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newbie

My Ask-Me-Anything Session with CareerKarma

When Timur Meyster, of Career Karma, asked to host an Ask-Me-Anything with their squads, it was a most humbling moment...

Nov 06 2019

GitHub Mistakes That New Devs Make

In recent weeks, several developers hunting for their first dev job have asked me to review their resumes and/or portfolios...

Oct 28 2019

Simpler is Better, if it gets the job done

Today at work, my teammate reviewed the following code I had written...

Sep 27 2019

Death to the 'New-To-Opensource' Excuse!

As a newly-minted coding bootcamp grad, I was terrified of opensource. During bootcamp, I had tried to configure dev environments for several well-known opensource projects, but that ...

Jul 07 2019

Asking For Help as a Junior Dev, Without Seeming Lazy

One thing I enjoy in my first-ever dev role is the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds and expand my developer skillset. Encountering coding roadblocks and known-unknowns is...

Apr 26 2019

The Non-Cliche Guide To Breaking Into Tech

It took 196 days from the day I completed my online coding bootcamp, to the day I received the letter offering me a Software Engineering position at a large Virginia-based company.

Feb 07 2019

The Blessing of Rejection: Growing Past the 'No'

I feel almost guilty to admit that it’s taken me just shy of 3 weeks to write this post. If you’ve followed my developer journey so far, you’ve read about my coding challenges and tri...

Sep 18 2018

Better Code Than Never

Finally! I’m over the paralysis of writing my first blog post, thanks to my fellow Firehose Project classmates. While reading their blog posts, I realized that mine needn’t be a thesi...

Feb 08 2018

community

Mentorship: A Safety Net

As part of my web development program, I’ve been paired with a fantastic mentor (shout out, Jeremy!). We’ve completed only one session; yet, I want to share on how his mentoring is al...

Feb 19 2018

technical

Death to the 'New-To-Opensource' Excuse!

As a newly-minted coding bootcamp grad, I was terrified of opensource. During bootcamp, I had tried to configure dev environments for several well-known opensource projects, but that ...

Jul 07 2019

What 'Done' Looks like: Test-Driven Development

As part of my current project — building an Instagram-like app called “Grammable” — I’m being introduced to the efficient world of Test-Driven Development. We’re using the RSpec gem t...

Apr 06 2018

Ruby As A Second Language

This week’s coding challenge in my bootcamp had my brain all knotted up. I was already fatigued from solving (most of) 32 CodeWars katas, but I was scheduled to discuss said challeng...

Mar 08 2018

team

Asking For Help as a Junior Dev, Without Seeming Lazy

One thing I enjoy in my first-ever dev role is the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds and expand my developer skillset. Encountering coding roadblocks and known-unknowns is...

Apr 26 2019

Lessons In Agility: My First Dev Team Project

I recently wrapped up at The Firehose Project. 🎉 With 3 other remote developers, I built a chess application on Rails (with some JavaScript) using Agile Development principles. The 7-...

Sep 03 2018

No Longer The Lone (Coding) Wolf...

I recently started the phase of my bootcamp where students tackle building a complex web application — a chess game — as part of an Agile Development Team.

May 21 2018

growth

(Don't) Always Trust Your Inner Critic

I am six months into my first dev job, and have had some time to reflect on my experience so far. I don’t think I have ever been this in-tune with and plugged-in to a job; I think it ...

Aug 20 2019

Working-From-Home with a Sick Child

I’m about 5 months into my first job as a developer. Officially, we do not have standard work-from-home days; however, we are allowed to work-from-home due to unplanned and unavoidabl...

Jul 15 2019

Asking For Help as a Junior Dev, Without Seeming Lazy

One thing I enjoy in my first-ever dev role is the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds and expand my developer skillset. Encountering coding roadblocks and known-unknowns is...

Apr 26 2019

The Blessing of Rejection: Growing Past the 'No'

I feel almost guilty to admit that it’s taken me just shy of 3 weeks to write this post. If you’ve followed my developer journey so far, you’ve read about my coding challenges and tri...

Sep 18 2018

Lessons In Agility: My First Dev Team Project

I recently wrapped up at The Firehose Project. 🎉 With 3 other remote developers, I built a chess application on Rails (with some JavaScript) using Agile Development principles. The 7-...

Sep 03 2018

moms

Working-From-Home with a Sick Child

I’m about 5 months into my first job as a developer. Officially, we do not have standard work-from-home days; however, we are allowed to work-from-home due to unplanned and unavoidabl...

Jul 15 2019

technical,

Simpler is Better, if it gets the job done

Today at work, my teammate reviewed the following code I had written...

Sep 27 2019

jobs,

GitHub Mistakes That New Devs Make

In recent weeks, several developers hunting for their first dev job have asked me to review their resumes and/or portfolios...

Oct 28 2019

jobs

My Ask-Me-Anything Session with CareerKarma

When Timur Meyster, of Career Karma, asked to host an Ask-Me-Anything with their squads, it was a most humbling moment...

Nov 06 2019