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Jessica Bell

I am a developer at The Washington Post and I help build newsroom facing tools. I also am the Chair of the DC chapter of ACM and produce a podcast called DC Tech Stories.

Education

San Francisco State & General Assembly

Work

Developer at The Washington Post

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How do you handle unproductive days at work?

Every once and a while: do simple small tasks, take a bunch...

I'm an open source enthusiast at Mapbox, the creator of Leaflet and 40+ other JS libraries, and a rock musician. AMA!

What do you think tech folks around the world could learn f...

[Off Topic] Should a developer marry another developer? What are the chances?

I am marrying my developer partner in less than 2 weeks! W...

Working from Home: How to Close at the End of the Day

Awesome :) I am looking forward to testing them out!!

Working from Home: How to Close at the End of the Day

Good tips, I am going remote soon and I will practice these...

Welcome Thread - v5

Sorry for the late reply - I was on a glorious no tech vaca...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Varies from team to team - I am on a small team (4 devs, 2-...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

ha ha - I am actually surprised I didn't get any fake news ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Probably depends on where their actual revenue stream is co...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Sounds good! I have been watching Midnight Cafe which is AW...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Thanks! It's quite fun here :) Good luck with your hunt!

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Oh awesome! Good luck! there is no 'beating the blackho...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

NETWORK. All my tech jobs I got through contacts. Second ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Aw I am glad you are enjoying them! Yah WaPo is great! Che...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

People do change teams here but TBH we are too large I am n...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

ohh that is a good question... I think if you like the work...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Been with the Post since Jan of this year. Before I worked...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

next big innovation hmm... since I am focused on newsroom t...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

That has been one of the BEST parts of working here - WaPo ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

DC Tech Slack is awesome, DC Tech Meetup if you're into sta...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

My own fear hahah - I was SO afraid of the code interview a...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Depends on the team and tool (can I copy and past that to e...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

We're life partners for that and many other reasons :P shou...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

The Tech scene here is actually really varied. Stand outs ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Not that I have experienced - much of our work is about pro...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

oh, that is a good question - I actually don't know. I do n...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

As a developer - not really, our work is not tied to the ne...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

hahaha yah I bet - I am not a part of the external facing d...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

we usually say WaPo... gets tiring saying/writing the whole...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

What doe SOLID code mean? (Im assuming that is an acronym)

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Bezos is not a part of general WaPo operations. His name an...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

There is a tool that does headline generation but that is u...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

I knoooooooowwwwww.... for seniors and back end devs I'm li...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

I am not a fan of CSS frameworks - I think they get in the ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

This is our latest too and I think it is AWESOME: washingto...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Understanding that tech wont solve your problem. Tech is a...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

MOST of our tools are internal only. We are working to get...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

I think SOME teams for sure are and some aren't - ranges a ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Reporters want to make their articles more content more eng...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

I have been SO lucky to have multiple people who have serve...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Actually I don't touch ANY of that. 100% of my time is for...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Depends on the team. So much of the WaPo.com pages are serv...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

For me, it has been about trying to FORCE myself to standar...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Oh thank you! I have been SO honored this year to be recog...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

SO! Engineering had some teams that are very close to the ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

I had an initial chat with people working in the post - I w...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

YUP! FEWD 7! ie: mega-fewd hahaha

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

So I am in the odd position of being an internal facing dev...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

At WaPo it REALLY depends on the team. In my team we actua...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Good lord imposter syndrome ALL THE TIME. Usually of my ow...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

So I have only been at the post since Jan, so can't answer ...

I'm a developer for The Washington Post, ask me anything!

Of course! I am happy to share my experiences :) I am also...

What Are Your Career Goals?

I don't really know! I JUST became a developer (well 3 years...

What's the best career decision you've ever made?

Hard not to be happy at Washington Post :P

What's the best career decision you've ever made?

Quitting a terrible job after only 6 months. It just WASN'T ...

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