Thank you post to Flatiron

I’ve completed the self-paced Online Software Engineering bootcamp with Flatiron School and through that year I was able to gain a “tech family” and grow as a developer.

My background is in the art market and it was not easy for me to get into the dev world. I was a new mum and had to take care of my daughter too. My time was limited and I got quite often long periods of baby sickness, lots of until late study nights and “I am not going to get this” tears but I finally graduated! Flatiron School was helping me through my journey with their technical help, ask a question feature and lessons.

I started to look for a job in January and 5 weeks later I’ve accepted an amazing job offer. During those weeks I was doing tons of code challenges, lots of interviews and getting rejections almost every week. But I had Emma helping me! She was my career coach. She was helping me with my emotions, with my interview skills, and giving me good advice. THANK YOU Emma!

I am not sure that this blog post is going to comply with Flatiron requirements of a one technical blog post but I can treat it as an algorithm to become a developer:

  1. Make sure your passion is coding.
  2. Enroll at Flatiron.
  3. Study, be curious, share your knowledge, have fun with side projects too.
  4. Graduate.
  5. Land your dream job as a dev and start an amazing new career!

Virtual environment (Python)

Create a virtual environment for your Python app in a few steps. (For Linux and OS X). Go inside the directory where you want your virtual environment and type in the terminal:

This command will create a directory called myvenv with the virtual environment.

Start your virtual environment by running:

Now that you inside the virtual environment (you will know it because the prompt of the console is prefixed with ( myenv )) you can install whatever you need using pip. To get the latest version of pip type:

When working within a virtual environment, python will automatically refer to the correct version so you don’t need to specify anything.

Create a requirements.text file and add packages inside.

Run the following to install them:

The end! Happy coding!

Junior developer interview questions

I am looking for my first job as a Junior developer and during my interviews I was asked the following:

  • Difference between === and ==:
    • === Compares the value ad the type (true / false).
    • == Compares only type.
  • Difference between slack and heap memories:
    • Slack memory: local variables and function call.
    • Heap memory: store objects.
  • Difference between data type and data structure:
    • Data type: the most basic classification. (int, string, var).
    • Data structure: collection of data types. (stacks (LIFO(last in first out)), queues, linked lists, binary tree)
  • Difference between padding and margin:
    • padding is the space between the content and the border, whereas margin is the space outside the border.

Time complexity

  • You can get it counting the number of operations
  • Time complexity is defined as a function using Big O notation.
  • n is the size of the input.
  • O is the worst case scenario.
  • The O function is the growth rate in function of the input size n.

O(1) Constant : odd or even / look up table / check if item in array is null / print first element from a list / find on a map.

O(log n) Logarithmic: find in sorted array with binary search.

O(n) Linear: find max in unsorted array / duplicate elements in array with Hash map / find / print all values.

Algorithms running times:

Factorial complexity(no good),

exponential complexity(no good),

polinomial complexity (no good),

linearithmic complexity (middle point),

linear time complexity (good)(for loop in one level array, searching, printing) O(n),

logarithmic complexity (good) O(log n),

constant time complexity (best one)(swap variables). O(1)

Time Conversion

Problem from Hackerranck.

I am practising algorithms and tried this one today.

I first get the two first characters of the string ‘s’, the ones that represent the hour and change them to a number with parseInt and assign them to the variable hour.

If this variable hour is bigger than 12 I rest 12, if it is equals 12, hour would be the string ’00’ and for the rest of the cases I add 12.

Then I add hour to a substring of the argument without the two first characters and delete the two last characters too, the one that should be “AM” or “PM”.

My solution: