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Welcome Thread - v20

thepracticaldev profile image dev.to staff ・1 min read

Hey there! Welcome to dev.to!

Scooby Doo cuts through a layer of fog with a knife, and smiles satisfingly.

  1. Leave a comment below to introduce yourself! You can talk about what brought you here, what you're learning, or just a fun fact about yourself.

  2. Reply to someone's comment and say hello or ask them a question. 👋

  3. Or answer this question: What's your favorite tool to use and why?

Discussion

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Hi y'all - I'm a lurker who decided to de-lurk this week and post some stuff I've written. I've been self-learning completely in isolation and felt it was time to start interacting more with people who know more than I do. First step Dev.to, next step meetups!

I'm learning to code via Rust and TypeScript, and my absolute favorite tool I've found lately is yarn-upgrade-all - to think I was doing that by hand! Tsk tsk.

 

Rust is a pretty hardcore first language! I've been learning it on and off for a year and it's only now that I'm starting to feel like I'm getting the hang of it. Then again, I think that learning it as an experienced dev might be harder in some ways -- I kept on wanting field ownership to work like attribute ownership in Ruby, and oh boy does it not.

 

I think you hit the nail on the head - it's a function of what you're familiar with. I disagree with the notion that Rust is inherently more difficult to learn than anything else - it just pushes the complexity up front instead of just letting you write something broken anyway and having to deal with it yourself. You need to learn to do it "right" before you can do it at all, but get over the hump once and you're good to go. I think it's easier to use because you have this fantastic compiler showing you what you're doing wrong. There's much less trepidation around trying something outside your comfort zone because you know rustc has your back. I'm now surprised when other languages let me do things I know rustc would have a problem with and it's a pretty good indicator I might (but not necessarily) need to rethink my implementation.

 

Welcome, Ben! It's great to have you in the community. :) I can understand how lonely self-learning can be. I'm part of a bootcamp — Flatiron School — and I've at times been very conflicted. I'd say one of the top reasons I'm a part of it is simply the community I get to interact with.

I've heard so many cool things about Rust! Is that the first language you've been learning?

 

Thanks Karyme! I've thought about bootcamps many times before - what holds me back is the time commitment. I hold a non-tech 9-5 job and can't quite swing several months of no income. Lunch breaks and evenings for now will have to do. I take if you've found it worthwhile?

It's not the first language I tried (that was actually Ruby, in high school), but it's the first one I've built anything significant with so I'm considering it my "first" language. It rekindled my enthusiasm for the craft after years of waffling - I can't recommend it enough! The only issue is that now it's difficult to tear myself away - it's appropriate in a wide range of domains and it's hard to shake off the "well, I COULD be doing this in Rust!" feeling.

 

Hi Karyme,
You should check out WomenWhoCodeDC. We’re group of women who get together to code and network. There are even free classes and we’re on Slack. We even have a Python Beginners course on Wednesday.

Candice

 

Hi, how do you like Typescript? I was thinking of learning it. I want to be a frontend developer.

 

Hi Candice! I love it - static, strongly-typed languages are my comfort zone, and TypeScript lets me feel more confident about writing correct JavaScript. If you're new to types, though, the general consensus is to learn JavaScript first and add types later.

I asked this question here last week, there was a good discussion:

dev.to/deciduously/typescript-befo...

 

Hey folks! Long time lurker who just joined. I'm a full-stack web developer who's been developing professionally for about a decade, and who made anime and fan fiction sites for funsies for about [a faintly embarrassing] number of years before that.

Nowadays I work mostly in Rails, Node, Vue, and React. My favorite kind of front-end, though, is still an old-school server-rendered one. You can do so much with just CSS and PJAX! And new awesome things are being added to CSS every day! (I learned about w3.org/TR/css-multicol-1/ last night and I'm still starry-eyed.)

Right now I'm also learning Rust for funsies. It's really different working in a compiled language but I'm having a lot of fun with it.

 
 
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Welcome to the community Melvin :) Happy to see someone else from home here ;)

 

Hi Kinyanjui!! Thank you :). Same here

 

Hi everyone, my name is Meag Doherty and I'm a user experience designer working with the U.S. federal government. This place looks interesting and more welcoming than other dev boards. Currently, thinking about diversity and inclusion, promoting safe spaces in tech, improving the designer <> dev handoff, and graph databases for user research.

 

Welcome, really exciting topics. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

 

Hi guys! Cécile here, French web developer, usually working somewhere between the front-end (JavaScript) and back-end (Java 8) of a stack, it really depends.
I'm looking forward to joining this awesome community. I was more of a lurker when it comes to dev.to (following on Twitter, reading and so on) but today I decided to actually sign up and be there!

In the future, I would love to write a short article about a tool or some experience I want to share. It could help me get started because I feel like I'm being a little bit too silent and might have things to share here, even though I am no expert. Let's find out. :)

I was driven here by the global mood which seems very benevolent, and that can be quite rare in our work field. I hope I won't be disappointed!

 

Hello, everyone! My name is Rafaela Ferro, I'm a designer and frontend developer at Deemaze Software (a company in Portugal). I'm currently trying to shift from design+dev to fulltime dev.
And one of my coworkers showed me dev.to because I usually search for content on Medium, but this seems way more focused! :D I'm really excited to start exploring the platform.

 

I stumbled upon here today and was hooked with the quality and quantity of dev content. I have been part of many other dev communities and hence feel right at home here too.

I am a CS undergrad right now working my way through the principles and methods of Machine Learning and AI in general. Since I have been very interested in Games as a child, working with computers and other technologies makes me relive my childhood dream.

Hoping to meet other people interested in similar works and fields.

Happy to meet and help everyone.

Cheers,
Siddharth

 

Hi All, my name is Dariya, I'm from Ukraine and I work for software company Anadea. This place looks like a cool and friendly dev community where I can share my thoughts and learn from others. I'm excited to become a part of it!

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

 

Hello guys,

I'm Juned Chhipa, a Frontend developer from India. I just discovered dev.to and pretty amazed by the quality of the content here. I enjoy JavaScript at its core and have developed an open-source charting library - ApexCharts. Hope to learn new things from the experts here ;)

Cheers.

 
 

Hi, I am Adi from Indonesia. I am new :). I like everything about programming but sometimes trapped in the euphoria of learning. I like programming languages that are c-like.

Looking forward to learn about cool things here :)

 

I'm stuck in coding again and I try to make the best of it. I'm learning angularjs and allot more. There is no end to the learning.
My favorite tool right now is spacemacs and i run it in emacsmode most of the time, I think evilmode seems like a good idea eventually. I found the daily coding challenge here and got stuck.

 

Hi everyone 👋🏽.

My name is Kuda and I am typing this all the way from Africa, Zimbabwe to be precise. I love designing and coding beautiful and functional systems. My love for learning has led me to this platform, I hope to have fun with ya'll.

Psst, I also tweet stuff about code 👉🏽 @kudapara

 

Hi all,

The name's Thomas Melville hailing from Ireland and working for the big corporate Ericsson.

I'm also a lurker who finally posted this week. Dev.to is a great community and resource, I plan on posting more stuff as I learn more. You know what they say, "everyday is a school day!" (That's also one of my teams values)

As well as the technical side of our job I'm interested in the human side and enjoy reading psychology books. One of my favourites is "Mistakes were made, but not by me"

 

Hi everyone! I'm Thanh from the distant northern land of Finland. I'm new to Dev.to but I think the content and the interaction and the community here is very nice, so why not try. Like other members below, I've also been learning in isolation and I'd like to shake things up and be part of a bigger game, part of a bigger community.

Most of what I do in the day-to-day work is implementing front ends with React and take part in fierce business debates against other 'official designers'. I'm fairly okay with CSS and I really like creative coding to see what new layouts, interactions, and animation can be brought to the web and shake things up.

I'm learning more about new CSS features and tricks every day. Also, I'm learning to solve challenging algorithmic problems using Ruby while also navigating the confusing back-end (and cloud scaling) technologies: AWS lambdas, containers & kubernetes, etc.

 

Hi Dev --

This site/community looks awesome. I just graduated a coding boot camp and am trying to transition my career to a software development one. I'm currently playing with the Twitter API & learning to create twitter bots. I have so many ideas and SO much to learn, a long way to go, and look forward to the journey with all of you to make the world a better place through useful & awesome applications :)

 

Hello!

My name is Prescott! From Los Angeles, CA. I am a java developer for Skunk Works, creating analysis tools for Fighter Jets, and a web developer/musician in my free time.

Came across this site while reading some dev articles, and appreciated the work the development team put into this site, so I thought I'd join.

I also strongly appreciate the mark down capability

So much better for getPoint().submitToCommunity()

 

Hi everyone! I'm Emanuel Canova from Argentina! I'm learning React and GraphQL. I've been self-learning but interacting with other developers through Twitter but I think that here is the best place for sharing my thoughts and post my learning path.

 

Great to be a relatively new member of this community. I joined back in April, but looking forward to now becoming a more active community member here.

I am a passionate developer and leader with 27 years of software development experience in roles including Chief Technology Officer, VP of Engineering, Chief Architect, and Director of Mobile Development, along with many years of hands-on development experience.

My skill-set ranges from business and management experience and knowledge to hands-on development expertise. While at heart I will always be a developer, I am also passionate about innovation, growing and leading teams. I have a great deal of experience with full-stack web development, mobile development and scalable architecture.

I'm also passionate about educating, mentoring, and building communities of practice. I am the founder and organizer of the Technology Mentorship Community for Michigan. I also enjoy technical writing. I am the author of two published books, the Java Phrasebook and the Ruby on Rails Bible.

Always love making new connections and expanding my network,
Tim

 

Hi there, i'm Mazen a full-stack web developer from Tunisia. I was quite a lurker but recently i decided to be more active and join open source projects and dev communities. These days i'm working on an open source database toolkit based on the browser. I'm excited about it because i learnt a lot since i started and still learning new stuff daily.

I'm looking forward to be a part of this community, the board's design give me a chill tho, good job.

 

Hi, I like dev community resource. Early I had been reading it only, but I've decided to register here. Most actively I contribute to Apache Drill project among all other developing. Has anyone heard about the project Apache Drill?

 

Have not heard of Apache Drill until now :) looks interesting.

 

This SQL engine for different data sources. It's mostly related to Hadoop world, but it can be used on the Desktop machine as well.

 

Hi everyone, I have been eyeballing Dev.to for a while, decided to take the plunge and hopefully will have a lot of stuff to write about. Just switched careers from software engineering to developer advocate, I wrote my first article on that.

I work with React JS and JavaScript, hoping to write a lot on that topic.

Hope to meet lots of great devs here!

 

I didn't know what a Developer Advocate was until now after googling it! As a Developer Advocate, what does a day-in-the-life look like for you? In your article you mention "learn, teach, write and travel" but I think I'm still a little bit hazy on what it is :)

 

Hi Mark,

Sorry it took awhile to get back to you. So a day in the life. I can explain that, but first let me tell you a little about my background because I don't want you to think developer advocate is an easy job. I have been doing web development for over 15 years. I have worked with some companies like PSAV, SolarCity, Tesla and also helped run a web development company and freelanced for over 10 years (web dev). These are all things that prepared me for this job.

I mostly write everyday about technology, that is the majority of my work. Writing articles. I write anywhere from 1 to 3 articles a week, while also attending meetups and conferences. I try to get as many speaking engagements as possible. For instance this Thursday I will be presenting at Reactivate meetup in San Jose talking about React Hooks. This talk I am giving is something I have spent the better part of a month writing articles on and now I will use everything I learned to turn that info into a live talk.

My company and I target a list of conferences that make sense for me to go to each year. I will attend about 8 conferences this next year (2019). I will speak at several of them. So I write everyday, publish those writings, attend meetups and conferences, speak at many of them and I also work with our engineering team to make our product better (KendoReact) by talking with those who use it and relaying that info back to the team.

Even though I am a developer advocate for KendoReact. That doesn't mean I spend the majority of my time advocating just for that product. My company expects me to become a member of the JS and React communities as a thought leader. So that means learning everything I can about the bleeding edge of React and JavaScript. If someone wanted to become a developer advocate I would suggest about 5 years of experience as a software engineer or front end developer first, but don't let anything I say turn you off from trying. I would tell that person that they need to be comfortable teaching themselves and others. Finally they would also need to be comfortable writing and speaking in public.

Hope that answers some more of your questions.

Thanks for the detailed response! Makes a lot more sense now.

 

Hey everyone! I'm only a few months into my coding journey (Treehouse, Udacity, Dataquest etc) and have been looking for a place to call home. I have a background in product design and art direction but am pursuing a move into machine learning and computer vision. Three cheers for Python!

 

Hello guys, this is Owais Ali. I am a Software Engineer from Karachi, Pakistan. Currently I am working with Yii 2.0, PHP, NodeJS, MongoDB and MySQL and constantly trying to improve my knowledge. Besides that I wish to use computer skills for community work to make huge differences as much as possible which will be much more satisfying.

 

Hey, nice to find you all! After trying all these years various technologies and frameworks, I realised that I love doing 2 things: making stuff with PHP (web apps,APIs) and coding games, mainly Android(easier in terms of distribution).

But something that I was lacking is networking and connecting with people. Twitter is great, but too broad.

I thing I will finally express myself here and find interesting people and their creation!

 

Hi!

I am an engineer living in Kyoto, Japan, I am still in the first year.
I am using HTML 5, CSS, javascripts at work.
Now I am learning about Vue and Nuxt interested.
I am also interested in development teams other than Japan, and I'd like to work overseas someday.
Thank you everyone.

Articles I wrote for the first time
dev.to/rinstarskykujat/-flocss-css...

 

Hi

I live in Kyoto, Japan. The engineer's history is the first year.
I am using HTML.CSS.javascript at work.
Currently I am interested in Vue, Nuxt and I am learning.
I am also interested in overseas development team and I want to do web work abroad someday.
Thank you everyone! !

 

Hey guys!
I'm in my final year of graduate degree in Computer Science. I use to code competitively, qualified for ACM ICPC '17 IInd level. Pre-placed in Oracle in Server Technology.

Here to gain insight into the development field and best practices. As I write this, there are 78 chrome tabs with different dev.to articles on my phone. :)

 

Hi All! I'm looking to grow my professional network and also my business. I create and fix websites. I'm also a fullstack developer continuously learning and applying what I've learned. If you need a wed developer or know someone that needs help with their site please contact me.

 

Hi! My name is William! I'm From Curitiba, Brazil.

I'm a C# Senior Developer evolving to become a software architect/engineer (with experience in other languages like Clipper, C, C++, Java, Javascript, Pascal and Visual Basic).
I came across this community a while ago (I don't remember the exact time) on twitter.
I join now and hope improve my knowledge about development, help others to improve and meet people interested in similar subjects and fields.

Nice to meet you all.

 

Hey ! Everyone. I am a college professor training undergraduate students on various programming languages like Python, java, javascript etc. I am constantly looking to improve my own programming skills and be a better teacher to my students.