Mastering your development environment: Part 2

In my first post, I covered the essentials of my development environment. It was mostly a laundry list of my essential tools and a bit of what my personal setup looks like. Of course, it takes more than a pile of tools to master your workflow. Mastery of your tools …

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5 things coding taught me

I’ve learned a lot from picking up how to code. It goes without saying that I’ve learned new skills in web development, problem solving, and even, learning how to learn. While the first year will always feel the most eye-opening (and confusing), I think the biggest changes have come in …

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Mastering your development environment: Part 1

Ah, the development environment, the starting point for all your development work. The development workflow is essential for your productivity and differs so immensely from person to person. Everyone has an opinion but not everyone enjoys fine tuning their work environment as much as I do. I remember when I …

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Dear me: A letter to past and future self

Dear Chester, Your birthday has recently passed, and a significant one some might say. A real milestone for many people! I think it’s a great time to reflect a bit on the past and look into the future a little. What are your fondest memories? What do you look forward to …

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A taste of startup culture

Startup culture in tech companies are infamous for awesome perks, great work life balance and a community environment for fostering personal and career growth. Of course, not all startups are like that. Companies vary greatly in how they build their culture and may look for different things when they hire …

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The first week in Melbourne

The first three weeks in Australia have come and gone very quickly and if I could sum it up in two words it would be the following: exceeding expectations. There are lots of details I can share, but I’ll start by summarizing my first week. As excited as I was …

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Weighing in on Australia

Anywhere but here was probably the first thought I had when thinking about where to go, but when it came down to checking off criteria, Australia was one of the few options that made sense. Tech startup presence. Check. Active ruby community. Check. English speaking country. Check. Visa options. Check. …

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let’s chill Australia

let’s chill Vancouver will wrap up at the end of this month and the goal is to build a new community in Australia. But why not keep let’s chill Vancouver going while I restart one in Australia? The main reason is that I don’t believe the Vancouver entity is strong …

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10 things I learned from working on let’s chill

It’s been tough to concentrate with everything going on these past few weeks. It’s made me really restless. But writing always helps soothe my soul. Besides learning the basics of taking an application from concept to deployment, I learned a lot about myself and it reenforced other concepts I’ve learned …

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