It’s almost that magical time of year again! No, not Xmas . Although, just as magical.
I’m talking about Devember .
Okay, so it’s not remotely Devember yet, but 2020 has been weird. We’re also sponsored by Linode to bring you some free stuff! That’ll run out juuuuuust about when devember is over.
Linode, in particular, is doing a new approach with their marketing. They are building a genuinely useful resource for learning, which I love. Unlike AWS tutorials, where you get shackled to AWS automation, you don’t really get the same “Linode Beergoggles” when you learn from this resource:
With AWS, it’s not really until later that you’ve got a lot more experience that you’re comfortable with other services. There is a time and place for AWS, but imho the best way to leverage cloud service sis like what Troy Hunt does which is leverage each service against every other service to minimize costs. It’s really brilliant. I digress…
I’ve been doing this Devember stuff for like 5+ years now. It started small, but we had tons of participants last year. It’s great fun, and I’ve met a lot of cool devs along the way (hat tip mods et al, you know who you are). A lot of the time I hear about paying work, students getting jobs because of our help with their “github profiles” (and whatnot – you get hte idea). Some of you have gone on to great things, won awards, etc.
This year we’re doing Devember through the end of the year, and I’m going to do at least a couple videos on what everyone is working on. Work-from-home is here to say, and the skills you build in Devember have never been more in demand. School semesters are ending early, people are bored. It just feels right. I had planned to do this even without Linode, but they’re basically giving away free trials for all your cloud space projects. Do you use Amazon AWS or Azure for work stuff? You might be surprised how expensive those alternatives really are!
In a word, Devember is a challenge . One that you impose upon yourself; to code for one hour each and every day in the month of December. You do this for the sake of the pursuit of knowledge.
The challenge is pretty open. You can decide for yourself what you wish to do: learn a new language, learn a new stack, develop an ambitious project, continue from a previous project, or just have a little fun.
To be frank, it’s unrealistic to code for a solid hour straight if you do not have a plan. That is why I suggest everyone either does the agile method of development or spend the first few days formulating a plan and then spend the rest of that time executing that plan.
From past years’ challenges, we have learned a lot. One thing I’ll share is that people live busy lives and may not be able to fully commit. We totally understand that life can get in the way of things, however, we don’t want that to discourage you. Any effort, no matter how small, towards a goal is net positive progress.
Next, reply here with a link to that post. Tell us a little about you, and your idea or project. Link to your git account or test site (or don’t, if you don’t want to).
If you just signed up, we might need to bump your ability to create new posts in blog/code. If that happens just reply here, and we’ll help.
When you reply, try to make a 1 line statement about your objective, such as this example:
My Devember project is to learn the Go language by creating or adapting a CMS back-end that’s compatible with a React frontend and is compatible with Wordpress’ Gutenberg editor.
My other Devember project is that IoT thing I talked bout on Patreon a while back…
If you need some ideas, please feel free to ask. Technically we’re getting started on Devember a little early this year. Usually you commit to doing at least an hour a day, but I think we can be flexible. You can just ask in a reply here. Once you’re all set use the EDIT function to try to keep this thread clean.
If you complete this challenge then you get a shiny new badge, the Devember Badge!
Useful tutorials on most of the languages.
Five mistakes new programmers make.
Coding Tech Talks:
FunFunFunction (currently on Sabbatical)