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 »

user story / bug estimates

By | January 2, 2020

After creating a user story or bug the team should be included in the estimation process. There is a great benefit to involving the team. First it allows them to have a stake in estimating their workload, but more importantly it is accurate. The reason why is because of the principle of collective opinion, also… Read More »

meta for facebook and twitter

By | December 24, 2019

When you share your website on facebook and twitter you will want cards to show up with a title, description and picture. The tweet below is an example. This will set your website apart from the rest of the pack. In this tutorial I will show you how to add the required meta tags to… Read More »

myDynamoDB in react

By | December 13, 2019

My first react project is available online at https://mydynamodb.com. MyDynamoDB is a social media app that saves github users to a database using API gateway, lambda functions, and a dynamoDB database. The user data comes from github using the github API. Watch the video about it here Goals for the project My main objective in… 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 »