The Give and Get of Your Community

I first discovered my tech community about a decade ago while attending a Java user group, aka TCJUG. At the time, I wasn’t paying much attention and didn’t really get “community”. I occasionally attended these user groups in my never ending pursuit of learning the next big shiny thing. I was also well aware that I was the only or nearly the only woman in the room.

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Communicating with Code

Have you ever had to jump into a codebase you've never seen before and start being productive immediately? We're writing this code for other humans and we need to remember we have these higher-level programming languages to make it easier for us and our colleagues to read, write, and maintain. When I first jump into a codebase and when I work in one, here are some of the qualities I look for.

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Boxed or Stuffed?

Watching your own dog age has been one of the most fascinating and hardest things I’ve ever had to do. We had lots of dogs growing up (RIP Saide, Snickers and LeRoy, and their 10 pups, Claire, and Gabby) but my mom always had the responsibility of taking care of their end of life care, not me.

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Finding a Technical Co-Founder: An Intro to Networking

As I chat with new startup founders and budding entrepreneurs, especially those who are not of technical backgrounds, I find that they are quick to ask “hey i have this idea. want to be my developer?” or “hey i’m looking for a technical co-founder. interested?”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: finding a technical co-founder, and even hiring a technical someone, requires building a relationship with them first.

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