The Plebeian Dev

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Starting the real deal

Hello peoples of the web, I just wanted to quickly update people with where I am at currently on my little adventure. I have recently been hired on as a Junior Web Developer at the Prescott Daily Courier which is owned by Western News & Info Inc. The company has been around for over 70 years and employs over 500 people. It is my daily work to help maintain their main website (dcourier.com) which averages a little over 1 million views a month.

My main goal here is to be able to learn as quickly as possible the websites CMS which is under a Django framework named Ellington that specifically is built for Newspaper websites. It has a very interesting templating and components system (which are called "apps"). It is really exciting for me because I am jumping into a brand new language and framework (mostly Python) and seeing how well I can do in this environment.

This though is not my only responsibility. We also manage many small business websites and marketing campaigns which is not completely outside my wheelhouse. We custom design and develop Wordpress themes and support our clients through many months and phases of their project. It happened all very quickly and had to move an hour or so outside of my home town to be able to take this job. Hopefully I learn a lot here and update this blog more often to show you what I have been learning.

Beginnings of a Pleb

Hello everyone, my name is Daniel Adriano Sipos Convery and I am The Plebeian Dev. So why did I choose market myself as a “plebeian developer”? Why would anyone want to work with or hire a “pleb” to code their complicated apps or design their complicated sites? Well let me put it to you like this, I have a sense of humor. I know shocking right? I also find the name humbling because the fact of the matter is I do have a lot to learn about web/software design and development. I think it is okay to admit this.

I made this little blog to show people of interest what I am learning and working on. I hope to use this as a reference for those who are wanting to see what I am doing and how I am growing as a developer. My short term goals as of right now are to build some websites to add to my growing portfolio of builds that display more design and coding knowledge. I am currently working on a build for a local financial firm. I am currently building out the design using NPM, Foundation, SCSS and JavaScript. My long term goals are to eventually start working for someone where I am help implement and design websites and applications that use newer work flows and primarily work with technologies such as React.js, Angular.js, Node and use robust databases such as MongoDB.

A little about myself. I am a recent graduate from Arizona State University. I have a BAS in Web Information Technology from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Polytechnic. I have been picking apart code for a little over 5 years now and spend a lot of my time learning how to use different sets of technologies to create interesting solutions to complex problems.

I hope whoever lands on this page will be able to one day utilize the knowledge on it to further their own understanding of web development and begin to better understand together how we can create awesome web experiences that help further peoples goals and connect peoples great ideas into something that make our lives better.