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Should All Professionals Learn How to Code?

Will coding be seen as a necessity in the future?



These days, most people are interested in learning how to code. As more and more of our daily and work life functions involve technologies, understanding the principles of coding languages is crucial — and the demand for computer science education reflects that. Market research from Technavio found that the global coding boot camp market size is expected to grow by $1.20 billion by 2026. This increase in student enrollment is attributed to the low cost and shorter duration of boot camp training, especially compared to formal education alternatives.

In fact, some employers have foregone relevant bachelor’s degree requirements for roles that require coding knowledge. People are also learning how to code at earlier age groups by having kids create VR games on the Babylon.js framework, for example. As coding training and education become more and more accessible, industry professionals who have never considered it an option may be pressured to try and learn — but should they?

Today, we’ll explore some of the reasons coding training may be essential for all professionals:

No-code and low-code still need coding knowledge



In a time of global digital talent scarcity, businesses have adapted by using no-code and low-code platforms to allow for AI application developments — even from employees who aren’t technically qualified. According to insights on AI democratization from Fortune, aside from making complex technologies more accessible, businesses also benefit by the ability to develop algorithms faster using these platforms and do so at lower costs. However, while offering convenience, no-code and low-code platforms and tools still require solid knowledge of principles and relevant data to be used successfully. Employees tasked with using these platforms should also be aware of their associated risks.

Coding prepares us for the future of work



As digital technologies continue to develop and evolve, businesses across industries will want to adopt the latest technologies and the most qualified talent to gain a competitive advantage in the market. Recently, LHH published Dick Verburg’s insights on learning, where he highlighted how only 9% of human resource officers feel their workforce is actually prepared for the future of work. Verburg emphasizes the importance of businesses shifting away from “buying” talent towards “building” on the existing workforce instead through initiatives and approaches to employee learning. Companies that invest in training their employees how to code may find new roles for this talent which can elevate existing business processes.

Coding is everywhere



While industry professionals may be hesitant to pursue coding training or education because it is outside their field or career path, it isn’t easy to be sure of that these days. As the technologies continue to evolve and create new data that call for new automation and processes, coding knowledge and expertise will continue to be required, making applications that are easier to use available for consumers. Supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss’ feature on coding and the future of fashion is an example of coding expertise seeing value in markets outside of big tech and Silicon Valley, and fashion is only one among many industries that will rely more and more on technologies. Kloss also highlights another practical benefit of learning to code, that is, to develop strong problem-solving skills.

While skipping out on learning how to code may not harm your existing work or career, you might just open doorways to new and exciting opportunities in the future if you take the time to learn even the basic principles of it, or face a realm of possibilities if you choose to pursue coding deeper.

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Tech Upgrades to Boost Business Productivity and Save Money

Tech Upgrades to Boost Business Productivity and Save Money

Taking advantage of modern technology is important for keeping your business competitive. However, many business owners are hesitant to spend money on the latest tech. What if your investment doesn’t pay off? As a small business owner, you can’t afford to waste capital on fancy new tools and equipment just for the sake of being innovative. Your tech investments need to save you enough money that they pay for themselves in the long run. 

The good news is that there are several tools out there that can do just that! You just have to know where to look—and how to pick the right technology for your unique business needs. Are you ready to invest in some new technology and take your business to the next level? Here are a few tools that are bound to pay off!

Project Management Software

Project management tools can make your life a lot easier. Even if you have a small team, good project management software will help you stay on schedule, optimize the use of your available resources, and monitor progress from one centralized platform. This will save you the headache of constant back-and-forth emails and enable your team to get work done more quickly. Look for project management software that allows you to collaborate in real-time with your team members. 

Meeting Scheduling Platforms

Scheduling meetings with team members and clients is another common business task that can take a lot of unnecessary time. How many emails do you have to send before you land at a meeting time that works for everyone? According to Boomerang, it takes an average of 8 emails to schedule a single meeting! Instead, take advantage of meeting scheduling apps and tools. For example, Calendly lets people schedule meetings based on their availability, which is ideal for business owners who get a lot of meeting requests.

Accounting Apps

Accounting is yet another one of those administrative tasks that take a lot of time. And when you don’t know what you’re doing, accounting mistakes can wind up costing a lot of money! Take advantage of accounting software to save time and keep more money in your business. With accounting software for your SMB, you will be able to automate a lot of your accounting processes so you can spend less time calculating taxes and more time focusing on big-picture projects. You’ll also be able to track expenses and inventory and send electronic invoices to get paid faster.

Email Marketing Software

If you collect emails from your customers—and you should—email marketing software will help you extract the most value out of your list. Email marketing tools make it easy to store, organize, and segment your audience so you can promote your business more effectively. At the same time, you’ll be able to use your email tools to schedule automatic abandoned cart emails and drip campaigns to improve your customer conversions!

Social Media Scheduling Tools

Posting on social media and engaging with your followers is one of the most affordable ways to advertise your business. But staying on top of your social media marketing tasks can be challenging. Thankfully, there are many social media management tools that allow you to create and schedule posts in advance. These social tools also make it easier for team members to respond to customers on social media from one easy-to-use platform.

The right technology can make your small business much more productive. Tech tools will help you automate time-consuming tasks, avoid common human errors, manage your finances, and save money across all areas of your business. Start exploring small business tech tools today so you can catch up with your competitors!

Work with software entrepreneur Jyrone Parker to take your business to the next level!

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Upgrading The Discord Twitter Bot To Use V2 API

close up photo of toy bot

Twitter Upgraded Their API & Broke My Bot!!

Imagine my frustration when I get dozens of DMs, emails, and other messages asking when I was going to upgrade my Discord Twitter bot to be compliant with the latest Twitter changes. Like damn bro, I have other things to do lol but alas I can’t let my peeps down. In this blog entry, I will show you what I did to upgrade my codebase to use the Twitter V2 API to communicate with the Discord server to send out my tweets.

v2 of the Discord Twitter bot

Upgrading The Package.json File

We are no longer using the Twit npm package and instead using the twitter-v2 npm package. Open your package.json file and change it to the following:

{
  "name": "discord-twitter-bot",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "A discord bot that sends messages to a channel whenever a specific user tweets.",
  "main": "main.js",
  "scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
  },
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": "git+https://github.com/mastashake08/discord-twitter-bot.git"
  },
  "keywords": [
    "discord",
    "twitter",
    "bot"
  ],
  "author": "mastashake08",
  "license": "ISC",
  "bugs": {
    "url": "https://github.com/mastashake08/discord-twitter-bot/issues"
  },
  "homepage": "https://github.com/mastashake08/discord-twitter-bot#readme",
  "dependencies": {
    "discord.js": "^13.8.1",
    "dotenv": "^8.2.0",
    "twitter-v2": "^1.1.0"
  },
  "engines" : {
    "npm" : ">=7.0.0",
    "node" : ">=16.0.0"
  }
}

Changes To The Twitter API

In order to use the stream API, we have to set up stream rules. We want to only show tweets from yourself so in your .env file add a new field

TWITTER_USER_NAME=

Afterward, we listen to the stream pretty much as before. Open up the main.js file and update it to the following.

require('dotenv').config()
const Twit = require('twitter-v2')
const { Client } = require('discord.js');
const client = new Client({ intents: 2048 });


var T = new Twit({
  // consumer_key:         process.env.TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY,
  // consumer_secret:      process.env.TWITTER_CONSUMER_SECRET,
  // access_token_key:         process.env.TWITTER_ACCESS_TOKEN,
  // access_token_secret:  process.env.TWITTER_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET,
  // timeout_ms:           60*1000,  // optional HTTP request timeout to apply to all requests.
  // strictSSL:            true,     // optional - requires SSL certificates to be valid.
  bearer_token:  process.env.BEARER_TOKEN
})

//   //only show owner tweets
async function sendMessage (tweet, client){
  const url = "https://twitter.com/user/status/" + tweet.id;
  try {
    const channel = await client.channels.fetch(process.env.DISCORD_CHANNEL_ID)
    channel.send(url)
  } catch (error) {
        console.error(error);
  }
}

async function listenForever(streamFactory, dataConsumer) {
  try {
    for await (const { data } of streamFactory()) {
      dataConsumer(data);
    }
    // The stream has been closed by Twitter. It is usually safe to reconnect.
    console.log('Stream disconnected healthily. Reconnecting.');
    listenForever(streamFactory, dataConsumer);
  } catch (error) {
    // An error occurred so we reconnect to the stream. Note that we should
    // probably have retry logic here to prevent reconnection after a number of
    // closely timed failures (may indicate a problem that is not downstream).
    console.warn('Stream disconnected with error. Retrying.', error);
    listenForever(streamFactory, dataConsumer);
  }
}

async function  setup () {
  const endpointParameters = {
      'tweet.fields': [ 'author_id', 'conversation_id' ],
      'expansions': [ 'author_id', 'referenced_tweets.id' ],
      'media.fields': [ 'url' ]
  }
  try {
    console.log('Setting up Twitter....')
    const body = {
      "add": [
        {"value": "from:"+ process.env.TWITTER_USER_NAME, "tag": "from Me!!"}
      ]
    }
    const r = await T.post("tweets/search/stream/rules", body);
    console.log(r);

  } catch (err) {
    console.log(err)
  }

  listenForever(
    () => T.stream('tweets/search/stream', endpointParameters),
    (data) => sendMessage(data, client)
  );
}
// Add above rule

client.login(process.env.DISCORD_TOKEN)
 client.on('ready', () => {
   console.log('Discord ready')
   setup()

 })

Congrats, It’s Updated!

That’s pretty much all we had to do to update everything to use the new API. The added benefit is that it won’t show retweets in your discord server like before :0 if you enjoyed this consider becoming a patron on Patreon and help fund in-person coding classes for kids in Louisville, KY!

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Trying To Learn To Code For Free In 2022? Follow These 5 Programmers

Want To Learn To Code For Free?

Whether out of want or out of necessity you have decided you are going to learn computer programming and try to get a job in 2022. Welcome to the code gang 🤪! and to help you on your self-funded self-directed journey I will be giving you 5 coders you need to follow! Each and every one of these developers provides quality content and resources that can help you learn faster.

Tae’lur Alexis

Tae’lur is a self-taught developer who specializes in Python, Javascript and Rust. I have personally known Tae’lur for years and she is one of my best friends and one of the smartest people I know. She also has her own website you should check out!

Tae’lur Alexis gives a balanced timeline of personal and tech

Coding Phase

A streamer I have followed on Youtube for years. Coding Phase has a great personality and breaks things down in a digestible way. You can check out his website at codingphase.com

Coding Phase has over 50k+ Students Worldwide!

Sarah Drasner

Sarah Drasner is a powerhouse in the developer community. She is a Vue.js and CSS goddess (her animations are beyond amazing). She has worked for companies such as Google, Netlify, Microsoft and Zillow! Her website can be accessed at sarah.dev.

Danny Thompson

Danny is a public speaker and developer who runs a newsletter teaching you how to code and land jobs in the market!

Jyrone Parker

Okay so this last one is a cheat but hey if you are not following me on Twitter you slipping! I have been a senior software engineer at companies such as: Apple, Dell, Sephora and GE! I taught myself how to code and even went into semi retirement off my apps!

My timeline 😀

Learning To Code Will Be Essenitial In 2022

As pandemic comes to a close and the world is opening up, companies are looing to recoup loses from last 2 years. This includes cutting in house costs with automation. If you currently work in a career that can be automated, you should really consider upgrading your skillset so you won’t be fired by a piece of software. If you are teaching yourself to code on a budget, these accounts can give you a plethora of resources to aid your journey. Check out some of my products to help you along for a more advanced learning experience.

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Monetizing Your APIs – Selling Shovels To Goldminers

Monetizing Your API

Create and monetize your APIs

This is a strategy many solo software entrepreneurs fail to utilize when creating their app portfolio. Often when I do my one on one consultations with app freelancers they describe this beautiful, eloquent ecosystem of software. Web app, mobile app, backend everything is there. They always ask how they can increase their revenue. I in turn always ask them “Have you monetized your API?” The look of shock always lets me know they never thought of it. The fact of the matter is, API monetization can be your most long-tailed stream of app income! If your API service is a critical part of another app, and that app lives on for 20 years, you have a lifetime customer, multiple that by 100 and do the math. APIs are a multi-billion-dollar industry and companies will pay as long as the service works and the data is there!

Why You Should Monetize Your API?

Think about it for a moment. Your API is the powerhouse of your applications. Without it, your product wouldn’t exist in the form it is today. If it solved a business need and there is an opportunity to solve others at a cost, then you should exploit that opportunity. By monetizing your API you can make residual money for your application being the backbone of another application that allows them to make money. While I am a fan of open-source software (I contribute to it daily) I also know that these tech companies make billions off of free software whilst the creators struggle to pay rent! If you have a product that other companies need, make them pay. If you still want to offer it free to hobbyist/solo devs? Rate limit the API and reduce scopes! In fact, a freemium model will ensure you have a consistent audience using your service which helps your overall brand!

Also by making your API accessible you open up your app to use cases you wouldn’t even dream or think of! How you envision your API usage will differ vastly from how your users use your API. These different use cases translates to more residual income for you and your business! This is the power of working smarter and not harder. Just provide the tools that OTHER people need to get their job done and you will have stability in the market. APIs are not as glamourous as the front end, but they can and often do make more money in the long run.

How Do I Sell My API?

When it comes to monetizing and selling access to your API, there are two models: in-app billing, using an API marketplace. In the first model, you would be using something like Stripe to charge either monthly, yearly, or per-use access. Using this model you have more direct control over how much make and charge as well as more flexibility with the use case. The major drawback is that you are responsible for the billing software and tracking usage. The alternative is to use an API marketplace such as RapidAPI. By using an API marketplace you get access to millions of potential customers who are looking for your solution! Honestly, if you are like me and have a much of micro-apis to monetize then putting them for sale on one platform would be less of a headache as well. Ultimately the choice is yours and I advocate you do research to find the best solution for your API and business model. Speaking of APIs, if you are an API developer and you want to have a one-on-one to get the most out of your API business, schedule a time here.

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Making Passive Income Online With An App Investment Portfolio

When Most People Think Passive Income They Think Real Estate Or Stocks

The thing is though, those two avenues of wealth-building are generally reserved for those with high disposable income. What If I told you there is a way to make residual money without spending 100’s of thousands of dollars. This strategy is what allowed me to go into semi-retirement a few years back. Of course what I am talking about is having your very own app investment portfolio!

What Is An App Investment Portfolio?

Simply put, an app investment portfolio is a collection of monetized applications that bring you consistent cash flow. This could be in the form of ads, in-app purchases, affiliate links, or subscriptions! This is done by either creating the apps yourself (much higher return, much more time to implement) or buying an app, fix it up and make that $$$$!

I actually do both, as you know if you follow my brand I have multiple apps that I have created that bring in consistent revenue including but not limited to:

These applications, provide a great cushion for my active income and overall bring my peace of mind up. I own a company called J Computer Solutions LLC, which in turn owns all of the apps I wrote. I do this because all of my contracts are owned by J Comp Solu, in the event that the company loses its contracts I want to be able to still pay myself on payroll with the app revenue. Also, there are more tax advantages but I’m not a tax professional, talk to your CPA. My goal is ultimately to have J Comp Solu’s applications making all of the gross revenue and will no longer take on contracts. If my company makes passive money then my paychecks are GUARANTEED!

Stop Trying To Be A Billionaire & Focus On Paying The Bills

Listen most of the time it’s going to take a while to make anything meaningful revenue-wised from your apps. Where I see a lot of people get discouraged and fail, is that they expect their app to makes $10,000 a month the first month! Stop trying to be Jeff Bezos and do the bill method.

What Is The Bill Method?

The bill method is a method I came up with when creating my app portfolio. Basically, the bill method is described as thus:

  • List all of your bills and their average monthly cost
  • Create a monetized app(s) that focus on paying one bill at a time
  • Once every bill is taken care of, grow app to pay 3x monthly bill

To me, financial freedom isn’t having a million or billion dollars, in fact, I believe most people are slaves to their wealth. My version of financial freedom is me creating something of value and having that pay for my existence. Anything after that is great but as long as I know I have a roof over my head, food in my belly and I can spend all my time with my family and friends I’m straight.

I’m Not A Software Developer, Can I Still Make Money Online With Apps?

If you are reading this and you don’t code you may be thinking “Does this mean I’m SOL?” and the answer to that is NO! There are plenty of websites such as Flippa where you can purchase websites and apps that are cash flow positive! If you have the capital to go that route and you know a developer to partner with *cough cough* the two of you can make something shake!

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Apple Just Said F*ck Privacy!

Apple Is On One!

A few days ago Apple decided they were going to start an initiative where they are going to scan your photos and messages for child pornography, and if detected will alert law enforcement. We should know by now whenever a company does something under the guise of humanitarianism, that it is a load of BULLSH!T!!!

Apple Is Poising Itself To Be The World’s Biggest Advertiser

Do you think it is coincedence that Apple screwed over advertisers with its decision to allow users to block cross app tracking, now they are mining all of your photos and texts? It would be naive to think that they are not going to be making profiles on all iOS users based off things such as EXIF data in their photos. Oh you like tacos? We know because we look at all your food photos, TAKE THIS AD! Idk what do you all think? Listen to the podcast and leave a comment below!

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Eviction Moratorium & Tech

The Eviction Moratorium Is Up!

With it over 10 million Americans are up for evictions this week and boy have they been coming! In this week’s podcast I discuss how although the COVID-19 pandemic was the main driving focus; this rent eviction moratorium is indicitive of the larger economic landscape shift. The tech economy is driving this shift and with it many people will be financially crushed, while others will rise.

How Is The Eviction Moratorium and Tech Connected?

The evictions are mostly happening in metropolis areas, which also (increasingly) are becoming major tech hubs. What you are witnessing is active gentrification in the works! Does who are unskilled laborers (I hate that term) could not hold a job during the pandemic, thus they struggled to keep up rent, thus they are getting evicted. Those of us in tech have overwhelminly been straight. Who is left to afford to live in the city? High income tech workers. It makes a concentric circle of class. The downtown areas start first, push the poor people back. High income earners start to get cramped downtown, so they move to the suburbs, push those people back, etc, etc until you get an URBANIZATION of rural areas. Mark my words there will be engineers living in those apartments within the next year. If you enjoyed this podcast episdoe be sure to subscribe to it on Apple Podcast, Spotify and everywhere else podcasts are distributed! If you REALLY enjoyed it, consider becoming a patron on Patreon!