Forward

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“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

-Unknown

Check in:

  • Work is still cool
  • Drones are cooler
  • Continuous education is the coolest

Blah blah blah, nothing that sparks my memory for this past week. It could be my bad memory or a not so exciting week that makes the exciting ones better.

Without darkness there cannot be light.

+700 EXP

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This has been a productive week.

Stats
Tickets completed: 5
Major blockades taken down: 1
Total expereince gain: +700

Summary

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I’m getting more comfortable navigating and searching through the bazillion lines of code. I am starting to identify patterns allowing me to move a lot quicker through the various issues I am tasked with.

Blockade
I thought I saw a ghost in my code this week. I learned about A/B Testing the hard way.

Task: Change some static text on a specific site
Response: Easy peasy
Time: 2 hours later …

Within the first few minutes I was easily able to identify which file I needed to change by dropping my standard `<h1>H1 TEST</h1>` tag to make sure I am in the right place. Then I proceeded to changing the selected text, but it didn’t work. First thought, maybe its was getting loaded from another file? Moved the text down right above the selected text and it worked. Hmmmm, moved it below, still worked. … Droped the test into the <p> tag. Ah ha! Text now displayed twice. One was my text and the other I had no idea where it came from. I concluded there was only one reason how it got there. A JavaScript file was appending it to my p tag!

TL/DR optimizely made me think I saw a ghost.

Fun stuff this week.

Work EXP +500
Side project EXP +100
Drone Pilot EXP +100

Its Official!

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I start on Tuesday the 24th! I am extremely excited to be starting my career as a developer.

Other than waiting for this confirmation date I have been:
– Learning how to fly drones
– Reading about how various technologies work (such as computers and the internet)
– Doing daily algorithms on CodeWars
– Working on a couple different side projects for myself and for friends
– Learning how to use Redux with React

Next week I’ll be talking about Week 0 at Internet Brands.
Stay tuned!

Tick Tock

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The Monday Interview
As I eagerly await the start of my interview I am escorted into the room we had reserved for the next two hours of my life. The room was dead silent making the clock located near the top of the photo excruciatingly painful to listen to. I was ready and nervous, so I had a notebook ready so I can write down what happened incase I blacked out.

Some stats about my interview:
It can be summarized into 3 parts.
I was schedule for 2 hours but ended up staying for about ~4 hours.
It was a lot of fun.

Part 1: Estimated Duration ~ 15 minutes
The Recruiter
For the first part of my stay I was able to meet face to face with the recruiter that had reached out to me so that she could get to know me. In my nervousness I had forgotten most of the questions she asked but they were mostly about my resume and some personal details to illustrate who I am.

Part 2: Estimated Duration ~ 30 minutes
The Project Manager
During the second part I met with the project manager for a potential team that I was being interview for. We had gone over my resume and he checked out my personal website. After that introduction we began the technical part of the interview. We went into questions discussing various topics in programming that required me to answer by definitions and explanations to demonstrate my understanding of various topics. We also went through some algorithms followed by more technical questions.

During this part of the day I was not feeling so hot about my performance so far, but I knew what I needed to do afterwards. I need to get better at expressing my knowledge and understanding in technical explanations. I also needed to brush up on my vocabulary so that I can make a clear connection between topics and to demonstrate that I know what I am doing. At the end I was already starting to feel defeated but tried to calm down and convince myself otherwise.

Part 3: Estimated Duration ~ 2.5+ hours
The Technical Director
This was my chance to redeem myself. Considering the amount of overtime we went on our room reservation I think I did okay.

In summary here is a list of hings I did that might have helped me:
– Asked a ton of questions
– Prepared some even before I arrived
– Asked some questions about the tasked I would be performing “if I were selected”
– Expressed my genuine interest in the company, role, team, services they provided and culture
– Did my homework on the company
– Asked more about it because the internet didn’t have everything I was hoping to learn about the company
– Kept learning everyday before the interview and even during the interview
– Paid off when I got the questions “What have you learned on your own? How did you learn it?”
– Focused on getting better, even during the interview
– Talked out loud to demonstrate my problem solving skills
– Asked for clarity on questions and algorithms
– Took a ton of notes during the interview
– Explained my answers whether it was a confident answer, a guess or an educated guess

At the end of the day I think I did pretty good.
After a few days the recruiter emailed me saying “We would like to go forward with your candidacy!”. It’s unclear exactly what that means to me so I will have to wait until my reference check clears, background check clears and starting date is established.

Until then I shall continue to develop my craft…

Incoming New Year!

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Happy Holidays … still! I am excited that the world will be back on track soon. I miss being surrounded by code and talking with people about code. I am still learning as much as I can from my desk at home, but it is not the same as real live action when programming with others. At home I am restricted by my laptop. I like programming with other people. I like reading other people’s code and talking about it with them in person.

2017 is going to bring me a lot of opportunities to pursue this new found passion. I am going to start working as a developer. On the side I am going to work on personal projects and projects with friends. I am also going to participate more heavily in community building.

Happy New Year!

Coding + Mind Mapping

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I am so glad I learned how to code this year. For the latter part of my life I have been searching for something that I could do everyday that would bring me joy. I knew I was always into technology but this year it was time to learn to build things with it. Programming tests me everyday to make sure that I keep challenging myself. Some days I feel like I am a boss at it. Most days I feel like a total noob, but I keep coming back for more.

My bootcamp experience taught me how to learn and tested my patience for this new found discipline. The above quote is an excellent summary of how I learn best.

“Tell me and I forget.” I have a terrible memory. In one chapter of my life I learned to not trust my memory and write things down. This habit I have developed helped to organize my life better.

“Teach me and I may remember.”. Lectures definitely do not stick. Even in elementary school and high school, I was never really able to pay attention the whole time in a lecture. During the bootcamp I was somewhat able to because it was usually a demo or at least it was involving my new found passion, coding.

“Involve me and I learn”. I like how involved we get to be when learning to program. I get to practice and try things out while following along with a lecture, demo, book, video and whatever other source I might be using. The best way to learn to code is to code!

Sometimes coding seems really difficult for me to understand because a lot of the things I am learning are usually abstract ideas. I am a very visual person so I found that mind mapping really helps me pick up new topics.

According to litemind, information in a mind map is structured similar to the way the brain works. It is also an activity that engages both halves of the brain.

If you haven’t tried out mind mapping, I highly recommend it!

There are many different programs out there that do the same thing and it usually comes down to preference which one you choose to use.

Check out this one at coggle to get started.

Otherwise, I’m going to back to coding!

Start of the Next Chapter

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We have to live life with a sense of urgency so not a minute is wasted.
– Les Brown

Welcome, to the transition to the next chapter. I now have a clear path in my mind. I am a Full Stack Engineer. Right now I am focused on honing my Front End Engineer skills. I build web apps, I make functional interfaces, I care, I am hungry, I am organized, I am fun, I like being outside, I like to code, I am interested in all tech, I am a programmer, I am an apprentice.

I have been studying Front End Technologies.
I almost have the whole process understood.
React apps are in the making right now.

Status Report:

Apps = 14
TopCompanies = 3
ShouldApply = 1
Books = EJS 4/21 CTCI 0.5.20
ActiveProjects = 3
Topics = Data Structure, System Design, Javascript
Mentors = 0
Interviews = 0
MeetUps = 1