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 »

apple dev account is expiring, time to pony up 99 bucks

By | August 3, 2020

It’s hard to believe it has been a year since I set up my apple dev account. To distribute iOS and macOS apps you need to have a mac, XCode and an Apple developer account. If you want to play around with XCode Apple has a free program. With the free program you can get… 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 »

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 »