CODE CAMP DIARIES

Is it about technical skills, a fancy career title, or a different way of thinking?

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Prior to several weeks ago, I don’t think I ever deeply pondered when I could use certain professional labels for myself. When I was in college, I never debated whether or not to tell people I was a student. When I got my first real internship, I didn’t flinch to say I was an intern. And during the several jobs I’ve had since, I’ve continued to take for granted the ability to answer someone when asked The Question (“What do you do?”). Then, I made a deliberate decision to 1) stop working as a client services professional, and 2) to…


CODE CAMP DIARIES

Choosing your first programming language and framework from a sea of possibilities

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Japanese bakery / shankar s. [CC]

I had the opportunity to travel to Japan two years ago, and it was an incredible experience. While there, I remember walking into a bakery with an overwhelming amount of expertly crafted breads and pastries. I couldn’t read the signs describing what each item was, and I felt extremely overwhelmed with the choices. I paced back and forth, gawking at these edible works of art without the ability to make an informed choice about which to try. I wanted one of each.

This is also exactly how I felt when, in choosing which coding boot camp to attend, I was…


CODE CAMP DIARIES

Things you might not think to google before beginning your coding journey

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I don’t think I’m unique when I say I google an unhealthy amount. The ability to look something up online is just another sense, and I often think about how people survived for thousands of years without it, which makes me a little depressed. But then I remember that people didn’t have questions about why npm start won’t work thousands of years ago, so it all shakes out in the wash.

Before my decision to quit my job and go to a coding boot camp, I was googling all day, every day. I compared programs, looked up reviews, watched videos…


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I had no understanding of blockchain before writing this blog; however, I’ve been very familiar with things like cheese, milk, yogurt, etc. for quite a while, so when I saw that Nestle was moving toward improving supply chain transparency for its dairy products with blockchain, I figured it was a great opportunity to learn a bit more about what exactly that phrase entails.

In 2017, Nestlé began a partnership with IBM’s Food Trust blockchain initiative so they could improve food product traceability for consumers. With this pilot, shoppers can scan QR codes located on a particular Nestlé product at the…


Close your eyes and think of the word ‘tech’. Which associations and images come to mind? Do you think of your grandmother? Unless she’s a tech maven, I’m assuming the answer is no. Either way, when most of us think of technology and innovation, we likely don’t associate those words with the elderly. This may begin to shift as 77 million Baby Boomers continue to age.

The gargantuan Baby Boomer population is at the precipice of becoming officially geriatric, and according to a report from Evercore, 14 million of these older people will start using the internet on their phones…


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One of my favorite things to do the morning after a long day of coding is to re-watch the lecture from the previous long day of coding. I even like to poke around for additional lectures from different teachers to see if the ways in which they explain the concepts make more or less sense to my brain. The other day, an instructor made a connection between DOM content loading and the starting point of a Rube Goldberg machine.

First, I became nostalgic for my high school physics project when I built a ridiculous homage to Mr. Goldberg. The…


Scratching the surface of Markov Chains

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Recently, I was skimming an article that described how a prankster hacked a dating app. The article itself was just okay, but the concept that really piqued my interest was the use of Markov chains to generate content.

I did some research on this model, named after mathematician Andrey Markov, to see how it works and why these chains are important in programming.

If I were going to describe Markov chains to someone who has scant statistical or mathematical acumen (me), I would say this: imagine you have a very persnickety friend with a very particular sweet tooth. …

Paula Tulis

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