100 Days of Coding-Reset

100Days-reset100 Days of Coding-Reset. March was a pretty good month. I had been busy, and went to WordCamp, and thought that Sunday evening, Lets do 100 Days of Code and started.

I made it 12. Saturday I had a catering gig to do and was preparing for it Friday and forgot all about code for 48 hours. Dang nab-it. Now what?

Well I know I am not quitting. So do I reset back to Day 1, or keep going as today is Day 14, or jump to Day 16? It has been 16 days since I started. I am more than happy to restart, and do the 100 + the 12. Or do my original 100 and tack on 2 more days, and say I missed 2 during it? Holy cow… who makes up these rules(other than myself)?

Funny thing is, I know during Easter weekend I will be busy, and have a plan to do a small amount of coding that I know I need to tweak on a couple of different repos, so I can get my git commit for the day.

What do you think of my new TypeScript 2 logo?TypeScript2 logo

There is a couple of Angular 2 logos floating around, but nothing yet for TS2. I really don’t like TS1, but TS2 seems workable for me. So I made my own logo.


UX DEVELOPER IS NOT A THING. Hiring managers, stop using that terminology. If you are struggling with the concept, give me a call. Candidates, stop saying you are a UX Developer. There is no such thing as a UX Developer!  UX is made of psychology, research, strategy, subjectivity, usability, business goals, and design. “Developers, as a role description, do none of those things.” The more I hear clients and candidates talk about their UX developers, the more I know they don’t know what they are talking about.
~Justin Thomason

I agree. Developers are craftsmen who make something. UX folks gather information about how a thing should be designed. The people they talk to help them to understand what they want and need. The UX folks try to understand why, and then in turn share that with Design folks who then craft a design. The Designers and UX test it with the users. Likewise, in turn, the Designers share their designs with the Developers who write the code to make this happen. They make the tool, the website application that does the thing the end-user wants.
Good UX folks are not Developers. There may be some good UX folks who are good with design, and there may be some Developers who are good with design. But this is a 2nd-level leap. I try to do my own UX, but by itself, it is a dozen different soft-skills. Development is a dozen different coding skills from HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Could also be a PHP, or Ruby on Rails, or anyone of a half dozen other web languages.
HTLM5 is not just using prebuilt templating tools. But rather good HTML5 coding knowing the ins & outs of semantic and careful crafting for accessibility and speed.
JavaScript is not just vanilla front-end JavaScript. Its also back-end NodeJS, ExpressJS, MongoDB, React, Backbone, Gulp, webpack and more. CSS3 are not just Cascade Style Sheets. They are so much more with LESS & SASS, with Bootstrap(3 &4) and Material and so many other nuances of how to style a site.

Bootcamps and more

Bootcamps and more. I have lots to say on this topic. Still just pondering what to say, and why.

I do know I have taken coursea and edX classes, Lynda.com, and more. You will recall I took great joy in immersing myself daily for months in the WDI from GA. And peaking in on the Oden project and Free Code Camp now and then.

Well here is a story about alots of classes, when and where to dig in.


I want to find an company or organization that wants me for me, the value I can bring to them, as well as for the opportunity for me to ply my trade of being a junior developer.

An interesting job listing ~

SharpSwimmer Search Manager

Industry: Marketing and Advertising
Employment type: Full-time
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Job function: Marketing, Sales

Search Manager

SharpSwimmer is one of the largest interactive agencies in the world and currently has more than 2,000 employees in 20 offices in seven countries (Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) focusing exclusively on digital marketing and technology. Each office is filled with opportunities for people who want to invent the digital future. It’s a big challenge, but it’s a big Internet, and there’s work to be done. LinkedIn ranked SharpSwimmer the 15th most in-demand employer in the U.S. and the 31st worldwide and last year we were included on Ad Age’s A-List for the second year in a row – the first for any digital agency.

Job Description
Search Managers work closely within our integrated client teams executing day-to-day campaign management, quarterly planning and collaborating with broader team to deliver strong business results.

This is a junior-level position within the Search department.
(my editor notes; How can this be a junior-level AND a Mid-Senior level job at the same time?)


  • Actively engages in understanding of search and social landscape and best practices through participation in internal training programs
  • Develops campaign components including keywords, copy, landing page selection, account structure etc. with Senior Search Manager oversight
  • Manages budgets towards performance goals
  • Fosters beginning relationships with key publisher partners such as Google, Bing, etc.
  • Proactively proposes solutions to correct run rates and improve ROI
  • Responsible for day -to day trafficking, test execution, optimization and troubleshooting
  • Accountable for monthly media spend accounting
  • Identifies areas of risk and opportunity through on-going analysis on large data sets
  • Compiles data from multiple sources in on-going reporting
    Presents weekly results and explain changes in performance and actions taken to improve results
  • Develops rapport with publisher partners, internal and client teams
  • Prepares routine and ad-hoc reports in response to client and internal manager questions and requests
  • Executes competitive monitoring and analysis
  • Participates in QA process as documented through a RACI with Senior Search Manager oversight
  • Supports Senior Search Manager as day-to-day executional point person in all aspects of Search (wow, they are so cool, they can add make up and add new words to our world)
  • Anticipates clients questions and assist in developing responses to client questions
  • Aids in on-boarding new personnel to team
  • Participates in cross-functional initiatives to better understand SharpSwimmer’s service offerings
  • Responsible for maintaining a steady learning curve toward the entire Senior Search Manager knowledge and skill set


  • Minimum of 1-2 years in Search Engine Marketing required
  • Solid educational background in critical thinking, quantitative analysis and writing
  • Ability to work well in a team, to shine as an individual and to maintain a sense of humor (I hear you really need one to work here to see the irony in what these guys think they can get away with)
  • Experience managing a complex task list and meeting tight deadlines
    Proficiency with MS Office with intermediate to advanced Excel skills
  • Aptitude to quickly learn new tools
  • Comfort with professional acumen and processes
  • Keen sense for details
  • Conversant with all terminology used in SEM
    (Because the world needs more TLA use)

This is a full-time opportunity

Brand Overview
Motivated and inspired by what’s next, SharpSwimmer helps its clients navigate the unknown, drive change and transform business. One of the pioneers of marketing in the digital age, SharpSwimmer has a unique blend of technology, creativity and media at its core. Our world class capabilities in strategic consulting, experience design, brand building, technology platforms, data services, retail/commerce and media services enable transformational work for clients including McDonald’s (including all the Mark & Christys we know), Mercedes-Benz USA, Microsoft, Nike, Unilever and Uniqlo. SharpSwimmer’s team of 3000+ experts spans 20 regions, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. SharpSwimmer is part of some Groupe’. For more information, visit SharpSwimmer website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Weibo and Instagram.
SharpSwimmer. Here for tomorrow.

Donuts and Social Media

What do Donuts and Social Media have in common? Me. I saw note on LinkedIn, and thought, “OK, lets go post each of these comments in with each of this social media outlets and connect everything.” I don’t have have YouTube, yet, but did add Meetup, which the original “post” didn’t have.

Twitter => I’m eating #Donuts

Facebook => I like Donuts

Foursquare => This is where I eat Donuts

Instagram => At a Vintage Donut shop, Marie’s Do-Nut Shop

Sorry YouTube

LinkedIn => My skills include Donut eating

pinterest => Here is a Donut recipe

I am not a Google Employee and yet I like to eat Donuts

Lawrenceville UX Design Meetup is meeting at a Donut shop

Lawrenceville UX Design Meetup

Lawrenceville, GA
12 UXers

I hope this group grows as we help those of us in the Lawrenceville Gwinnett area who do UX design, and UI design or development get together once in a while and chat or talk …

Check out this Meetup Group →