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Kyle Gill goes from college student to lunch with Kent C Dodds to working for Gatsby

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How does one go from CS student to Gatsby team member while still in school? 🤔

Kyle Gill is a developer for Gatsby with an interesting story. He started out learning to code through computer science courses at his college, but then quickly fell out of academia and into reality.

This week we ask Kyle all about his story and how he went from learning Binary and C++, to meeting Kent C Dodds, and then learning JavaScript and React before accepting a position at Gatsby as a learning team member!

Show Notes:

  • 1:55 - Intro and about Kyle

    • Working as a designer part-time while taking CS courses full-time
  • 6:05 - Kyle's College Computer Science experiences
  • 10:57 - How Kyle got into web development

    • Working for a local startup
  • 15:50 - What is Ruby and Ruby on Rails?
  • 20:46 - Learning code on the job vs in college classes
  • 23:38 - Learning React after Rails and jQuery

    • Learning JavaScript through learning React
  • 26:03 - Kyle's Spotify API side project, and learning React and GraphQL

  • 34:00 - Handling OAuth with Spotify
  • 37:32 - How Kyle's side projects started to get attention

    • Getting into Gatsby
    • Lunch with Kent C Dodds
    • Starting a Blog and writing about Gatsby
    • Contributing to the Gatsby Docs
  • 47:21 - Getting an internship/job at Gatsby

    • Getting Volun-told to give a meetup talk by Kent C Dodds
    • Getting an offer for contract work by the Gatsby core team
  • 53:09 - Recap: Steps to summoning a tech job offer

    1. Learn the thing
    2. Build the project
    3. Meet the people
    4. Write the blog
    5. Contribute to the Open Source Project
    6. Give the talk
  • 54:53 - Networking advice

    • Git Rebase? (we still don't know)
  • 57:52 - Advice from Kyle/Kent for other Junior devs

    • Learning the fun things and building the things you want to build
    • Straying from the tutorials
  • 1:05:08 - Why Junior Devs are important to teams
  • 1:07:40 - Burnout and self-care
  • 1:09:06 - Gatsby's learning team

    • Turning your learning struggles into blog content
    • Don't be DenverCoder9
  • 1:16:28 - Nerd Minute!

    • Boards Games!

    • Movies

      • The Joker
Wed, January 15, 2020, 1:00 PM UTC