Welcome Thread - v37

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Forest, Forest Gump

Welcome to DEV!

  1. Leave a comment below to introduce yourself! You can talk about what brought you here, what you're learning, or just a fun fact about yourself.

  2. Reply to someone's comment, either with a question or just a hello. πŸ‘‹

Great to have you in the community!


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Hello dev community, ο›Œ

I am 16 and primarily a game developer but also have experience doing back end development on python as well as a javascript on a basic level. Currently i am helping manage a team of over 10 people on a new game.

I can program in Python and Lua, and have experience using blender, unity and roblox studio as well as other programs such as photoshop, Drawplus and editing programs.

Nice to meet you all, I have recently joined this platform and am looking forward to discussing and conversing with you all in the future!


My buddy was just at the Roblox conference which was last week. Roblox is rapidly growing which is awesome. In my teenage years, all I did was put together teams to try to mod or build video games.

At my mom's computer store we had a large conference table and I'd have 14 or so at the start of the project and near the end, it would be 3 people. Building teams is a serious challenge.

Discord certainly makes things easier now.

The first game I modded was UT99. So that might give you an idea how long ago.

Do you have a cool game idea for the Roblox platform?

If you ever want some infrastructure knowledge with cloud computing I can give you a bit of direction.


My buddy was just at the Roblox conference which was last week.

Ah I missed that as it was while i was on holiday πŸ’”

Roblox is rapidly growing which is awesome

Crazy fast,100m active users now.

Building teams is a serious challenge.

Found the same until I started properly networking and earning a name for myself on discord.

Do you have a cool game idea for the Roblox platform?

Yep, working on it. πŸ˜‰ I'm project lead.

If you ever want some infrastructure knowledge with cloud computing I can give you a bit of direction.

That'd be great, def need in the future.
If you ever need any help with python, lua, video gaming markets, Roblox.
Feel free to DM me in the connect app.


Seems cool, Theo. Happy to know that you learnt all this at that age. :)


Thank you, still feel like I have a hell of a lot more to learn!

Haha yeah. I wish I had started learning from before. I am studying computer degrees and i knew nothing before i took this.


Hi Theo, can you tell us more about the new game?


Sure its an open map adventure game with low poly graphics based on floating islands.


Super cool!

Keep it up, hopefully I'll see some of your post on how your team build that game ;)


very cool. cant seem to keep my kids off Roblox, so youre definitely headed the right direction.


Hello! I'm 34 yo and have been learning coding for about three years now without much success. I have a goal in mind which is to start working as a jr. developer before my next birthday (Aug 1, 2020).

Right now I'm learning js, react and redux. Cheers and hello! :)


Hi Roel!

Good luck with your job search.
For startups, technical prowess is not as important as getting things done.

So if you can get 1-to-1 with the hiring person/key decision-maker and speak to what their startup does and tell them what you would do to impact the business and then just get started without asking that's a great way to break in.


Thanks for the advice, Andrew! :D

I'd add to that, that bringing other skills along with coding can be a great way to outshine other applicants. E.g. if you were an accountant before deciding to start coding, then joining a company that develops accounting software would give you a huge advantage over a kid fresh out of college who don't know his debits from his credits :)

Greate advice, man, thanks. My ultimate goal would be to work as a developer for something related to music or literaturue which are my other big interests :D


Welcome! If you have any questions about learning js/react - I'd be glad to help :) good luck!


Thanks, I appreciate it! :) Will do.


Good luck, Roel! I'm also on my 30s and trying to get the first dev job.


Thats great! PM me if you want to work on something together, man. Cheers!


Hey Roel! You get closer every day. Besides learning the tech the best thing that helped me get a job was just talking to people. Don't be afraid to go to meetups if you can.


I think there are some in my city! Will look into that! Thanks man! :D


I absolutely love react and redux. Would love to help you in this journey of yours in any way I can. Feel free to reach out.


Wow! I just saw your answer. Thanks A LOT, man. I'd love to have more friends I can chat with and learn :D


Nice to meet you, Roel! Keep your head up and remember, even senior devs google the most basic of things from time to time.


Hey y'all, I'm Ada. I'm a non-binary (pronouns they/them) 18 year old web dev who primarily codes in Node.js (though I regularly dabble in Go and Rust.). I found out about this place a while back and have read a handful of articles from here but have been a bit reluctant to join due to past bad experiences with noninclusive dev spaces, hopefully that isn't the case here.

Anyways, nice to meet y'all, I'm looking forward to hopefully being an active participant in the community!


Hi Ada!

I love that you use the word yall! I grew up in Oklahoma and just moved to Denver. I don't get to hear it as much as I would like. Welcome to the new space, I'm new as well. We'll see how this goes together :)

Have a great day!


Funnily enough I actually picked up y'all through osmosis from a friend who moved here up north from Texas!


Welcome Ada to Dev.to!

Dev.to is quite inclusive to all, so rarely will you find you'll need to use that report button.


Hello everyone. I've been working on my developer skills for a couple years now and figure I need to broaden my community beyond those around me with no interest in it.

I'm a late starter at 34, and honestly I get a little discouraged reading about teenagers much farther along then I am. Any success stories out there from others getting into software development after leaving another career?



Hey markamaze, I'm 34 and just graduated last year with an Associates degree after over a decade in Entertainment and Special Effects, and got super lucky landing a job at a Software company. If I can do it, you can as well.

What worked for me was to go to a lot of networking events, especially Meetup events focused on the languages I liked learning about. Then, try and find little free one-day or weekend conferences where you can go learn as well. Don't just focus on learning though! Focus on getting to know the other people who come out and get to know the community you're in. So many opportunities come from the community and your own network. If you're not surrounded by people who have this interest, that's ok, but the more people around you with the interest, the faster you will grow and land that gig.

Best of luck in your endeavors!


Don't worry about younger people have more knowledge or not, sometimes I feel the same and I've writing software for more than 23 years. Young people have a lot of energy and more free time, but what's important is the own motivation and the desire to learn new things.


Hey there! I'm 33 and just getting started too. I moved from nursing to tech a few years ago and refuse to look back. I've learned that there are a LOT of little niches out there where you can not only utilize your previous experience, you'll be valued for it.


I hope so. It was my experience that lead to my idea for software to do much of my previous job that led to my leaving it.

You can already say that you were a champion of adopting new technology that helped to cut down costs and better automate processes at your previous job!


I'm a late starter, too. I'm 37 and been working professionally as a software dev for 3 years. I had a 10-year career in biology, but it just wasn't going anywhere. I'd been teaching myself as a hobby and doing a bit of WordPress dev/admin as a side-gig to help save up money. Quit my job and went to a 12-week bootcamp.

A couple months after the bootcamp, I got a full-time job as a junior UI developer. Then about 2 years after that, got promoted at the same company to intermediate software developer.

The bootcamp wasn't everything, but it did give me connections and an ability to learn fast. On top of that, already have progressed through a career has definitely helped me continue to progress and grow in this career. I know how to be in a job, how to be a mentor, how to be effective in a team.

I think part of changing careers is finding a company that's a good fit for giving you a shot - not as a favour but because they recognize that your past experience is a huge asset in addition to your tech skills.

In the bootcamp, I was definitely one of the older students, but that was okay. I didn't end up making super close friends like a lot of the 20-somethings did, but I wasn't there for that. I did find people that I enjoyed working with professionally.

Not to say that a bootcamp is the only way, but for me, I really needed the structure and the guidance on what to learn next. There's always people to compare yourself to, but there's only one you with your breadth of experience and maturity - just have to find the right role where they see that as a value!


I feel like I'm starting late also at 33, but we have to start somewhere right?! Good luck!!


Hello wonderful dev.to community! I have browsed this website many times but finally decided to make an account 😜


Hi, a bit about me:

I'm Java developer making my best to use automation, testing and refactoring so my team can work on hard problems,
and deliver their project on time and with quality.

I live in Barcelona and I'm a member of JBCNConf staff since 2016.

I'm looking forward to be helpful in this community.


"I'm Java developer making my best to use automation, testing and refactoring so my team can work on hard problems,
and deliver their project on time and with quality."

I'm already a fan of your job. :)


Welcome Sergio! If I had to live anywhere it would be in Barcelona even if I had to learn a bit of Catalan.


Hey DEV!

My name is Noah Labhart. I'm a startup founder, CTO and podcast host. Also, husband, Dad, outdoorsmen, musician and follower of Jesus. I like to stay busy, below are links to my projects. I'm more of an architect now than an IC, but I still like to get my hands dirty from time to time.

Code Story Podcast - codestory.co

Veryable, CTO & Co-Founder -veryableops.com
Touchtap, CEO & Founder - touchtap.com

Looking forward to being more active in the community - besides just buying the sweet gear!



Welcome Noah πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰

Check out what the LadyBug Podcast is doing:

In Dev.to you can use Liquid tags to embed your podcast into an article if you have your podcast on Spotify


Thanks Andrew! That is pretty cool!


Good evening everyone i am Oyinkansola by name and i am a front end web developer, happy to be in such a growing community


Nice to have you here πŸ˜„


Hello Damilola, I'm new here, I just joined today. I'm just starting out tho. I'm learning HTML, CSS and I hope to start JavaScript in few days.

It's nice connecting with you here.


Uhm, Hi? My name is Ana. I am a Ruby on Rails Developer.

Lately I've this desire to be more active in community, that's why I decide to create an account in this platform.

I look forward to some nice and interesting discussions ~~


Welcome Fitri! Great to have another Rails dev!



I work for Heavybit, a startup accelerator focused on helping startups building developer and enterprise tools go to market with their product. I'm here to learn more about what dev teams need to be successful, share learnings from the Heavybit community with DEV, and look for ideas to improve how we educate our own program members.

Looking forward to joining the conversation with you all!


A friend recommended this community πŸ”₯ I mostly came for the #Vim posts (posted one myself actually). Anyway, glad to be here πŸ‘‹


Welcome Jesse!

Hope you dig DEV.

That looks like a great post. πŸ˜€

Just a quick pointer, you can also link to posts like this if you'd like.

Here's the syntax for the embed in case you want to do it like this in the future:
{% link https://dev.to/jesseleite/it-s-dangerous-to-vim-alone-take-fzf-2i1i %}


Welcome, Jesse!
Your friend was wise to recommend such a nice and helpful community.
Enjoy your stay!


Hello! I'm four months into my first Frontend Dev job after a career change. It's had its ups and downs but really love the work! Using Ember, Rails, PostgreSQL at work. But first love is React, Redux, Node.


Welcome Mary Jo!

Dev.to could use more UX people!
I haven't heard of Ember in quite a while, how is that javascript framework holding up?


Thanks Andrew! I'm still pretty green, but I find handling global state with Ember cumbersome. Some of it is undoubtedly on my end - I need to accept convention over configuration. ;-)

convention over configuration That's a ruby mantra I haven't heard in a long while.

My other favourite being limitations lead to creative solutions


Hey there!

Excited to be a part of the community. I'm just getting started (seriously this time!) with how to code, what I want to do, and how to get there. I already work in tech (product manager), but I'm so non-technical that it's hilarious. I'm happy to be here and can't wait to learn from everyone!


I often feel like I'm lacking in my tech skills (even though I help build dev tools!) Nice to know I'm not alone in the feeling :)

This place seems like a cool place to jumpstart knowledge in easy bits!


Keep at it and don’t get discouraged! Technology can be difficult if you weren’t raised around it, but I’m sure you can succeed! Good luck!


Hey all,
I'm currently working as a Salesforce developer but trying to get back into doing more straight up web development, so I'm working on some side projects involving graphql and react. Also low-key looking for a new job so just trying to keep my networking muscles active!


I had to do a few months of Salesforce development. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
You have to have serious skills to develop on Salesforce


I've been doing it for 3ish years now, and it's definitely a strange beast. But as I started to figure out its quirks (many, many quirks!), it's gotten a lot easier. And easier to see the benefits of it as a platform. But I'm still trying to move out of it - leaping on any projects at my current job that are off-platform and also looking for a new position...

Front end, back end, full stack or maybe something in data?

Full-stack probably but just stating to figure stuff out


Big probs, Salesforce development is no joke. Whatever company you end up with will be lucky to have you!


Hi! I'm Kristen, I am a non-technical employee at a software startup in Austin. Currently trying to learn some basic web development, starting with HTML and CSS, while getting more comfortable with Git & VSCode. The hardest part right now is balancing the screen time I have to have (working, paying bills online, video chatting with family) vs screen time I want to have (learning, exploring, tinkering, creating). Sometimes, after a day of literally just looking and typing, I'm as tired as I was when I did manual labor.


I totally get the feeling!

I'd love to stay longer hours at my computer trying out new things or taking on small side projects but after a full day of working on the computer the last thing I want to do is continue working.

Something that has helped a bit with the reading/learning is to use a secondary device like a tablet, that way I continue with a bit more screen time without feeling I am still working.


I know that feeling! Good luck on the learning. You'll pick up a lot just by hanging around DEV, even if a lot of it goes over your head.

I'm years and years into my career and still don't think I'm all that good at git. So sounds like you're making progress.


Thanks! I appreciate the encouragement! I'm going to need it.


Hello Dev Community,

I'm french, I am 23 years old and I'm a fresh software engineer in Luxembourg.
I have experience in Front-end development and in Hardware.

I've just joined today to learn more and get useful tips from peers.
I'd like to solidify my knowledge in various topics


Hello Akim!
Welcome! I hope you'll share your knowledge and experience, as well!


Who else here is an open source enthusiast / radical / extremist?


Radical here!

Although I agree with RMS, so I guess you could say "extremist"! Nothing motivates me towards the movement more than knowing it's an ethical imperative. "Open source" is the boring corporate morality-free version of software freedom, but hey, our end results are nearly always the same, so the communities overlap greatly!


I'm an enthusiast. How would you describe an "extremist"?


sorry I thought I replied haha
Extremist is just hyperbole for radical I guess


Here I am! I've been programming for ~20yrs but only recently started exploring web development and... well, it's a humbling experience. The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know. My heart is still in native applications for desktop and mobile.


hi, I am 38 and I am a student at Lambda School. I learned html, css, javascript, react-redux, nodejs and python. I am preparing myself at solving coding challenges and learning the basic cs fundamentals. I hope to learn and grow with all of you


I hear good things about Lambda school. Welcome to Dev.to!


Hello all, I am new to this group. I look forward to learn as mush as possible and fast.I joined this group to continue learning or refresh on my SQL join ability and found this group has way more than that.

I am locating in Florida, near Tampa; working for a manufacturing company. I have been with the same company for 23 years and looking forward for an additional 20 more years...hahaha

Thank you all for this great platform you all have!


Hi bulollas!

Check out Helen's SQL posts they're really good:

helenanders26 image


I've been making, fixing and debugging WordPress sites and Angular applications over 10 years.
I have mid to advanced knowledge about JS, Angular, PHP, MySQL, WP, Apache, Git and same other open source technologies.

Also I'm father and a husband that struggles to find a steady job / projects where I'll be able to earn money for my family while doing what I love to do.

I need some guidance how to become better coder in order to go the next level and make awesome stuff.

I hope this is the right place where I can find some answers.

Best regards


This is a month later - but nice to meet you Cedomir! Have you been able to find some projects since you wrote this post? Good luck!


Hi Chris. It is never to late. Thank you for your response :) It is good to know that there are people like you who wants to help.
Nice to meet you , too.

I'm currently finishing Laravel RESTful / Angular (7) project. I'm giving my best to be coded with best coding practice, but I'm not sure if made good choices, if I coded all methods (made all classes) in the way to be considered as a best coding practice.

I need guidance how to use my "raw" Angular and PHP OOP knowledge and learn how to make good reusable code that will be ease for someone else to maintain and extend.

I'm struggling to see the big picture and make tho whole of the application in my mind before I start to coding.

Maybe this will sound funny to the experienced coders, but these are some of the questions that I have not complete answers for, and need help to find them in order to become better coder:

Where and why to use Interface or Abstract class?
When and why to use Models in Angular?


There are much more questions and much more to learn, but for now I don't have systematic approach how to learn all that I need in order to go to the next level and became better programmer.


I'm always open for new challenges.

Thank you for your time.

Best regards

I'm afraid I don't have much Angular or PHP skills! I'm mostly React :)

Could you maybe make a DEV post with those questions? Or: ask on stackoverflow or twitter? Also: if there are any Angular meetups in your city, then you could message the organizers - they are usually happy to help, or find someone who could help you.

Sorry - hope you figure that out! It sounds like you're on the right track though: just keep working on it! The feeling that you don't know what you're doing will be replace with joy once you figure it out :) Good luck!


Hello everyone...realized 2 years ago that I needed a career change if I was going to put the kids through college. Went back to school to get a BS CompSci degree....only 1 year left!! Can't wait to get out in the real world and become a full-stack web developer. I've really enjoyed working with Python and Django.


Way to go! I know the challenges of college work when you have kids and a family...hang in there! Welcome!


Hey peeps,

I landed my first job a few months ago as an Associate Fullstack Dev! My coworkers showed me this community, and I'm excited to become a part of it!

Just wanted to say, "hey", and thank you all for all of your contributions to this community. You really help the young guns to advance their skills. 😊


I am Austin I usually developing in python i love creating new ideas and seeing what is possible. i just love programming in general. i have made speech based apps like text to audio converter for files. i hope to learn as much as I can. I am currently going to school for computer science and i have made some apps in my years.


hi everyone,

i'm a 23 years old primary school teacher who just picked up coding because i find it super interesting and fun. no experience whatsoever, but i'm trying to learn as much as i can through articles, videos etc, and i'm hoping to learn something from this community, too! happy to be here <3


Welcome to DEV, Persephone!
I hope you enjoy your stay!


Hello everyone,

I am an older developer by the look of it (I'm in my 40's (o.O) ) and while I have always loved to write code (make the computer do the thing!), I have only recently gotten more involved in it.

I'm also an avid table top roleplayer (Dungeons and Dragons and Shadowrun are my faves), and computer gamer.

I've messed about with Basic on the Commodore 64, QBasic in DOS, COBOL (never again), Turbo Pascal (eek!), C++ (in German), Visual Basic, C#, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and so on. I really enjoy working with SQL of all things.

Looking to learn about AWS, Azure, REASTful services, micro-services, kubernetes, GraphQL (which looks awesome), and later neural networks, machine learning and AI.

Never stop learning.

I think that's enough waffle from me for the time being.



Never stop learning indeed! This is a great site for it :)


Hello DEV community!

I’m currently getting a degree in Computer Programming. I’m still inexperienced but I love learning new things. Some recent things I’ve been interested in is Julia and compiler design. I have a plan to build my own programming language in the future. This is going to be an extremely long-term project but I look forward to finishing it in the future.


Hello Alec - welcome!

Building your own programming language is ambitious! Good luck on that and other projects in the future :)


Thank you! It certainly is ambitious, and that’s why I’m taking it slowly to make sure that I have the ability to create the language to my highest standards. I’ve currently only got a tokenizer and some documentation, but over the course of a few years I hope to fully develop it into a functioning language.


Hey guys,

I'm Sam, 20 year old Filipino working in Tokyo, Japan πŸ‘‹

It's been about a year and a half since I got my degree in IT and started working as a web developer. I mainly do backend development and web crawling with Python, but I have also worked on some frontend stuff with Angular and React.

I've been lurking for some time now, and finally decided to create an account to join in some discussions πŸ˜‚

Currently reading 'The Phoenix Project' (a recommendation I got here :D), as recently I got really into learning about devops, site reliability engineering, and the like.

Nice to meet you guys!


Definitely a fun read πŸ‘Œ
btw, really cool of you to actually read user introductions πŸ‘