Getting Setup with Google Search Console

Over the past year I’ve come to realize how much value Google Search Console brings. Search Console allows you to see if and how people are finding your website through organic search. You can see what search terms they used to find your site and which pages they clicked on. I’m going to show you…

How To Never Give Up and Land a Programming Job

Hi there – I taught myself to code. You can teach yourself, too. It takes work and time, but it’s worth it. Why? Because programming can be used to improve every type of job there is. Whether you work as a janitor, an engineer, a financial analyst, or an insurance agent – you can use…

Debug Django Social Authentication using pdb

I recently had a problem that I could not for the life of me figure out. It was one of those issues that you know a mistake in the code is causing, but it throws no errors. It just doesn’t do what you expect it to. I finally realized I needed to debug django using…

How to Network and Interview as a Self-taught Programmer

In June of 2018, I decided to make the leap – I decided to quit my job and attempt to transition to a new career.
There were a couple of factors that allowed me to do this. My wife was transitioning to a new job and we had to move anyway. We had been anticipating that I would make this move for a while, and we had created a safety net in our finances that would allow me to stop working for about four months, more if we stretched. We were also moving to San Diego – a rising hub for startups and new businesses.

How to Go About Teaching Yourself to Code

Every success story starts with a plan. A plan for how to achieve your goals makes your goals achievable. There is much truth in the saying “failing to plan is planning to fail”.
My plan revolved around three core ideas:
1. Research what I needed to learn to achieve my goals
2. Change my daily environment
3. Surround myself with the ideas of other coders

How I Learned to Code – The Intro

Hi, I’m Austen. I taught myself to code. You can learn to code, too. It takes work and time, but it’s worth it. Why? Because programming can be used to improve every type of job there is. Whether you work as a janitor, an engineer, a financial analyst, or an insurance agent – when you…

The Value of Hard Work

LinkedIn had a post trending recently about how China’s policy for the 12-hour workday is essential for their economy. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, ‘Outliers’, he explains why the Chinese have a famous saying: “一年到头都在天还没亮的时候起床的人肯定能让家人过上好日子” or , in Malcolm’s english translation of the proverb: “No one who can rise before dawn 360 days a year fails…