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Welcome Thread - v37

Forest, Forest Gump

Welcome to DEV!

  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, either with a question or just a hello. πŸ‘‹

Great to have you in the community!

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Theo • Edited on

Hello dev community, ο›Œ

I am 16 and primarily a game developer but also have experience doing back end development on python as well as a javascript on a basic level. Currently i am helping manage a team of over 10 people on a new game.

I can program in Python and Lua, and have experience using blender, unity and roblox studio as well as other programs such as photoshop, Drawplus and editing programs.

Nice to meet you all, I have recently joined this platform and am looking forward to discussing and conversing with you all in the future!

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

My buddy was just at the Roblox conference which was last week. Roblox is rapidly growing which is awesome. In my teenage years, all I did was put together teams to try to mod or build video games.

At my mom's computer store we had a large conference table and I'd have 14 or so at the start of the project and near the end, it would be 3 people. Building teams is a serious challenge.

Discord certainly makes things easier now.

The first game I modded was UT99. So that might give you an idea how long ago.

Do you have a cool game idea for the Roblox platform?

If you ever want some infrastructure knowledge with cloud computing I can give you a bit of direction.

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Theo • Edited on

My buddy was just at the Roblox conference which was last week.

Ah I missed that as it was while i was on holiday πŸ’”

Roblox is rapidly growing which is awesome

Crazy fast,100m active users now.

Building teams is a serious challenge.

Found the same until I started properly networking and earning a name for myself on discord.

Do you have a cool game idea for the Roblox platform?

Yep, working on it. πŸ˜‰ I'm project lead.

If you ever want some infrastructure knowledge with cloud computing I can give you a bit of direction.

That'd be great, def need in the future.
If you ever need any help with python, lua, video gaming markets, Roblox.
Feel free to DM me in the connect app.

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Somala Koushik Reddy

Seems cool, Theo. Happy to know that you learnt all this at that age. :)

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Theo

Thank you, still feel like I have a hell of a lot more to learn!

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Somala Koushik Reddy

Haha yeah. I wish I had started learning from before. I am studying computer degrees and i knew nothing before i took this.

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Saloni Goyal

Hi Theo, can you tell us more about the new game?

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Theo

Sure its an open map adventure game with low poly graphics based on floating islands.

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tgaboreau

Amazing, keep it up!

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Theo

Thank you!

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Maniflames

Super cool!

Keep it up, hopefully I'll see some of your post on how your team build that game ;)

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Theo

Great idea!

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Michael Pilla

very cool. cant seem to keep my kids off Roblox, so youre definitely headed the right direction.

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Tammy

That's cool, I'm looking forward to your posts

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sherlockhouse

hello

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Theo

Hey!

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Theo

Thank you (so am i 😁)

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Kristaps

Hi

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Theo

Hello, nice to meet you!

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Arunendra

Hi

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Theo

Hello!

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oluscc

Nice meeting you dev.

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Theo

Right back at ya!

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Roel Torres

Hello! I'm 34 yo and have been learning coding for about three years now without much success. I have a goal in mind which is to start working as a jr. developer before my next birthday (Aug 1, 2020).

Right now I'm learning js, react and redux. Cheers and hello! :)

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Hi Roel!

Good luck with your job search.
For startups, technical prowess is not as important as getting things done.

So if you can get 1-to-1 with the hiring person/key decision-maker and speak to what their startup does and tell them what you would do to impact the business and then just get started without asking that's a great way to break in.

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Roel Torres

Thanks for the advice, Andrew! :D

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Wesley Harris

I'd add to that, that bringing other skills along with coding can be a great way to outshine other applicants. E.g. if you were an accountant before deciding to start coding, then joining a company that develops accounting software would give you a huge advantage over a kid fresh out of college who don't know his debits from his credits :)

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Roel Torres

Greate advice, man, thanks. My ultimate goal would be to work as a developer for something related to music or literaturue which are my other big interests :D

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Noorain Panjwani

I absolutely love react and redux. Would love to help you in this journey of yours in any way I can. Feel free to reach out.

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Roel Torres

Wow! I just saw your answer. Thanks A LOT, man. I'd love to have more friends I can chat with and learn :D

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Noorain Panjwani

Likewise!

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Peter Saxton

Good luck.

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Roel Torres

Thanks a lot!

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Adrian Bernardo

Hey Roel! You get closer every day. Besides learning the tech the best thing that helped me get a job was just talking to people. Don't be afraid to go to meetups if you can.

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Roel Torres

I think there are some in my city! Will look into that! Thanks man! :D

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Chris Achard

Welcome! If you have any questions about learning js/react - I'd be glad to help :) good luck!

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Roel Torres

Thanks, I appreciate it! :) Will do.

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Veller Bauer

Good luck, Roel! I'm also on my 30s and trying to get the first dev job.

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Roel Torres

Thats great! PM me if you want to work on something together, man. Cheers!

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Ken Farrell

Good luck, Roel!

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Roel Torres

Thanks so much!

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EvergreenTech.io

Nice to meet you, Roel! Keep your head up and remember, even senior devs google the most basic of things from time to time.

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Ada

Hey y'all, I'm Ada. I'm a non-binary (pronouns they/them) 18 year old web dev who primarily codes in Node.js (though I regularly dabble in Go and Rust.). I found out about this place a while back and have read a handful of articles from here but have been a bit reluctant to join due to past bad experiences with noninclusive dev spaces, hopefully that isn't the case here.

Anyways, nice to meet y'all, I'm looking forward to hopefully being an active participant in the community!

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Welcome Ada to Dev.to!

Dev.to is quite inclusive to all, so rarely will you find you'll need to use that report button.

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Cierra Nease

Hi Ada!

I love that you use the word yall! I grew up in Oklahoma and just moved to Denver. I don't get to hear it as much as I would like. Welcome to the new space, I'm new as well. We'll see how this goes together :)

Have a great day!
Cierra

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Ada

Funnily enough I actually picked up y'all through osmosis from a friend who moved here up north from Texas!

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Vincent Seriously

Hii

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markamaze

Hello everyone. I've been working on my developer skills for a couple years now and figure I need to broaden my community beyond those around me with no interest in it.

I'm a late starter at 34, and honestly I get a little discouraged reading about teenagers much farther along then I am. Any success stories out there from others getting into software development after leaving another career?

Thanks!

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spacekabooms

Hey there! I'm 33 and just getting started too. I moved from nursing to tech a few years ago and refuse to look back. I've learned that there are a LOT of little niches out there where you can not only utilize your previous experience, you'll be valued for it.

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markamaze

I hope so. It was my experience that lead to my idea for software to do much of my previous job that led to my leaving it.

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spacekabooms • Edited on

You can already say that you were a champion of adopting new technology that helped to cut down costs and better automate processes at your previous job!

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Eduardo YÑñez Parareda

Don't worry about younger people have more knowledge or not, sometimes I feel the same and I've writing software for more than 23 years. Young people have a lot of energy and more free time, but what's important is the own motivation and the desire to learn new things.

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Nick Belli

Hey markamaze, I'm 34 and just graduated last year with an Associates degree after over a decade in Entertainment and Special Effects, and got super lucky landing a job at a Software company. If I can do it, you can as well.

What worked for me was to go to a lot of networking events, especially Meetup events focused on the languages I liked learning about. Then, try and find little free one-day or weekend conferences where you can go learn as well. Don't just focus on learning though! Focus on getting to know the other people who come out and get to know the community you're in. So many opportunities come from the community and your own network. If you're not surrounded by people who have this interest, that's ok, but the more people around you with the interest, the faster you will grow and land that gig.

Best of luck in your endeavors!

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Sara Given

I'm a late starter, too. I'm 37 and been working professionally as a software dev for 3 years. I had a 10-year career in biology, but it just wasn't going anywhere. I'd been teaching myself as a hobby and doing a bit of WordPress dev/admin as a side-gig to help save up money. Quit my job and went to a 12-week bootcamp.

A couple months after the bootcamp, I got a full-time job as a junior UI developer. Then about 2 years after that, got promoted at the same company to intermediate software developer.

The bootcamp wasn't everything, but it did give me connections and an ability to learn fast. On top of that, already have progressed through a career has definitely helped me continue to progress and grow in this career. I know how to be in a job, how to be a mentor, how to be effective in a team.

I think part of changing careers is finding a company that's a good fit for giving you a shot - not as a favour but because they recognize that your past experience is a huge asset in addition to your tech skills.

In the bootcamp, I was definitely one of the older students, but that was okay. I didn't end up making super close friends like a lot of the 20-somethings did, but I wasn't there for that. I did find people that I enjoyed working with professionally.

Not to say that a bootcamp is the only way, but for me, I really needed the structure and the guidance on what to learn next. There's always people to compare yourself to, but there's only one you with your breadth of experience and maturity - just have to find the right role where they see that as a value!

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Ki

I feel like I'm starting late also at 33, but we have to start somewhere right?! Good luck!!

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Sergio Ferraz

Hi, a bit about me:

I'm Java developer making my best to use automation, testing and refactoring so my team can work on hard problems,
and deliver their project on time and with quality.

I live in Barcelona and I'm a member of JBCNConf staff since 2016.

I'm looking forward to be helpful in this community.

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Guilherme Nascimento

"I'm Java developer making my best to use automation, testing and refactoring so my team can work on hard problems,
and deliver their project on time and with quality."

I'm already a fan of your job. :)

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Ben Halpern

Welcome Sergio πŸ˜„

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Welcome Sergio! If I had to live anywhere it would be in Barcelona even if I had to learn a bit of Catalan.

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wouterXD

Hello wonderful dev.to community! I have browsed this website many times but finally decided to make an account 😜

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Maniflames

Nice! I hope you'll enjoy your journey 😁

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wouterXD

Thanks!

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sixtus4545

same here dude

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Noah Labhart • Edited on

Hey DEV!

My name is Noah Labhart. I'm a startup founder, CTO and podcast host. Also, husband, Dad, outdoorsmen, musician and follower of Jesus. I like to stay busy, below are links to my projects. I'm more of an architect now than an IC, but I still like to get my hands dirty from time to time.

Code Story Podcast - codestory.co

Veryable, CTO & Co-Founder -veryableops.com
Touchtap, CEO & Founder - touchtap.com

Looking forward to being more active in the community - besides just buying the sweet gear!

Thanks
Noah

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Welcome Noah πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰

Check out what the LadyBug Podcast is doing:

In Dev.to you can use Liquid tags to embed your podcast into an article if you have your podcast on Spotify

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Noah Labhart

Thanks Andrew! That is pretty cool!

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Yahaya Oyinkansola

Good evening everyone i am Oyinkansola by name and i am a front end web developer, happy to be in such a growing community

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Blue Flame

Hello Damilola, I'm new here, I just joined today. I'm just starting out tho. I'm learning HTML, CSS and I hope to start JavaScript in few days.

It's nice connecting with you here.

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Maniflames

Hi!
Nice to have you here πŸ˜„

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Fitri Ana Dewi

Uhm, Hi? My name is Ana. I am a Ruby on Rails Developer.

Lately I've this desire to be more active in community, that's why I decide to create an account in this platform.

I look forward to some nice and interesting discussions ~~

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Ben Halpern

Welcome Fitri! Great to have another Rails dev!

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Fitri Ana Dewi

Yeay! πŸ€“πŸ€“

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Mary Jo (MJ)

Hello! I'm four months into my first Frontend Dev job after a career change. It's had its ups and downs but really love the work! Using Ember, Rails, PostgreSQL at work. But first love is React, Redux, Node.

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ • Edited on

Welcome Mary Jo!

Dev.to could use more UX people!
I haven't heard of Ember in quite a while, how is that javascript framework holding up?

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Mary Jo (MJ)

Thanks Andrew! I'm still pretty green, but I find handling global state with Ember cumbersome. Some of it is undoubtedly on my end - I need to accept convention over configuration. ;-)

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

convention over configuration That's a ruby mantra I haven't heard in a long while.

My other favourite being limitations lead to creative solutions

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Sara Given

Hey all,
I'm currently working as a Salesforce developer but trying to get back into doing more straight up web development, so I'm working on some side projects involving graphql and react. Also low-key looking for a new job so just trying to keep my networking muscles active!

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

I had to do a few months of Salesforce development. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
You have to have serious skills to develop on Salesforce

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Sara Given

I've been doing it for 3ish years now, and it's definitely a strange beast. But as I started to figure out its quirks (many, many quirks!), it's gotten a lot easier. And easier to see the benefits of it as a platform. But I'm still trying to move out of it - leaping on any projects at my current job that are off-platform and also looking for a new position...

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Front end, back end, full stack or maybe something in data?

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Sara Given

Full-stack probably but just stating to figure stuff out

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Kristen White

Big probs, Salesforce development is no joke. Whatever company you end up with will be lucky to have you!

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spacekabooms

Hey there!

Excited to be a part of the community. I'm just getting started (seriously this time!) with how to code, what I want to do, and how to get there. I already work in tech (product manager), but I'm so non-technical that it's hilarious. I'm happy to be here and can't wait to learn from everyone!

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Allison Buchholtz-Au

I often feel like I'm lacking in my tech skills (even though I help build dev tools!) Nice to know I'm not alone in the feeling :)

This place seems like a cool place to jumpstart knowledge in easy bits!

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Alec Sanchez

Keep at it and don’t get discouraged! Technology can be difficult if you weren’t raised around it, but I’m sure you can succeed! Good luck!

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Refiloe Digoamaye

Yo! Welcome to the community 😁.

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Chris Achard

Yo!

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Ashley Dotterweich

Hi DEV!

I work for Heavybit, a startup accelerator focused on helping startups building developer and enterprise tools go to market with their product. I'm here to learn more about what dev teams need to be successful, share learnings from the Heavybit community with DEV, and look for ideas to improve how we educate our own program members.

Looking forward to joining the conversation with you all!

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Angela Whisnant

Welcome, Ashley!

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Welcome Ashley!

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Nguyen Xuan Bac

hi

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Caleb Sacks

Who else here is an open source enthusiast / radical / extremist?

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Improvement Addict

Radical here!

Although I agree with RMS, so I guess you could say "extremist"! Nothing motivates me towards the movement more than knowing it's an ethical imperative. "Open source" is the boring corporate morality-free version of software freedom, but hey, our end results are nearly always the same, so the communities overlap greatly!

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Ben Halpern

I'm an enthusiast. How would you describe an "extremist"?

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Wesley Harris

Richard Stallman 🀣

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Caleb Sacks

sorry I thought I replied haha
Extremist is just hyperbole for radical I guess

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Akim (mousticke.eth)