On July 15th, 2020, I celebrated my one-year anniversary as an employed Frontend Developer. Reflecting on the long process of getting here, there were things I learned that I felt were important for me to remember. I spoke about these at a talk for Developer Student Clubs GITA, and I’m finally writing them down in an article for posterity!
My name is Annie, and I transitioned largely from a design and teaching background into web development. The information and insights I’m presenting here are specific to my experience in a fast-paced agency environment, where I worked on multiple projects.
It’s been about three months since I began consistently pair programming. Although it didn’t start off smoothly, I can definitely say it’s been a valuable addition to my somewhat new developer journey.
Here’s how it started, the progress, and what I’ve learned along the way.
A bit of context: I work at a startup where I was hired as the first employee. This means, at the time of writing, that I’m currently 25% of our entire company and 50% of the “Engineering Department.” The pair programming I do is with my CTO.
I’d always been vaguely interested in pairing, but…
Originally published as a thread on Twitter, I wanted to compile this list of CSS and SVG resources all in one place for easy reference. I’ve updated some of the resources and as a bonus, also added additional information and useful tools that were not on the original thread.
I forget what week of lock-down it is now.
Week 11? 12?
It almost doesn’t matter does it? The weeks and days have all blended into one long Groundhog Day type story that has yet to end. I wonder how future historians will reflect back on these troubled times. 2020 has thus far proven to be a (excuse my language) shitshow for many of us.
I live in Toronto. And although easing-up a little, Ontario’s state of emergency declaration has been extended till end of June. But word on the street says it may be September or after. Unlike a…
Very shortly after graduating from a 9 week Immersive coding bootcamp at HackerYou (now known as Juno College of Technology), I spent no small amount of effort setting up coffee chats, attending panels and networking events, asking lots of questions at interviews and talking with smart, passionate people about the tech industry and what companies are looking for.
Transitioning into the tech field from another background (related or unrelated) can be difficult and a mystery. What holds true in one industry may be completely different in tech and again, within different companies and organisations. You just have to hold your…
We so often define who we are early on in life. And in that process, it can be difficult to re-create yourself later on. Did you ever play that game where you had to think of adjectives starting with the same letter as your name to describe yourself? Well, I was ‘artistic’ and ‘adventurous’.
And my life had thus far reflected that.
I was the girl who drew dolphins and Disney princesses, went to a special Arts school and wrote stories. Later, while my friends were getting mortgages and climbing the career ladder, I backpacked and hitch-hiked solo around Canada…