Aisha Blake

How to Become a Tech Leader

April 20, 2017

Especially if you’re new to the tech industry, it can be difficult to see a path upward (or even forward). How easily any given person can do so depends heavily on their background. What kinds of careers do people in your family usually have? Do you see people that look like you in positions of […]

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A Safe Space to Talk About Diversity

March 12, 2016

When I found out I’d been accepted as a speaker at Grand Rapids Dev Day, I was excited. I’d submitted three talks and the first thing that crossed my mind was a question: which talk do they want me to present? I wasn’t surprised to find out that it was my talk about diversity, particularly […]

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Preparing Your First Tech Talk

December 9, 2015

We’re taught to believe that there is a logical progression when it comes to our careers, that there are just certain things you can’t do in entry-level positions. One of those things is undoubtedly speaking at conferences. Conference speakers, in this collective narrative, are subject matter experts with years and years of experience under their […]

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A Friendly Intro to Version Control

August 31, 2015

The life of a developer is full of choices. The industry moves so quickly that there’s always some new tool to try or an updated best practice to incorporate. It’s impossible to pick the best overall framework or the most efficient workflow because different tools lend themselves better to different projects. That being said, there […]

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10 Things to Know About Java

August 17, 2015

You’ve learned of the growth of coding bootcamps in the country, training women and men to be developers in under 3 months. You’ve done research, but need to find a way to choose which language to learn. While there are a lot of great options that provide job prospects and stability, including JavaScript. However, if our Java Bootcamp is […]

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My First Conference

March 2, 2015

Last summer, I ran my first race. Ever. In life. I’ve never been a runner, but somehow my wonderful, sweet, kind housemate Sophie convinced me to repeatedly torture my own body and mind over the course of several months. All this with the goal of setting the worst torture of all to the sound of […]

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I’m Absurdly Excited

August 22, 2014

Not just because I have what sounds like an awesome job lined up for when I return to Detroit, not because I may very soon be responsible for the redesign and development for five related websites, but because I have ordered business cards. This may come as a shock to the masses of people I’m […]

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Thoughts on Adult Life

August 19, 2014

Though I would still consider myself a “recent graduate”, I also believe that I’m rapidly approaching a point in my life at which I’ll need to begin operating as a real adult. This is not to say that the two are mutually exclusive by any means. Some of my best friends my own age have […]

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Because It’s Not Just “A Boy Thing”

August 16, 2014

Today, I taught the first of what will hopefully be a great many classes with Girl Develop It. I’d taken a PHP class with Girl Develop It in New York, but didn’t really devote the time to working through some issues I had trying to use Xampp and didn’t get too much out of it. […]

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