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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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 · 4 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
Why is it so difficult to find Junior Ruby on Rails dev roles?

On the Job Hunt? Try this one thing to get experience as an early career Ruby dev

“Why is it so difficult to find Junior Ruby on Rails dev roles?" You have finished multiple online courses, workshops and might even read some books to learn Ruby. You start job hunting and you struggle to land a position because of your lack of experience. So how do you get experience with large Ruby and Rails apps when no one wants to hire early-career devs? It’s a tough market for any early-career dev with little to no experience, so it’s no different with Ruby....

May 29, 2021 · 4 min · Stefanni Brasil
Rails Conf 2021

Rails Conf 2021 Talks for Early Career Devs

Now that all Rails Conf 2021 talks, keynotes and workshops are available on YouTube, you might be wondering which ones you should watch first. If you are just getting started with your Rails or programming journey, here’s a list of 6 talks for you (with resources): 1. Implicit to Explicit: Decoding Ruby’s Magical Syntax by Justin Gordon [Talk] Do you wish you could understand better what Rails does under the hood?...

May 17, 2021 · 3 min · Stefanni Brasil
Contributing to Ruby on Rails: no good first issue :(

Contribute to Ruby on Rails: filtering & reproducing issues

In the last Open Source Thursdays live, Thiago and I shared how we chose a few issues that looked promising for us. By the end of the post, you’ll learn how to filter issues, and how to start contributing to Rails by reproducing a bug. How to choose your first Ruby on Rails issue Which one from the +300 open issues should you pick? We tried breaking this process down into 2 parts: filtering them by labels, then choosing one that seems easier to fix....

May 11, 2021 · 2 min · Stefanni Brasil