How to Secure Your First Job as a Junior Web Developer: Jared’s Coding Bootcamp Story

How to Secure Your First Job as a Junior Web Developer: Jared’s Coding Bootcamp Story

[Reposted from Bytes, ReferralCandy’s Team Blog]

Recently, graduates from the General Assembly Singapore Web Development Immersive Class visited ReferralCandy and had some questions for our Junior Front-end Web Developer, Jared Tong.

Many of them were worried if they were good enough to ace the technical interviews and land their first programming job. Some cast doubt on whether they could survive in the industry without a Computer Science background or University qualifications.

As luck would have it, Jared was a coding bootcamp alumnus himself, a graduate of the very first batch! He’s transcribed their questions and expanded upon the answers with resources and quotes from other alumni that he’s found useful in growing from wanna-be coder to deploying code to production.

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Unlock Github’s Secret Full Width Layout with One Line of Code

Unlock Github’s Secret Full Width Layout with One Line of Code

Maybe you’re presenting code on a big screen, and are really frustrated by Github’s excessive whitespace columns on both side of the code content. Did you know Github has a secret full width layout that works remarkably well?

Actually, you’ve probably seen it before. It’s the layout you see when you compare files while assessing a Pull Request. The original file is displayed alongside the edited file, with line changes colour-coded red and green. It works really well. But what if you want that full width efficiency, 100% packed with code beauty? Continue reading “Unlock Github’s Secret Full Width Layout with One Line of Code”

ReferralCandy’s Guide To Optimising Engineering Processes

ReferralCandy’s Guide To Optimising Engineering Processes

Reblogged from Medium

Just half a year ago, I was interviewing for the role of front end developer at ReferralCandy. My primary concern then- like many other candidates- was the startup’s engineering culture and its effect on me.

Since then I’ve done great work that I’m incredibly proud of- like deploying a complete redesign of the product’s home page- and continue to be motivated to be more productive everyday. Here’s how I think ReferralCandy has optimised their development culture. Continue reading “ReferralCandy’s Guide To Optimising Engineering Processes”

How to set up Mocha + Chai + Sinon + Karma + Browserify +Istanbul + Codecov

How to set up Mocha + Chai + Sinon + Karma + Browserify +Istanbul + Codecov

I know it’s a pain to test your front end code, but if you learn to set this up once, you’ll be able to replicate this for your future projects with a single click. Essentially, we’ll be testing our ES6 code with Mocha using Istanbul and Karma in this tutorial.

If you read code and not comments, head straight to my Github Repo I’ve set up to demonstrate this test environment.

For the rest of us, here’s what we’ll be using.

Update (23/6/16): The tutorial and repo have been updated with new devDependencies thanks to @monte-hayward.

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General Assembly Singapore Review (Web Development Immersive)

General Assembly Singapore Review (Web Development Immersive)

Thinking about joining GA Singapore’s Web Development Immersive? Here’s my review of General Assembly Singapore: the 2016 WDI syllabus, my thoughts on the class, and some statistics on the career prospects of the first batch of graduates.

I wish I’d had this information before I signed up and embarked on my 12-week 9-5pm crazy intensive coding bootcamp.

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4 Tricks Other Kickstarters Are Secretly Using That You Aren’t

4 Tricks Other Kickstarters Are Secretly Using That You Aren’t

You can launch a campaign and hope for the best. Or, as I discovered during my research on crowdfunding marketing, you can resort to these services to hack around Kickstarter.  Instead of building an actual following around your product/service, the pressure of an urgent 31 day crowdfunding campaign has driven a lot of desperate crowdfunders to shortcut the process through dubious promotion tools. This is by no means a recommendation for any of these services (because Novelsys didn’t actually resort to these methods when we successfully funded Ampere on Kickstarter), but you should know that these tricks exist, and there are probably campaign creators out there using them.

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