what up devfriend?!
It's been a minute, sorry about that! Summer is almost over and that makes me sad. :(
You wouldn't believe all the stuff I've been up this summer. In fact, I think I might be a little overcommitted, but I'm hanging on for the ride. 😅
I sent in my applications back in April-ish and was excited and nervous to see what would happen. I even blogged about the experience!
I ended up being accepted by 2 of the 6 conferences I applied to, which is an absolutely wonderful outcome. I feel so blessed to be given the opportunity to share my knowledge! 🥰
If you'd asked me 5 years ago if I'd even consider public speaking, I would've laughed at you. I used to hate giving presentations in school, and got super nervous in front of crowds.
But you know what the difference is now? I LOVE what I'm talking about. I actually feel like I'm sharing my own knowledge, not just trying to get a good grade. 😍
But then, I just spoke on August 21st at Code & Supply's Abstractions II in Pittsburgh (Aug 21-23), and the experience was SO DOPE. I got to meet industry heavies like Aaron Patterson, and Ali Spittel, and we just all got to chill together and have beers. Stuff I would've only dreamed about even a few months ago.
Like I said in the previous issue about doing things that scare you... tough things really do pay off. I keep telling myself: "if I got through Wellesley (aka Hellesley), I can survive anything" 😂
Speaking of tough things, it turns out putting together my new course, Newbie Coder Problem Solving School, is probably the greatest challenge I've faced yet in terms of putting together content. But my goal is to have it done within the next couple of months. I'm pushing myself, trust me! :)
Why? Because making complicated things easy is HARD. 😅 But if anyone's up for the challenge, it's me! Y'all deserve some 101-level help to get through your code challenges.
Before I let you go onto the resources, a couple of quick announcements!
1. My newest course, Newbie Coder Problem Solving School is almost ready for release!
I wanted to make a video-based online course to help brand new coders build the problem solving skills they need to tackle coding problems and algorithmic challenges with greater ease and less stress.
As such, Newbie Coder Problem Solving School was born!!
I'm having a BLAST working on it, and I know it's going to be a massive boon to the industry by supporting new coders with strong fundamental problem solving skills. :)
You'll be receiving some emails later this week about the course, which will give you the option to opt IN to detailed course notifications—and some great bonus offers along with the course.
Curious about the course? Check it out here!
2. The La Vie en Code Podcast is coming back on Tuesday, September 17th!!
After over a YEAR LONG hiatus while I chased some new rabbits, the La Vie en Code Podcast returns on Tuesday, September 17th, with new episodes every Tuesday at 8 AM EST!
I'm so happy to get back to podcasting—oddly enough, apart from being busy, I kind of just got detached from the experience. But I've learned so much and have so much to share with you! 🥰
New episodes include some great topics, like:
- Valuable tips for getting the most out of your self-teaching experience
- Teaching coders problem solving skills—with special guest Ali Spittel!
- ELI5 language introductions with enthusiastic members of our own dev community
...and a bunch more stuff I haven't recorded yet but it'll be there and it'll be dope. 😂
Don't miss the new episodes—SUBSCRIBE NOW!
There are lots of older episodes to catch up on until the 17th!
Alrighty friend, onto this week's hand-picked resources!
Peace, love, and code,
P.S. Follow me on Twitter @lavie_encode! :)
💻 dev goodies
📖 A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) by Dr. Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.
📖 Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving by V. Anton Spraul
Psssst... you're awesome! ✨