About Me

My name is Elisha Chirchir and I live in the United States. Welcome to Simple Developer where I share various tutorials on how to program. Here, I write about software programming and mostly what I have learned over the years after ‘Googling’ my way through piles of tutorials online and learning new skills.

NOTE TO RECRUITERS: I am not currently looking for work. Thank you!

Now, let me tell you a little bit about myself!

Occupation: A Happy Software Developer at Essential Elements LLC, USA!

Description: Work in a team of software developers building software solutions that impact people’s lives everyday. This involves creating web and mobile applications using modern technologies including Android and Cloud Computing among others.

I am a software developer who wears many hats. I build web applications, Joomla CMS and most recently Android Applications among others. They say all men are created equal, but when it comes to our passions, they certainly are different. I am a published author of [MY LIFE SENTENCES -A TRUE STORY] which has seen almost 13,000 copies downloaded on Amazon Kindle and further humbled me beyond my initial expectations. They also say the hardest thing for an author is writing, yet I do it anyway!

Now, back to code. I started this blog purposefully for web development. I just signed up for the Mozilla Developer Network’s (MDN) peer-to-peer learning program and one of the first things I had to do was to create this blog and then share the link with fellow learners. You can also join by visiting Mozilla Developer Network where you will meet great minds that will help you face your challenges with a stronger and better approach! See you there.

Background knowledge: I have been using the following technologies for quite some time now: HTML, CSS, CSS3, HTML5, Javascript, jQuery, jQuery UI, Python, Java,  Android Development, SaSS & Less, Twitter API, Google Maps, Project Management, Startups, a little new to NodeJs, MongoDB,  and many more.

If you have any questions on those subjects you can ask them using the comments section or send me a message privately using twitter. Also, if you have self-publishing questions, do not hesitate to ask. I am willing to help you for free because I have been there before and would love to see you have a book of your own published on Kindle!

That being said, thank you once again and hope to see you around!

Stay informed and don’t let some crazy person tell you that you cannot be what you want to be in life!

11 Comments on “About Me

  1. Grapho' B.F.W (@graphomaniaque) Reply

    December 31, 2012 at 4:36

    Nice post !

    • joylaxpower Reply

      December 31, 2012 at 7:29

      Thank you for stopping by! Do you have a blog that you use for updates on your progress? If so, please share it with me so I can check it out and be in contact with you as we take these challenges! Thanks again and happy new year!

  2. jsonmez Reply

    March 25, 2013 at 7:07

    I just want to take a minute to say how awesome you are.
    You have learned so much in such a short period of time and helped and taught others selflessly.

    Your book and story inspire me and make me realize how the attitudes we have in our minds are the primary limiter to what we can achieve.

    Every day I see you doing a new thing and sharing a new experience.

    Keep up the great work. I feel honored to know you.

    • joylaxpower Reply

      March 25, 2013 at 8:03

      Hi John,

      Saying that means the world to me. I might have not said this to anyone else but you are my favorite teacher. Through your blog and Pluralsight courses, I have learned so much and I know I wouldn’t be here today without your lessons.

      I believe I can do more if I focus and dedicate my efforts to learning something each day. Teaching is amazingly rewarding!

      I am honored to have known you.
      Thank you so much!

  3. Efren Martinez Reply

    June 18, 2013 at 4:57

    great blog man ! keep been awesome ! kinds regards !!

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      June 18, 2013 at 5:02

      Thank you for the kind words Efren. You might be surprised when I tell you some people actually leave really mean comments saying I have zero substance and they hate my blog. I just don’t listen to them or I would have given up long time ago. See you soon.

  4. kimani Reply

    October 26, 2013 at 5:42

    I need to ask something. i am interested in learning java but i have no prior coding experience. The real reason behind it is that i will be able to make quality apps. Now i have been reading that i should use eclipse ide so i decided to download it. In this page ,http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/ i see many versions of eclipse. Which one should i use?
    Another thing, is it possible to self learn java? As in without having to enrol for college or something? Do you know of any good online tutorials (video or pdf) that would help a complete noob like me get started? Thanks in advance for answering.

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      October 26, 2013 at 3:45

      Without going too deep into this, here are the answers to your questions:

      1. First of all, the choice of an IDE is yours – try several, stick with one that you like most. Simple as that. Eclipse is great but that is my opinion.

      2. Download the second one in the list to start with – it is the Eclipse for Java Developers (SE – Standard Edition).

      3.One thing many coders do is teach themselves most skills they need. So, from that point of view, YES, you can teach yourself everything you need to program in Java – just try and find help when you are stuck.

      4. It is difficult to stick to one tutorial or video and say it is the best out there – because, again, it depends on how you learn stuff. Sometimes, a tutorial does is not good for person1 is good for person2 and vice versa is true. In other words, if you have not done so already, read the Java Documentation, find a good Java book (newer one) and start building stuff. Don’t over-read because you will learn nothing. 🙂

      That being said, YouTube is also a great place (find TheNewBoston) videos on Java and you will be good to get started.

      I am planning, if you will, to offer a Java Course to people for a small fee for one hour. Take a second to complete the survey on the right hand side of this page. Thank you and I hope I answered your question.

      • kimani Reply

        October 27, 2013 at 3:22

        Thank you for your help. I’ve downloaded the ide, and some video and pdf tutorials. Now to get started…

  5. Jonathan Liou Reply

    November 14, 2013 at 7:09

    I just read your post “Programming with Google Maps APIs I – IV”. You did a great job. So easy to understand for a new beginner to Google Map programming. Really appreciate your hard work.

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      November 14, 2013 at 7:13

      I am glad you found it helpful and easy to learn from. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back again soon for other topics.

      Regards,
      Elisha

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