Logical Progression

a space to place new steps of change

Tempo Valence

An api allowing the user to search Spotify’s api for music based on its Valence (positivity or happiness), and soon, its Tempo (beats per minute). The code for the Tempo Valence app can be found at https://gitlab.com/matt34Tea/tempo-valence

Reboot Camp

So, the hiatus? A couple of reasons really. A new project at work, and although with an awesome team on a great product, it has meant a few more hours in the office than is ideal. But I also lost the love for my side projects at the same time. I’ll try to explain. I dived into React 16 a little while ago, and super keen to try it out on something more interesting than small tutorial-type challenges, I started another side project.

Retro Board

A React workflow board web app with Redux and HTML drag and drop. The code for the Retro Board app can be found at https://github.com/mattTea/RetroBoard

Parse the Stuffing

My development learning journey (which has just seen its 1st anniversary) began with looking for a way to solve problems. I generally followed a certain method thinking it was the only way, or the best way. It rarely was, of course. But I’m finally, now, looking for a better way to solve problems. The big things that helped me see this were collaboration and community. Spending time with our Developing Developers community really highlights how many different ways there are to do things, and how many different styles of programming people have.

The Picture of Disguised BAs

“The aim of life is self-development. To realise one’s nature perfectly.” Quoth Oscar Wilde’s decadent libertine, Lord Henry Wotton. And Harry’s onto something here. Taking his comment to its obvious natural conclusion in describing 21st century tech skills, “one’s nature” probably doesn’t sit perfectly within a generic job description. And if it does, it probably won’t stay there for long. Disappointed again by a visiting company’s product team telling me “we don’t have BAs” as if it’s the silver bullet to delivery throughput perfection, I’m reminded why I feel so strongly about skills over job titles.