I just spent a little bit of time making the autosuggest dropdown in Demo Tape work with the keyboard. Now you can use the arrow keys to navigate it, and the enter key to select an artist. It was fun.
As mentioned in my blog post about leaving grad school, one of the things I took away from the experience is that I enjoy creating things and solving problems through programming. I like the win of figuring out a way to make something work. So I guess I’m looking for a job where I can have that on a regular basis. A development job, obviously. And right now my learning efforts are focused on the front-end, with Angular and such, so I should probably focus my job search in that direction too. (Besides, while my last job was technically as a full-stack developer, I don’t think my ColdFusion experience is going to open too many doors in today’s job market.)
Most of all, though, one of the main things I’ve realized since beginning my efforts at self-education is just how much I have to learn. Web technology is incredibly fast-moving, and just in the year and a half that I was in grad school, things changed tremendously in terms of what kinds of skills were de rigueur. I pretty much had to pick an area and start learning, so I chose the MEAN stack, but there’s so much more out there that I still don’t know. So most of all, I want a job where I can continue to learn and tackle some of those other areas, whether it be another front-end framework such as React, a different back-end language, or a tool that I haven’t had a chance to work with yet such as Gulp or SASS. I’m looking for a place where I can contribute while growing my own skills. That seems like a fair exchange to me.