Mentoring Program

Some time ago, I started a small mentoring program, to help interested learners improve their computer skills. I’ve taken on a small number of participants to keep quality high, and I think I’ve had some great results. Here are some of their testimonials.


When I decided to get back into IT after more than half a decade away from the field, I was in dire need of some direction and James came to the rescue. Within a week I was becoming proficient in Go and getting experience designing elegant solutions to real world problems. James was an extremely effective mentor, technically and professionally. At the end of the program I secured a fantastic job at a consulting firm, and have been very happy there for nearly two years.

– Jonathan

I have been participating in the mentorship program for about a year. I joined the mentorship program to improve my knowledge of systems programming and open source development. Purpleidea (My mentor) has been very helpful in facilitating my learning. The program uses a hands-off approach that allows for the necessary struggling to develop problem solving and self-learning skills. I would recommend this to anyone interested in open source development, Golang or systems programming.

– Donald

James introduced me to the world of GNU+Linux and has guided me through learning its ins and outs. Ever since, I truly can't imagine going back to proprietary operating systems. Through hacking with him, he has helped me learn the best practices of free / open source development, which is an invaluable skill that can be hard to learn all alone.

– Adam

More Information

More information about the program is available here.

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