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Don't Be Afraid to Play

It dawned on me recently, my favorite times are when I treat code like a toy. There is amazing power in weaving things out of your imagination with it, bending the ones and zeros to make your own digital reality. For me it was easy to get caught up in the bureaucratic, dry, and formal environment of Software Development. During my initial studies into software development, I researched every step of the way to make sure I was doing...

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Top 5 Web Developer Youtube Channels

I watch a lot of web development related Youtube channels. So I figured, why not share my favorite ones and explain why. Keep in mind this is obviously an opinionated list. However, I intend to provide as adequate justification for my picks as I can. I ranked these channels based on the value I think they provide to me as a developer. Each one provides different types of content and a different point of view. The preference is towards...

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Do FreeCodeCamp Certifications Hold Weight?

I'm in a handful of developer/coding groups on Slack and Facebook. I usually share my wins and lament my frustrations there. It's nice to connect with other people learning and progressing as programmers. Their advice and support has been invaluable in my journey. Recently, I finished my Front End Libraries certification through freeCodeCamp. I shared my certification with one group in my excitement. Someone responded asking me this...

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Closures: The JS Scope Hack

After a function is invoked and finishes its mission, it is removed from the call stack. Being removed means its variable environment should also be, right? Not in all cases, because closures exist in Javascript. Understanding how closures work will help you leverage their powers and become an even better Javascript programmer. Hell, I tapped into closures often before I fully understood them. I think a lot of newer programmers tend...

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Before Searching For A Dev Job

I've analyzed numerous articles and videos about imposter syndrome. They've helped me realize one important thing: even the most seasoned developers wonder if they're good enough. Learning that lent me perspective. I poured over my accomplishments and allowed myself to be proud of them. I took myself by the collar and said "You got this, Brian, you're doing great." I am a Front End Developer. This is a fact. Yes, I just started...

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Completed My First Major React Project

http://tbhbeyond.com (My App) https://github.com/steelvoltage/tbhbeyond (Github Repo) Back in November, when I first started programming I told myself I wanted to be able to make a site like D&D Beyond. As a huge tabletop RPG fan, I had no idea at the time that the site was built using React. I didn't even know what React was. Fast-forward to this week, and I finished my first major React project, which is a...