web-development

Make fast static websites with Wordpress and GatsbyJS

Make blazingly fast sites by combining the speed of GatsbyJS with the powerful back-end CMS features of Wordpress.

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culture

Terms like "The Tech Guy" can discourage girls from getting into tech

When the TV doesn't work and a teacher says 'The Tech Guy' will fix it, does it discourage young girls from getting into tech? I'd recently listened to the book Radical Cando by Kim Scott and in the book, Kim describes a time when she was in an elementary school classroom and the teacher asked the class a question. The teacher phrased the question beginning with: "Hey guys, what's the answer to...?" and the handful of children that raised their hands to answer, Kim noticed, were all boys. Later, Kim asked the girls in the class why none of them had raised their hand and the response was "well, the teacher asked the guys that question" 90% of developers that responded to the state of Javascript 2019h survey were men. Can adopting a different mindset help to change that imbalance?

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Marketing

How coding makes you a better digital marketer

Marketers that will increasingly stand out from the competition will empower their campaigns with coding and data science strategies in order to draw actionable conclusions from their data. Marketers are tracking an increasing number of data points while the best practices for tracking user behavior and attributing online sales changes with shifting trends in privacy technology. Does more data equal better results or are we burning extra cycles with diminishing returns? The marketers that will increasingly stand out from the competition will empower their campaigns with coding and data science strategies in order to draw actionable conclusions from their data.

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programming

How to get your first programming job. Start by talking to a recruiter

The easiest way to get your first programming job is to talk to technical recruiters in your area and find out what skills they need in candidates. Chances are they will tell you that they can place candidates with certain skills all day long. Spend some time learning these skills and look for one or two small gigs that you're willing to do at low cost or for free as a portfolio-building piece. This is the way I personally got started in coding when I couldn't get my foot in the door anywhere and a kind recruiter offered me invaluable direction. He told me I needed to learn Actionscript, the programming language powering Adobe Flash, and that once I had that experience that he could get me interviews all day.

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