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Nick Taylor

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What are you currently struggling with?

This is super open ended, but what are you all currently struggling with? Doesn't have to be code related. We're more than our jobs.

I won't have answers to everything, probably lots of things, but others in the community might be able to help.

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recs asking "Can I help you?"

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N.H

I am struggling with finding path to start my carrier as a software developer.
I don't have a rode map on how to do it.

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Jeremy Friesen

It sounds like you're looking for a road map to get you to an unclear location.

A couple of questions to help understand where you are at:

  • What were the steps you took to get where you are at?
  • What of those steps gave you energy? Came "naturally"? "Clicked?"

To invert that a bit, find 3 to 7 job postings in your field, "print" them out:

  • With one color, highlight what resonates with you
  • With another color, highlight what gives you pause
  • What is it about those highlighted sections? Dig into this a bit.

The goal is to try to establish an initial destination, the first "stop" if you will, on this career journey.

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N.H

I have done some self digging. On that I have just come to learn that programing community or I should say the characteristics of a programmer resonates with my nature. To say in simple terms it clicks.
But now after getting admitted in CS study I have come across to a new problem an that is how to approach it.
Because there are so many positions as a programmer. I don't know what to choose ?

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Jeremy Friesen

With all of the options, start looking at what problems you like to solve and/or what comes easily to you.

For myself I love data problems and server-side constraints.

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N.H

I like to solve backend and security problems.

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Jeremy Friesen

Now, let's remove compute technology from the equation. What are your interests and passions. What does that domain look like. What "problems" do you see there? What about you and your values and beliefs energize you.

In other words, tech is a tool. Why do you have this tool in your hand? What is it that you look to do?

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N.H

I would say that I like to solve security issues by creating a more secure system.

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Milind Singh
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N.H

Thanks man

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Kunal • Edited on

I want to work on more developer tools & platforms.

I currently work at a small fintech startup (first engineer there) but don't enjoy it a lot. Can't switch because I'm still in college & not a lot of folks are open to having someone work full-time w/ college.

I contribute to OSS in the meantime when possible.
I was approached last month for paid OSS maintenance on a CLI app I contribute to but got ghosted later on :(

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codewander • Edited on

Most places that I have worked have let me do some work on dev tools, CI and deploy automation, even though it is usually outside of my refffsponsibilities. I would be surprised if the fintech startup didn't welcome your involvement there. Usually the circle ci or GitHub actions config could use some polishing up, deploy automation needs improvement, and people will usually use small cli tools that automate basic tasks like running a build if you make it easy to download and use.

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Kunal • Edited on

I'll keep your suggestions in mind. Thank you.

Since I handle all the infra tasks, there aren't any users of those tools other than me. I did set up the CI/CD pipeline and various automations at my current workplace. I'll try to make them more general purpose & open source them for others.

Primary reason why I used to contribute to netlify-cli since I know a lot of developers use it. Working on tools that only you use at work is not that satisfying.

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codewander

I hear you on wanting more users.

I actually like the opposite sometimes. For example, I prefer making company specific automation for creating a preview environment rather than using general purpose tools like render or heroku's deploy previews, because the general purpose tools don't handle all the specifics that I need.

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Atul Prajapati

Struggling to focus one thing :(

some times my mind says i want to learn to be success in life!

some times it says feeling lazy lets see some po*** video or any web series.

Help me

can you guide me how control our feelings to focus on one thing :|

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Jeremy Friesen
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Atul Prajapati

Thanks brother 🙏👍

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Vivek Verma

I am struggling with poor salary. Working in India in a service based small company. Learning DSA and stuff for interview preparation.

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Nick Taylor Author

If you need some help with salary negotiations as it sounds like you’re interviewing, check out my old coworker Josh’s talk from Codeland 2020.

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Medea

struggling to find a project and stick to it

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Dhravya

css.

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Nick Taylor Author • Edited on

Anything in particular? Flexbox? CSS grid? Positioning?

I’ve got a bunch of resources for CSS in my frontend post from December 2021 that you may find helpful.

I also highly recommend following Josh W. Comeau on Twitter and definitely check out his blog.

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Dhravya

Thank you so much !!! That is soo helpful.

Actually I suffer a lot with everything - I think I haven't quite grasped how Flexbox works, I know how to make grids and can do basic design but have to google everything else

Once again, Thank you so much!

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Jason F

I'm trying to learn the "svelte" way of doing things. I'm primarily an Angular developer, so I'm used to creating services, dependency injection, pipes, etc..

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alesbe

Learning Rust. It's an awesome language and I'm loving it so far! But it feels really different to any other language

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Nick Taylor Author

Yeah it's definitely interesting. If you haven't used a typed language before, there's that, and there's also concepts like ownership which might be hard to wrap your head around. I do like the pattern matching.

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codewander • Edited on

I chose golang as my interview language for backend at startups, and that has stopped me from doing a number of take home problems that only allow for python or javascript.

Overall, I am having problems getting through some work experience screening interviews because I don't have python or node production experience on my resume, just functional languages that some hiring managers have little knowledge of.

Besides that, things are going pretty well.

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adelekewest

I'm currently struggling with the path I should take, I'm interested in backend, and I'm currently learning JavaScript with the hopes of learning nodeJs when I'm done with JavaScript but I'm not sure if that would be all I will need to be a qualified junior backend software dev, anybody has any ideas or tips on the path I should take after learning JavaScript and nodeJs??

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chizo nwazuo

You'll very likely be learning JavaScript and NodeJS for a while so there may be no 'after'.
You should pick up and learn your database technologies really well along the side - SQL, NoSQL. Afterwards, you should learn a bit of infrastructure and deployment.

Also, if you're trying to learn just backend without doing anything frontend, I won't advise that. You don't have to be really good at it, but you should know enough frontends to get things done before you move to backend.

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adelekewest

For the front-end, I learnt the basics of HTML and CSS already, and I create some basic projects with them, nothing really too deep tho.

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SeongKuk Han

I wanna work abroad but I don't know how to prepare for it. I've been working as a front engineer in South Korea, and um... trying to keep learning English an hour a day though. I'm not sure I'm doing well.

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Valentin Nechayev • Edited on

A newly faced project (telecom area) is really wide bunch of different fat components, interacting in a complex way. Previous commands haven't considered even a tiny bit of proper maintenance, having tested only new features in final installation. Code shows nearly all kinds of smells one can imagine.
I have to develop something new under a threat to break things I've never been aware of. The entire command tries to push understanding of needing to spend some time bandwidth to normalize this heap of crap...
Personally it affects into deep level of procrastination over tasks to develop new features - of the degree that I'm unsure my productivity is satisfiable.

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Nikkhiel Seath

I am currently struggling with how to build a developer brand for myself?
Like, how do I get a position on certain events, live streams or how can I be a meaningful contributor to an open source project.

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diek

I have been struggling for almost a week with an ECS managed by terraform, I was fighting with the EC2 instances and the availability for the cluster, they never were elegible nor healthy. The solution was simple but not trivial, I needed to launch my machines with an Ami prepared to be an ECS node, not the standard aws Linux 2.

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Nic FitzGerald (they/them)

I've been struggling to get my Portfolio into a place where I'm okay with it (using Zola), design-wise. I've solved some some of my first "real world problems with it, which is another big thing I've struggled with. I struggle with getting over burnout and also getting over imposter syndrome and building something that can be used by others.

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Charlie Say

Impostor syndrome’ it’s a killer!

But it comes in waves.

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dhanashreerugi

Am struggling to make my website( coderlogs.com ) reach to as many as possible around the globe.
Actually, me and my husband(a senior software engineer at one of gud MNC) write blogs on various software languages such as C JAVA, etc.
Can get my blogs on coderlogs.com .

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Gabriel Betancourt

Decided to re-skill myself after losing my job in 2020, then not getting a contract extension in 2021. So far I've taught myself Objective-C for iOS/cocoa dev (built 3 personal projects) . Node.js (superficial knowledge, only used in a single personal project). Finally, most recently decided to find my new home for backend projects using Erlang + Cowboy, which I spent about 6 months learning directly from the book by Joe Armstrong. However, everyone seems to be using Elixir instead 😔

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dnasedkina

I'm juggling several projects wearing different hats (and none of them suit well yet). I feel like I need to choose or il burn out and fuck up all of them. But can't decide what to keep :)

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Jeremy Friesen

What is the nature of these projects? In particular are they personal? Career growth? For an employer?

Also, what are the consequences of fucking up each one? And on the flip side, how would you feel if you spent two hours for each project writing up next steps and shelving that project for a month?

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Dayucoffee

Focusing on one thing at a time!! Anxious with creating my own credibility….a bit overwhelming atimes.

Iv always been perfection and it kills me. Trying so hard to be aware and take one step at time but not easy

AWS solution Architect certified, trying to build stuff..also get better with Python

Then have all sorts of visions of what I’m hoping to build and just overwhelmed!! Thanks for the is question!

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Getscreen.me • Edited on

I am currently struggling with the article for Medium 10 Best Remote Desktop Software For Tech Support and I have beaten 3 of them)

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Arifkurdi

I am struggling with leetcode problems and have the feeling that I am not good fit in the field I have this horrible feeling so I am struggling to defeat it💔

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Daniel R. Przybylski

IT Leadership that knows nothing about IT, state of the art systems, or long term planning.

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Gpet

As a Junior dev. I am struggling how and where to find a mentor for my skill development.

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Gökay Bekşen

Rust 😏

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Medea

Trying to get Heroku to work

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Dafloresdiaz

I want to work in open source projects, but idk how or where to start...

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Patrick Navarro

not code related, im struggling to be consistent on something.
e.g studying something, then doing a streak for a week. then take a one day rest and motivation is nowhere again

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Anjan Shomodder

I am struggling to get my first job. Got only 3 interview. Rejected by all.

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Alexis Rondón

Getting a job after 2 years being a team lead (went from dev to team lead in a blink)
Now I'm looking for a new job and suddenly got anxiety and my mind erased when doing live coding. Sucks.