A place for my musings

BLOC Set Assessment

I’m applying for a role as a mentor with They are one of the more comprehensive online SW bootcamp platforms. A number (multitude, really) of SW bootcamps have emerged over the past few years. This is a great trend. Completing a front end nanodegree through Udacity really helped me come up to speed with the current state of the web. The projects I completed helped me build a portfolio and ultimately make the transition to this industry.

How I Built This

I’ve recently seen a decent amount of posts generally in the theme of “Why you shouldn’t use Medium to blog”. I also like learning new frameworks and tools, so I took a look around to find some good alternatives to Medium. The option I decided to go with was a Jekyll site hosted on a DigitalOcean droplet. I more or less followed Josh Habdas’ writeup here. There were a couple small issues with the newer version of Jekyll.

Why I Built This

I recently transitioned into software development after 10 years in the aerospace industry as a systems engineer / project manager / paper folder. In my old work environment, “new exciting software” meant the new 5 year old version of PowerPoint. Getting new software installed on work computers took an act of congress (sometimes literally). Basically, I have a lot of catching up to do! Despite a background in algorithms and robotics, I struggled with current industry jargon during software interviews.