The Devil is in the Details

The Devil is in the Details

We’re always struggling with how much stuff there is in our industry, and I’ve often recommended that we focus on a goal + learn on the job, be silly, steal, think small or give open source a shot. These are all ways to handle the challenges of dealing with technology fatigue. But maybe we’re not thinking about it right. What if we should we should be looking at…

Yep, you’re gonna suck at it

Yep, you’re gonna suck at it

A week ago I took a couple of jiu-jitsu classes because it was free, and I wanted to learn self-defense. Also, it was free. Jiu-jitsu reminded me that knowing something is soooo much different from actually doing it in “the real world”. So the first half of the class is dedicated to learning a technique: the instructor does something and you practice and follow along. Easy enough, right? Now the…

Getting into design as a developer

Getting into design as a developer

So I’ve been doing front-end work professionally for a couple years now, and I love doing it. But recently I’ve noticed that I’m only really familiar with one part of the whole making-a-website gig, so I thought that maybe working on a design project would really help me understand everything more holistically. Also, design looks fun! I have very little design experience, so the thought of doing…

Tips on crushing 2017

Tips on crushing 2017

Yeah, I agree. That title is a bit clickbait-y. Maybe I should've called it "Tips on being better than you were last year but it's going to take a lot of work so prepare yourself"? Oy, c'est la vie. So! I've had a bunch of things I've had in mind for individual blog posts, all brewing (or rotting?) in my Trello board, but I thought it would be…

Why you should be learning and teaching

Why you should be learning and teaching

Teaching was probably one of the hardest things for me to do because I just don't consider myself an expert at anything! There's not only a lot of stuff out there, but the stuff out there is also constantly changing. I was afraid that people were going to think I was dumb for posting something that everybody already knew, posting something that a lot of people have already written about.…

Sometimes, less is more

Sometimes, less is more

"More" often feels good. In fact, "more" is something that we strive for all the time. We want to have more money, friends, confidence, strength, knowledge, RAM, cats, pasta—you name it! We want more of it. All of it. I mean, how else will you be successful and happy, right? But in the world of frontend, sometimes striving to know as much as you can…

How do you get to there?

How do you get to there?

How do I get into tech? How do I get started with design? How do I start programming? I read this book but I can't think of what to do next. I hear a lot of people worrying about how to learn things The Right Way™. This is normal and a totally correct way of approaching a certain subject. You want to get things right and you get there quickly!…

I started a fuckin' podcast!

I started a fuckin' podcast!

So most of the content that I've written on this blog has been about my experiences and my advice to help you become a better programmer. But you know what's better? Learning not just from me, but from other peeps, too. I wanted to know how other people got to where they are now, what their habits are, and what their day-to-day life is like. So fuck it. I started…