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McKenna Bramble
McKenna Bramble

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The Occasional Update - no.5

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Hello πŸ‘Ύ

⚑ Let's see how I did on my goals for last week:
β˜‘οΈ Add documentation to my pinned projects on Github
I updated the documentation on one of four projects. I am counting it and will revisit the other projects soon
β˜‘οΈ Update my resume & LinkedIn Experience
I have updated both, but there are more things on my LinkedIn profile that I want to update in the coming weeks
πŸ”² Complete React lessons 10 - 12
πŸ˜‘ no comment...
β˜‘οΈ Read through chapter 4 of Eloquent JavaScript

πŸ—“οΈ A rundown of my week

I attended the virtual Girls Who Code hiring summit on Friday. It was almost all undergrads or recent college grads who are majoring in computer science or something similar. It was weird to be back in a space catered to college students. I graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2016, and have not been in that mindset since, so it was just a little surreal to me. It also made me remember how lost I was right out of college. I still didn't have a very good sense of what I wanted to do, so I just wandered through unfulfilling jobs and felt a crushing lack of purpose. Plus debt from college. Lots and lots of debt πŸ’Έ <-- there is my money, flying away. Farewell, money.
A gif of a skeleton from the move Halloweentown waving goodbye, with the words 'See ya in the afterlife'
πŸ“Έ: giphy

Even though the internships and jobs that companies were pushing were for "college-aged programmers," I still got some things out of the hiring summit: I learned about some really cool companies that I will apply to; all of the folks speaking were super insightful and made me excited about getting my first job in tech; and I was reminded of how far I have come. It is easy to forget hard times, but five years ago, I was in a really awful place, and now I am so close to starting a career in tech. Perspective is important.

After the hiring summit, my partner and I traveled to Traverse City, MI to celebrate the marriage of two of our good friends. It was beautiful, they were beautiful, and my little queer heart was full of love πŸ’–

πŸŽ‰ My win this week

I applied to an apprenticeship! The hardest part of doing anything is starting, and I have started. It took me a painfully long time to write a coherent cover letter. I am out of practice. But I reworked my resume and submitted the application. Here's to a job hunt fraught with sweaty palms, rejections, and finally an actual job πŸ₯‚

🎧 Something interesting I listened to

The Compiler Podcast logo; it is an orange letter C with the word Compiler next to it and a red hat logo in the bottom right hand corner πŸ“Έ: Red Hat

I started listening to the Compiler podcast by Red Hat. Some of the episodes have gone a little over my head, like the episode titled "What Can Video Games Teach Us About Edge Computing?" I am sure one day I will better understand edge computing, but that day is not today. "The Fractious Front End" was an interesting episode to listen to. Apparently some folks think front end developers lack expertise. News to me. In this episode, they talked about the importance of looking at a problem or project holistically. For instance, knowing what the backend is doing for a project can help a frontend developer better understand the goals and obstacles of the project as a whole and vise versa. Additionally, when you understand what others are contributing, you will be able to see the value they are bringing to the project.

Also, Red Hat is a completely opensource company, which makes me want to start contributing to opensource projects. I need to focus on other things right now, but hopefully soon I can jump into opensource.

πŸ‘» For fun πŸ¦©πŸ¦„

I started playing Graveyard Keeper on Steam. I have only spent maybe 30 minutes on it so far, but it is morbid and I love it. Themes include talking skulls, cannibalism, and witches. I am sure this is just the surface, but I am excited to have some time this weekend to play more of it.
πŸ“Έ: Steam

I also watched Moonfall on HBO Max. I have heard not-so-great things about it, but I love disaster sci-fi movies, so I started watching it. I am sad to say that it was much worse than I thought it would be. I expected it to be bad, but in a 🌟fun🌟 way. I was not prepared for the overused cliches, bad acting (or perhaps bad script, or both), and lack of any scientific accuracy. I know I sound condescending, but I promise I am usually very diplomatic in my opinions. I think Halle Berry did the best with what she had to work with, though.


⚑ My goals for this week

  1. Improve my LinkedIn profile (e.g. add a summary, ask for endorsements, figure out the Publications section, etc.)
  2. Complete React lessons 10 - 12
  3. Write a technical blog post and post on CodeNewbie & DEV
  4. Finish adding documentation to my GitHub pinned projects

πŸ€” What opensource projects have y'all contributed to? Other than Compiler and CodeNewbie, what other dev podcasts do you listen to? Anyone else watch any bad movies lately? Or any good ones?

Top comments (4)

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Tauri StClaire

I love the moon header you designed!

Wow!! You have made a dent in Eloquent Javascript! That's pretty rad! Why do all those programmer guides have animal pictures on the front..? I mean I like it, but...?

I have heard some bias against specialists in front end, but that criticism applies to any specialization right? A better specialist is also going to have some familiarity with the other components of the projects they work on.

Haven't watched any bad movies recently, but my partner and I just watched The Woman King and it was awesome! πŸ’ͺ

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McKenna Bramble

Thank you! I am trying to work more with Photoshop - most of my client work happens in Illustrator and I have gotten rusty.

I know the animals started with O’Reilly publishing and now a lot of publishers have followed suit. I skimmed an article about here:

I %1000 agree that it is important to have familiarity with many components of a project, even if those components are things you are not directly working on.

What the hosts on the Compiler podcast were saying, though, is when comparing frontend to backend, there is an assumption made from the backend that frontend development isn't very important. As a new developer who does not have experience yet working on a team, it was interesting to hear the hosts talk about it because they were all like, "Yes, frontend development being seen as less important to a project is very common." But I also don't think that is everywhere or everyone. And I have no idea how common it is since I haven't actually had a job in tech yet πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

I am so excited to watch The Woman King!!! Viola Davis is such a badass!

mistydb profile image

Good luck on the apprenticeship application! 🀞 🀞 🀞

I am legitimately dreading filling out my LinkedIn profile when the time comes (which will be sooner than later, I know). I wish I wouldn’t have been avoiding LinkedIn for all these years, but starting sort of from scratch will be nice, too, I guess?

Moonfall has been on my list to watch. I’d been waiting for a time to watch with my partner, but it sounds like it might be best to just watch on my own. Unless it’s 80s action movies, his tolerance for bad movies is much lower than mine. 🀣

I haven’t contributed to any opensource projects yet, but I absolutely want to soon.

I like the Dev Morning Show (at Night) (also available as a video), and WebJoy - for some other podcasts to check out.

I enjoyed The Lost City (self-aware rom-com) and The Black Phone (horror/suspense) recently. Haven’t seen many movies recently, since I’ve been trying to code each evening. I’m a huge horror movie fan, though, and hope I can watch several in the time leading up to Halloween. There’s plenty of bad movies awaiting me in that genre!

Do you already have an idea for the technical blog post you want to write?

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McKenna Bramble

Hi Misty! My partner also has a low tolerance for bad movies, and they caught the last 30 minutes of Moonfall and were so grumpy about it LOL. So yea, perhaps a solo viewing would be best.

I like horror, but The Black Phone might be too much for me. I wish I could cope with watching horror better, because I really want to watch a lot of things, but my brain just thinks it's all real.

I just started listening to the the Dev Morning Show (at Night) and really enjoy it. Have you noticed that every guest they have has the advice to code a project first and get it working then go back and refactor? I need to take that advice in my own projects haha

I am working on a technical blog post about how to link your codesandbox projects to github, and how to make sure the github repository updates along with the changes you make. I just need to set aside more time to finish it.