My very first tech conference experience! Three days of intense knowledge trying to squeeze itself into my brain. It was so good getting some time to focus on frontend learning after so many weeks of working on backend projects at work.
Day 1 was the Fundamentals Conference, a good lineup of basics in React and related technologies, while days 2-3 were for Advanced topics. The Advanced days were more challenging for me to understand, partly because a lot of the talks seemed to be about very experimental or far-out there technologies or ideas. The practical ones were great though!
No slides, but an inspiring talk from Sophia Shoemaker and her experience building an app for a nonprofit in Ghana helping reunite children in orphanages with their families. This tweet is of her last slide and the Jap...
It's been about 4 months since I officially switched over to full time development from managing the QA team.
On one hand, I feel a little disappointed that I haven't been able to really develop my frontend skills as much as I'd hoped for, or expected I would have by now. I've only worked on a few small bugs on the frontend and a little bit with our old legacy frontend code. I haven't worked in React too much yet, even though I tried starting work on my own for a small work related React project. It turns out when your day job involves a ton of backend code and running integration tests locally, it takes a bit of time to switch to a Docker profile that is meant for frontend. Doing that every day is just not feasible for me.
So while I'm a little less afraid of curly braces, I don't think I'm close to being comfortable with React and Redux just yet, or with frontend systems altogether.
But on the other hand, I'm pretty proud of how far I've come on the rest of the work -- the backe...
I'm starting to find that I end up with a lot of downtime at work -- in between waiting for my Docker profile to build, or for the container to start, or waiting for code review feedback. These minutes don't add up to anything substantial enough to really put toward the next JIRA ticket, and so I usually find myself browsing Slack and catching up on conversations. Not really meaningful.
So I decided to come up with a list of small exercises I can work on while I'm waiting, for whatever it is. Here's my list of resources so far!
Ok so this one is a site for elementary aged children. But it is a ton of fun, the exercises are short and simple, and incredibly adorable. And hey, if they can learn this stuff, so can I! codeclubprojects.or...