Inspirational Advice from a Software Engineer

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Have you ever felt not good enough while learning how to code? If yes, then this article is for you.

Below Frances Advincula, a software engineer at nousDECOR, offers inspirational advice to those starting out in the programming world as well as to fellow women in the industry.

Frances’ Background in Computer Science

Frances is originally from the Philippines. She lived there till she was nine years old, when she relocated to the US with her family.

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SEO and Why You Should Learn It (Even as a Developer)

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Over the past several years SEO has turned into a major buzzword. But as a web developer or designer, why bother learning it? That’s for the marketing team to handle, anyways … right?

Think again. Because knowing SEO best practices can have multiple benefits. For instance, being able to drive more traffic to your own site, whether a blog or portfolio. Or, in the eyes of clients and hiring managers, it could make you more employable.

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Frustrated with the Website Redesign Process? Me too.

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I want to rebuild my website. Wait, let me be specific — this website.

When I first built the Learn to Code With Me site you see today (over the summer of 2014), my skills were pretty elementary. (Arguably, they still are.)

Nevertheless, I have learned a lot since. And I know I can make the site much better. It could be faster, easier to navigate, offer a better user experience,

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Want to Learn JavaScript? Treehouse May be a Place to Start.

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JavaScript (JS) is one of the most used programming languages on the web — on front end and now even the backend.

After acknowledging that I needed to learn JavaScript better, I decided to take action by signing up with Team Treehouse.

In the past, I have heard good things about Treehouse courses. Before signing up I browsed the Treehouse library and noticed they have a wide selection of JavaScript classes. It seemed like a great place to get going.

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Front End Developer?

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Recently I began looking at job postings calling for front end developers. I felt pretty confident with the skills I acquired over the last year and a half. That is, until I looked over some of these listings.

For me, the shocking thing was how much some of these front end job descriptions varied.

I came across mentions of backend JavaScript libraries to various CMS platforms. And even SEO-related requirements. However, one thing became clear: I need a much stronger understanding of JavaScript.

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