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

Building for a client – The Hair Saloon and More

Hair Saloon and More

Prior to my latest project, most of my projects have been built either for myself, my wife, or friends. While I was confident with my abilities at this point, I had not yet had the opportunity to build something for someone who I would consider a real “client.” Recently, I had this opportunity, and wanted to document my experience in building a website for an actual client.

I regularly get my haircut at a small business local to me called The Hair Saloon and More. About a year ago, I decided that I would keep my hair cut very short. While I am happy with the look, I have the unfortunate problem of rapidly growing hair, and have to get my haircut about every 2-3 weeks to maintain it. I’ve gotten to know the owners well, and enjoy my regular visits. Read MoreBuilding for a client – The Hair Saloon and More

New Year Update

2015 New Year

Wow, I haven’t posted in over a month and a half! It has been a busy November and December, with work, family, and the holidays keeping me busy. Unfortunately, I had less and less time to devote to coding (as made evident by that sad contributions chart on my GitHub page). However, being a teacher has the lovely perk of having a whole week off after Christmas, and this has allowed me to get back into the habit again.

So… what have I been doing?

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My Shout-Out on CodeNewbie

I had a fun little surprise the other night while I was watching my daughter at her gymnastics class. I have taken to bringing earbuds with me, and catching up on podcasts while watching my daughter’s class. I was listening to the latest episode of the CodeNewbie podcast, when, to my delight, I heard my name mentioned!

A few weeks ago, I posted my first project, the Rhythm Randomizer, to the CodeNewbie Discourse. The host of the CodeNewbie podcast, @saronyitbarek, was looking to shout-out some projects/accomplishments of members of the CodeNewbie community. And for this week’s podcast, she chose my project for the shoutout!

You can listen to it here.  So cool!