Diving Deep into WordPress

WP Admin Shirt

So, as I mentioned in my last post, things have been going well at 50onRed. I am now working full-time as a CMS (read ‘WordPress’) developer for the content team. I manage three viral content sites, and the majority of my work is diving into depths of WordPress.

WordPress was part of my beginning experiences building for the web. Not Your Mommy’s Blog, The Hair Saloon, and this blog are all WordPress sites. Soon after building these sites, I began to work with Hangify, CodeForPhilly/YadaGuru, and then landed the internship at 50onRed. The these experiences had been focus away from WordPress: full-stack JavaScript with node, Angular, and Python/Flask. I think it is safe to say that I ‘grew up’ as a developer outside of the world of WordPress. Read MoreDiving Deep into WordPress

Overdue Update

New Years Eve Fireworks 2015

One of my many usual New Year’s resolutions (along with eating less and exercising more, of course), is to blog more. I have made a commitment to blog weekly, with Monday nights being my go-to blogging night. So, being today is the first Monday of 2016, it is time for a long-overdue update.

My last post at the end of July was actually a re-post from the 50onRed blog, where I was given the opportunity to do a guest post during my internship there. I am happy to say that, almost 6 months later, I am still there. In September, at the end of the internship, I was offered a position as a CMS Developer with our content team to build and manage several viral content sites. The job has been fun, enjoyable, and rewarding, It is a great feeling to come into work everyday to solve problems, build, and be creative with code. Read MoreOverdue Update

Guest Post on the 50onRed Blog

I was given a great opportunity to write a guest post about my journey from a teacher to a software engineer. It was a nice way to reflect on where I was just a little over a year ago, and on all of the progress I have made during that time. You can jump over to 50onRed’s blog and read the article there, or just read the full text here.

I am six weeks into my RedLabs internship at 50onRed–a little beyond the halfway mark. During my time so far, I’ve learned a tremendous amount from collaborating with senior engineers and Product Team members on company products, learning the best practices for writing clean code, and becoming familiar with new languages and frameworks. I’ve also been adjusting to the schedule and lifestyle of a new career, as well as reflecting on how I got here. Read MoreGuest Post on the 50onRed Blog

Meet MusicBot

So, weeks 1 and 2 of RedLabs was a major success. It’s been great getting to know the other engineers and the business. But the greatest thing is getting to code all day. This concept is new to me, as coding has always been something I had to squeeze into my schedule. It’s almost unbelievable that this is what I’m supposed to be doing all day. I almost feel like I’m getting away with something.

After some orientation meetings early in the first week, we sat down with the RedLabs team leader and worked out our first projects. Myself and two other interns picked to work on building a Slackbot that would allow anyone in the office to easily collaborate on the music that plays in the office during the day. Read MoreMeet MusicBot

Big Changes

So, I’ve once again neglected my blog, and I have a lot of catching up to do here. The biggest news I have to share is that I am writing this blog post with my phone, on a train headed to Philly for my first day as a web dev intern at 50onRed!

Today is a big day for so many reasons. First off, after 12 years of teaching, today I will not be reporting to my job as a music teacher. This is a huge step, as I’ve been working for the last year to make a career transition, and it is actually happening! 

I’m both excited and nervous this morning. Starting today, life will be very different. Different schedule, different duties, different coworkers, different culture. Read MoreBig Changes

Hangify

Hangify Logo

Ugh, was February 5th really my last post? There goes my New Year’s Resolution of blogging regularly. Well anyway, I feel like I have a good excuse this time…

The last month-and-a-half have been a crazy-awesome learning experience for me. I wanted to take some time to reflect on this time, as it has been very exciting.

It all started at the January Philadelphia JavaScript Developers Meetup. After the presentations, we were hanging out at a nearby bar/restaurant. Usually, I don’t really know anyone at these meetups, so I try to make an effort to sit with someone I don’t know, tell my story, and ask for advice. Read MoreHangify