2017 Tech Conferences for Software Engineers

Many of the major tech conferences happen in late spring and summer. Now is the time to put in speaker applications – or register with early bird prices and maximize your professional development budget. Keep in mind a lot of these conferences sell out quickly! We pulled together a list (separated by tech) to help …

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Interviews with Engineers: Vince Thomas

MEET VINCE THOMAS – SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ BLUE APRON We sat down for coffee with Vince recently to ask about his transition from the Chicago tech scene to NYC, his new role on the engineering team at Blue Apron, and his interests both in and outside of technology. Tell us about your first engineering job …

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48in48 Hackathon – Developing Websites to Help Non-Profits

A couple weeks ago, I participated in the 48in48 Hackathon – an event with the ambitious mission of building 48 websites for 48 non-profits in 48 hours. I was the Project Manager as well as one of the developers on the project so my work actually started a couple weeks before the weekend of the …

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REVIEW: JavaScript Career Podcast – Creating a Personal Brand as a Software Developer

I heard about this new podcast, CareerJS, through the NY JavaScript slack channel. It’s hosted by three JavaScript developers, Jeffrey Biles, Erik Hanchett, and David Tang, who discuss SW developer career tips/strategies. One of the episodes, Creating a Personal Brand as a Software Developer, is tailored for software engineers generally, and not exclusively people working …

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Ruby Environment Setup for Beginners – OSX

(This image taken from rubyweekly.com who in turn took it from xkcd and adapted it for their own nefarious purposes) I’m very excited to be working on my very first OSX machine ever. Do I love Apple business practices? No. Do I like their hardware? Hell yeah. So, onto setting up a Ruby Environment! This …

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Volunteering at the CSNYC Conference

Yesterday I volunteered at the CSNYC conference, NYC’s biggest college/career exploration event for public high school students studying computer science.       It was so heartening to see how bigshot names in tech like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, NYTimes (to name very few) are showing their presence and investment the future of tech by …

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sudo all the things: a Python beginner’s environment setup

This isn’t an expert level Python post. It’s mostly about xkcd. I love xkcd – even the posts that are so deeply technical as to be far beyond my experience or understanding. I feel like Randall Munroe really gets people, even though I don’t get him at all. Such is idolization. I’m trying to figure out a …

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ABI.NYC Conference

“We come together not because we’re women in tech but because we are women and we like tech!” – Yvonne de la Peña, Director of Learning & Engagement, Code Now. That was one of many intelligent and thoughtful sound bites from yesterday’s ABI.NYC Conference, specifically the panel on Community & Personal Development. I was so …

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BOOK REVIEW: Women in Tech

Review of Women In Tech, by Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack: What is a word that means the exact opposite of ham-fisted? Finessed? Elegant? Tarah’s book presents a smorgasbord of stories for and by women in tech in an elegant and conversational way. There’s no talk of your archetypical trash-talking savant haxxor chick or *cringe* the awkward …

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