Get rich slow with tech

Australia’s Barefoot Investor is a bit like the UK’s Money Saving Expert. Except the Barefoot Investor is more likely to tell you your account pays ‘two parts of bugger-all’.*

The Money Saving Expert on the other hand, pops up from time to time on the ITV morning telly couch, and was the boss of a woman I speed-dated once.

The woman and I didn’t hit it off, but I did get five minutes of excellent money saving advice. If you are ever in need of financial or legal advice (which normally costs a fortune) my money saving tip would be to go speed-dating with the accountants and lawyers near Bank Station.

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Choosing a software project

After a busy summer buying my first flat, (flat [noun] – a London flat is like a US apartment, but smaller, and more expensive) and frantically developing websites and apps for a failing (now failed) technology start-up company, I was made redundant.

I suddenly had some free time to work on my own software project, buy some furniture, blog, and stop living like some cross between Mark Zuckerberg and Renton from Trainspotting.

But what software project should I make?

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If you were to start React all over again what would you do? [NSFW]

TLDR; If you are looking for a quick list of things to do, to start with React, go to the end of this blog post.

React is a technology created by Facebook for building websites (and for building apps using React Native.)

If you don’t know what that sentence means, probably stop reading now.

This post is going to get technical. I’m aiming this blog post at Alvin. A software tester, wannabie junior software developer, who has studied the basics of coding including HTML, CSS and Javascript. If that doesn’t sound like you, go do something more important, like having lunch or caring for the people around you.

Still, here?

Great. Let’s begin…

If you were to start react all over again what would you do?

This was a text sent to me by Alvin (not his real name.) For more about Alvin, and whether you should attempt to learn to code, see my previous blog post. Now that I’ve procrastinated enough writing the previous blog posts in the Winter 2018 Series, it’s time to answer that question.

Dear Alvin and Dear reader, here is my answer…

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