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Back to the real world: After Coding Bootcamp

Hi everybody!

I graduated bootcamp on January 17! The fact that I was done was cemented when I presented my final project. Let me tell you all about it!

So I created an MVP app called iFeel. This app is an anxiety/depression management app that asks you how you are doing. My tech stack includes:

  • AngularJS 1.5.x;
  • Google OAuth;
  • Node.js;
  • Express.js; and
  • MongoDB
  • Angular-JS-Chart

I created this app during the last three weeks of my bootcamp. I presented it, and so far, it has received a lot positive feedback. For me, the purpose of this app was to figure out a way to solve a persistent health problem. At first, I wanted to have an app that tracked mood in relation to sleep and physical activity. After a lot of scoping down and realizing my time constraints, I added a diary component so that one day, I can connect key words to a person's mood. After getting all my features completed, it hadn't dawned on me that my bootcamp adventure was very close to ending. So many sleepless nights, so many times where I wondered if I was ready for the bootcamp ride to be over. Before I knew it, it was time to re-join the real world. 

Now that bootcamp is over, the big question is now "what's next?" I don't really know what is next (other than finding a job, because of course I have to find a job!). I do not plan on sitting idly while I anxiously wait for a recruiter to call me back on one of the several applications that I have sent out so far. First, I am going to keep learning. For one, I really need to cement on the fundamentals I have learned to date for how else will I be taken seriously as a developer if I can't explain the fundamentals, right? Also, I really really need to build my portfolio. You can watch it grow on jmdembe.github.io. My portfolio will definitely help to sharpen my CSS and Sass skill sets.

I would love to touch on either Drupal, React, or Vue.js while I have the free time. Currently, I have volunteered to help build the Black Code Collective website and the team chose to build the website using React. Before I dive into building my assigned part of the site, I am reading through docs and tutorials to help me understand React. Another thing that has peaked my interest is the recently-announced Angular 4. I think it would be pretty cool to be an early adopter of Angular 4, but I really want to see how the industry feels about its backwards compatibility to Angular 2.

I am also sharpening my skills by doing code challenges on Pramp and Code Wars. I want to be better with my problem solving abilities and feel more prepared when I step into a code interview. Right now, I feel like I am awful at them, but with practice, I know I will be a little less worse than I would have been had I not practiced!

Hopefully by the next time you hear from me, I hope to have found a job, my portfolio will hopefully look awesome, and I will feel like a slightly more confident developer. I figure that this job search process will be frustrating. I am going to do my best to keep my mind busy and not be idle. Perhaps I will have good news in my next update. Here's to hoping!

Until next time!

One Month Later...

2016.