I survived my first open source contribution

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It was not an easy task, but my pull request https://github.com/exercism/xjava/pull/115 was accepted  https://github.com/exercism/xjava/commit/61b8773cb380e77ef77cdbb9ebfa9846c17b2c71 and I’m glad I did it! While attending self.conference in May, I heard a talk from Katrina Owen about lessons learned as the creator of a popular open source project. At the time, I was looking at how to get involved in a project, but overall …

Week 6 of the Java Bootcamp

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Databases and frameworks and technical interviews oh my! After piling on more knowledge including MySQL and Spring MVC, I am freaking ecstatic. I love actually working with a full technology stack! Adding to that, I nearly aced my technical interview with my instructor (which was not easy by the way). I feel really empowered by the amount of growth I’ve …

Week 5 of the Java Bootcamp

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This is what I was waiting for! We are finally learning how to tie my frontend knowledge to the backend with JSP and JSTL among other things. I have chosen a side project: DetroitIpsum. The goal of my site is to allow the user to select how many paragraphs they want and perhaps a size for the paragraphs, and generate …

Week 4 of the Java Bootcamp

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Material wise, the week was slow for me because the majority of the week was spent on frontend technologies. Instead of being a student, this week I was able to be helpful to my classmates by sharing my knowledge. I really love to share things that I’ve learned with others, but in this setting, I also felt self-conscious about coming …

Week 3 of the Java Bootcamp

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Time to start looking for a job! So it’s still pretty early on in the bootcamp, or so I thought. I got my first message from a recruiter on LinkedIn on Friday (2/12). This caught me by surprise and made me a bit uncomfortable to be honest. Of course the goal of the Bootcamp is to take you from beginner …

Week 2 of the Java Bootcamp

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2 weeks down, and I can say I know Object-Oriented Programming! So far I have built at least 10 programs, and I feel like I know my way around Java. Stack Overflow and I are growing closer and closer these days as well. The Oracle documentation is not my favorite, but since I have a better handle on how to read the documentation …

Week 1 of the Java Bootcamp

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Week 1 is over and I am relieved because I still feel as comfortable and confident as I did at the end of Day 1. Coming into this bootcamp with prior experience coding, most people around me have found my fear of failure completely irrational. The thing is, every new endeavor has its own experiences and obstacles. If I already …

My First Day in the Java Bootcamp

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Today was such a great first day in the Java Bootcamp at Grand Circus Detroit! I’m feeling confident about the class, although I’m sure that feeling will change at different points over the next 8 weeks. Today, we went through a reintroduction to Java which I felt would be terribly bland after having done the prework, and with my own …

Firefox for Windows 10

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Although my Macbook is my primary computer, I have a great backup laptop that I use around the house. If you’re like me, and you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10, no doubt, you’re looking to get everything set up just the way you like it. I recommend including Firefox in your updated setup. Firefox 40 is optimized for Windows 10 …

Consistency is KEY

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I have not blogged in many months and lack of time is by far the weakest excuse I have allowed to creep into my life. In reality, I have not focused on the necessary planning needed to keep my priorities in order. It has been awesome to read new comments on my blog even with so many months of inactivity …