What was your win this week?

Jess Lee on May 03, 2019

Time for some reflection โœจ Looking back on your week -- what was something you're proud of? All wins count -- big or small ๐ŸŽ‰ Examples of 'wins' ... [Read Full]
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^ this dev gets it. But for those that wish they could be more comfortable with PRs like that, check out how to feel good about deleting dead code


I love throwing away code. I can do the same by end of May. Getting rid of SCCM once and for all! ๐Ÿ‘


Mostly dead code. I also deleted quite a bunch the weeks before. We've been finishing up quite some refactoring (moving from one java web framework to an other). Moving parts from the code base to managed via configuration. And plainly deleting sub-modules which are no longer used. We finally reached the point where we're able to get rid of a lot of files/code. Our code base in lines of code* has decreased from 822k (beginning of this year) to 665k. We're getting close to the size we had in 2014.

Quite a few of those "lines" moved outside our codes base. So they are not really gone, but they are now no longer the burden of the devs.

Sadly fisheye does not provide nice stats on how much I have been deleting for arbitrary time windows. Just "last week" and "all time".

But in the end:

Deleted code is debugged code. -- Jeff Sickel

*) code as in the broadest sense of the word, so includes XML, HTML, CSS, etc. Everything which sonarqube sees as code and counts towards our technical debt.


Finished my first semester of grad school, and it looks like I got an A in both classes I took! ๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽ†


I planted loads of little veggie plants in my backyard garden this week! ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ


Did you plant kale? That stuff is indestructible. I was eating the kale I planted until November and it was still growing in December.


As much as I wanna say kale yeah! right now, I haven't... yet.

But, I'll take you up on the suggestion! I had a friend say the same thing. I'm definitely a a kale lover and am going to try and fit it in! ๐Ÿ˜€


I didnโ€™t expect to get non-programming tips on here haha


Wrote a two-part series about git and making a Pull Request to help beginners navigate the waters. The response to it has been great (and I'm a little bit still waiting to wake up from a dream)

Git Explained: dev.to/12vanblart/crash-course-git...
First PR: dev.to/12vanblart/make-your-first-...

Simpson wakes up from dream and asks "Wait, that was all a dream?"


We had a bunch of remediation scripts that were kind of floating around in different projects. So I pulled them all together and created a CLI tool. Itโ€™s super pretty and works really well! Iโ€™m quite proud of it ๐Ÿ™‚


Started having some health problems last week and I prioritized my health without compromise! This time last year I would have been trying to work through evenings to finish up work I had missed for doctor appointments because I didn't have a healthy work life balance.


This week, I managed to get nearly a month ahead of myself with my podcast editing schedule.

For those who don't know: I create, host, and edit two podcasts. The .NET Core Podcast is currently alin an interview stage, I have around 8 interviews recorded and 2 edited and ready to release - it releases fortnightly. The Waffling Taylors Podcast has a much more intense edit than dnc because it's my brother and ai talking, but I cut in audio from a bunch of different sources, it has different segments, and is recorded a little less in advance.

I write the show notes for both shows; with a little help from a bit for the dnc show notes (it, badly, transcribes each episode, which I then need to fix).


Any tips on how to get a good audio setup going? Iโ€™ve done recordings of bands for over a decade, but thereโ€™s something about Skype audio recording thatโ€™s preventing me from getting the podcast portion of CubicleBuddha.com off the ground. #analysisParalysis


I would move away from Skype, and look into dedicated apps. I've used both Zoom and ZenCastr in the past. Both have free tiers so you should be able to try them out - and there are dozens of similar apps out there.

Zoom is advertised more as a video conferencing app, but it records the audio (if you tell it to record, that is) as separate tracks - so each person is in their own track).

ZenCastr is similar, but is entirely in the browser and is designed specifically for podcasts.

If you have to use Skype (or a similar VoIP app), I'd recommend having everyone record their audio in tandem to you recording the whole thing. If you do this, it's important to have a sync sound. This is so that, when editing, you can easily sync the tracks together. I've used a countdown followed by everyone clapping once in the last ("1, and-a 2, and-a 1 2 3 [clap]).

There are a few points on this page which might help too. Send me a Twitter DM if you'd like to chat more about podcast set ups, and we can figure out a time to connect and I'll see if I can help more.


Iโ€™m personally really impressed you managed to use the word fortnightly. Honestly have only seen that in Jane Austen books.


This week, I started learning Python! I really like it so far, Iโ€™m eager to know all the things I can do with it!


Play with panini static site generator.
Integrate an HTML5 Up design on it and release it into the wild:

WebApp - Sources

Free Website Big Picture by @Simpllo


I'm taking over an old abandoned Hugo theme and I'm having fun updating it.


This week, I got my first project that I'm getting payed for. A friend of mine asked me if i could look at some critical Excel files of her buisness and if I could automate them.
I'm quite proud that I honestly told her that I'm not interested in excel macro programming and showed her an idea of a web app that could replace those Excel tables.

Appatently she and her employees were pretty excited about it and now I have my first "real" project.


Hmm this week I donโ€™t have any specific wins for learning programming. Just more freecodecamp, reading, and tomorrow doing some precoursework for my bootcamp. 10 days till it starts.

I learned a new ukulele song this weekend, so thatโ€™s a win. ๐Ÿ˜น

Also got to see my friend for the first time since she moved to Colorado last October, and we watched End Game (both for the 2nd time), which is like a double-win.

Some more Dev.to swag I ordered was delivered. Got the adorable Sloan in peach. More heather peach gear! That color rocks.


This week...

  • I learnt more LaTeX (lol). Speaking of which...
  • I learnt basic Vim after seeing this post from /r/latex and I never thought I say this but I'm loving it. Currently setting up snippets from a plugin to integrate it with writing LaTeX. I might not go back to VS Code after this. XD

This week, I went to RailsConf ALONE, which was terrifying, but I made an effort to introduce myself to lots of new people. I ended up making a ton of new friends and in the end it was not as scary as I thought it would be ๐Ÿค—


This week, I caught something that would have ended up being a major bug BEFORE I released it as "done." Small victories some weeks... lol



This week, I...

Took up a freelance android project, even though I dont know android. Made it look exactly like a native app with vuetify.

  1. Hosted the app on netlify
  2. Wrote some backend nodejs & hosted it on now.sh
  3. Used google sheets for saving the leads.
  4. Wrapped the vue app inside a android webview.
  5. Spent $0
  6. Got paid on time from client.

This week, I registered an LLC to manage finances for a conference and will be going to the bank tomorrow to open a business account.

cat paw pulling money into a cardbox box


This week, I...am having the most productive Friday ever!!


This week, I jumped in on working on the React front end at work. I've never done React before and been away from the whole front-end world for two years. Actually getting work done and being productive without pestering any of my co-workers feels so good! ๐Ÿ˜

Elmo Fire


This week, I automated a pretty big weekly task which was previously taking an analyst a few hours a week to create reports. Now they run Sunday night and are ready Monday morning.


This week, I...

  • implemented an API that โ€žtalksโ€œ to my Domain Serverin order to
  • get Letโ€˜s Encrypt certificates for the IIS on my almost finished
  • newly set up Windows Server 2019 on a MacMini with ReFS Mirror and SSD Cache for my Home Server ... I know: Windows on a Mac ๐Ÿฅด. But I was unsatified with the ZFS and wanted to try ReFS.

Next steps: get some content on it ๐Ÿ˜Ž and DHCP configuration



I created a software runner using NodeJS.

It works like that;

1-) System admin adds an executable file to the software runner's database.

2-) All executable files added by system admin, lists by NodeJS application.

3-) A user who authorized can run any file using dashboard. Also, users can pass parameters to run the EXE file.

But it only works for terminal based apps. So, It will not support run GUI apps.


I created a Cron Job dashboard using Python. Users can create Cron Job entries, remove them or stop them using this dashboard.

I really like this project.

The last thing I did

I created an MSSQL report dashboard. I used Asp.NET Web API 2 for backend and I used Vue.JS for front-end.

But this project still under development.

I also started to read Shakespeare's sonnets.

I also started to mathematics again. I want to improve my math. So, I started like I'm five.


I've just discovered another win for me (I hope no one minds the double post). My parents have a Google Home Assistant and, on a whim, I thought I'd try to get it to play one of my podcasts.


Here's a tweet showing it off:

It isn't that difficult to do, but requires certain things to be baked into the markup of the site - which I've provided since day one of each of my shows.


Did more than theming and changed my first page template at my volunteer position! It took quite a few iterations for what should be a simple page, but I think it looks good now!


This week, I improved Frozonic by enabling users to add branch targets so that code freeze only runs for specific branches. Try it out if you haven't!


This week, I made a post on here that I'd been working on for over a week and it got a bunch of positive reactions ๐Ÿคฉ


This week, I...

Got my first job interview for a software engineer!



This week, I prepared a PR for an Apache Incubator project. It was under-prepared, rushed, and I'm still tidying it - but it still felt like a win.


This week, I created a simple API that returns information about links I call it Link Preview!! I also deployed it to Heroku !!
Github (API doc coming soon)
Live Version with example


Started my first coding challenge for real and so far have completed the first two challenges on my own! This is a first for me :)


This week, I...

Broke into Champion League in Fortnite, and have been crushing it with students lately. Had my first student at my new pay rate just now doing some oldschool Wordpress php and managed to fix his problem really quickly. That felt good :)


This week, I made a contribution to OSS via a PR completed into a VS Code extension :)


I am about to graduate and yesterday we had final year project expo, my team was overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback we got. We got the best project of the year award ๐ŸŽ‰


This week, I finished up and published a blog post for work that I've been wanting to do for a while. Felt really good to get that one out the door!


This week, I gained more knowledge about git in a two days training.


This week, I have built a linux server configured LAMP, I am a big step closer to getting my website live. โ˜บ๏ธ


Finally had time to code for one of mine side project making it almost ready for the first release :D


This week, I finally managed to customize my Jekyll blog on Github Pages, the way I wanted to! Yeeeeyyy


From a DevOps perspective, helped our engineering team build, test & release 4 new production applications

Oh Yeah


This week, I successfully put together plans for the first JAMstack meetup in Lagos happening tomorrow


This week, I made some time for CodeCopy and will do some more work this weekend. github.com/zenorocha/codecopy



This week, I am participating in QCon Sรฃo Paulo 2019, 10 year edition!

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