Updates on my coding journey, 6 months later

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HEY SAM, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

When I started this blog in December 2016 (almost a year ago), I pledged to write a post weekly. Some followers on Twitter told me that this was bold and that it was hard to be consistent. They were right. I kept my weekly pledge for 6 months, and then baby #3 was born. Life has been a storm since. 6 months later, baby boy’s still not sleeping through the night. And since my wife has finished her maternity leave and has resumed her medical residency, I’m the sole night watch. Do you imagine blogging while not having a single straight night for 6 months?

But I’m not seeking any excuses. Blogging is hard because it never seems a priority when life gets in the way. At the end of the day, regardless of how little I slept or how little margin I had left in my days, I could have found 1h per week had I really tried. So here it is: since my pledge was public, I publicly acknowledge my failure. And I won’t renew it. But I’ll still try to dust off my blog a little and bring it back to life a bit.

The first step will be to bring you up to speed to where I’m at in my software journey. A crazy lot has happened the last few months.

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Improve your coding skills with Free Code Camp’s bonfire challenges

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Two months ago, I shared my first steps building static web pages with Free Code Camp (FCC). The two little projects I mentionned were useful to get a first grasp of HTML and CSS and their interactions (as well as the Bootstrap framework).

However, I’m personally much more interested by the Javascript part of web development. It’s the logic and behavior aspects that get me on fire. That’s why I just did the minimum required to validate the static pages little projects so that I could move on to the Javascript part.

And I was not disappointed.

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Bill Sourour from Dev Mastery on Clean Code

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Last week, I continued my Clean Code series by having Emilien Pecoul answer the question: “What is Clean Code for you?”

Today, I have the priviledge of introducing Bill Sourour and his answer to you. I’ve been reading his Dev Mastery newsletter since July 2016, and I’m a better developer for it. If you don’t know about it or haven’t subscribed to it, you can check all his previous posts on his Medium profile. And if you like what you read, you can subscribe here.

Bill writes about all kinds of software-related topics, from how to find time to become a better developer, to how to conquer legacy code, ethical standards for developers, and even elements of JavaScript syntax and style.

The breadth of topics he can address in depth thanks to his more than 20 years experience is impressive to me. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, you can always find nourishing food for thought.

So here is what Clean Code is for him:

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Emilien Pecoul, Software Craftsman, on Clean Code

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A few months ago, I started a series on Clean Code. After introducing the series by sharing quotes from leaders in the tech industry, I had the privilege of having two friends of mine working at Mozilla share their answers to the question: “What is Clean Code for you?” Jan‘s and Ben‘s).

One thing I appreciate in this series is how each answer is at the same time unique, yet shares the same fundamental values. Each developer has their own perspective on what makes clean code, yet all essentially agree. It’s like watching the same diamond from various angles.

Today, I have the joy of sharing the answer of someone who has had a great influence on my young software development career: Emilien Pecoul.

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Review on my first tech conference – MiXiT

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Back to blogging after a short leave

In my initial post on December 27th 2016, I pledged to write one post a week. Which is what I did without a single miss until April the 3rd, keeping my promise 15 weeks in a row. But those of you who follow carefully realized that I didn’t post anything since. By the way, I want to thank those of you who called me on this for caring enough to do this.

The reason behind these misses is that my (growing) family is in the process of buying our own home for the first time. And next to a full time job and a busy family life, this project has been taking all my free time since we made an offer that was accepted. We’ll be signing the deal at the end of this week, and now need to find the best deal for our mortgage. Each little win can mean thousands of euros in gain, so I’m working hard on it.

However, my wife rightfully pointed that life will always throw new urgent and important tasks at me. If I start making excuses, it will be much harder for me to keep blogging. So here I am, back to the task.

Now let’s talk about MiXiT

Today, I want to share with you some thoughts on the tech conference MiXiT 2017, which took place in Lyon Thurday and Friday of last week, and was the first tech conference I ever attended.

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A tribute to my “secret mentor”, Quincy Larson

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Two weeks ago, I shared my first baby steps in web development. Thanks to the advice given by Derek Sivers, I read two useful books from the Head First series (HTML & CSS and Javascript & HTML5 Programming), and was encouraged to join the Free Code Camp (called FCC below) community.

There exists dozens of websites and online communities aiming at helping people get a foot in the door into the web development world. The first thing I asked myself was: “What makes FCC distinctive, and why should I follow this curriculum instead of any other?”

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Jan, Senior Software Engineer at Mozilla, on Clean Code

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A few weeks ago, I shared a post giving the answer to the question “What is clean code?” by five of the most respected software engineers in the industry. I concluded the article by saying:

I’ve also planned for the coming weeks to ask this question to some developers I respect in order to share their answers with you, with my comments.

Well for today’s article, I have the privilege to share with you the answer by Jan Keromnes, who is a senior software engineer at Mozilla. If you’re not aware, Mozilla is one of the hottest companies for which to work for as a developer, together with other big names such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. The selection process to get in is incredibly competitive, which means that only the best software engineers make it. And those who know Jan are actually not surprised at all that he’s one of the few who’s made it (and quickly became “senior”, on top of that).

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