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I made this podcast in hopes of reaching out to others within the web development field—to let you know that I’m in the trenches with you when it comes to code. I get excited about how our profession moves forward rapidly but at the same time I’d be lying if I said I’ve never been confused about it as well. That said, I felt compelled to process my thoughts through audio. I hope you enjoy these segments and please feel free to provide feedback.

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The Angry Developer

Introduction

Developers. How many companies have them? The developer suffix is often prepended with any of the following: Front End, Back End, iOS, Android, Web, Full Stack, Embedded, Software, Desktop, Middle Tier, etc. 

But what about The Angry Developer? You know who I’m talking about. That one developer always wrapped in angst, flips out on scope changes or constantly punts back, it works on my machine. Okay, that last one might be a stretch because honestly, that could be any developer under any circumstance.

But back to the point and I must confess, I’m very much guilty of being that person. When I first got into this industry, I picked up some bad habits and I wanted to send notice on my mistakes and offer suggestions, in case you ever feel angry when in the trenches of code.

Choose Your Role Models Wisely 

It’s your first day at the company and you’re meeting people left and right. You follow certain personalities on social media. Be extra mindful on who you choose to fold into your own. In the beginning of my career, I was seriously just excited to do web. But I never thought beyond the task and the level of detail which takes place after receiving the opportunity, namely your soft skills.

What I can tell you is that Austin 3:16 may work in the squared circle but you should think twice before bringing the rattlesnake into a conference room. 

Take a break and meditate.

Embrace Criticism

Criticism – both good and bad will exist in the workplace. It just happens. It’s a song and dance you and your coworkers are playing at every turn, especially if you’re in a position which literally produces an experience. Rest assured, nothing is perfect. Facebook, Google and the start-ups of today still go through their examinations before throwing something out into the wild. Remember, your customer doesn’t know you by name. But they do know how they’d feel after a first pass at your product or service. Criticism, in my opinion is an inclusive exercise when inside your office space. But once it exits that door, the customer’s critique will always be exclusive.

It’s Just A Job

This comment won’t win any stars with recruiters or your boss but when you distill all things into its basic parts, it very much is that…a job. Payment in exchange for your service and time. When you’re done with the day, go home owning that simple fact. There are no additional burdens to carry into your night and it’ll help you get that mental break you need in this insanely fast paced world.

Additional Tips & Tricks

  • Insight Timer – a FREE meditation app I’ve used since 2017. They have paid programs as well but their free service is honest enough for you to enjoy, FOREVER.
  • Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual – a book which brushes on the hard bits of software development: dealing with clients, peers, managers, staying productive and more.

Conclusion

I had to get this one off my chest. 2020 has been quite a rodeo to say the least and with our zoom skills increasing and our soft skills not getting its fair shake, I figured now was the time to bring back the human elements needed in an ever abundant remote work ecosystem.

Thanks.


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When To Call It Quits (UX Edition)

Welcome to Season 3 of the allwebSD podcast! I’m back bringing stories to the foreground within the San Diego tech community and today I’m opening up this season with an awkward subject.

Simply put, when to call it quits

Today, I’m here with my former coworker who is helping me understand just that. His name is Greg Schumsky and I had the privilege of working with him for a little over 6 months on a digital project within the consumer sleep space.

Here’s a bit about Greg – he drives a DeLorean almost daily and built a remote controlled R2D2 out of God knows what. It’s accurate enough that I think Disney would want to acquire it. 

But today he is working on his bigger creative dreams, which I’ll let him disclose should he want to but for the most part he’s here to clear things up on today’s topic.

You see Greg decided to do just that. Specifically within the UX side of our digital world and I wanted to know why. So here he is, opening up his heart as to why that decision was necessary in his creative career.

Best advice I can give is to be flexible…and don’t take anything personally.

Greg Schumsky, Maker of Music and Dreamer of Dreams at Acorn Entertainment Group, Inc.

Highlighted Topics

  • “UX Design is just not me or a thing I want to be a part of…”
  • “I really don’t know who’s to blame for that happening, yet no one seems interested in fixing that…Yes, you can fight them on it if you wish, but at the end of the day, they will always win.”

Conclusion

For anyone listening, it’s important to pull certain elements from this as you blaze your own path but for the most part, leave the rest in passing. Greg’s story and experience is unique and I’m thankful that we got this chance to reconnect and gain perspective. 

Go Phish

Welcome to the Season 2 Finale of the allwebSD podcast. I’m joined today by Security Engineer, Developer but more importantly one of my best friends and brothers from another mother. I’ve grown up with this guy since my high school days. I will not tell you when I went to high school cause I don’t want to date myself, but ya Michael Jordan was still the King…still is the King and we’ll leave it at that.

This is Edel John Marcelino of Beacon Cloud Solutions, a local cyber security company out of San Diego.

Look at it (digital data) like you would anything else…I’m sure everyone still has file cabinets full of paper files…if I lost those paper files, what would happen?

Edel John Marcelino, Engineer at Beacon Cloud Solutions

Highlighted Topics

  • Comparing data security from the past (2008) to now (2020).
  • Remember Target and Home Depot Credit Card breaches.
  • Summary of current payment processors: NFC payments, Google Payments, Apple Payments, Samsung Payments, etc.
  • Quarantine’s Top 10 Phishing Targets
  • Password Management.
  • Identity Theft Insurance – is it worth it?
  • Back up your data.
  • What the hell is a vector?