This is part two of a series for career changers. You can find the first here: https://medium.com/@fayehayes/life-is-short-change-your-career-today-4cb362fbe0ff.
I initially wanted to write a comprehensive post on how to become a programmer when you have no background experience in the field. Upon further reflection — that’s probably not the best way to go about it. You see, coding isn’t just about picking up one skill and turning that into a career. Along with the hard skills, you have to shift your mindset too.
I landed on using my own journey as the basis for this series. I’ll be taking you step…
Millions of people head to work unfulfilling jobs every single day. Every single morning they follow the same uninspired routine or follow the same uninspired route to work. To make matters worse, this unfulfilling, uninspired job probably doesn’t pay much. So why do we stay? Why continue to be a clog in the machine when you can slowly claw your way out of it?
Sound like anyone you know? For a long time that was me, too.
If you’re anything like me, and you identify with any of the above, my challenge to you is to shift your mindset and…
Hi, I’m people.
I recently built a really cool web application (hello Phoenix Project — web application launching *soon*)!
It is a Server-Side Rendered React(SSR) app that leverages the power of Razzle, a tool that gives you the configuration needed to create a SSR React.js Application. What’s great about Razzle is that it is well-documented with a community of technologists that are dedicated to the project’s upkeep.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any clear instructions on how to deploy my Razzle application to Google App Engine(GAE). I’m going to share some of my gotchas when deploying my app.
Freelancers. We all need them. Freelancers are a vibrant part of the small biz community. Depending on the contract you negotiate with a potential freelancer, you get the joys of working with a professional without the hassle of typical employee costs (healthcare, 401k, you see where I’m going here.)
While you can extract immense value from working with a freelancer, it’s up to you, the business owner, to do the upfront work before bringing someone in to support your business. I’ve been on both sides of the table. …
Soooo you’ve decided to get into tech. Congratulations! I want help. I’ve been fielding a ton of questions from folks having trouble getting started. That’s okay! From the outside looking in, the tech industry may look like there are barriers on top of barriers to get in. Not true. Alright, it’s not a cake walk but it’s not entirely impossible to get there.
Here are 5 things to consider when making that leap.
When I first decided to learn how to code, I was really nervous. I was coming out of a sales role at an IT company and had…
Process automation is essential to a growing team. Backstage Capital has grown quickly to over 30 remote teammates. We’ve celebrated a ton of wins recently, such as investing in 100 impressive startups and launching 4 city-based accelerators. Despite how amazing our team is (and honestly, we are) with producing initiatives, we aren’t immune to growing pains. It can be difficult to stay in-sync across the Crew.
As a distributed team, lots of our communication happens in Slack. Slack bots are typically micro-projects that make your life easier by automating workflow tasks and information sharing. One of our experimental projects is…
It’s extraordinary the amount of growth a year can provide. When Kedar first approached me, I was nervous. The unknown scared me. I didn’t know anything about startups, the culture, let alone what the heck a venture capital was?
So. Many. Questions.
What pulled me in was the mission of PlayLoops. We’re building a platform that revolutionizes the way advocacy groups and other progressive companies approach content creation and distribution. My initial fear was overshadowed by my excitement at building something that matters. Better still, an ethical startup from the ground up.
A bit of about me, I am not…
Early last month I had the pleasure of attending Innovation v. Gentrification: A #BlackHistoryMonth debate hosted by the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Four Black high school seniors from Oakland, CA addressed the audience with their viewpoints on the topic. The heart of the issue was this: Black and Brown people are being pushed out of their neighborhoods, largely, by people who move to the area to buy in to the tech industry boom.
But, what is gentrification? According to the Urban Displacement Project:
“Gentrification, or the influx of capital and higher-income, higher-educated residents into working-class neighborhoods...Displacement, which occurs when…
PlayLoops is a platform that radically simplifies the GIF story creation process for organizations. We provide intuitive GIF design tools and a rapidly growing library of GIFs that represent the underrepresented.
Our initial challenge was setting up our development workflow. What that means is that we needed a system in place so that multiple people could efficiently collaborate on a single project. Our team of two did not have a background in DevOps. I have a full stack development background and Kedar came from a video game designer and developer background. …
Have you ever been in search for an easy to follow list of instructions tailored to beginner devs? A lot of the tutorials I come across are so flooded with jargon — so I decided to start publishing my own notes for common tools.
A couple assumptions that I make:
Do those things first! Don’t pass go!
Here are the instructions that I follow whenever pushing a new Rails App to Heroku. (but when in doubt — read the logs)
In your command line run: