I cofounded and organize a developer Meetup group that has been in existence for almost three years now. Our membership is just shy of 1000 people and our regular attendance at our monthly speaker events is at least 40-50 people. It’s a great group and I’m proud of the work I’ve put into building it … Continue reading
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Things to Focus on as a Beginning Developer: the non-technical skills
Regardless of how good your technical skills are (see part one of this blog post for how to improve them), if no one wants to work with you it won’t matter. So be nice. To everyone. That part should be a given. Time and time again, the developers I have been most consistently impressed with … Continue reading
Things to Focus on as a Beginning Developer: the technical skills
A few days ago I gave a talk on intentionally learning and improving as a beginning developer. Because one of my goals for this first quarter of the year is to do more writing, I used this blog post to work through some thoughts for the talk and knock off an item on my work goals. … Continue reading
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
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!
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!
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…
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
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