Category Archives: Human interest

passion to profession = success!

By | August 9, 2020

I just landed my first job as a full stack developer. Tomorrow is my first day. I am so excited to start this new career. It was a long journey, longer than I though it would be. Fortunately there were many mentors along the way that kept encouraging me to push on. Never give up… Read More »

free tier expired now paying for AWS, oh no!

By | July 23, 2020

It was nice to get free services from AWS under the free tier plan. It’s hard to believe a year has passed and now I have to start paying for it. This blog will be about my first real bill and how I am going to move some services around to see if I can… Read More »

some interviews are broken

By | May 3, 2020

After doing quite a few interviews I can reflect on what I experienced with tech interviews. To see other devs take on this I have shared some videos below. my roadmap for career pivoting So when I set out on my journey to become a full stack engineer I created a road map. The roadmap… Read More »

creepy online assessment, big brother is watching

By | April 3, 2020

I recently took an online assessment for a 6 month contract software position. This was probably the creepiest experience I have had with any online assessment. The assessment required that your camera was used to watch you, you also had to share your screen and recorded all your keyboard strokes and mouse clicks. The technology… Read More »

Fang Online assessments

By | March 11, 2020

This is my second attempt at interviewing at a Fang company. I love their cloud product and keep coming back to the well hoping to get another drink. I figured if I can just get in I can eventually get to the position I really want, full stack engineering. In hindsight just apply the the… Read More »

Fang phone interview

By | February 28, 2020

This post is about a phone interview I had with a Fang company for a front end engineering job. I did not pass to the next level with Fang after this interview and I hope I can help others by telling my story. Not sure where I failed but after thinking about I have some… Read More »

Amazon leadership principles

By | February 10, 2020

When you interview with Amazon they look at two things: your technical ability and your leadership fit as defined in their Leadership Principles. There are 14 Leadership Principles. In this post I will discuss what I have learned from Amazonians I know who practice these, some I have done myself and some I have applied… Read More »

impostor syndrome

By | December 11, 2019

Tonight impostor syndrome really took over. I have been going to a lot of meetups to learn more about technology and to meet interesting people in tech. Usually I really like these events but tonight it was quite different. Tonights meetup was on iOS, something I have dabbled with by making Weather Many. I was… Read More »

take a break build a spaceship

By | December 5, 2019

I needed a break from react code. Started refactoring my prop drilling mess of a project. I choose to learn useState, useContext, createContext and useReducer. My brain is starting to explode. Time to do something else. Let’s build something in the physical world instead. One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is… Read More »

facebook lots to love…

By | November 9, 2019

When doing an intensive program like this it is pretty easy to get burned out. To combat that I would post pictures every day of something I thought was beautiful or fun. It helped ground me. I would tag my pictures with “Lots to love…”. Some of my friends said STOP! others copied me and… Read More »