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dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



Any good D3 tutorial recommendations? Going to need it for a new position I just started.

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dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



I would relax about your age. I'm almost 31 and I just started my first software engineering position after changing careers and going to a boot camp last year. Do good work and very few people will care how old you are. One of my buddies from boot camp was over 40 and landed a great position right out of the gate he's really happy with. It's all anecdotal but I don't think it's worth the consideration you are giving it.

dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



CPColin posted:

Meeting up for coffee is just the worst, anyway. Sure, I'll come hang out on the 80-degree patio of some coffee shop, drinking a hot beverage! No, I don't mind dumping a bunch of caffeine in my veins in the late afternoon! (I don't drink coffee, either, so I always have to get hot chocolate, like a big nerd. How about we go grab a few beers and drink them in the vacant lot behind the 7-Eleven, instead?)

Or you could be a normal human and ask to meet inside the shop instead. Also, nobody cares what you order or whether you drink caffeine or not.

dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



Pollyanna - I think the best thing I could recommend is to take a long break from this thread. Seriously. You will become a better developer by finding a job youíre content with doing and trying your best each day. You will encounter problems you are initially unable to solve and, by solving them, improve your skills. Over the course of a few years you may find a new area you didnít realize you were interested in. Or you may not, and you may simply be happy doing solid but unexciting work wherever you wind up. You donít need to write a white paper or go to grad school or meet some arbitrary requirement for success your parents or your ego are forcing on you. I would reckon most of us in this thread arenít rockstars and many of us (including me) treat our jobs as just that - jobs. I go to the office, do some work that Iím not particularly passionate about (but itís enjoyable enough) and then I go home and donít think about it until the next day.

Next time you feel like posting here, go start some side project and work on it instead, or write a cover letter, or meditate or exercise or something. Youíre putting the cart so very very far before the horse in terms of potential future worries and I donít feel like the myriad of opinions in this thread are helping. (Except obviously the ones in this post!)

dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



Iím coming up on my one year anniversary at my current company. Iím more or less happy with compensation but want to open up discussions about negotiating for more vacation time. We donít have any sort of review process, formal or informal. Whatís the best way to bring it up and who do I even bring it up to?

dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



Anyone here had a Google front end interview? Was it still as algorithm heavy as a standard SWE interview?

dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



I had to pay back my full signing bonus. It was a royal nightmare to do taxes that year - the directions for getting what you paid back are nearly impossible to find and I even got rejected twice (still have my state taxes open and in review actually!). You do not and cannot get Medicare or Social Security back, or at least I was not able to. In short: donít ever leave a job where you have to pay back a signing bonus.

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dantheman650
Jun 2, 2009



Alamoduh posted:

I have a question that I need an honest answer for (like blinkzorís reply to Pollyanna 40 pages ago).

Iím a lawyer in my early 40ís. I want to change careers and be a software engineer. Is this a good idea?

In the newbie thread, I got some excellent advice from a former attorney who had successfully made a career switch, and following that, I think Iím ready to do this!

Asking because Iím about to start a bootcamp to attempt to get an entry-level job for less money than Iím making now in an industry that appears to be hugely youth-skewed.

On the flip side, CS is interesting to me in a way that law isnít (any more), and every time I say to myself ďI should have done this 20 years ago,Ē I respond to myself: ďyes but you are doing it now.Ē

Reading hundreds of quora posts and blogs on this question leave me with this overarching answer: ďHey, go for it! Youíre never too old to stop learning and lifeís not over until youíre dead. Also, you probably wonít get hired as a developer.Ē

I guess Iím basically asking for anecdotes about how this could play out from the perspective of those who are in a position to be interviewing and hiring.

One of my buddies in my cohort at App Academy was in his early 40ís and he excelled. He worked his rear end off (way harder than a lot of the younger classmates) and got a great job almost right off the bat. Heís been at the same place now for almost two years and doing great. You definitely might face a little age discrimination but it can be overcome with perseverance. Good luck!

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