april theses / blog posts tech June 21, 2021

A nice testimonial from a coworker

Guess I did OK after all.

I recently switched jobs from the startup where I was employed as a software developer for about a year and a half.

My coworkers sent thoughtful goodbye messages, but I liked Alex's the best:


I never felt under-appreciated at that job, but it's nice seeing it put into one place like this.

Here's an overview of my contributions to that company:

  • completely rebuilt the mobile application from the ground up
    • React Native+Expo, Apollo GraphQL, Socket.IO
  • automated whitelabelled deployment and builds for mobile apps
    • Expo and some Bash scripts, and eventually Github Actions
  • moved into the back end, introduced automated unit and integration testing
    • Node, Express, Mongo, Jest, Github Actions for CI
  • designed and implemented a timesheet approval feature, a customizable-per-tenant user onboarding flow, and a ton more features
    • React, React Native, GraphQL and mostly-REST APIs on that Node/Express/Mongo back end
  • picked up devops skills and helped manage the software release cycle
    • Azure, Docker, Github Actions
  • promoted to Senior Software Developer after a year, conducted code reviews and mentored more junior colleagues

I'm a little sad to be leaving behind the relationships I'd built there, but the team is in great shape even without me.

Now, onto the next chapter!

Andy Tran

Written by Andy Tran. All thoughts posted here are mine, and are not indicative of positions held by any organization or group I affiliate with.