Hey all! I'm new here, and new to the world of Pi in general. I've looked at both Pi and Arduino in the past, and I went with a Pi. I got a CanaKit starter kit with a Pi 3 B+. I'm not new to hardware in general, but I am new to designing/building circuits as well as the world of electronics engineering.
My dad was pretty good with electronics. I recall him fixing broken connections in various devices by re-soldering connections that had broken, and things of that nature. He was also a computer hardware guy. He was the neighborhood "fix it" when it came to computers. I followed him and his work for several years growing up, but I ended up going the software route.
Forward to today, I'm a professional software engineer with about 7 years of professional experience, but I've been programming for about 20 years in total. I'm a polyglot, and the languages I've used in any capacity range from C++ (my first ever language) all the way to web technologies, databases, desktop applications, Java, C#, Python, some x86 ASM and so on.
I'm looking forward to learning and building with the Pi. I've already received some solid help here, and I hope to eventually be able to contribute in such a way myself.
So ... hi!