"Writing a novel and writing a program are not that different: To build something big, you cannot (just) rely on inspiration"
Remind us of your background? English/History major, worked in Publishing (Sam's Origin Story here)
Take us through your junior phase. What did you learn? It accelerated my favorite things about learning to code: grappling with new concepts. How databases connect to servers, how servers connect to the frontend libraries and frameworks. "Thinking so hard that my brain would hurt!"
What did you find particularly challenging? Going to England for a personal trip right in the middle of React Week! Underestimating the Senior Project based on just the backend. Juggling being at a wedding while doing the React workshops. Built Senior Project entirely without Redux which was self-inflicted pain. Also found it difficult to pair program on new things.
Writing a novel vs writing code: To build something big, you cannot rely on inspiration. Sticking to the plan. Agile workflow for writers.
Maintaining interpersonal relationships between developers and the broader social responsibility of developers.
"Fake it til you make it" in social situations!
The Difficulty of Asking for Help from Peers
Spending time on learning about core things like Promises vs on frameworks like React
What do you expect about the senior bootcamp? Doing "real stuff" now, working with a team, codifying coding practices and laying out group norms.
Tech talk on GraphQL: REST Api's could move toward GraphQL in future!
Professional Aspirations: Nothing definite yet, still fascinated by everything. "Good job that allows me to do cool stuff" - as opposed to Startups that change the world
What are you building right now? Building the Dungeons and Dragons side project from Episode 1!