Spring time is here in SF!

Each quarter I come up with three goals to obtain. Sometimes I hit those goals and other times I may not. Sometimes other accomplishments that I didn’t really account for appear. For example, I didn’t set a goal for reading books but I did read one and I thought that would be interesting to note. Just in case you are interested in my goal tracking tools, I use the Best Self Journal and I highly recommend it.

First off, below are my accomplishments for Q1 2018:

Q1 2018 — Accomplishments

  • Gave my first conference talk! Woohoo! It was at assert.js

Below is a Q&A session to answer some common questions about testing. Some of these insights come from my book, Testing Angular Applications, and some from my professional experience.

What testing tools and/or workflow do you use?

I do a lot of testing for Angular applications. I use Karma for unit testing, Protractor for End-to-End testing, and the Angular-CLI for setting up, configuring and installing testing tools.

Setting up an environment for testing is a snap if you use the Angular-CLI. In the past, setting up your testing environment could be challenging and time-consuming. Now it can be done in a matter of minutes.

Once a project is…

TLDR: Even though the book is aimed at kids, as the title infers, I would recommend JavaScript for Kids to anyone who wants an introduction to JavaScript. It is well written, easy read that is engaging while educational.

Image cover courtesy of No Starch Press

I saw this book a couple years ago and I’ve always wanted to read it. The illustrations and example seemed so well done, I could help be but be somewhat curious. I can say with 100% honesty, I was not disappointed. This is a well written introduction to JavaScript. …

I’m going to be spending a fair amount of time in the next couple of weeks traveling and I thought that it would be nice to do a little light reading while I was traveling. My goal was to select 5 solid, software engineering books to read while I was traveling.

In order to pick out the best books that I used the following criteria:

  • The book must be a software engineering book that focuses on people, processes, soft skills, practices, or management. I won’t have the ability to type out code while traveling, so I’m skipping any coding books…

Jesse Palmer

Senior Engineering Manager, Growth @ SurveyMonkey

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