How I Tricked My Boss Into Hiring Me As A Developer

Shortly after college, I interviewed for my first position as a web developer.  I had a bit of experience writing desktop applications, but virtually no experience in web development. At the time I had a fascination with learning Ruby on Rails, so I started learning it for fun. This was around 2008 before Ruby on Rails was…

Ken Mazaika

5 Things You Need to Know as a New Developer

  Learning to code is hard. It’s so common to have doubts about yourself or your skill level. Maybe you feel like you’re simply going through the motions because you can’t reproduce everything yourself without a certain amount of guidance. Referring back to previous code, notes, or documentation is normal and something that even senior…

Michael Farrell

Training for the Technical Interview

Jonathan Hsieh is a Firehose mentor and tech lead at a startup in the on-demand space. Previously, he was the director of engineering at Akuda Labs which sold to Target. He wrote this guest post for our blog based on his own experiences interviewing and hiring new developers and the conversations he had with our…

Jenna Wang

The Value of Mentorship When Learning to Code

  My story starts on a cold August day in 2016. It had been a rough day at work. That night, I had seen one of the most horrific scenes in my tenure in public service as an EMT. I sat thinking about how much inefficiency there is in EMS technology that contributes to a…

Elson Mathew