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    Hey, who works in tech?

    So I'm doing an online coding boot-camp (Lambda School) since I've got a stable place to live and I've got my pandemic money. The coding part is easy (I've probably been coding/scripting longer than I've been masturbating lol), but it's tricky making a career change from "homeless guy" to "developer" with out any portfolio or tech experience.

    Anyway, I need some contacts to develop my "network" for an assignment, and I guess I need LinkedIn contacts in general. So, add me. And then I might use for assignment.

    www.linkedin.com/in/kcjerrell (Yes, there is hardly anything on there at the moment)
    https://github.com/kcjerrell

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    Wish I could help, but it's good to hear that things are going well for you!

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    Oh wow, I just looked at the "last reply" dates and it seems like it's been pretty slow 'round here, huh?

    Why aren't you all just waiting at the ready for me to pop in occasionally after a long absence?! Some community.


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    A lot of people are on the Massassi Discord these days.

    But as long as these forums exist, they will serve as my Retirement Tomb!

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    Do you need an invite to the discord? Not finding it...

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    Yeah you need an invite. I sent a message to Nikumubeki and got an invite.

    Congrats! I work in tech, and I wish I could help, but I don't use linkedin or any social media site. Massassi does have a github if you want to help out: https://github.com/saberworks/massassi.net

    It hasn't been very active lately but I am developing a python/django project for the dynamic areas of the site (levels, news, etc.). It's almost done and when I get it finished and up in beta I will post the source up there as well.

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    I never pictured you as an old man with a dirty beard, living in a dingy cave and cranking away in perl php on a dusty terminal - but that's how I see you now.

    Actually, that picture came to mind too quickly to be a new idea.

    Either way, I'm listing you as a person I know for a career building/networking project that I'm late on. Because using people I sort of know is slightly better than making people up. (Actually, isn't that what networking is anyway? Using people you sort of know?)

    Anyway, the course is going pretty well. It's full-stack web development, and even though it's been a decade or more since I've done much with html/css other than trying to grab the video url's from pornhub, it's been pretty easy. JS has been fun, although I think it's pretty ugly with curly brackets all over the fricken place. Lines that end in );})}; are just stupid. We started React this week and it's even uglier! Now there's <> in the mix too.

    So yeah, that's what I've been up to in life and in my 'career.' I'm somewhat worried about how the whole thing will pan out though. Apparently many of the other "boot-camps" are abandoning their income-share agreemeent (ISA) tuition plans. Lambda has informed as that they're pretty sure they can make it work. And then they laid off half their staff, so I'm sure they can.

    If I can hold it together and get through the social networking and self-promotion aspects of the program though, it might just be the shortcut I need to get my life anywhere close to being something satisfying. I've spent a lot of time languishing in places where my particular talents/intelligence weren't useful. Hopefully I can make this work.
    Last edited by Vin; 05-12-2021 at 01:57 AM.

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    Good luck, Vin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vin View Post
    I never pictured you as an old man with a dirty beard, living in a dingy cave and cranking away in perl php on a dusty terminal - but that's how I see you now.

    Actually, that picture came to mind too quickly to be a new idea.
    In fact I've been coding perl "professionally" for more than a decade :-| Recently the company has sort of dictated that all new projects should use java, and web-based projects java Spring Boot. My worst nightmare, I hate every second of it. Also I don't have a beard. But I'm ok with your mental image.

    I feel the same way as you regarding javascript and react, it makes me want to cry. Not just the coding, even the resulting sites make me mad (where things like links and browser controls [back button, url bar, etc.] no longer work properly).

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    +1 on the javascript and react sentiments. Twenty years ago, I really enjoyed building (what I at least thought looked like) websites. Every once in a while I still think it'd be fun to do some web development. But the sheer amount of web technologies that seem to be in use today kind of makes my head spin. I'm a programmer by day, albeit mostly in C right now, so I'm sure I could find my way around the landscape eventually. Unfortunately, I don't have the same amount of time or energy to learn new things as I did when I was a kid.

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    Thanks guys, this made me read https://hackernoon.com/how-it-feels-...6-d3a717dd577f again.

    Modern JavaScript is awesome. I'm glad that I can just ignore outdated browsers for my own projects. But I code almost everything from scratch, because the modern JavaScript ecosystem sucks donkey balls.
    Sorry for the lousy German

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    I’ve yet to work with a web frontend dev who made technical decisions based on anything except making their resumes longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vin View Post
    Anyway, I need some contacts to develop my "network" for an assignment, and I guess I need LinkedIn contacts in general. So, add me. And then I might use for assignment.
    I sent you a request. I'm a very valued member on LinkedIn. They tell me that all the time when they send me free trials for their premium accounts.

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    Currently I teach programming at a university, before that I was a PHP developer. You can add my github https://github.com/TRPB/ but I don't have a LinkedIn.

    When I did I got constant harassment from recruiters. After I took as many contact details as possible off the site, one got my company name from LinkedIn, phoned the main phone number and asked for me by name. When you work in a small office of 6 people it's not great when everyone then thinks you're looking for a new job when you aren't so I deleted my account.
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