I’m just back from RubyConf Philippines 2017 where I spoke with Bobbilee Hartman on the subject of fostering a welcoming, supportive, and productive environment for junior developers. From the the feedback we heard throughout the rest of the conference our presentation sparked plenty of conversations regarding the need to attract, grow, and retain junior developers which is great as that’s exactly what we were hoping to achieve.
Going to Rails Camp changed my life (bear with me here); attending my first camp back in June 2015 and meeting 150-odd other like-minded people gave me the confidence to start putting myself out there and applying for my first developer role after having spent the past eight months learning to code on my own. I started at Icelab around three months later, and three months after that I sold almost all of my stuff and left Australia for the foreseeable future to start working remotely while travelling long-term.
With tickets now on sale for the 2017 edition of Rails Camp US West I figured it was time to finally punch out this post and share my thoughts on Rails Camp US West 2016.
2016 was a huge year in the story of my life; it’s the year I sold almost everything I owned and left my home in Melbourne, Australia to start travelling the world while working remotely. It’s been a bumpy road at times but on the whole it’s been a positive, and even life-changing experience; my personality and outlook on life have developed in ways I previously never though possible.
I was fortunate enough to visit 18 cities in 11 countries in 2016; I had intended to write a little about each as I went but that didn’t end up happening. Instead, here are my thoughts on (and a few recommendations for) the cities I particularly enjoyed my time in during my most recent trip around the sun.
I sat down with Chris Dodd recently to share my thoughts on how to get started as a web developer and answer some questions from his YouTube subscribers. I figured it was a great opportunity to give something back after drawing on advice from so many people while I was learning to code, and with any luck it will encourage those who may be on their their third or fourth career (like I was) to give web development a go.
Something I’m conscious of when working from the road, particularly when connecting to open wifi networks in cafes or co-working spaces is keeping my personal information secure. Given I rely on my Mac to make a living, I’m also keenly aware of the need to maintain a comprehensive backup strategy so that in the event my Mac is lost, stolen or suffers a failure of some kind I can get back up running quickly on a new machine. These are some of the steps I take to prevent unauthorised access to my accounts and ensure I’m always able to access a full backup of my data if disaster strikes.