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CTA: Take inventory of your state. What is UI state and what is Server state? Tanner Linsley is the creator of react-table, react-charts, and react-query. Tanner also has a startup called nozzle.io where they track rankings in Google and do cool things around technical SEO. A lot of Tanner's libraries were born out of necessity at nozzle. We often …
 
CTA: Reach out to a local college and ask about mentorship programs or attend a meetup and find a mentee. Serene Yew runs Pixeltree, a software consultancy that focuses on sourcing junior talent and providing them with the mentorship that they need so they can bridge the experience gap and get a job. What better way to incite change than to be that…
 
CTA: Start a gratitude journal (write 5 things you're grateful for every day). Search for 5 dream jobs and figure out what they have in common and learn one of those things. Saron Yitbarek started a company called Code Newbie, which started as a Twitter community and grew into a couple of podcasts and a conference. Saron first became interested in …
 
CTA: Go back and think about dreams you had as a child and re-evaluate those dreams now. Software development isn't limited to "nerds." During her time at Andreessen Horowitz, Preethi met thousands of entrepreneurs. What she realized was that software engineering is what these entrepreneurs use to change the world. They're able to code the future t…
 
CTA: Take one of your small css-in-js components and use regular css to back it up. One of the things Michael loves about React is that it's a lot easier to make a black box of abstraction with iron-clad React components that don't leak. Something that concerns Michael deeply about any technology is when we put too much inside of it. We saw this pr…
 
CTA: Sit down for 5 minutes and think about what you really want to do with your life and figure out how you can sell that. Get one customer. It was around 2008-2010 when Michael's family's business went under due to the recession. From that point, Michael spent every spare second he had reading whatever he could. He'd be reading Ruby and JavaScrip…
 
CTA: Watch the single-spa intro video Most applications on the backend and the front end get built as a monolith, but you could improve your developer experience and performance if you broke your applications out into microservices. The pros and cons are the same for monorepos and microservices. Microservices is a different paradigm. And so, there'…
 
CTA: Watch Talia's talk and read her blog post Nordic.js 2019 • Talia Nassi - Testing in Production Set Up Feature Flags with React in 10 Minutes What does it mean to test in production? Simply put, testing in production means testing your features in the environment where your features will live. So what if a feature works in staging, that's great…
 
CTA: Watch 10 Tips for Respectful and Constructive Code Review Feedback then take a previous code review you gave and critique your own review. Dr. Michaela Greiler is focused on helping teams make code reviews their superpower! During Dr. Michaela's time at Microsoft, they found that developers were spending six hours a week doing code review. You…
 
CTA: Attend an event (like a meetup) where you're a little outside of your comfort zone. Or when you're at a meetup, talk with people who you don't typically talk with. The internet is one of those resources that we have available to us, and it's fantastic at what it does. However, there's a lot of content that isn't super curated and isn't in a fo…
 
CTA: Do something unconventional. In her free time, Amelia Wattenberger enjoys creating "code sketches." On the surface, they might just look like silly examples, but she's learned concepts or ways of doing things through these tiny code examples. You can learn a lot by playing with something in isolation and then trying to see how you can apply it…
 
CTA: Set a timer for 10 minutes and write down what thing you would like to accomplish which you can do in small and simple actions over time. Thorium is the software that space centers use for the computer controls and the flight director controls of simulated space ship experiences! The cool thing about Thorium is that it's entirely web-based. Al…
 
Homework: Try to do something outside of your comfort zone, and use that experience to help you learn how to empathize with those who are unfamiliar with the things that you already know. Laurie has a tough time saying no, and she ends up trying a lot of different things, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Attempting to learn something new giv…
 
Homework: Think of one goal you have and take 10 minutes to break it down into smaller chunks! A lot of times, when people are learning something new, they feel, "Oh, I have to learn this fast and my manager's counting on me to learn this," and everything's super stressful. As software engineers, we continually have to learn new things, and carryin…
 
Homework: Write down three things that you've been holding back on. Choose one of those things and write down the steps that you can take to accomplish that! Almost every demo Ken has done at a conference was wildly out of his league technologically. The deadline for the conference pushes him to grow rapidly. Conference driven development. Elon Mus…
 
Homework: Release some open-source software! Erik built the Redux Form library to help manage form states in Redux. He decided to open-source Redux Form, and it exploded and became very, very popular. People kept coming up to Erik with additional use cases, and the form library itself kept growing to the point where the bundle size got out of hand …
 
Homework: Go through Angie's Visual Testing Course: Automated Visual Testing: A Fast Path To Test Automation Success Visual testing is like snapshot testing with images. So when your application is in the state that you want it to be in, you verify this as a human being, and then utilize tools to take a picture of your application in that state. Vi…
 
Homework: Take at least a minute or two every single day for a week and write one thing that you're optimistic about. How do you stay optimistic when being bombarded with negativity every day? Nader reminds us that, statistically, we are living in the safest and most prosperous period in human history. Nader went through a lot of hardship growing u…
 
Homework: Figure out where your money has been going the last three months and then create a budget using an app like You Need A Budget, a notebook, or a spreadsheet! Kelly got into personal finance while she was struggling financially in grad school. Your very first step to getting your money under control should be to know where your money is goi…
 
Homework: Watch at least one of the talks linked below! Jen puts knitting before the fact that she is a senior software engineer when she defines who she is; this doesn't make her a worse engineer than someone who eats, sleeps, and breathes code. With each new thing you learn, whether you're good or bad at it, you'll tend to discover something abou…
 
Homework: Find a way to do one thing to contribute to open source without writing any code! Henry Zhu's transition from a programing role to a more managerial role as Babel's maintainer has been hard. As programmers, we tend to value our work based on the number of commits or pushing features. When you are a manager, you're not writing much code an…
 
Homework: Document it before you write your next component! Jenn has been working with React since 0.13. She has a background in creative writing, and it melded well with React. One of her big early mistakes with React was focusing too hard on making components reusable. When you try to make your component one-hundred percent reusable, you end up w…
 
Homework 1: The first is relevant to what we just wrapped up talking about and that is to keep a self-awareness journal for seven days. Every night, write down the feelings that you had that day, stress, anxiety, depression, happiness, excitement or the feelings that you had. Homework 2: Take 15 minutes every day to work toward a goal and just try …
 
Homework: Install and use the AXE Chrome extension! When Lindsey started, she didn't know what accessibility even meant. She would see that there was an "accessibility error" and fix it, but she didn't understand why she was fixing it. A11y clicked for her when she realized that the point of accessibility was to make the web usable for people with …
 
Shirley Wu has been freelancer since 2016, creating data visualizations for her clients. In this episode, Shirley talks about the four projects that had the most significant impact on her. In 2017 Shirley created an interactive visualization of the musical, Hamilton. It blew up on the internet. It was the first time a project of her's had a signifi…
 
Suz started streaming because she wanted to show pepole that hardware coding is just like regular everyday coding, it's just for smaller, dumber computers. It's been two and a half years since she started streaming and her reasons have changed since then. Suz has a community of fourteen-thousand that gathers around her stream now. Despite her now m…
 
You can learn in private, or you can learn in public. 99% of developers work and learn privately in the shadows, so why shouldn't you? Something magical happened when Shawn started creating resources and sharing what he learned in public. More advanced people began to help him by correcting him when he was wrong. By learning publically, he was able…
 
Getting involved in the world of open-source isn't trivial, especially when we are new to this industry and don't a lot of technical experience. Those of us with the privilege of knowledge and expertise should lend it to others. Lift others, and one day they may do the same. Scott Hanselman talks about how he isn't a "transactional networker," he d…
 
When something is easy for us, it more than likely is just familiar to us. It's easy to forget how challenging it was to learn what we know. When we tell someone who is still learning that something is easy, it diminishes the accomplishment of learning something new. People who are good at things put in the time and the practice to get where they a…
 
Peggy Rayzis is the engineering manager at Apollo, where she leads the developer experience team. Peggy talks about how Apollo touches every layer of development. There are a lot of ways that you can implement GraphQL in your application. It's incredibly flexible. You can even have GraphQL running entirely on the front-end! Peggy recommends that yo…
 
Lin Clark and Till Schneidereit from Mozilla discuss where WebAssembly came from and where it's going. WebAssembly was inspired by asm.js, a subset of JavaScript that could be compiled from a language such as C++. WebAssembly can take the idea further since it doesn't have the same limitations that JavaScript does. Lin and Till talk about why even …
 
It's challenging to sustain open source projects, a lot of time and energy is poured in without any compensation in return. Eric Berry created CodeFund to give developers who are finding it difficult to justify putting their time into open source projects a means to get compensated. Open source today is not the same as it was five years ago. Ninety…
 
Emma Bostian launched codingcoach.io, a free, open-source project that connects mentees with mentors. Emma discusses how she launched Coding Coach before she had a real database. It's better to have your product out there than to sit on it until it's perfect, you can always iterate. Mentoring doesn't just help others, you improve your teaching skil…
 
In this episode, David Khourshid gives the rundown on how finite state machines can make your app more testable, more resilient to bugs, and easier to refactor. David's initial interest in finite state machines stemmed from his background in music. With music, there is a universal notation that crosses genre boundaries. David thought what if there …
 
What's next for React? In this second interview with Dan Abramov React's direction is discussed along with overviews of exciting new features. Dan gives a great rundown these incoming features. React suspense is going to provide a baked-in solution for the problems that async data fetching causes with component rendering, and concurrent mode is bri…
 
In this episode Kent and Dan talk about the ways in which you'll have to reconstruct your mental model of how React works in order to get the hang of hooks, and how hooks more closely align with React's intended model. React has made multiple attempts at figuring out a way to share state between components. Mixins, higher-order components, render p…
 
Cassidy Williams is an engineer at Codepen. In the last five years, Cassidy has worked for five companies. She had left each on her terms as she learned through experience what she wanted and didn't want. Figuring out what you like and what you don't like is critical for ending up somewhere that you're happy with, Cassidy calls this establishing yo…
 
In this episode, Ali Spittel, a software engineer and developer advocate at Dev.to, joins us to talk about how excellent teaching can be for not only the people who are learning from you but also for developing your skills and your career. Teaching is one of the best ways we can teach ourselves something. It requires you to build an understanding o…
 
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