Hey all! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve updated. The last few months have been a whirlwind of trying to balance a challenging day job with a long commute, cramming tutorials during the evening, and working on achieving the ever-elusive work-life balance everyone’s always talking about.
So here’s an update on some things I’ve learned along the way.
Working for a small company is a great way to learn ALL THE THINGS.
Um, reality check! As the main web developer in a small company, I’ve had to:
- Dive headfirst into reading and writing PHP and mySQL to try and achieve better site functionality on the Brilliant Directories platform — *cough cough* a platform with very, very little documentation and a business model that tries to leave you so in the dark about their code that you’ll hire one of their own developers to get the job done
- Grapple with UI mockups in Balsamiq and Photoshop, and iterate many, many times through proposed site designs
- Have a chance to rebuild one of the FreeCodeCamp projects (bigger and better, and with multiple APIs) for my company’s upcoming site launch
- Really put my problem-solving skills to use in coming up with general solutions and troubleshooting
- And overall, be the expert — or even the person who knows just enough to know where to look
For a web developer, working for a small company can be an awesome way to start on your career path.