I announced yesterday that, my original Jess Can Code content will be moving exclusively to DEV.TO! The blog posts that I wrote for Jess Can Code shares my story of transitioning into the software development industry.
Each week, I will review my post, write a reflection based 2 years after the fact and the original content will follow. You will see that I wrote a lot of rhetorical questions and now, I am in the position to answer the questions that I asked. Feel free to ask questions as a lot has changed since I sat down and wrote each post in all of their lightly edited glory!
Below is a preview of what I will be doing over the next few weeks. This post was titled "Hello World!" and published on April 16, 2016.
"Hello World" is a fitting way to open up your first blog post, no?
I have created this website to journal and document my journey into becoming a web developer. This blog will feature reflections, lessons learned, and thoughts about the latest tech trends. I also hope that one day, it can inspire other self-taught web developers to keep growing and learning, no matter how difficult the path.
Some of the things that are racking my brain right now:
- Do I have the discipline needed to be a self-taught web developer?
- Is there any way I can fit in design as I am interested in design?
- What do I do with Github?
- How are there so many resources out there!?
- Do I need to attend bootcamp?
- Will I ever move out of my mother's house?
- AngularJS?! Node.js?! What IS all this?!
So here we go...thank you for joining me on this journey!
Here are the answers to 2016 Jess:
1) I took the self-teaching route for about six months. I was feeling very stuck in my old job and wanted to speed up my career transition, so I pivoted to a boot camp.
2) Roles as a UX/UI developer are out there. As a front-end developer, it is very useful to have an eye for design and not be responsible for that aspect of work.
3) Github is my lifeblood as it is where I push/pull code for work and personal projects.
4) Everyone learns differently whether it be through video, reading, etc. It is also a very useful skill to be able to explain technical concepts through different mediums. So for that question, I would say that there are a need and a demand for 50 million different tutorials.
5) You do not need to attend a boot camp. I felt that it was right for me at the time because I really like the classroom-style atmosphere when I am learning things that are unfamiliar to me.
6) Still working on that, but I am in a better position to do that now than I was a few years ago. It is about getting my finances in order.
Note: "Kale" is an informal goodbye in Luganda, the language that my mother's family speak in Central Uganda 🇺🇬. Not to be confused with kale, the dark leafy vegetable.