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Software Developer's Journey

Author: Timothée Bourguignon

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How does one become a software developer? Life and career lessons to influence your software developer's journey.

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"Software Developer‘s Journey" is hosted and produced by me, Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, a crazy frenchman living in Germany who dedicated his life to helping others learn & grow. More about me at timbourguignon.fr or on Twitter @Timothep.

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Matt took us from his first lines of code and his musicology studies to his move to Spain to follow his heart and his first (unpaid) job. He then slowly but surely showed us how he worked with websites for years, realizing what was missing. He coined this missing architecture JAMStack and told us its birth story and how he created Netlify to empower it.Here are the links from the show:Matt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/biilmannNetlify on Twitter: https://twitter.com/netlifyNetlify's Homepage https://www.netlify.comNetlify blog for the latest updates: https://www.netlify.com/blogJamstack Explorers, a learning platform by Netlify to help developers get more expertise in the Jamstack: https://explorers.netlify.comJamstack.org https://jamstack.orgCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Mark took us from his first date with a ZX81 all the way to the stages he regularly speaks onto worldwide. We brushed over his childhood and bumpy teenage. We talked about his love for "chips," his informal apprenticeship, and why he wants to further this apprenticeship model in the future. We talked about his hiatus as a professional stand-up comedian and how he found his way back into programming. Mark told us about his burnout and how this lead to him joining the best company ever and pushing him to mix those two skills he loves: programming and stand-up comedy.Here are the links from the show:Mark Rendle on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/markrendleMark Rendle on Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/markrendleCocoon https://github.com/VisualReCode/CocoonBSLang on Github https://github.com/BSLang/BSThe Worst Programming Language Ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mnYf7L7AmwCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Kristy took us from her early ROM-hacking years, all the way to her crypto-mining rabbit hole. She described in detail how she optimized her machines to ever-better mine cryptocurrencies. We then bifurcated toward the tale of how she almost changed the proof algorithm of Ethereum, became the center of a smear campaign, and earned a heavy burnout instead. We finally talked about helping developers as managers to not face those problems.Here are the links from the show:Kristy's Twitter https://www.twitter.com/OhGodAGirlThe Hackathon Kristy mentioned https://symbolplatform.com/hackathonCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Nadia first told us how she discovered coding, at the age of 25, as a second career. She painted her expat's story, leaving Belarus to Poland to reboot her professional life. We talked about interviewing. We talked about learning. And we talked about the book she wrote, "Crossing the Rubycon" (http://bit.ly/crossingrubycon), telling this exact story, plus many tips for fellow future second career devs.Here are the links from the show:Nadia on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/beetlehopeNadia's Book "Crossing the Rubycon" http://bit.ly/crossingrubycon (affiliate-link)Book a career consultation with Nadia http://www.beetlehope.comNadia's technical blog https://dev.to/beetlehopeNadia's Reading List newsletter https://beetlehope.substack.comNadia on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/beetlehopeTwo ressources Nadia spoke highly about:Michael Hartl's Tutorial https://www.michaelhartl.comCodecademy https://www.codecademy.comCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Dotan first spoke about scarcity and satisfying his hungry curiosity. We then brushed over his hacking past and how he learned his way through computers. We talked about his military service and studies. We finally spoke about his quest for growth, the plans, and the sacrifices he made. We talked about languages, how to learn them and how to become efficient.Here are the links from the show:Dotan on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/jondotDeveloper experience manifesto https://dxmanifesto.devEffective Work ebook (free) https://leanpub.com/effectiveworkRoot Cause Podcast (in Hebrew): https://rtcz.ioSpectralOps https://spectralops.ioLearn Code the Hardway movement https://learncodethehardway.org/cLearn VIM while playing a game https://vim-adventures.comCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Emily took us from her custom studies to her Ph.D. studies, her DataScience Bootcamp, and her first job at Etsy. We classified DataScience and (finally) made sense of those weird titles. We talked about how working in the open, creating her community and writing opened doors for her. Finally, we spoke about the book she just wrote with Jacqueline Nolis.Here are the links from the show:Emily's Twitter https://www.twitter.com/robinson_esHer book "Build a Career in Data Science" http://datascicareer.comThe podcast accompanying the book https://podcast.bestbook.cool40% off the book: mtpdata20Emily's Blog http://hookedondata.orgBlog post about titles at Lyft: https://medium.com/@chamandy/whats-in-a-name-ce42f419d16cNew York HackR Meetup where Emily first talked https://www.meetup.com/nyhackrThe recording of her A/B Testing @Etsy Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF-ryGgLOgQWill Larson's upcoming book about Staff Engineering: https://staffeng.com/bookCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Amiti took us from her first logic puzzles and first lines of code, all the way to her tenure as a Bitcoin core member. We also talked about Bitcoin itself, the project, its governance, processes, and how one could participate and change the world.Here are the links from the show:Amiti's Twitter https://www.twitter.com/amiziAmiti's Github https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoinOptech newsletter https://bitcoinops.org/en/newslettersAmiti's onboarding blog post https://medium.com/@amitiu/onboarding-to-bitcoin-core-7c1a83b20365Blog post about how governance works https://blog.okcoin.com/2020/09/15/developing-bitcoinCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Dennis took us from his first Commodore computer, all the way to his job at AWS. We talked about curiosity, finding your own way, taking a break, learning, searching, failure much more.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/dtraubThe AWS-Podcast in German https://anchor.fm/dennis-traubhttps://www.dennistraub.comTwitch https://www.twitch.tv/dennis_at_workCommodore VIC-20 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20Successful, Accomplished, Depressed – A Talk About Performance, Perfectionism, and Burnout in IT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C84h5e9cOZYCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Eva took us from tinkering with CSS on Blogspot to organizing CSSConf Argentina. She told us her story, and how she slowly but surely settled on Front-End development. She detailed how scary, but also life-changing it was to go to a conference in the USA. She finally told us all about the conference she organized and her vision to inspire developers in South-America.Here are the links from the show:Eva's Twitter Profile: https://www.twitter.com/evaferreira92The NGO Eva spoke about: http://www.puerta18.org.arThe numbers behind CSSConf Argentina https://cssconfar.com/the-numbersEva's Speaking Log: https://www.evaferreira.com.ar/en/education.htmlNicole Sullivan: https://twitter.com/stubbornellaCreditsCover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
This year was crazy, time for a review.CreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Wesley took us from his first job as a bench nerd, through his student job at Centaur and his tenure at Dell. He explained in detail how those jobs helped him develop empathy, learn how to communicate with people, relate to them, and explain the technology. We transitioned to his time at IBM, MongoDB, and Daily, discovering developer relations and finding where he belonged all along.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/wesley83Daily | 1-click video chat APIhttps://www.devrelcon.nethttps://redmonk.com/jgovernorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaur_TechnologyCreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribeSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Natalia took us along her whole career. From her computer engineering studies to her first job as a DBA, to her learning javascript. We then followed her footsteps toward Vue.js and how she slowly but surely embraced open-source, communities, conferences, teaching, and became the accomplished front-end engineer, core team member of the Vue.js framework and the GDE we know.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/N_Tepluhinahttps://v3.vuejs.orghttps://workshops.vuevixens.orghttps://ng-girls.orghttps://scalac.iohttps://svelte.devhttps://about.gitlab.comThe 3 mentors Natalia mentioned:https://twitter.com/ktrz__https://devjourney.info/Guests/102-JenLuker.htmlhttps://twitter.com/FilipaLacerdaCreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Jackie took us from her first magazine and philosophy major to the realization that a software engineering background could help her realize her dreams. We then discussed her studies, her first internship, and her first job. We talked about moving from New York to SanFrancisco, and back. We talked about refocusing your life and the societal impact of tech. We finally talked about Jackie's projects "The Framework Project" and "IRL Society".Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/jackiehluohttp://jackieluo.comhttps://irlsociety.comhttps://www.theframeworkproject.comhttp://medium.com/@jackiehluoBuy candles made by Jackie, all profits go to charity (shipping anywhere in the U.S.): https://airtable.com/shrnETe5Pp3IeeU5oCreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Paula told us how she was introduced to computers at a very young age. She told us how she learned to program and to solve problems her own way. She took us through her whole career, learning when being bored, and growing into the very deep software engineer she is today. She told us about writing Asami & Naga and how she started working in Open-Source.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/quollhttps://github.com/quollhttps://github.com/threatgrid/asamihttps://github.com/threatgrid/nagahttps://vimeo.com/28793245CreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
We talked about Emmanuel's start building an Amazon Concurrent at the French FNAC Company. We spoke about making architectural decisions, experiencing freedom, and Conway's Law. Emmanuel described how he discovered Hibernate, fell into OSS, and finally joined JBoss. We then discussed the acquisition of JBoss by Redhat, the cultural-chances, and the problems that ensued. We finally touched on getting into open source.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/emmanuelbernardhttps://emmanuelbernard.com/bloghttps://lescastcodeurs.comhttps://www.redhat.comhttps://quarkus.ioOpen Decision Framework: https://github.com/red-hat-people-team/open-decision-framework & https://www.redhat.com/en/explore/the-open-organization-bookCreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Ev took us from his CGI-animator studies and job, through the forks on his journey. First to become a programmer. Then pivot with his company, away from animation. Then again, toward data science, and finally, embrace management all the way and start working at Zenhub.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/EvHaushttps://www.zenhub.com/careershttps://www.crunchbase.com/organization/cumul8https://web.archive.org/web/20050306015407/http://www.designsbymark.com/CreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Alice took us on a long slide: first from office assistance to tech support. Then from tech support to server management at NewRelic. Then from server management to SRE and incident response. Finally from SRE to containers and Kubernetes-Management at Github. We talked about how her curiosity coupled with moments of boredom pushed her to dig ever deeper.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/alicegoldfusshttps://blog.alicegoldfuss.comhttps://www.twitch.tv/bletchleypunkCreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
I asked myself for a long time if I should bring an interview today, or if I should let it be, and decided for the latter.  Today is a historic day for the United States of America, deciding who will be their next president. And we all know, as much as we would like it to be otherwise, it is a historic event for the whole world. The presidency of the United States has an impact on the whole world, and we are part of it. I think we are going to be submerged by media, tv-articles, it's going to be a mess on Twitter, we don't need another DevJourney today. That said, I wanted to leave you with a small story or small reminder...CreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Edidiong first told us about her bumpy start, how computer science was only her "third option". She explained how an internship changed her view on tech and how she embraced it. We spoke about communities and open-source. We talked about her dislike for reading and writing. Edidiong explained how she purposefully started writing more, and how that led to her first and second jobs. We finally touched on mentorship and connections.Here are the links from the show:https://www.twitter.com/Didicodeshttps://edidiongasikpo.comhttps://hashnode.comhttps://www.interswitchgroup.comhttps://www.shecodeafrica.orghttps://www.oscafrica.orghttps://www.facebook.com/groups/DevCUyo#EndSARSNigeria is currently living through difficult times. Here are two links that very well describe the situation at hand and that Edidiong suggested sharing:https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2020/10/25/endsars-how-nigerians-use-social-media-against-police-brutalityhttps://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/10/25/africa/nigeria-end-sars-protests-analysis-intl/index.htmlCreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
Patrick first told us the rollercoaster-story of his studies, and how he fought against coding for almost 10 years. He then took us on his agency ride, mastering  PHP on the job, and learning how to conduct interviews and lead teams. We finally touched on his recent depression/burnout and the creation of his new business.Here are the links of the show:https://www.twitter.com/patslebhttps://woogostores.comCreditsMusic Aye by Yung Kartz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr.Gift the podcast a rating on one of the major platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe.htmlSupport the podcast, support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/devjpatreonSupport the show (http://bit.ly/2yBfySB)
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