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I graduated from Flatiron School in September, feeling accomplished and ready to take on the world as a full-stack developer. Not one week out, and I was getting ads on Instagram about no code platforms. No code platforms, which, for those of you who don’t know yet, are websites which offer users and startups the ability to create a basic web application, without the need for developers.

Learning about the no code movement was great for my self-esteem (sarcasm). I just took a huge leap, switched career paths, and now Instagram is telling me that these technical skills are for naught? …


Starting a new application means drawing out a blueprint of what you want it to look like, and thinking about how you are going to implement whatever you are going to do before you even write any code. As a JavaScript developer, I often find myself questioning whether or not I’ll need to use Redux.

Redux is a state management technology created by the React team. It cleans up your application’s state massively by creating a global “store” where all state and state changes can be held, regardless of which file or page you’re in. …


Wrapping up my last learning module at Flatiron School before tackling my final project, I’ve been reflecting on and being proud of how far I’ve come while simultaneously stressing out about what’s ahead. On one hand, I went from having absolutely 0 (zero! No lie!) experience with coding to writing full-stack applications. On the other, if you asked me what an algorithm is, I’d probably just smile and wave.

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So, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing some heavy-duty Googling. My search history includes, “what is an algorithm,” and “why do I need to know what an algorithm is,” and, of course, “which algorithms should I study for my technical interviews.” …

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