A techie newbie?

Wow! Welcome to the tech field where you have lots of computers, servers, rolling chairs, ACs, etc. It may be a very hard task to transition from college to a job -a software developer. In spite the myths about this job, claiming to be the most paid job, most stressful job, most hair-fall job, most whatever job, it has its own pros and cons. Yet many of the myths are true, the hair-thing for example ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding!

When you first step into this field, everything seems a little off and people keep on speaking, attending meetings, tapping the keyboard, etc and you don’t understand what they speak or why ๐Ÿ˜ฆ For two months you will be left alone, I mean you would struggle to make friends and acquaintances. People would stare at you as if you are from Kepler-1229bย (an exoplanet) but as days go by, you begin to get along with the people around you. (i.e) You start to code.

When this process begins, you discover new languages, frameworks, and most importantly you will realize that StackOverflow is the greatest treasure you can have. And every time you try to stay cool, some bug would rise up from the code you wrote yesterday and dance before the QA Team. Your bad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Even I’m new to this field. I have consolidated few tips that would make you feel better as a fresher in this job -the most paid job ๐Ÿ™‚ Again kidding!!
This post is a bit lengthy, if you want a quick read, just skim through the bold letters.

Mistakes are OK:
Yup! You heard it. No one is perfect. A famous proverb says “Rome was not built in a day”. Perfection comes with practice and experience and they come with mistakes. When you commit a mistake, learn from it and try hard not to repeat it again. One of my favorite quotes -“I never fail, I learn”. Learn from the mistakes of your seniors as well.

Ask questions:
Being new to this field, everything will seem strange and weird. Open your mouth and ask questions if you are not clear about anything. People in the software field are kind. They will surely help you. Do not hesitate to ask a question that has knocked your throat. Just open your mouth and let it out.

Get Help from seniors:
Don’t feel shy to speak with them, they are also fellow human beings with an experience level greater than you. They would always be ready to help you out. Think them as your StackOverflow but do not disturb them often. This might lead them to avoid you, move to another cabin, find another job, etc. Who knows!! Just don’t disturb them with silly questions like “What is 1&&-1 ?”, “Visual Studio is not working, can you help me?”, you could Google it insteadย ๐Ÿ™‚

Learn/Read/Practice:
I heard people in college say, “All this studying stuff, examinations, semesters will get over within the college, Once into a job, we are free, no exams, no learning, nothing”. My friend, this is not true and you know it. You have to keep on learning as the world moves fast, so does the technological advancement. Frameworks, languages they all mutate every day, make sure that you read a lot and keep your technology stack up-to-date.

Improve writing skills:
Don’t write stories in the comment/work-log. Be straight to the point you wanted to say. Did some changes to the code?? Commit message – “updated bug that was not fixed today”. This type of writing doesn’t help you. In this field, you will have to write a lot of comments, reply to emails, skype with people. Poor writing skills do not help.

Be precise/short and firm in words:
Speak right to the point and use the correct words. Once I was asked by my team lead at the beginning of my career -“What is AJAX ?” I had no idea what it was back then. I knew “A” was for asynchronous so I started with Asynchronous… JQuery… He said “Don’t bluff” ๐Ÿ™‚ All I wanted to make clear is that, if you don’t know something –Don’t bluff ๐Ÿ™‚

Be wise while you code:
Read about OOPS and try to implement them and make the code modular. Use efficient algorithms and do a thorough analysis before you get your hands dirty on the code. Understand why and how the code works and then begin your task.

Keep your passion along with you:
Not everyone has the same passion -coding. Each and everyone may have different hobbies and passion. Do not leave them untamed. Follow your passion. Coding is your profession, passion may be something else. When you feel bored or stressed, ignite your passion and feel the stress relieved.

And finally, Smile always ๐Ÿ™‚
“Face is the index of mind”, radiate joy and confidence to the people whom you meet and talk with. A simple smile can brighten your day.

This is a field where you can develop your logical thinking, programming skills, ability to solve problems, communication skills, comprehending skills, etc. Make use of it. It may be hard in the beginning but as you get involved you will be drawn towards it and stress will stay away from you. For more posts on life skills, visit samuellawrentzz.wordpress.com

Happy coding!!

Random Quotes Machine

 

“The things should work; the way we expect them to work; without surprises”

– EfficientUser

I’ve created a quote machine as a part of my course in freeCodeCamp. I’m always interested to read books and famous quotes which has some deep meaning, intellectual thoughts and sometimes some random ones.

This task is really interesting,ย  the user stories are very simple.

  • I can use whichever libraries or APIs I need. And I have some personal style.
  • When I click a button it should show me a random quote.
  • When Iย click a share button it should tweet the quote.

To complete this task, I’ve searched on the internet whether any free APIs are already there to give me a random quote. And I have got a bunch of links. I have picked an API from the top list and started adding into my code.

The API documentation provides sample request to query the API. It’s a getJSON sample which uses jQuery to run. So I have imported jQuery CDNย in my HTML code.

Then I have created the button to trigger the API call to get Quotes. And created a tweet button with the help twitter official documentation. For some personal styling, I have added material CSS CDN to my code.

Earlier I have displayed the quotes in the normal div, then I have replaced it with material CSS cards.

That’s it! Quote Machine Ready ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find the quote machine I have created below,

And also I have recorded the vlog when doing the quote machine coding task.

You find that below:

Check it out, and let me know thoughts in comment section.

Happy coding ๐Ÿ™‚