Hi 👋

If you've made it this far on my site - and you're not my mom, dad, or grandma - then yay! I want to introduce myself and let you know what this site is all about.

My name is Allie and I'm currently a front-end developer in Detroit building cool things with React, GraphQL, Apollo, and Rails. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with the goal of landing a job as a developer despite my lack of a CS degree. I had discovered coding late during my junior year of college, and as cliche as it sounds, fell in LOVE with it - and then fell out of love with it when I had my first git conflict, but managed to forgive and forget and forge ahead.

After taking a few programming classes my senior year at Michigan, participating in a tech internship, and going through a front-end development bootcamp, I managed to build up my skillset and land as a front-end developer at Quikly, where I'm lucky enough to work with an incredibly smart and supportive team every day. And now, a year later, I still can't believe that I managed to get this far and I can't believe that I'm one of those people that genuinely loves what I get to do every day -- and that brings me to the point of this blog.

Throughout my year as a professional developer I've learned A LOT. I learned how to save my data to the database by making a POST request, and then quickly afterwards learned how to save it via mutations as we started to migrate over to using GraphQL.

I've learned how to use React Router for our client-side rendering and how to conditionally render UI components.

I've learned about the importance of tests - whether they're jest snapshots or rspecs.

I've learned how to rebase and squash commits, when just over a year ago git was something that I would try to avoid in fear of losing all of my work.

And, in learning all of this (& so much more) I wanted to have a place where I could document it - for myself and for others. Writing new information out helps me to understand it better and sharing it could help others to do the same.

I hope you'll follow along!

-A ✨