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Embrace Being Uncomfortable

“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” Frederick Douglass

So it has been about a month of writing cover letters, tuning up projects, creating new projects, learning new skills, going to meet-ups, and of course applying to jobs. There is a level of uncertainty entering a new industry with new skills and with high hopes.

We all have been working hard to create something that we can be proud and want to show off. However, what we must embrace is that most of the best applications have come from place of discomfort where someone questions the norms. The need to problem solve and create better ways to accomplish your goals is the essence of web development. Being uncomfortable has to become our norm so we can continue to improve upon our projects and ourselves.

For myself, I often get lost in the process. I lose track of time accomplishing my goals to get that high feeling of finding a solution to a problem. It is what drives me to continue to push myself to accomplish what I didn’t think I could six months ago.

So here is to the next chapter in our lives and pushing the limits of being uncomfortable!

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Back to coding

I am terribly embarrassed to admit this, but I have not written a single line of code in over a month (I know, the horror…). As much as I’ve tried, it proved very difficult to sit down and focus on the things one needs to focus on when in the process of career transitioning, while also being in the process of up rooting one’s life (for the second time in less than 12 months).

I don’t mean to sound bitter, I’m not, this past month has been truly incredible. Between traveling, visiting my family for the first time this year and moving from Philadelphia to Miami, this month has been emotional and full of excitements.

Although I’ve only just arrived in Miami and have not yet settled in (tbh, I feel like I’m stuck inside GTA vice city… just a first impression, you know ;)), it is definitely time to get back in the game!

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I started with deploying my latest project: “PantryChef” – a recipe search that finds only the recipes you can cook immediately,  using the ingredients you already have in your house. Before deploying it to heroku I needed to make sure I upload the content of my database (specifically all the recipes I have on there). Luckily, a simple solution was available: seed_dump.

seed_dump is a Rails plugin that takes all the rows in your database tables and creates a seed file automatically. The process was quick and easy and now my seed file looks like this:

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So when I:

$ heroku run rake db:seed

my newly created seed file is run!
Pretty simple ha? well… there were obviously some complications, mostly with seeding join tables, but I quickly realized I don’t need them in my seed file in the first place, all I really wanted were the recipes. So… You are more than welcome to check it out: pantry-chef.herokuapp.com  :). In the future I hope to add more recipes and enrich the UX, but as a proof of concept I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Hello World!

We’re a bunch of recent graduates of a Web Development Boot Camp in New York City. We come from all different backgrounds: electrical engineering, television, environmental science, etc.

We embark on a journey to improve ourselves in life, but most importantly, in code and technology. We hope that you will watch us grow into talented and experienced programmers and that you’ll share your own input along the way.

In this blog, we will talk about technologies; new, old, emerging, ones we’ve tried and ones we are curious about. We’ll also talk about our experiences as we start our careers in web development.

With this, we make our initial commit.