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What makes a manager a good mentor: a jr dev’s perspective

I’ve benefitted from working with a manager who is focused on making our development team as strong as possible. He invests time and thought into our growth and development on a regular basis. As I’ve talked with other junior developers who’ve received varying degrees of support and instruction, I’ve become increasingly aware of the things a manager does that truly … Continue reading

whoami:  I’m a web developer

whoami: I’m a web developer

Just over six months ago, I decided I wanted to become a programmer. Now, I’m working as a web developer for a great company.  It’s amazing to me how much has changed in such a short amount of time.  I get to work with PHP, ReactJS, and a smidge of NodeJS/npm, Ruby on Rails and … Continue reading

Don’t look at me… my struggle is showing!

Don’t look at me… my struggle is showing!

At my software development bootcamp (Epicodus), we work in a style called “pair programming.”  Pair programming refers to a practice where two people share the same computer, working together to write and debug their code.  Each person in the pair takes turns on the keyboard and each person contributes by talking through the code whether … Continue reading

Groceries just show up!!! Really!

Groceries just show up!!! Really!

My current favorite app is the one that magically makes food appear in my house in a couple of hours or whenever I’d like to schedule it to be delivered.  Who wouldn’t love that?  It makes me want to grocery shop (because I’m really not!). I’m talking about Instacart, a handy dandy little app for ordering … Continue reading

What blog am I reading?!?

For those who were reading my blog a couple years ago, my last post (I Kinda Get Git…) may have you wondering what blog you inadvertently subscribed to back then. I haven’t added much on here for awhile, but have continued to think in “blog posts” and write them in my mind when funny or … Continue reading

I kinda get Git…

I kinda get Git…

This past week at Epicodus (my software development bootcamp), we’ve been working on team projects and using git to keep our respective code implementations in sync. It has been a fabulous learning experience using git as part of a team, and I feel that I should share what we created as a workflow for our … Continue reading

(Not an) App of the Week: HomeSpot HQ

(Not an) App of the Week: HomeSpot HQ

This week’s app of the week is actually not an app at all, but I’m including it anyway and hoping the developers will create an app for their awesome site.  HomeSpotHQ.com is self-described on their site as follows: “HomeSpot is a free online tool that allows homeowners to manage home improvement projects, prepare routine maintenance schedules and record … Continue reading

App of the Week:  Packing with Evernote

App of the Week: Packing with Evernote

This is not the first time that I’ve written a post featuring Evernote. I’ve extolled (I don’t get to use that word very often) it’s virtues as an organizer of recipes and magazine articles. I’ve written about how I’ve used it to organize my knitting patterns. In addition, Evernote was the app I wrote about … Continue reading

Apps of the Week: House Hunting Apps

Apps of the Week: House Hunting Apps

I currently have nine apps on my iPad and iPhone that I have been using (a lot!) in this process of looking for where we want to live in Portland. Rather than highlight each of them separately in their own weekly reviews, I decided to combine them all into one here today. Even if you … Continue reading

App of the Week: Retinal Scan

App of the Week: Retinal Scan

Okay, so I’m not really reviewing a retinal scan app (I don’t even know if one exists). I am, however, explaining why I want one… for my husband. First off, let me preface this by stating clearly and for the record, that my husband is a bright man. He’s smart, freakishly Rainman quick with numbers, … Continue reading