interpreter to load. Fancy jargon for WordPress does not know how to run a script necessary for its functioning. The entire affair took me 4 hours to figure out but I wasn’t on a time crunch and I was doing some things that I’ve never done before. I only had a very rudimentary understanding of Apache so still not bad.
When I got home from helping get my friend to and from his esketamine session safely, I was greeted by an email that I was selected to take a series of 3 assessment tests for a software engineering apprenticeship that I learned about throught the State of Delaware. I got a 100 on the first and 90s on the second and third. Since passing was an 85%, I fully expect to make it to the interview session. At the interview session, I will treat it like a job and show up in business casual with a resume in hand. Of course I have no software engineering experience at all but I do have a significant background in information technology infrastructure and can easily draw parallels between troubleshooting malfunctioning hardware and debugging software. Both require the ability to articulate and isolate the problem, taking concrete steps and documenting the process.
Mostly I just want to express a willingness to learn because I have no background in software. I had two computer programming courses in C++ in college to fill a requirement. None of that will hold any water today because that was before C++ had been truly standardized and a lot has changed since then. I will be a very, very raw beginner and happy to start at that phase because I will be sufficiently challenged. I had a training opportunity that was paid for by the US Department of Labor in 2019 to train for a Cisco certification. The course was not really challenging in the least and infrastructure jobs are not plentiful. With the cloud, a lot of infrastructure jobs have disappeared and many moved to data centers. Software engineering will continue to be the wave of the future until they figure out how to make computers program themselves. When that happens, I truly will be plum out of luck.