I’ve completed my first Fullstack project and I’m feeling so accomplished that I’m writing this article to make this moment ten times more memorable.

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We’ve finally started the Backend-dedicated sprint in the bootcamp (sadly the last one before it’s Final Project time). Ever since I decided to go Fullstack, I’ve been looking forward to this sprint and getting my hands dirty with some server-building.

Oh and did this first project fulfill all those dreams!

The brief was clear: build a RESTful API with Node on Express using a hardcoded JSON object as data. Look at me: a couple months back APIs seemed this super hard concept to grasp, now I’m supposed to build one! …

Everyone’s coding journey and learning pace is different, so more than general lessons, I’m gifting myself this personal post, mainly because I know Vanessa from the future will love reading this some time later, when I am much more further down my coding journey.

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I am now on week 16 of the coding bootcamp, which is already more than halfway. Nostalgia kicks in as we are about to start our last Sprint…

Having come this far, and with a bunch of shiny, new projects to show for it on my portfolio (Yes! I have a portfolio now!), I have routines I go back to when coding: steps I follow when starting a new project and definitely favorite parts throughout the whole process.
Here I want to reflect on the aspects that have stuck with me the most, mainly because they have taught an unexpected lesson or have been the ones that I’ve had to put more thought into to overcome. …

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It’s been already 11 months since I decided to learn to code: I first started to study by myself a couple of hours after work and then enrolled into a 24-week coding bootcamp — I’m on week 13 now.

I’m part of two communities full of people around the world with one thing in common: we are all taking our first steps into programming. I’m no expert, but even as a beginner I can give you some tips that have made the process smoother for me.

The first thing I want to point out is: Give yourself time.

Building that logical thinking and problem-solving eye takes practice, time and repetition. I started my JavaScript learning through Codecademy, and I had to do the JavaScript module twice before I could understand what was going on. …

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It’s been a while since I was a full-time student. During University I was working days — to pay tuition — and studying evenings. It was probably only until High-School that I could fully enjoy the “only-being-a-student” life.

Last August I started a 24-weeks coding bootcamp with the aim to change careers and work as a Frontend Developer.
True, I started this bootcamp with a clear goal in mind (find a job), but when deciding whether to enroll or not, I also thought of it as a treat to myself: half year of just being a student. Nothing more, nothing less, some time to HAVE. FUN. …

Hola! I’m Vanessa. 34 years old. Original from Panamá; I have lived in The Netherlands, Belgium and I currently reside in beautiful Sweden. I’ve been working as a Chef and Kitchen Manager for the last 11 years and I’m now studying to become a Frontend Developer.

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I’m happy to admit that when I tell people about my current career-changing journey, instead of the (potentially) expected: “But why?”, what I get is an excited: “Congratulations, I’m so happy for you… You’ll do great!”. (Fortunately, I seem to be surrounded by the right people).

I’ve loved working as a Chef, especially during the last ~4 years when I have cooked at 100% vegan restaurants, so I could help spread the good and conscious food word. I’ve also learned incredibly much! If there’s an industry that will teach you: planning skills, time and goals management, team building, communication and leadership, is the restaurant business. Its people is hard working, strong and the most loyal. …


Vanessa Sue Smith

Former Vegan Chef, now coding my way to become a Fullstack Developer~

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