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You say that as if a twin engine plane is safer. Twin engine airplanes should be treated the same as a single engine aircraft. Most small twin engine airplanes typically cannot fly efficiently with a single engine if you have passengers and/or cargo. If you have two engines, you double the chance of failure.


I had feeling this was going to happen. While I don't live in one of the metro areas on the map, I recently had an order that I received the next day, although I chose 2-day shipping.


Recently, I've had that happen frequently—probably 50% of the time. Makes it difficult to time orders when I'm trying to receive something covertly on a day when I'm working from home (and my wife is not). I've ended up paying for overnight shipping just to ensure that I have the timing right.


And the importance of it. Saying NO often allows you to say YES when it matters.


The industry needs more people like you, passionate and eager to learn.

Start networking. You never know who you might meet. You have a better chance at landing your first job through an acquaintance as opposed to answering a help wanted ad.

Start attending meetups, now. My top recommendation would be OpenHack http://openhack.github.io/new_york/ While you don't have a portfolio of projects on a website, you most likely still have them on your computer. OpenHack may be good place to showcase what you're working on if someone shows interest. Those projects also come in handy for when you start landing interviews. I always took a computer to job interviews to showcase what I was working on and even did some live coding. There's also another advantage to doing it this way: You are in control of the interview and I feel it's a much better approach than sitting through a Q & A with a hiring team. It says, "I came prepared."

For your first job, don't undercut yourself on salary. At least make enough to live. Even if you find a company is horrible, you can still leave yourself open to other options. You might even land your next job, doubling your salary, through someone you worked with and recently left said horrible company. It may take your 2-3 employers to get to your desired salary.

I landed my first job through a random conversation with a neighbor (before that I was college dropout and an office temp for two months trying to land said job). It paid $28k and half of my month's pay went to cover rent for a studio apartment. I ate PB&J and an apple every day for lunch. The job was copying text from Word documents and PDFs, marking them up with HTML. At the time, the company was building a hosting subsidiary. 2-3 nights a week, I spent 3-4 hours volunteering my time with that effort, through which I picked up Linux. I landed my second job through a previous co-worker. Every job offer I've ever taken started with an acquaintance.

My recommendation is to pick an area/skill set and focus on building that out. Looking at what you listed, I'd most likely recommend JavaScript for you. Take a look at a front end JS framework like Angular, Backbone, Knockout, or React. Maybe even try all of them out. Eventually, you might have questions. As you do, Open Hack might be a great place to get help and pick up a few pointers. As you become familiar with JavaScript, look to expand your horizons with a JS backend technology like NodeJS and look at exploring frameworks/platforms like Meteor, DerbyJS, or Express.

If you do decide to go the JavaScript route, here are some resources to get you started.





JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford

Secrets of the JavaScript Ninga by John Resig

JavaScript Patterns by Stoyan Stefanov

As a side note, some of the most brilliant people I've worked with didn't have CS degrees (Music, History, English, etc). Their key strength was that they were passionate about what they were doing and were constantly learning.

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ― Socrates


I've read about 4 books on javascript including eloquent javascript, and video by Crockford. I've also done courses about javascript which really really helped on udacity such as web development, oop in js, patterns in js.

I really do have to focus, i'm making simple apps in phonegap to chrome extension to web layout in PS to apis in nodejs.


Stop reading books about js and start writing code. The only way to get to that $80k salary is to build, build, build. \

Step 1: build a portfolio. No one will even look at you without some sort of code under your belt.


I've been building too. For example when i was learning about websocket (socketio library) http://codepen.io/techsin/full/DnIcp/

open in desktop or laptop, in two different ones or in two different tabs.


Also in your opinion, what is that i should do?

Internship, Commercial Personal Project, low level job, unpaid work at startup, chrome extensions, or phonegap or nodejs?

I am wondering because if i chose something that doesn't scale well with experience. For example graphic Design doesn't have as much potential as Back End Dev.


I've always believed in the quote "don't let school get in the way of your education"


You're probably won't be out of the woods for under $60k.


Bored is the word you're looking for. We have all been there. Sometimes it gets better, sometimes it doesn't. Some people are barely capable of doing the same thing day in and day out, year after year. For them, ignorance is bliss. Others strive to constantly learn, push themselves, and seek opportunities in the challenges that new stacks and projects bring.

If you don't see the situation getting better, you need to find a new employer. Find one where you aren't the smartest person on the team, one that will challenge you, one where you can adopt a mentor, and one where you can hone your skills. I realize this in itself can be challenging. If you're in a metro area of > 1 million people, it's much easier than if you're living in a smaller city ~250,000. Network, go to meetups, attend open hacks, meet people. More often than not, there are a great deal of job opportunities that never get advertised to the usual channels. Making new connections will help you discover new opportunities.

If you're not learning enough, that's not your employer's fault, it's yours; unless you're working late every night and on the weekends for your employer (if you are, find new job). If it's important, you will find the time. Game of Thrones and Call of Duty can always wait.

Practice your craft, constantly. I realize it may not be possible to do this daily, but try every other day. Set aside time, i.e. 8 PM to 10 PM, or 5 AM to 7 AM (whatever works best). On the weekend, try to carve out a 5 hour block on either Saturday or Sunday. Communicate with your partner why this is important to you. It may not have immediate benefits, but in the long run it will. Commitment and discipline are the most important character traits to have as you endeavor upon this journey.

Here's some other advice I gave nearly 3 years ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3693261


I bought and read this book soon after it was originally published. This, by far, was my favorite interview.


If you're interested in looking at Clojure, checkout Clojure for the Brave and True.



Thanks for the repleis! I'm currently close to web development (as people nowadays) so that's why I'm thinking about learning clojure/script rather than Lisp - because I can use clojure in daily work but not Lisp.


I saw this deal recently - $399

Refurbished: Lenovo T420 Intel Core i5 2520M 2.5GHz 8GB / 128GB SSD


Edited: price.


Nice deal.

I have a T420s that was bought new and I love it as a computer -- but when I go to grab a laptop to work on 'on-the-road' I nearly always grab my old X201s + big battery that I bought on ebay for 80 bucks total.

If I was to buy a T420 now-a-days i'd check out eBay. Great deals on older hardware, especially if you don't mind repairing small problems yourself.


Yeah, I was tempted to pull the trigger on that. I recently acquired a Dell Precision M4400 for a good deal and put an SSD in it, so I'm using that with Xubuntu as my primary now.


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