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April 23rd, 2014

I’m a total fraud. How in the hell, did I end up with a speaker ticket?

When I attended my first railsconf back in 2011, I was a self-proclaimed novice despite the fact that’s I’d been coding rails professionally for two years, despite the fact that I had over 10 years coding experience in other languages prior to that. Obviously, I wasn’t a professional since I had yet to write my first test. Obviously, I was a fraud.

I came to railsconf 2011 to become a ‘real developer’. My lack of testing knowledge branded me as an outsider, and until I could learn ’the right way to code’ I’d never be ‘real’.

Wish I had known back then that I’d come back to railsconf later to hear DHH call TDD a ‘fad diet’. Dunno if I would have felt less like a fraud, but it helps that nowadays folks are challenging the notion that you HAVE to code one way or another.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the foundations are important, patterns and testing are important (sorry DHH), and learning from others is what makes this community great. But you have to keep moving forward even when people keep telling you ‘you’re doing it wrong’. Because everyone will tell you that, all the time.

It’s been a long journey for me leveling up my game, feeling like I finally can hold my own in a room of ‘real engineers’. But now I see a room full of people just like me, and even more people just like me three years ago. They’re here to level up, to become ‘real developers’… maybe not knowing that they already are ‘real’.

Entry Filed under: Personal,Professional,Ruby on Rails

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Gabi  |  August 20th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Liana,

    First of all, I want to thank you for being an inspiration to many of us, like me, who are just getting started. I loved your song!

    I am a real novice. I just started coding professionally nearly 2 years ago. I like to code, but was really need that forced me to jump the gun ad put myself out there and try to get a job as a coder, even if I didn’t feel all that ready, no matter how many classes and books and tutorials I followed. I still don’t feel ready. I still feel like a fraud, but I keep moving and I keep learning. I guess that’s the only way. And I love it when I see other women succeed in this profession.

    Thank you!

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