Repost @msbrandymorgan #TechTuesday | Have you ever been poised with the question of doing free work? Here are a few things to think about when this question comes up 👩💻
Where is your experience level at? When I was first starting off as a developer, I took all the free work I could get, in order to gain experience. In exchange for building a simple website or helping someone optimize their site, I would ask for a recommendation and also to use the work on my portfolio site.
When @jdpagley was first starting off, he worked for FREE at a game startup to gain experience building a game API and working with a team. That experience is what helped him further his career in tech and was able to get a great paying job afterwards because he had experience.
Often times in the tech industry, companies are looking for developers that have experience building and working with teams. If you are financially able to work for free for a period of time that helps with both these things, I recommend it. When I was working for free I knew that once I was able to write production code they had to start paying me. That lit a 🔥inside, for me to prove to this company that I too could write production level code. And about 1 month later I was writing production code and getting paid.
@daniamicala and I will talk more about this topic today 5:30pm EST. Please comment below any questions you have on this topic. We would love to answer them tonight!
BTW Happy #WorldEmojiDay …my fav emoji is 🐳…whats yours?
Today I have almost finished a large critical function of the app: the library view. This has been complex because it is a thought problem more so than actually doing the work. I mean, I have to get the app to wade through almost 50 categories and properly display them in the right order and make this easy for the user to digest. It has been a much bigger undertaking that I thought it would be. Here’s to #Dr . Pepper. Raise a can for me. Pumped up right now listening to Krewella “Come and Get it” while working. YES!! #nowplaying#bradleypickard#bradleypickarddev
#Repost @carmencodes_ (@get_repost)
Coding from scratch or using a framework 🤔 let’s talk about that today, vamos?
There is an ongoing debate in the programming community as to what is more important for coders to be more familiar with: frameworks or programming languages. Now, don’t get me wrong I like frameworks but I personally prefer to start from scratch. Each and every single line of code that makes my product alive is written by me, by my own way of thinking, and my own creative ideas. It may not be perfect but this is how I learn. Here I’ll give you a few reasons why I prefer to code from scratch:
• You’re building the website based on your own inspirations and taste. Every part of the design is there because you thought about it and it meets your own level of expectations.
• Starting the process from scratch makes you think at a higher level to reach a particular design with a minimal effort. This is what makes your code unique.
• When you are writing all the code of your website or product you immediately become familiar with the whole structure. This makes it easier to find what is creating an error, causing a bug, or a design glitch.
• Owning the code of your personal website or product means that this can also be your playground. It is much easier to implement a new technology with your existing code, because you know how it all works, you are already familiar with the website structure.
💫 Trust me, seeing the final product ready to go, knowing that everything is your own doing is an irreplaceable feeling. Only you know what it took to get there. You learn from your mistakes, you continue improving your skills. You know everything about the structure of the website, you can easily maintain it. You are in control.
I am a very structured and organized person in the way I love to plan and have routines. I have a set morning routine that ensures that I get everything I want to get done in the morning before uni. It includes going to the gym, eating a healthy breakfast and reading a non-fiction book. (Right now I'm reading "man's search for meaning" by Viktor Frankl)
When I get more used to my current uni schedule I will be working on creating a better overall weekly routine that allows me to focus on my personal projects in the weekends and schoolwork during the week.
This weekend will be crammed with learning and catching up on some uni work, as I unexpectedly had to change a subject and have to catch up on the lectures and lab work 😊
I think routines are good for managing your time and getting things done. When you have a routine you can do it automatically without overthinking. It's all about time optimization so you can have more time to doing the things that you love 😀
I know that different people have different thoughts on this matter, some people don't like to plan or have a routine at all, while others need to plan down to every second of their day. What do you personally prefer? How does your day/week look like in pseudocode?
Today’s takeover host is Jazmine Valencia (@djjazzy), Founder of @jvagency.
A bit about Jazmine:
➡️ Culture Connector: Music 🎧 + Tech 💻
➡️ Leader @JVagency
➡️ Designer @The.Valencia
➡️ Donating proceeds to #NYC charities
📲 We’re so excited about her takeover, tune in now!
I’m extremely grateful and honored to have been invited to share my story on the latest episode of the icodehireme.com podcast! Thank you @seanandthomas
The best thing you can do for yourself is surround yourself with likeminded people who you can walk with in your journey!
It’s the people you have connections with, they are your greatest asset. Do you want to become a software engineer? Surround yourself with software engineers! Do you want to become successful in another particular area? Find people who are already successful, connect with, and emulate them💡
Featured Team Member: James Carter
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Disguised Technologies. A software engineer by trade. Privately does computer programming on a contractual basis. Head of graphic designers at PRIDE Consulting, doing web development, and logo creation. Has Java, HTML, Adobe Creative Cloud, C+, and Basic Certificates. In his free time, James volunteers at Burke Presbyterian Church, spends time with friends and family, and competes nationally in Chess.