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What was your win this week?

jess profile image Jess Lee (she/her) ・1 min read


Looking back on your week -- what was something you're proud of?

All wins count -- big or small πŸŽ‰

Examples of 'wins' include:

  • Getting a promotion!
  • Starting a new project
  • Fixing a tricky bug
  • Cleaning your house...or whatever else that may spark joy πŸ˜„


Happy Friday!


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  1. My ebook "How I became a programmer" is officially published on Amazon. πŸ“—

  2. First ever PR I submitted for Apache Camel is approved and merged. πŸͺ


are we allowed to post links? Would be good if people can click a link that directly brings them to the Amazon page of your book.


I just tried to tap on it then read your post :)


I already created a blog post with a link to the amazon. :) There is no need for agressive marketing since i am not a full time writer. :D


Pushed up my first code review at my new job πŸš€


That's awesome! It always feels great to commit to the team's repository!

  • completed huge todo list.
  • taught someone flex-box today
  • taught my friend ReactJS and redux and he understood :D

Getting that todo list done is such a great feeling!

  • finally I have designed svgs for my personal projects

  • started to use storybook at work

  • deep dived into advanced types of typescript


I published this article, with an interesting meta lessoon:

Frankly the article was not hard to write. Nothing groundbreaking. And by using the interview format I delegated half of the work to someone else :)

.... and yet that's my most successfull article so far!

We are so often obsessed with impressing our peers - that's what developer conferences are all about - that we forget that there is a shitload of new developers in this industry, plus a shitload lot of developers switching to new things

=> Lowering the bareers to entry is at least as important as trying to expand the sum of all IT knowledge

  • Made a lot of progress on the Pomodoro project from FreeCodeCamp's curriculum.
  • Started a small project to learn TypeScript and practice Vue.
  • launch a template and cli for reactjs:

  • get a weeklong vacation after 3 years working nonstop.

  • I was finally able to make chatkit chat work perfectly


Started mentoring a developer from Russia. πŸ€—


oh, awesome task! I would love to chat with a Russian :-)

  1. finished negotiations and took a position of Frontend Team Lead for a new application
  2. finished a small article which could not finish for last 2 weeks :P

I'm seeing the light at the end of a tunnel of a feature I've been working on for the past month.

James Brown saying "Do you see the light?!"


Oh man. I feel this so much!

I'm still nearing the end of the tunnel for a feature (erm epic) that I've been working on since June. πŸ˜‚


I pushed the beta version of my black hole X-ray spectral model, one of the last big hurdles to my thesis work. Also, was able to put out a post on Dev on Monday night, the second consecutive week.

I'm trying to get in the habit of posting regularly even though I'm busy finishing up my PhD work and preparing for my SDE position at AWS, so I don't have a lot of free time. I'm proud that I'm able to do it two weeks in a row and I'm going to go for a third.

  • Complete learning reactjs
  • Understand redux

now you can learn Context and Hooks :-)


Was finally able to construct a CI/CD pipeline for multiregion k8s cluster application deployment.

There was a lot of diff repos and manual scripts that would change CI/CD pipelines with different cloud regions. Now its all with one setting in gh repo a Dev would need to plugin.. say an app needs to go to US and EU they would set a parameter regions=US,EU and that would deploy an app to different clusters with different set of configs that apps point to.

Another win for me was to be able to use my google home mini and create a mini k8s cluster , its kind of still in the works but was able to say "hey google create k8s cluster"


Completed my project and hosted it :D

A tool to create minecraft servers easily.
Do check it out at cyoms.tech


I finally made my first open source announcement on Dev, HN, Reddit, and Twitter [1]

I had it ready to announce for a couple weeks but wasn't sure of the best way to approach each channel.

My responses were mixed: Good on Dev and HN, poor on Reddit and Twitter.

Along with generally good feedback on the project's main premise, I've had a few issues submitted, a PR contributed, and an official Brew maintainer helping me get the Brew formula approved.

I consider the launch a success and look forward to hearing how the tool is doing in the wild.

[1]Note: I have several oss projects across several github accounts, but I never did make launch post for one until this week.


Scored four interviews days after being laid off. Taking some of my own advice.

If anyone is looking for an experienced full stack javascript engineer in PDX or 100% Remote with strong UI skills, look no further!


2 wins.

  1. I released another App on the App Store.
  2. A publication on Medium wanted an article of mine to be published there. Here's the link to the Medium post. It is behind the Medium paywall, so if you're a member I'd appreciate a read through there, but if you aren't a member, here is the Dev link for free.

Had our potluck at work this week. I made hot chili. It was disappointing. Not sure what when awry, since it is the same recipe I've been using for years. :-(

For my daughter's party & sleepover, I made Mississippi Crock Pot Roast with homemade buns (because I couldn't find any suitable buns at the store), and it was fabulous. :-)


I made it through my work's Christmas dinner.

I had a big client meeting which went quite well.

But most of all, I learned :vertical ball


Launched a frontend for a project I've been working on via Netlify. Launched the backend for it on Heroku and have been learning Mongodb the entire time. Super out of my comfort zone, but I'm really excited to shore up a few final pieces and share out an MVP :)


I created my first open-source organization on a Github: github.com/Chronoblog

Posted a new starter for Gatsbyjs: Gatsby Starter Chronoblog Hacker

Redid the way Github actions work in the Gatsby Theme Chronoblog repo


The first two was supposed to be my win for last week, but I included them here since I didn't participate last week:

  1. Speed up the django test suite in my company
  2. Wrote an article about it dev.to/davidkwan95/how-i-speed-up-...
  3. Tweaking my personal website davidkwan.dev/
  • Used react hooks extensively
  • only to find out later that I should also learn to normalise the state for a component tree and also should serialise my ids(or indexes)
  • started reading more about useReducer

Codebar shared an article about me on Medium πŸ˜† Season's greetings and happy Friday everyone! medium.com/codebar-stories/evie-sk...


Finally understand MVVM(Model-View-ViewModel) Architecture


I learned ViewPager2 and implemented it in a demo app.
I also launched this arcile about Migrating Gradle from Groovy to Kotlin DSL


Getting my Team Lead to say "I'm 100% satisfied with your work"


I code reviewed my first PR and I learned more about JavaScript promises and web sockets.


Amazing Doaa. Good luck for your new journey.


I finally launched my side project - Binged!

Ever feel like you are watching too much #Netflix. If that thought has crossed your mind then you should definitely check out Binged at binged.herokuapp.com/

  1. πŸ“I finally finished writing up a post I had stalled for a little while. dev.to/kylewelsby/community-driven...
  2. Finished re-factoring my CV/Resume, and increased my CV value by Β£35k (according to adzuna.co.uk/jobs/value-my-cv).
  3. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅Applied to a handful of jobs in Japan, getting the ball rolling on relocation.
  4. πŸ’ͺHit the GYM three times
  5. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»Re-opened a paused side-project and hacked some code.

To me, the small things also warrant the mention too.

  1. 🍽Cleaned the Kitchen
  2. πŸ›Made my bed
  3. πŸ‘ΎPlayed some games
  4. πŸ›€Relaxed

Finally began using typescript after literally weeks of procrastination.


Finally getting to understand how to cleanly insert contents in a file in emacs lisp...


I bought a new laptop. I'm so glad. I'll start hacking again after my old dies.


Learned Golang, gRPC and implemented a small demo project!


Packed up most of my things and made my big move down to London!

Let's get this started


Janky! clap
Parser! clap
Python! clap
Port! clap

  1. Began learning React (again) and successfully integrated one of our React apps with Okta

  2. Taught one of our dogs to sit/stay

  3. Hit a new squat PR


Implemented a Redis cache on one of our clients systems in an API that wraps around another external API. Request times went from averaging 2s to 30ms. Big big wins! Thankyou Redis :-)


Got my first (real) test code pushed up to our new project at work. I'm diving into Cypress and having to learn a lot as I go, but loving it so far.

  1. Celebrated Christmas with Family
  2. Released an Alpha version of Shelby, a shell prompt I'm working on
  3. Learned Go
  4. Learned more on Flip Flops and Counters

1.Started learning back-end with node.js.
2.Finished strings section from a2oj categories and now I'm confident in strings with intermediate algorithms.

  • finished my 1st bootcamp
  • did a 300ld squat with room to spare after 2 months of doing absolutely nothing
  • fixed some layouts on some websites i've created
  • figured out i barely grasped the concept of web development =D
  • settled on my curriculum for the months ahead