Humans, homo sapiens our unique genus and species is remarkably different from any other creature on Earth. We cross oceans and setup limited liability corporations, tame animals and breed crops. We’ve altered the climate of the planet through our activities. We’ve altered the Earth’s ecology and are the only species to have escaped the food chain. All these things happened because something flipped genetically in Homo Sapiens, giving us the ability to tell stories. This development set up the sixth extinction event in the history of the earth that’s happening right now. Throughout earth’s history rapid (on the scale of millions of years) climate change causes species to go extinct. Human storytelling is what sets us apart from the food chain; it’s also the cause of climate change and mass extinction. In this lighthearted essay we’ll dive into the history of our species and planet Earth up to the present day. …


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I’m here to talk about what happens when you type in “oatmealdream.com”. Why Oatmeal Dream? Because perhaps you want to start a website about the dreams you have about Oatmeal. It’s going to be huge. There are major business implications for the oatmeal and sleep businesses. The first thing you do is check if your domain name is available. You type it into a web browser. The web browser market is dominated by Google with one of its flagship products Chrome. There are competitors but most people use Chrome. Only heathens and people required by business contracts us Edge, a product built and maintained by Microsoft. This does not mean the Chrome web browser is better than Edge. It just means for whatever reason, most people use Chrome. …


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We are seeking a talented DevOps Engineer to work collaboratively with our software engineering team to build the next generation of our SaaS product. Our product has driven more than 18 million connections with elected officials since our founding in 2012 and we’re just getting started. If you have great problem solving, analysis and design skills, and a true passion for quality, you will be a great fit for the Phone2Action team.

The Role

  • Develop and manage infrastructure in AWS (CloudFormation, Terraform, etc)
  • Monitor and maintain existing infrastructure (CloudWatch, New Relic, Lacework, etc)
  • Manage automation and CI/CD pipeline
  • Manage configuration and patching of…


Picking how to move forward requires reflecting on why you wanted to learn to code in the first place and defining goals and where you want to go. Whenever I feel stuck in how to advance professionally I try to focus on a few of these areas.

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There are tons of ways to learn to code. If you were starting from scratch you could do a coding bootcamp or a four year academic Computer Science program. Some people completely teach themselves or learn from friends and family. There are millions of blog posts, articles, videos and online courses out there to help developers learn code and improve their skills. …


This blog post goes over the technical implementation of the Employbl candidate approval process for candidates using Laravel and PHP.

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Image courtesy of Unsplash

This is the template that we’re sending to candidates introducing them to Employbl. The way the system is set up now is around an approval process. Candidates apply on the candidates page. This goes to a MySQL database hosted on Laravel Forge where a users table row gets created with users.active = 0 after the candidate successfully submits the form. For candidate login to work users.active must be set to 1 or true. This is to ensure that candidates work in the tech industry and are legitimate. We're targeting candidates based in the United States that are looking for tech jobs or startup jobs in the Bay Area. Once approved, candidates can login, update their profile and upload their resume. …


These online courses can help you learn new skills, build new things, advance your career and make you a more confident software developer

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Photo credit by NESA by Makers

Part of being a great developer or tech professional is learning new skills. I’m a pretty firm believer that the best way to learn new things or technologies is by trying them out yourself. The best way to learn is to build things. That said, learning through more structured processes like books, courses and video tutorials can be super helpful, give you new ideas and ultimately save a developer time. It’s great to build things but not so great to be stuck in a rut or banging your head against the wall. …


This is a post of all the tech companies and startups I can find in Oakland, CA. Hopefully it’s hella helpful..

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Photo credit from SF Chronicle: Why downtown Oakland is booming

In Oakland there’s amazing street art, diverse people and flat lands for biking. The space surrounding Lake Merritt is beautiful. Downtown is fun. There’s a focus on community and building a better, more equitable world that isn’t present in other parts of the Bay Area. Oakland has a rich history from the gold rush to the tech boom. There’s revolution, homelessness, police brutality and crime as well as outstanding music and great food, good beer and wonderful people. BART, buses, freeways and bike lanes connect Oakland to the rest of the Bay Area. We all have to work and right now the city is being consumed by new construction with high rises and new cement present all over the city. There’s a rich dialogue about displacement, racism and gentrification that’s been accelerated and amplified by the boom. One thing Oakland doesn’t do very well is stay still. The city is always changing; it’s a vibrant place — that’s why thousands of us live and love here. …


This is a map of all the tech companies and startups in Silicon Valley that I can find, updated regularly..

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Photo credit from Wall St Journal

A quick look on Wikipedia will tell you that the term “Silicon Valley” dates back to the 1970s and was popularized in the early 80s when IBM and other firms began manufacturing and refining silicon chips in San Jose, Palo Alto and Mountain View. Prior to World War II the South Bay Area was filled with orchards and farms. Today much of California’s agriculture has moved inland to the Central Valley and elsewhere. The SF Bay Area is metropolis filled with nearly eight million people. There are persistent issues of lack of housing, poverty and income inequality in the Bay Area. …


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I had a personal site built with Hexo.js and Github Pages + Google Domains. It was working pretty well for a developer’s personal site tbh but I hadn’t posted to it in a long time. The last commit to the repo was November 2018. Over the course of 2019 I’d focused primarily on posting articles to the Employbl Blog (my side project) and the Employbl Medium publication. Over the past six months or so I’ve become more interested in Netlify and the whole serverless and “jamstack” world, so on a whim I nuked my old site in favor of a template placeholder. …


Here are some best practices for preparing for traditional software engineering interviews

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This blog post was written and produced in partnership with Pathrise.

Software engineering jobs are growing at a rate of 21% from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you are looking to break into this rapidly growing and lucrative field, you won’t be alone. As the demand for these positions grows, so does the amount of competition.

We’ve worked with hundreds of software engineers on their job search, including helping them prepare for both technical and behavioral interviews, and these are our top 3 tips. But, to start, make sure you have the right skills to even be considered for these roles. We’ve compiled a list of the best resources to help you learn the background needed for a career in software engineering. …

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Connor Leech

Engineer, writer and community organizer. I built Employbl to help candidates get jobs in the Bay Area: https://employbl.com/

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