My Tech Jouney: One Year Later…

When I first started working as a Sales Associate at T-Mobile, I was a young college student looking for extra cash. The younger me thought that i was making “so much money”, that the computer science degree I had goals of obtaining was no longer necessary. WHEW, talk about naive!! Continue reading “My Tech Jouney: One Year Later…”

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Uncomfortable

So cheers – cheers to us being afraid, but doing it anyway – Gabrielle Union, “We’re Going to Need More Wine”

There’s just something about the ringing of the new year that I love, simply because it’s a time filled with optimism for many and a chance for us to tackle new goals and adopt new mindsets. Yes I know it can get annoying how easily some of us think that we can pull a complete 180 on our life at the stroke of midnight but sometimes a new year is just the push we may need to set new goals, get inspired, face new challenges or drop old habits. As for me, 2017 was a GREAT year! To name a few of my wins, I landed my first tech job,  reached a new plateau in my coding, launched my blog, traveled more, and I GOT ENGAGED!!

So from the outside looking in, I was in no rush for the year to end – except for one thing:

Professionally, I was on autopilot. Towards the end of 2017 I found myself stuck on a website I didn’t think I’d still be trying to complete when I was so close to the finish line ! I wasn’t reading anymore tech blogs or continuing coding challenges or side projects. And worst of all, I was being offered countless chances to design websites for others and denied them without even a second thought. A part of me just honestly didn’t feel confident in my abilities and it started to reflect on how i worked and what decisions i made regarding my career.

So my “resolution” for 2018 is to be uncomfortable – put myself out there and act like i deserve to be exactly where I am and on the exact path that I’m headed, even in those moments where it’s terrifying and feels like there’s a chance I may fail. I plan to be more accountable, blog more, code more, and be more confident as a developer. I’ve enrolled in the #100daysofcode challenge and I’ve also committed to my most important project – building my wedding website FROM SCRATCH! 2017 was the year many doors were opened for me, but 2018 is going to be the year I kick down new doors!

Deployment

I joined twitter as @awkwardblkcoder roughly about a week ago – simply for networking purposes and to meet more people who shared similar interests and goals as me. I join in a few tech discussions, marvel at some of the projects the tech community is working on, and I even enjoy the articles and blogs I come across (I’ll be sure to share them sometimes.) But honestly,  I had no idea what to really expect from a social media platform. I was shocked to find the answer to that question rather quickly.

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So I’ve officially reached the part of my website where I’m considering publishing a beta version that the engineers on my team can use and test. There’s just one problem: I have no idea how to publish a visual studio web application. After countless YouTube videos, forums and research, I decided to try something I never tried before – ask Twitter.

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Can I tell you how surprised I was to receive the feedback I did??? I wrote that tweet on a whim and just forgot all about it and I came back to find my inbox filled with people who didn’t even know me but actually wanted to help me. People like @gobias_infosec who created a test website just to make sure he was giving me accurate advice, @jhsolor who reached out with a number of alternatives for me to try and he also let me know I could reach out to him if I needed any more help, @benjakuben who reached out to others he felt could properly assist me with my question, and @SmashDev who assisted as well and also asked the kind of questions I love answering because i want to get more comfortable talking about my work :). Oh and to all the people who retweeted! I probably wouldn’t have even gotten the amazing advice I did had it not been for them. Ok I’ll wrap this Oscar speech up by simply saying THANK YOU! Anyone who is serious about joining the tech field, I strongly urge you to have some sort of internet presence, whether it be a blog, vlog, github (next on my list) or just a plain old Twitter. You will learn so much from the different people, articles, videos and conversations you’ll come across it’ll be worth it! The tech community is filled with people who just want to help and offer feedback.

I’ve decided to put off publishing the site for now and focus on adding more components to it (User Settings, etc). Be sure to check out my blog later as I’ll be letting you know what I worked on today. And make sure you all stay tuned for Deployment part 2 (where i actually publish the site and let you all know how it goes!) 🙂

 

Progress

“Be proud of how far you’ve come and not how far you wanna go”@Sapphiraem, @blackgirlpod

I’ve been working on a website and intended on blogging about it once it was completed. It’s my first major website (created solely by me from start to finish) so it’s definitely a big deal (to me). At first I didn’t see a point in celebrating or even talking about it until it was completely done. That kind of attitude? I’m starting to realize that it’s all wrong. Those late nights and hours of reading books, old college notes and forums, I DID THAT! Researching and implementing new concepts into my site that I never even knew about prior? I DID THAT! Countless trial and error, debugging, writing thousands of lines of codes just to have to erase and start over? I went through it all on my own, and I can’t stress how important it is for us to celebrate those moments where we’ve come so far in our tasks and we’re STILL STANDING. It’s okay to take a second to pat yourself on the back for everything you’ve accomplished so far.

Ok so about this website:

I don’t remember if I mentioned this or not but currently I work for a team of engineers at a telecommunications company and my most recent task is to create a fully functional website that displays data reports based on different markets and market access. If all goes well, this website will be implemented among ALL MARKETS in the Northeast region (Don’t freak out, Phoebe, Don’t freak out.)

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Now creating the report alone required a complex SQL query, consisting of different ONs, JOINs and a WHERE clause, and also needed to be filtered by market and cell site using dropdownlist controls. Mind you, this is my first time dealing (in depth) with SQLDataConnectionDataReader and SQLcommand so getting the information to display accurately on the report (or even at all) was the first major challenge of many that I faced. But alas, I did it!

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I’ve now moved on to creating login/login functionalities, a site log to keep track of everything done while a user is logged in, and I’m also considering adding an “approve/deny” component that will allow administrators to review data before its is updated in the database, which I feel will help control the information being entered into the database.

So far, being that I’m more comfortable doing back-end coding, my biggest challenge has been the design portion. Prior to this, I’ve done minimal HTML/CSS coding so this project has completely taken me out of my comfort zone. Surprisingly though, doing something so different than what I’m used to has become the best part of this experience. Front-End coding never really was an interest of mine, but I’ve actually geared an interest towards becoming a full-stack developer now. Now that I’ve reached the halfway mark, I’ll be expanding on my knowledge of HTML/CSS and even start diving into some Javascript. Stay tuned 🙂