Andrew Valish

San Francisco Design @ Joined almost 7 years ago via an invitation from Mek K.

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  • Posted to Just launched a side project! Wrk: a simple hiring solution for small teams., Apr 27, 2020

    It's beautiful! The neutral tones and simplicity made me think it was an open source version of Lever at first until I saw the pricing section. The ATS flow looks solid, great work.

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  • Posted to Designer Looking to get deeper into coding as Frontend-Dev, Feb 27, 2017

    I went through a similar situation ~5 years ago; I've started out as a designer and visual-layer frontend dev then needed to transition into backend work after not finding a (cheap-enough) programmer when building my first startup. Not only is it helpful from a prototype-development perspective to learn some backend yourself, it's also a good idea to get some sense of what's involved to have better language when coordinating with your dedicated backend devs when the time comes.

    I knew a lot of css and some javascript at the time, so I dedicated myself to learning a frontend framework (backbone at the time, I'd probably learn React or Ember nowadays) and used dummy data that imitated a backend, then moved onto Ruby on Rails.

    I recommend Ruby on Rails not only for its robustness and community, but mostly since I believe it's a good primer for a lot of modern web-based backend work, including building and communicating with databases and working in the terminal and command line. Rails is applicable to most startup scenarios, way better than any PHP framework (that I've used, Laravel might be helpful to look at if considering PHP) and has a better web ecosystem than Python frameworks (Flask is nice, but is not as streamlined).

    I leveraged Lynda tutorials and CodeSchool's Rails for Zombies course for getting past the learning curve, and RailsCasts for specific scenarios. I took a lot of hand-written notes and really tried understanding the concept of MVC frameworks, but after about ~6-8 months I had a solid enough understanding to drive the first iteration of our product.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Things to do in SF this May?, May 10, 2014

    I'd recommend checking out Noisebridge, SF's hackerspace in the Mission district.

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