June 25

Second Project Down…

They liked my Android project enough to let me tackle the iOS version. Not that I have any background for iOS. I don’t think I’ve even made a phone call on a borrowed iPhone. But in the last couple weeks I’ve built and iPhone/iPad app that I’m pretty pleased with. (Hope everyone else will be too…)

So in two weeks I’ve learned Xcode, Objective-C, and a healthy amount of Swift. The original project was written in Objective-C and worked. There was an update to Swift – but it would not compile.

Neither one was built for any kind of modification. Continue reading

Category: Career Change, Consulting, iOS, Mobile Development | Comments Off on Second Project Down…
April 17

Have Fun Developing Your Styles With These CSS Games

CSS Diner

One of the best lessons we had at Epicodus was the afternoon they asked us to play with the CSS Diner. It’s a cute little game where you use CSS to fulfill “orders” and put the right kind of food on the right plate(s). It’s fun enough to feel like a waste of time. But that Friday when we were building portfolios it came in handy and helped me make my portfolio a lot more exciting.

The first few levels of the game are pretty easy. It uses the kind of CSS you see everyday. But it doesn’t take too many levels to get into the kind of operators that while I’ve skimmed over documentation for them – I really didn’t see how they could apply to my pages. That’s because when you are learning, you are designing the pages yourself, often based on what you know how to do. The more advanced CSS rules can help you make the photoshop images designers (who don’t know what’s possible and what’s not) give you.

css diner screenshot
Oops… even though I’ve done this before the ~ is not one of the CSS rules I remember! Maybe playing the game once is not enough…

Continue reading

Category: CSS | Comments Off on Have Fun Developing Your Styles With These CSS Games
April 14

I Got a Callback!

I had a phone interview yesterday that went … okay. It sounds like a fantastic job – really can’t think of anything I want it doesn’t offer, unless it’s Android development. But I’ve found that I like both Android and web development, so it seems kind of minor at the moment. They have a large application, what sounds like a well-run team. They actually DO testing and scrum the way it was meant to be done. I feel like there is so much that I’ve learned only in theory that I would get to learn in practice there.

I didn’t “knock it out of the park” on the phone interview. At times, I could barely hear my interviewer and that never helps. Plus, it was an interview – and there isn’t there some law somewhere that says you will always be the lamest version of yourself at interviews? I try very hard not to break that law.

In spite of that, they called me back for an on-site interview next belief. I’m tossing back and forth between shocked disbelief and super nervous excitement. I want to study and prepare but don’t know whether I should be learning React better or rehearsing answers to “Tell us about yourself”. Continue reading

Category: Career Change, Interview Questions | Comments Off on I Got a Callback!
April 9

Still Looking

We have been out of school officially for … it’s hard to know how long exactly. I’m going to say one month, from our Demo day, even though you could say 6 weeks from the official end of the internships just as easily. I know 2 people who have found tech jobs so far. There may be a few more. A couple stayed with their internships. But right now, out of a class of 80 I think we have less than 10% placement. Continue reading

Category: Career Change | Comments Off on Still Looking