What was your win this week?

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Looking back on your week -- what was something you're proud of?

All wins count -- big or small ๐ŸŽ‰

Examples of 'wins' include:

  • Getting a promotion!
  • Starting a new project
  • Fixing a tricky bug
  • Cleaning your house...or whatever else that may spark joy ๐Ÿ˜„


Happy Friday!

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Did they come with sprinkles on the frosting? Asking for a friend.


They had the frosting I think it had confetti colours but I would not describe as sprinkles

Bummer, the plain old Blueberry is my favorite

I know I might seem like a heathen to some. I just remembered, as a kid, having toasted, I frosted blueberry pop tarts and a glass of chocolate milk.


IT'S A THREE OFFER FRIDAY! I feel incredibly lucky to be entertaining multiple job offers.

One company made it an extremely easy decision!

I'm starting in early February at an awesome new job. Will make it official soon!

In the meanwhile, I'm taking a React deep dive after being out of the pool for awhile. Time to drink the kool-aid....


I had two wins:

  • Gave a short talk (5-7 min) in front of 50+ people for the first time. Was very nervous but it went really well. Even enjoyed it! Should try it again :)
  • Published a new VS Code extensions and wrote about it.

Congrats on the public speaking. Itโ€™s so hard the first time, glad to hear it went well enough to tempt you to go again!


Thanks. I've been having thoughts about trying public speaking for some time now. And the only way to find out if this is something for me or not is by seizing the opportunity. A colleague helped me with the preparation. So far so good. Looking forward to the next one :)


Thanks for creating this extension. Iโ€™m looking forward to trying it out. Definitely a win.


Since the new year I've been focusing on doing stuff to have more energy and vitality throughout the day. The basics: eat well, sleep well and exercise daily. This week so far I've worked out every morning, 5/5 days ๐Ÿ˜. That's my big win this week ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘


Keep at it, there is no limit to how much these kinds of changes can improve your life.

One book I would recommend checking out if you haven't seen it yet is The Compound Effect. It really drives home the point that small improvements over time can grow into huge gains if you just stick with them.


Nice! Do be wary of working out daily, though. You may not feel it your first week, but it will exhaust you more than it will help you (and won't give your muscles the rest they need to grow).


Started new project, helped to track down a tricky issue, and created an account here! HAPPY Friday Dev.to.ers


made my personal website but couldn't manage to link the domain lol


If you'd like some assistance looking into it, feel free to send me a message ๐Ÿ˜Š


What a great article, I've read it, and shared it with my friends, without a doubt it's a big win.


You definitely hit on something... The 2020s could be the era of the postmodern JavaScript framework.


Yeah, it will be interesting to see what happens in the JavaScript and the web over the next few years.


It's a sad and happy day. I'm leaving my awesome co-workers from Shotgun but new beginnings Monday. All that to say, my big win this week is all the kind words my co-workers sent to me on my last day. I just want to leave some here because they meant a lot to me.

I also think it's great to acknowledge positives for the times when you doubt yourself.

  • "From the first day you joined our team you were asking questions, challenging assumptions and generally making a nuisance of yourself. Less than 2 weeks later you were improving everyoneโ€™s workflows and going above and beyond as a customer advocate. And you just didnโ€™t stop. Thanks for all youโ€™ve done, and for setting such a high bar for others to follow."

  • "Iโ€™d like to second xxxโ€™s sentiments, Nickโ€ฆ
    I think in the months to come, more and more folks will realize what a driving force and passion was lost with you leavingโ€ฆ
    Iโ€™ll be in your Twitter DMโ€™s soon enough!"

  • "Dude! Nick, will miss you man. Thanks for all the love and effort you put into making Shotgun better. I especially appreciate you banging on the conditional permissions UI for us, above and beyond the call of duty for sure. ๐Ÿ˜Š Best of luck in your next gig!"

  • "Nick Taylor!!! You will be missed for sure. Not only will Shotgun miss your incredible ninja skillz but youโ€™re just awesome to work with. Weโ€™ll be rooting for you (and secretly hoping you come back sooner than later) ๐Ÿ˜Š"

  • "Nick! Remember that awesome pic you sent me over Slack? Itโ€™s going into my blackmail time capsule for a rainy day. Just kidding ๐Ÿ˜Š. Iโ€™m confident that your new outfit will quickly realize that theyโ€™ve hit the jackpot with you. Itโ€™s been a real pleasure learning from you."

Shotgun fam, you are awesome, thanks for the kind words and I will miss you all.


I had an amazing farewell party party organised by my colleagues, lots of kind words, tears and presents that show they really know me ๐Ÿ˜Š I'm going to miss them in my new job!

Followed the next day by giving my first talk of the year, and getting some awesome feedback both in person by people after the talk and on LinkedIn the following day.

Ready to prep for the new job now!


I got through an emotionally rough day this week. I feel considerably better than I did early.

And, today is my last day as a contractor. My employer offered me a full-time position which goes into effect on Tuesday.


I did the automation of a job that took 3 days to do, to be done in 10 minutes


Optimized one our API endpoints and reduced the average response time from 8-10 seconds to 2-3 seconds.

It was quite nice to see the Grafana metrics when the change went live.

grafana metrics graph


bought my new macbook pro and finished a feature on a system


I learnt GatsbyJS this week and boy I was so much into errors right from the installation!!!

I don't know why in Windows it needs a Visual Studio Build Tools 2015 package just for creating the project with CLI! ๐Ÿ˜ 

But I managed to fix the issue by myself without anyone's help and posted the fix to the community! ๐Ÿ˜


My win this week was releasing the project that I have been working on and writing a blog post about it. I made a site called JS Flashcards using Vue. You can check out the site at jsflashcards.netlify.com and the blog post at dev.to/jamiemccarville/js-flashcar.... Comments and suggestions welcome!

  • (Finally) published my first post on dev.to
  • Release a prototype I initially made as an exercise on expo-community
  • Met some friends I didn't see in a while again

Spending a number of days trying to figure out how a legacy PHP service works due to a bug we encountered and finally managing to get it just before going home yesterday (Friday night). I knew this weekend would be even better after finding the issue!


I created a single-page Reactย website called โ€œBurgers4Bryceโ€ to encourage friends in various circles to share memories and love for a person we know (Bryce) that is going brain cancer treatment for the third time.ย 


For a while I have been helping a company write up design documents for a complicated product idea that until recently, we couldn't figure out how to whittle down to an MVP.

But today, when discussing with another collaborator on that project and trading ideas, we realized we have finally figured out how to build a meaningful prototype!

After 2.5 years of chipping away at this problem space off and on in tiny slices, I am excited to turn some of our best ideas into something real.


I switched from Sourcetree to Fork and am loving it so far ๐Ÿ’™
Also trying out Alfred (free version).

And I received the DEV thank you bundle ๐ŸŽ‰ So happy to be part of this community!


I started meditating again this week. I use to meditate every day before work and I have fallen out of that habit.

Glad to report that I've meditated 2 days in a row this week already!


Been focusing on my dev skills after a couple of years. Feels good to be learning again!


Finished and presented work so far on an Electron application which is planned to be deployed on a lot of customers machines (and I'm the only developer on the application). Next step is finishing the deployment/updating part, and beginning some automated unit testing.

It's been challenging, but I'm pretty proud of my result.


I finished a rewrite of the test suite of devise-authy, a gem that I didnโ€™t write but now maintain. This is the first part of a bunch of work to start feeling confident in understanding how it works and soon adding new features.

Seeing those tests all run green and coverage hit 100% was a joy!


Hi all. Completed two out of three parts of my Automated Processor Deployment application framework. This has already been helping me run my data automation on my property/real estate platform - but I realised it is much more meaningful than that. One small piece to finish and I should be integration testing it next week.



Deployed my demo application to netlify and heroku. The deploy is still a little buggy, but if people want to have a short-lived anonymous chat, they can do so here: nuxt-socket-io.netlify.com and navigate to the chat rooms page. (I think if I deploy it all to heroku, it'll be less buggy). But hey, if you are able to leave a message, say hi from what country you're texting from! I'm interested to see where it's being used!

TL;DR -- I'm calling this a half-win / half-loss because the demo is not perfect (but hey, a dev community understands that code can be buggy sometimes, right?)


Bought a new access point, but was unable to use it with my current SIM card, it takes a micro-card in fact, so i cropped my SIM card to the right size and now it is stuck in the access point but it is working now.

Am sooo happy


Postwoman.io in 2019

150K+ unique users
1.5M+ page views
15.5K+ GitHub stars

in 3.5 months (September 16 - December 31)


Started my new job as a developer ๐Ÿฅ‘ at Load Impact / k6 and it feels soooooo good! ๐Ÿฅณ Really looking forward to work full time with developer communities. ๐Ÿš€


This week was my first technical interview! I don't think I can make it but I could see what I need to improve for the next one. Also, one of the last companies I applied said they are still interested in me.


I gained the 4 week streak badge on DEV this week! Keen to keep on blogging to hit the next streak badge.


I wrote my first article on dev.to this morning! And I'am pretty happy about it


Creating my first Vue blog and deploying it to AWS


Went back to an old API, ran some experiments and potential to drop several seconds of API latency from it.


Just finished my JavaScipt project for Flatiron and literally am one month away from graduating and searching for my first DEV job. ๐Ÿ˜บ


Gave a talk on Type Inference in React and Apollo on the ThisDotLabs online React meetup.


Learned a lot about unit testing using Vue Test Utils with Jest.


Finished one project and scheduled 3 interviews for job positions that interest me.


Getting my own blog site up and running and I stuck to my "one blog per week" goal. Seems small, but these little changes and commitments will continue to grow and flourish into good habits.


I had a really interesting conversation with a founder about what they were building, and if I could help.

Small steps. But it was a nice surprise.


I finally found the time to play a good computer game for a few hours this week. I feel so recharged! ๐Ÿฅณ


I finally finished the migration of all the company's python code to python 3! It took 3 weeks more or less to make sure everything works great.


Finish a feature from the start to the end and being officially graduated ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ


I wrote a new essay-post on climate and ecology in the tech industry:


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