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 …

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 …

Does Apple Care About Customers?

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Having spent the past year exclusively using a Macbook Air for work, I found myself to be smitten. As a lifelong PC user, I had not ventured into the realm of using a Mac aside from my time as a vocal performance major (our music lab only had Macs), and babysitting for my cousin (he had a Macbook that used to …

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Out Front, and Responsible

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No matter the community you identify with, giving back to it is crucial to the advancement of not only individuals but the group as a whole. Just take time to ponder where African Americans would be without the civil rights movement, in which people advocated for justice for all rather than only for themselves. Many times, the sacrifices they made …

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Realizing I Should Study Engineering

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I am many things: a mechanical engineering undergraduate at Wayne State University; the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Beta Mu chapter; Vice President of the College of Engineering Student-Faculty Board; and board member and National Publications Chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers. I have a vibrant life and a promising future pursuing my passion for …