Big Dumb Web Dev

Welcome to Big Dumb Web Dev, a site by and for new web developers. My name is Andre, and I built this site to document my journey into learning about web development, software engineering, and technology. It's been a challenge for me - none of this stuff has come easy, and the only way I've been able to learn is by building things like this.

My hope is that this site can serve as a resource for others who are embarking on a similar journey. There is no way I would have been able to do this on my own; I've been helped by countless people along the way. Now it's my turn to try make a contribution. By sharing my projects and trying to explain them, I hope I can show other people that they are capable of doing the same thing.

Check out my projects and blog, follow me on GitHub, @ me on Twitter, or connect with me on LinkedIn. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. Happy coding!


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Welcome to my blog! My name is Andre, and I live in Washington, D.C. I work as a software engineer by day, and by night I like to code and build web applications like this one.

Sounds impressive right? I'll let you in on a little secret - I'm the last person in the world that can believe that I'm making a living writing code. I always thought that the only people who could learn how to code were super smart with deep background in computer science. I, on the other hand, failed the one CS course I took in college.

So how did I get here? Like a lot of people, I was unhappy at my job at the time. I had been reading all these articles about how coding is the future, but again, I didn't think I was smart enough to pick it up. Fortunately, I was desperate enough to try out some online resources, and surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it. I ended up moving to NYC to enroll in a coding 'bootcamp', and from there I was fortunate to land a job in the industry right after graduation.

Super simple right? Nope. This process has be really challenging every step of the way. I'm not naturally talented at this, and it's taken a ton of hard work and persistence to learn the little I know about web development and coding. I've had to battle through feelings of inadequacy and doubt at every turn. Luckily, I've had support and access to resources throughout my journey.

Now, it's time for me to pay it forward. That's why I'm building If this big dummy can somehow learn enough to land a job, literally anyone can. My aim is to share my experience to help others who are learning to code (or those just thinking about learning!) It's not a totally altruistic endeavor - by trying to explain things to others, it solidifies my learning. But I do hope you find something here that can help you in some small way.

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