Greg Baugues – What I Wish I Knew as a Junior Developer

What I Wish I Knew as a Junior Developer
by Greg Baugues

Working as a professional developer requires a whole bunch of soft skills that they don't teach you in school and that you won't read in a technical book. If I had known these things five years ago, I would have saved myself a lot of frustration, fear, and embarrassment.

About Greg

I serve as a developer evangelist at Twilio in order to inspire and equip developers to change communications forever. I am nine years a Chicagoan and am married to my beautiful and pregnant wife, Rachel. I write about nerdery and life at

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  • Jeffrey H.

    In its way, it might have been the ideal presentation for me the night before a job fair (I attended one at UIC today). After dealing with so many coders whose confidence often bordered on arrogance, it was nice to hear some coders admit to the odd insecurity here and there. I still would like to know where these "get paid to learn" places are, if I heard Greg correctly.

    June 26, 2014

    • Jeffrey H.

      Even though most coders do look things up in the course of a job, I often wonder why we are tested in some interviews on situations where we would look things up anyway.

      June 29, 2014

  • Monty K.

    Great talk. This is the third time I've seen one of Greg's presentations and as always very personable, professional and enlightening. He brought a humanizing perspective to the craft of programing.

    June 26, 2014

  • Michael H.

    It was open ended and communal.

    June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation, very interesting, useful, and inspiring!

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Greg had very useful suggestions... apropos to any career. A stellar presentation with heart.

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Jeffrey H.

    Are people still hiring junior developers these days?

    June 25, 2014

  • Tracey H.

    Has a location been selected for this event?

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Shay H.

      It has, sorry about that! It'll be at TechNexus, at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL.

      1 · June 23, 2014

  • Odell Carson J.

    That's Monday, June 16th, maybe flexible with start date.

    June 13, 2014

  • Odell Carson J.

    Hi all, is anyone available to start an ongoing email design and possibly development role that starts Monday? Immediate need. $30 hourly. Please respond here or email me, [masked]. Any links, LinkedIn, resumes are great but can start with contact info.

    June 13, 2014

  • Renee J.

    Hello group I am looking for a web-designer as well to give my site a make over on a low budget

    May 5, 2014

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