Andy Collins

Andy Collins is a full-time instructor and teaches C#/.NET.
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Recent Posts

Doing It Anyway: Embracing The Fear Of Failure
Oct 15, 2019
Nashville Software School is a safe place to fail. I tell students this all the time. I say something like, “Failure is part of the process,” or “It’s ok to fail at NSS,” or “Developers fail. We fail all the time.” I say these things with the best of intentions, but, for some reason, students aren’t often comforted.  Read More

Topics: Learning

What If They Find Me out? Facing Imposter Syndrome
Jun 25, 2019
Our programs are hard. Seriously hard. For many of our students going through, NSS is the hardest thing they’ve ever done. Students often question whether they’re cut out for all this. Maybe they’re not learning enough? Maybe they’re too slow? Maybe they’re not smart enough? Maybe they don’t feel the passion for technology that they hear they’re supposed to feel? Whether you’ve been a student at NSS or not, if you do anything related to technology, I suspect these doubts will sound familiar. Read More

Topics: Learning

Thinking Philosophically About Software Development
Apr 11, 2019
NSS instructor Andy Collins shares what it means to him to think philosophically about software development and how it could help some students understand an abstract concept more deeply. Read More

Topics: Learning

A Shorthand Guide To Debugging
Feb 28, 2019
Writing software is hard. Debugging software is harder. It comes as a surprise to some students to learn that software developers spend much more time reading, understanding and debugging code than they do writing it. The expectation is usually the opposite. Read More

Topics: Technology Insights

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