Day 3: Fun With Flags

First off, some housekeeping. I can already tell that coming up with a daily post is going to be harder than my buddy Alex had with his SVG work. He had one animation to complete every day. I’m spending all month working towards one larger goal.

However, I’ll do my best to share something I learn every day, even if it’s small.


Background

I bought Nigel Poulton’s book bundle from LeanPub and am starting to dig into those, but learned something neat recently that I thought I would share.

When I was still at the courts, I was teaching myself how to use containers as quickly as I was implementing them in projects. While learning how to manage multiple sets of containers, I spoke with my college friends who were in DevOps-y roles about the tools they used. It shocked me to hear everyone say the same thing:
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From Barely Functional PHP To Conference Worthy Web Apps In Under Two Years

I’ve only been in the web development game for a little under two years, but I’m building applications for a federal agency that are getting me invited to speak at conferences. It took me a while to figure out how to get to that point, and I didn’t have anyone available to give me a road map when I started. I spent a long time teaching myself, and in retrospect there are definitely easier paths to take. So here’s my attempt to set new developers on the right track.

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Moment of Truth

I don’t update everyone on what I’m up to very often, and if that upsets or worries anyone, I’m sorry. Those who are close to me know I value face to face interaction more than whatever meme posts or video snippets end up on Facebook, but I’ve had a lot happening recently.

I started teaching myself to code in earnest about 14 months ago when I started working for the federal court. In order to progress my skills more quickly, I signed up for a web development boot camp this summer. Our cohort learned a lot. REALLY QUICKLY.

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