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Kyle Willard

As most software engineers know breaking into the industry, and finding work is rough. What most hiring managers are going to look at are our portfolios. The HR type folks are going to look to see if your skills reflect the needs of the company, the engineers that view it want to see your projects, and code.

With that said it has to be a happy balance to ensure that you are meeting a balance between clean solid code, and ensuring that you are hitting all the aesthetics to entice the no programmers into feeling comfortable.

I am very much…

Throughout my journey deeper into web development and into software engineering I have tried to find the most positive, and driven people to associate with. Sarah falls 100% into that category. She is extremely driven, and has a creative eye for both software engineering, but also for UI/UX. She has worked harder than most people to get to where she is, and continues to learn, grow and evolve in order to be the best developer that she can be.

Her focus tends to be on the front end of the stack, as well as mobile design, but has the back…

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What is success? First, lets identify our context. Is it in life? Is it in business? Is it as a group, a company, an industry? For me I have celebrated success in all of these. I have been blessed to work, and know, and be around highly successful people from an early age, and still am today. Part of that is to ensure that I choose to associate with people that have either current success, or the potential to be successful, and are on a viable path to success.

In my own life I have tasted both success, and devastating…

It has been a few since I sat down and hammered out a blog post, largely due to breaks, and to be quite honest needing to take a minute and refocus into getting into a groove on a personal level. That said learning, and exploring is certainly a big piece of that. Getting a cleaner understanding of different aspects of things while also delving into new topics can make things more complicated.

Now that that excuse has officially been fired off lets take a look at the real topic of todays post. GraphQL. As I personally learn more about the…

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Honestly, there are a ton of reasons for it. The biggest of which is flexibility. In truth this is only the beginning. I plan on adding additional backend languages & frameworks throughout the next year to have even more flexibility.

If we ignore HTML & CSS then we can move into the stack a bit quicker.

Front End:

React.js & Next.js

Those familiar with React, are likely familiar, or have at least heard about Next. It is an awesome addition to the react ecosystem and provides a ton of great options right out of the box such as routing, server…

I recently installed Wakatime ( into VSCode and have been religiously keeping track of my time actively programming with it, and from that angle I tend to be pretty stoked. As someone still learning I put in roughly 4–6 hours a day on average, and am trying to build that up as time progresses.

That said something hit me this morning as I started planning a new application. I had yet to type a single line of code, but I was actively planning an application, and how to begin phasing implementation for that app. I realized that while I was…

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Coming into software engineering from customer service, and sales background gives me a bit of a unique outlook. I have seen and done, career pivots and I have to say that when retooling to get into a new profession it is a mountain to climb most times, which is why most people lock into a career and stay. They stay because they have garnered job security, financial stability, and history with their employer that would long-term grant promotions inside of the current infrastructure that they are working in.

That said, sometimes that is not an option and you figure out…

As you progress through life you find people that make an impact in one way or another. Their skills and abilities are sometimes overlooked. To that end, I wanted to put together a profile of one of the people that has made a substantial impact throughout my journey as a software engineering student.

When I started my journey I was half terrified and half excited, and very quickly I knew I needed to build a support system or I would not get to the end of my journey, and into a job. …

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I started learning about networking and about gaining people that could support and back you as you moved through the job markets and industries that you work in from a fairly young age because of my father. I got to see first hand as he got jobs and offers from companies who wanted to take advantage of his skills from friends, and friends of friends. His reputation outstripping his ability to keep up with that many job offers to be quite honest.

To this day as I work on learning new skills, and I grow in my own personal experience…

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For anyone that has been following my journey, you have read about trials, and successes, and generally can see and understand that I am a bit of a work-a-holic. I have spent close to a decade working over 40 hours a week, sometimes as much as 80–90 hours a week. I had life-changing events in 2020 that slowed me down and reminded me that it was time to start focusing on doing things in a much different way. That I needed to slow down and start focusing on work-life balance.

Going into the Christmas break I had had a ton…

Kyle Willard

Full Stack Web Development Student — Lambda School

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