Today, I moved all of my Medium.com articles to freeCodeCamp’s news platform. I was very excited about being able to easily blog and build a following on on Medium in the past, but how they have handled the growth and treated people on the platform has left a bad taste in my mouth. There are still some bugs, but I’m excited to be able to host my articles on a fully open-source, ad-free, community driven platform.
Here are all of my articles on there: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/author/gwen/
Originally published at http://gwenfaraday.com.
Conferences can be stressful even if you are not giving a talk. On the other hand, speaking can really boost your career, help you network, allow you to travel for (almost) free, and give back to others at the same time.
I’ve given over a dozen conference talks in the last few years and I want to share some of the things I’ve learned from my experience here.
It can be tricky to get accepted at your first conference. Your best bet is to speak at local meetups, user group meetings, or nearby events first. …
Nashville’s draw is much more than just country music; the city has successfully rebranded itself as the music capital of the US. Its charm doesn’t stop with just music either. The city is filled with delightful, local shops and a thriving arts scene.
I made the trip here recently for a conference and decided to plan a few extra days to explore the city. As I usually do, I booked an Airbnb instead of a hotel and made a long list of local shops, interesting spots, and restaurants to try out. The city is pretty small so even while I was staying in one place, it was easy to get anywhere I wanted to go. …
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The field of machine learning is becoming more and more mainstream every year. With this growth come many libraries and tools to abstract away some of the most difficult concepts to implement for people starting out.
Most people will say you need a higher level degree in ML to work in the industry. If you love working with data and practical math, then I would say this is not true. I did not graduate college with a Machine Learning or data degree yet I am working with ML right now at a startup. …
I, like many programmers (I assume), struggle with focusing and staying on task. Every hour of every day it seems I am being bombarded with texts, emails, messages, tweets, and in-person interruptions. Not to mention all of the blog sites I like to check and the new videos from my favorite YouTubers.
This has become a greater challenge as I consult, travel, and work remotely frequently. Here are some of the ways I have been able to maximize my output vs time efficiency and minimize interruptions.
Staying focused while working on the computer is never easy, but it has gotten ‘easier’ for me by using app and website blocker programs. Right now, I use a Mac for most of my work, and I also travel with one. Thus, some of the app specific information here is for Mac users. I also want to note here that desktop apps are better than browser plugins because they block across all browsers and desktop apps as well (plus if you are an app developer, you probably have enough plugins in your browser already). …
I started investing in cryptocurrencies last year, and just kept going down the blockchain rabbit hole from there. Where I live especially, much of the blockchain community is focused on things like trading and investing in cryptocurrencies. Although it was fun to invest at first, I wasn’t so interested in that. So I started my own local meetup group to focus on blockchain development.
The meetup group allowed me to connect and learn alongside members of the community, and I’ve used that to compile a list of resources that I, and the other members, have found useful. …
I started a local meetup back in 2015 to meet fellow learners and coders. I had no idea at the time that it would help me so much and allow me to meet such amazing people.
I created a group page on Facebook first, replacing an inactive local freeCodeCamp group that had started earlier in the year. Members started to join one at a time and there were about 20 - 30 when I posted the first meeting.
The first few meetings we had were filled with code and coffee. We got together at a local cafe and worked through freeCodeCamp challenges and projects, and talked tech. We had about 4 - 8 members show up at the first few meetups and, within a few months, we started to outgrow the small cafe. …
For several years now, I‘ve been watching tons of online conference talks. I’m always impressed by the willingness of people in the tech community to openly share knowledge with each other. So many people go out of their way to create free online learning materials or help out when you are stuck. These people really inspired me to try to teach what I knew and help others as well.
I really love teaching. It makes me feel fulfilled when I help someone and it also helps me learn. …
I want to preface this article by saying that it came out of a recent personal experience that I had. I learned some invaluable lessons and I hope you read it to the end and get something out of it for your time.
Three jobs and several years into my professional career, I feel like I have come a long way and learned some valuable lessons .
The most important of which has prompted me to write this article today.
See, in my employment searches, I’ve always focused on which tech stack a company used or if I thought I would be a successful employee from a technical perspective. If I liked the people and the job enough and my skill-set aligned, I would accept the job. …