Stefanni Brasil

I research, design and develop programs to help you become a Ruby expert at hexdevs. Public speaker, writer, researcher, podcast host, Ruby developer.

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The 3 Things That Improved My Online Writing Process After Reading 'The Art And Business Of Online Writing'

Writing is easy. Anyone can write a post of 500 words. But what does it take to go from a writer to becoming a writer with readers? Insights gathered by trying different things, willingness to make mistakes, and working in public. Therefore, I always get curious when I find people who have successfully created writing careers, or businesses on top of their writing skills. This curiosity led me to read “The Art and Business of Online Writing”, by Nicolas Cole (my co-founder, Thiago Araujo, also recommended reading it)....

May 9, 2022 · 3 min · Stefanni Brasil
Job Interviews

An open letter to someone who's received lots of rejections

I know how hard it is to give everything you got for job interviews only to be rejected every time. It’s so hard to keep going because every time you get a rejection, it makes you doubt if you’re a good developer. In my experience, the feeling of not being a good developer never goes away. It’s something worth learning how to handle so it doesn’t keep sabotaging you. Truly said, nobody wants to hire people with less than 3-5 years of experience....

March 30, 2022 · 4 min · Stefanni Brasil
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The One quote from 'Work Clean' to deliver excellence as a Creator

What differentiates perfectionism from excellence? I only learned the difference recently. Reading this quote from the book “Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind”, changed how I approached my work. I used to feel proud by saying I was a perfectionist. That meant months, years of planning every single detail of everything. Setting the stakes higher as time went by. Perfectionism is a great excuse for trying to control the results....

March 16, 2022 · 2 min · Stefanni Brasil
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Imposter Syndrome? You're doing better than you think.

Hi, welcome! The posts under “/notes” are just that: notes about things I’ve read or watched. I used to just write them for myself. I figured sharing them is more helpful than keeping them just to myself. Enjoy! Sharing a few notes about Imposter Syndrome based on the work of Dr. Vanessa Bohns and Dr. Randy Patterson. The Science of Influence I finished watching this interview with Dr....

January 13, 2022 · 4 min · Stefanni Brasil
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Dev With No Experience? Here's one way to get experience today.

You’re focusing on finding that first Ruby job. You’ve been practicing for months or years. You’ve been applying to entry-level jobs, even internships. You polish your resume. Tweak your portfolio. Attach your CV. Press Submit. Chirp, chirp, chirp 🦗 Nothing happens. Worse: you do an amazing interview, people loved you. But then they say they are moving forward with someone else that has more experience. Welp, next time is going to be different....

September 4, 2021 · 6 min · Stefanni Brasil
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The Unstuck Guide for Self-Taught Developers

When you get stuck, it’s really easy to block yourself from creatively solving your problem. You start asking “why am I so dumb?”, or thinking that you don’t have a programmer’s brain, or feeling that you’ll never understand anything. How is that helpful? It isn’t. The way we talk to each other (even to ourselves) impacts our performance. It’s not self-help BS. It’s how our brain works....

August 18, 2021 · 3 min · Stefanni Brasil
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Get unstuck on your coding exercise with Just One Exercise

You’re working on your coding project. Everything is going well. But it doesn’t take too long until you get stuck on your assignment. You try everything you possibly can, with the resources you have. You are mixing Ruby, JavaScript, Postgres. Doing crash courses, googling. You go to the docs but you don’t even know where to look. It’s almost as if it’s a foreign language. On StackOverflow, you see the same tips over and over....

July 31, 2021 · 3 min · Stefanni Brasil
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Worried you don't contribute to your team as an early career software engineer?

You got that first job as an early career software engineer after a long job hunt. You are ready to learn a lot and advance in your career. Most times you’re fine, but sometimes you worry that you don’t contribute much value to your team. That you ask stupid questions all the time. Or that you don’t have the domain-specific knowledge required to estimate tickets accurately or to handle bugs quickly....

July 19, 2021 · 5 min · Stefanni Brasil
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How to write Badass READMES for your Github projects

You show your GitHub project to people but they don’t understand what the code is about. Why should you take time to write a good README if they can simply “read the code”? They won’t even look at your code if you don’t explain what’s in it for them. Why should anyone care about it? What about making them curious about your project? It saves them time, it shows you care about good communication and that by writing good docs you probably write good code as well....

June 23, 2021 · 4 min · Stefanni Brasil
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Examples of Successful Self-Taught Developers

Let’s say you’re learning how to paint. When you look at the famous paintings at the museum, you might start asking yourself: “Will I ever be this good? Is this for me? Will I ever get to paint something like this?” If these questions sound familiar, it’s because you’re not alone. It’s not just you. The same questions can be applied to coding. Some things, like painting and learning how to code, are hard....

June 5, 2021 · 3 min · Stefanni Brasil