This week, I decided to utilize the Emulator through Android Studio. An emulator is simply a toll to run and test your apps. I don’t own an Android phone, so this was the next option. So I decided to write a little bit about the emulator.

The Android Emulator allows you to test your application on a variety of devices using Android API levels without the need of an actual device. The API level is an integer value that identifies the framework API revision given by a version of the Android platform. …


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This week, I had my first call from a company. Trouble is, I didn’t even know what this company was about or how it worked. After the initial call, I thought to myself, “what is it that I will actually be doing?”. I didn’t think anymore about it until I got an email on Friday asking me to complete an assessment, which seemed simple. Basic role-playing. Uh oh! How do I complete an assessment when I don’t even know what the company does???? Has this ever happened to you? …


This week, my “technical” post is going to be a little different. I decided to write about what I went through in regards to Impostor Syndrome *cue spooky music*. Impostor Syndrome is loosely defined as “doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud”. I have been through every emotion this week, even feeling disgusted looking at myself, because who on earth told me that I could be a software engineer?!

In this post, I want to highlight ways that I’ve overcome this thinking this week. So, here it goes…

Step 1: I began starting my morning off with meditation and…


I continued building a Note app this past week in a new language (for me), Kotlin. As I stated before, Kotlin s a language that combines object-oriented and functional programming, which basically means that it uses programming objects that are reusable.

While coding in and learning Android Studio, I came across a resource for strings, called a string resource. A string resource provides text strings for your application with optional text styling and formatting. It first appears as a warning, that a hardcoded string has been detected in your app code. …


So as you all know, I have finished Flatiron’s Software Engineering Boot Camp and have officially declared my job search on 4/18/2021. I am a full-time stay-at-home mom to three amazing kids (3, 1, and 7 weeks) during this job search journey. But, no worries! I’ve got this!

After boot camp, I kept trying to decide what direction I wanted to go in and what I wanted to get done. As you can imagine, I had a lot of GRAND ideas like build new react projects, solidify my JavaScript skills, apply to everything, fix my old projects, etc. It wasn’t…


I’ve made it! It’s the end of a chapter in my life, called Surviving Bootcamp! In January of 2020, I decided that I needed a new career and started on my bootcamp journey. I was only part-time at Flatiron, but was instantly overwhelmed. I was still teaching and juggling being a mommy to two under two. Needless to say, I had to take a break. I felt relieved and even more eager to continue my learning. When the school year ended in May, I started again, but this time, as a full-time student. I was totally immersed in the program…


I’ve made it to my fifth and final project!!!! I decided to create a blog, where moms who struggle silently with mommy-hood, postpartum depression, or just want to vent can feel free to converse with one another. I struggled after my second child and now finding out that I’m expecting again, I wanted to start blogging. I thought of how other mothers feel and thought that a blog that tracks moods and thoughts would be helpful.

React and Redux seemed a little daunting to begin. At the start of every project, I always think where do I begin??? Once I…


JavaScript and I have a love/hate relationship. From the beginning, I was intrigued, but it was still daunting. Impostor Syndrome really started to kick in again. The thoughts of not being able to do this and should I just quit entered my head daily. I watched countless videos and read so many articles, but something wasn’t clicking. It wasn’t until I got into my project that I actually began to take in some information. Note to self: I learn better by doing.

One important aspect of my project was to use fetch, which in short, is sending a request to…


Going into this project, I was really nervous. I didn’t feel like I was prepared as I should have been to begin this project. It was another case of imposter syndrome, sinking in. So I came up with the idea of using a previous project topic, Travel. Hence, Traveler was born. Starting off, I was a little confused about the order in which I should go about completing the project. So, I completed my migrations table, added in my models and their relationships, wrote my routes, and created my controllers and views.

Then came time for scope methods and validations…


Starting this project, I did not feel as prepared as I thought that I would. I was a little intimidated. As I began, one of the most important things that I learned is to have fun. These are my creations coming to life and it’s all a learning experience. Impostor syndrome was really kicking in. Throughout the project, I googled everything non-stop because I wanted to make sure that I fully understood what I was doing. I loved learning and setting up my controllers because they made life a little easier.

Routes were also something new and unfamiliar to me…

Lakeisha McCree

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