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Portfolio Project Ideas with Python

July 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

So, you are learning Python and want to build a portfolio that helps you land your first technical job at a company. Here are some project ideas for building your portfolio.

10 Ways to Build Your Personal Brand

July 19, 2018 - Category: Praxis

College degrees don't send the signals they once used to. You have to take charge of building your personal brand and work out loud instead. Here are ten ways to build your brand.

Praxis Daily - Clipboard Managers

July 11, 2018 - Category: Praxis

What if you didn't have to copy, switch window, paste, switch window, copy, switch window, paste, switch window, copy, switch window, and paste just to copy multiple items? With a clipboard manager, you don't have to.

How to Leave Your Job

June 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

So you have a job offer from another company and are ready to leave your existing role. You want to leave without burning the social capital you’ve built up over time. What do you do?

First, relax. Having that first conversation with your manager is usually nerve wracking, but everything will be okay. Switching jobs is expected, and chances are that your manager has been on both sides of the table before. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to your new gig in no time.

Celebrating 10 Years

June 22, 2018 - Category: news

I started this blog ten years ago today. I was in a room at the Doubletree in Tarrytown, NY. It was a Sunday and it was the weekend in-between my first FEE seminars. I ordered a pizza and some ziti from Capri Pizza and decided to tear down my old HTML site and give blogging a try.

Automated Accountability Check-ins

June 11, 2018 - Category: development

During the Praxis bootcamp, participants are expected to make every single day a non-zero day. Most participants ask us to hold them accountable, so they email one of our staff each day and that person emails them the next day if they miss a check-in. This takes an enormous number of emails, staff overhead to keep track of, and is difficult to search. Here is my solution to that problem.

12 Tips for New Managers

May 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

Praxis alumni Nate Baker and Nick Rundlett both became new managers this month. Congrats, guys! Nate asked the community for tips on how to be a good supervisor. Here is what our advisors and alumni had to say.

16 Books That Shaped How I Interact with the World

April 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

Yesterday my friend Derek Magill asked the Praxis community about the books that have had the most impact on their career/education.

I love this question. Notice the use of the word impact. He isn't asking for your favorite books, the books you recommend on a specific subject, or the books you agree with the most. He is asking for the books that have had a significant impact on your education. Books that influenced and changed the way you think and interact with the world.

Here is my list, in order of when I read them. I explain what impact they had on my education and how that shifted the way I interact with the world.

New book notes: Reamde by Neal Stephenson

April 12, 2018

Reamde is a wild ride that traverses half the globe, has multiple storylines intertwined, and jumps back and forth from the virtual and physical world. Stephenson is a captivating writer who pulls you into the story. He makes 1000+ pages feel like 300.

Improving Jekyll Build Time

April 2, 2018 - Category: TIL - Tags: Jekyll and Liquid

TIL how to improve the build time on my Jekyll site. Here is what I did to cut my build time in half.

A letter to David Hogg: You are better than college

March 30, 2018 - Tags: David Hogg

Hey David Hogg, don't sweat the college rejections. You don't need college. You have skills that you can put to use and improve instead of wasting four years in class. Take the gap year you are thinking about and don't look back.

How to Get Your GitHub Profile Ready For Job Applications

March 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

If you are going out for a development job or any sort of technical job, especially if you don’t have a lot of professional experience in the field, the best thing you can do is put some of your work on display. GitHub is the most popular place to do that.

Here are the guidelines we give our technically skilled participants at Praxis for getting their GitHub accounts ready for their apprenticeship applications and interviews.