The LaMarr List: November 29, 2017

This is usually where I try to write a decent intro paragraph but man, I am exhausted. It’s the start of the holiday season and for us that means two Thanksgivings, two Christmases, two company parties, and plenty of travel. Ain’t nobody got time to write an intro paragraph right now.

  • I really enjoyed this article about the very human trait of not acting on what we know we need to do. The part about breaks in momentum not being the end of the world is something I need to be reminded of often. Give it a read and see if any of the root causes connect with you!
  • I’ve been on a TDD kick lately. But can TDD replace human testing? DHH says no, and I agree. When I QA my colleagues’ code, I love acting like a brand new user and seeing what I can break. Because of that, I’ve been called ‘the goalie’ – nothing gets past me. TDD is useful (and wonderful for developers) but it is not the only testing we need.
  • This is part one of a three-part series on unit testing. In it, mpj explains how he uses unit tests “to keep complexity from overwhelming” him while he writes code. This has been of huge benefit to me in my journey as a developer and I encourage you to watch the video (11 minutes) and see what you think!
An image of the author's Christmas tree
Happy December!

The LaMarr List: September 29, 2017

  • This blog post by Trevor D. Miller covers running a Node server on a Pi with a physical button. I’d really like to try this with my son, for whom I recently bought a Pi.
  • These fantastic slides on the “tremendous social pressure to constantly learn and migrate to new technologies.” Great stuff from Brandon Hays – it will make you think!
  • And one of my very favorite learning resources ever, Fun Fun Function on YouTube. Mattias makes learning about JavaScript fun AND real! Lately I’ve been using him for the GraphQL videos but he has so many great ones – check him out!

The LaMarr List: August 29, 2017

Um, can you tell it’s hard for me to find time to write? My last List was over a month ago, and on vacation to boot. At the time I had grand aspirations of doing these once a week, because I consume A LOT of content and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be easy to share the best of it with all of you, and yet here we are. Maybe once a month is a more realistic goal?

  • I enjoyed this piece about being a better male ally. A particular line really hit home:

    “A boss has season tickets to see a baseball team. He generally invites men from work to join him — not because of discrimination, but because he’s worried about how the invitation would be perceived if he extended it to a woman.”

    How many times have you seen that happen? And it’s pretty understandable! As a woman, I can attest that this happens from our side, too: Countless times, I’ve held back from connecting with male colleagues outside of work because I’m worried about the perception. What steps can we all take to fix this?

  • Utah’s very own Tyler McGinnis has some great podcast episodes, and you should give them a listen! The two up now feature Kent C. Dodds (also Utah’s own), who is active in the OS community, and Dan Abramov, who helped create Redux. I love how the topics include burnout and work/life balance.
  • Last week I had the opportunity to attend React Rally, and it was fantastic. When I told Brian Holt it was my first tech conf, he insisted that it would be all downhill from now on. So many great speakers, so many ‘online idols’ I was able to learn from and meet! I’ll have to write a detailed post about it later, but in the meantime, keep an eye on their website for next year’s tix, because they sell out QUICKLY.

This weekend we enjoyed Snowbird’s Oktoberfest with some of our favorite people, and when my mother-in-law asked us to send her the picture with the mountain, well….we couldn’t resist sending her this:

An image of Ashly LaMarr at Snowbird Ski ResortAt Snowbird’s Oktoberfest

The LaMarr List: July 21, 2017

This week I drove down to Vegas for some quality poolside time and you know what road trips mean – time to catch up on ALL THE PODCASTS! Today’s picks are:

  • JavaScript Jabber’s episode #270, “The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide with John Sonmez.” I’ve gone ahead and ordered the book ($.99 on Kindle, woot!) and will read it when I can, but I’m recommending this episode because of the discussion on computer science knowledge (algorithms, data structures, design patterns) and how necessary it is – or isn’t – for your career. Check it out!
  • Front End Happy Hour’s episode #32, “Imposter Syndrome – These are not the drinks you’re looking for.” Join some of my fave Twitter follows for a discussion that proves maybe Imposter Syndrome isn’t 100% awful after all. You’ll come away feeling a little less stressed out, I promise. Listen here!
  • Patrick Wyman’s “The Fall of Rome” podcast, 23 episodes. History is fascinating and the rise and fall of Rome has captivated me for some time – I’ve been trying to find the perfect way to learn more about it. This just might be it! Give it a couple episodes before you quit 🙂

In the meantime, greetings from Las Vegas!

An image of a pool in Las Vegas
Did I mention quality poolside time? BOOM.