Production

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This week:

  • Boring in the beginning
  • First production deployment!
  • Teamwork
  • Quadcopter woes

 

Started off pretty slow until we were ready to deploy my new code to the live site. It was exciting and scary. The team did a great job to catch an error that broke the redirect rule that we needed before my deployment. After a successful deployment my code passed all post QA checks!

Piloting and building my first quadcopter and been very challenging and has definitely tested my patience. I was able to do a few flights only to find more and more problems with my build. It has been a painful learning experience but will be worth it in the next few weeks when I get back up in the sky.

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Decisions

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#DroneLife

“Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values.”

— Jim Rohn

Work

  • Awesome week
  • Tore it up
  • Getting comfy
  • Need to change it up
  • Ready for the next week
  • Workflow wasn’t clear initially
  • Kept asking questions because I can
  • Code reviews are awesome
  • QA is also awesome

Observations:

  • Importance of communication
  • During commits, comments, messages, in person conversation and body language the goal should be an effective transfer of messages between the various parties
  • The prupose of the communication will probably still fall through the cracks so we should do our best to make sure most of the message made it and clarify anything with static.
  • I am becomming more explicit about the work that I preformed and leave my notes in the comments so that the following readers do not have to guess what to look for.

General reflections:

TLDR: I have spoken with a fair amount of people lately about being lost. I also find myself lost at times and more so in the previous couple years until I decided to become a programmer.

How I decided to forge my own path.

I brainwashed myself.

Everyday is a constant battle in the mind. Each day we have an unlimited amount of power. The power to make various decisions that determine what the next few seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and lifetime will be like.

I have seen a lot of movies and shows in my lifetime. I have invested countless amounts of time into video games. Now I feel that I am in a hurry to make up for lost time. Time where I could have been learning and developing a skill that would help me reach some of my dreamy goals such as having a property so large I could invite EDC to have an event on my land.

I don’t think of these past experiences as a total waste of time though. With careful observation you can learn important lessons from stories told through the TV. Through video games I have developed a winner attitude of never giving up and to keep going on even when the days seem tough. Imagine quiting after the first level of any game when you didn’t even give yourself the chance to learn and get better at it.

Nowadays I focus my time 2 things, quadcopters and web development. I need to add health and fitness to that list but I’ll be honest, neither has been near the top 2 for a long time. I plan to change that this year.

Why am I sharing all this?
For the few people that reach out to me and are able to get something out it. This is for you. I also do this to keep me accountable with myself and to challenge myself to be better than I was last week.

My new hobby of piloting quadcopters has also taught me a lot about decisions. Each time I move the sticks it’s either going to keep me in the air or bring me down. Rarely do I stay still. It’s too much fun not to fly forward. Sometimes I am having too much fun and fly right into the ground. Parts will break, and I will rebuild it. This hobby has strengthed my determination in life, it isn’t cheap and mistakes can be pretty expensive at times, but I am up for the challenge.

If you don’t have a hobby I suggest you get one as soon as possible. Pick one that you like and will challenge you.

Fire

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Mother F-ing Fire this week. Love it.

Work was fun and confusing at time. I knew we had multiple servers but didn’t realize how confusing it was going to be one day. Glad it didnt last very long. I had a stumble at one point because there were multiple staging servers that I was working with, our team’s sever and the Cars Direct staging server. After figuring it out, asking questions and seeking clarifications, I was able to keep on truckin. Also helped a coworker with an algorithm that checked if a sequence of numbers would be strictly ascending if we had removed a single number.

Something new I used: Deployment tools, easy peasy and pretty cool.

So far I am still diggin life as a developer. It might get boring sometimes, but it definitely does not stay boring for very long.

This weekend another drone session. A few crashes and broken props, but nothing major. Practice, practice and practice. Repetition, persitence and determination. All it takes to get good at anything, anywhere.

This week was fire and I saw it in the sky.

The Tank

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Work was cool, kind of sucked a few days this week, but these days make the other days way better. I don’t have much to report, still learning and building things but nothing that excited me so much. We had a knowledge transfer session with Q & A where I  tried to expand my understanding of the operations within the company and how our technology works together. Definitely appreciated the guys from Mexico that came up for business and shed some light on this newbie here.

Weekend plans: fly some quadcopters!

Definitely an epic experience. It’s the closest I have gotten to feeling like a bird or plane in the sky. The main event of the evening was The Tank as seen in the photo. One of our other pilots somehow found themselves parked about 2-3 stories high in a pretty thick tree. Our more veteran pilot proceeded to chop the twigs and branches with what are called Indestructible Props. After about 5 brutal attempts The Tank won and was able to cut the other quad free from the Weeping Willow. 100% Epic…

I should receive the rest of my parts in the next few weeks and will soon have a quad to call my own. Also beginning work on a refined personal site and will eventually transfer this blog on wordpress.com to my personal site.

+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

Constant Learning

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Quick update!

Loving the flexible hours. I got to leave early to attend a birthday dinner 1.5 hours away.

Had a fun problem. One page of a site was displaying abbreviated articles causing some html to get cut off and as a result was missing closing tags. My solution: use regex to add closing tags after the string got truncated. Senior Developer code review -> had a better way and better reasons to use 1 php functions and 1 function from the framework we were working with. It is an excellent opportunity to be surrounded by more senior developers!

First Code Review = Epic Learning + 100 exp

Same Friday schedule working on a project with a friend.

The Matrix

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Reporting In

Here’s a breakdown of what my week looked liked.

Sunday
Cleaning and reorganization of physical space, digital space and mental space. Preparation for the week.

Monday
Reminded me of the first time I spared in Muy Thai and I got winded from a hook I never saw.

Tuesday
Back to the feeling like a boss, unstoppable. MEAN to MERN meetup.

Wednesday
Code hunting at work trying to figure it all out.

Thursday
Work: back to feeling like a scrub.
Not Work: Full stack side project planning.

Friday
Work: Hopefully next week I can figure it out, trying to get a high level overview training.
Not Work: Checking out WordPress for a different project.
Personal: Ordered a drone controller 😀

I need to take time to rest and let the data sync into my brain. I’ve been downloading at 1 TB/s and sometimes its painful so in order to keep going I need frequent breaks.