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Ryan Mouser
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Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Networking Thursday (8/27) – Connect with other Treehouse Students!

Hey Treehouse Students!

We're back with another Networking Thursday – giving you the opportunity to connect with other Treehouse Students!

Last week's networking session was a hit! 💥 It's amazing to see y'all forming connections, making general chit chat, and cheering each other on. Let's keep it going!

💬 How to participate in Networking Thursday:

Networking Thursday

  1. Answer the icebreaker question: Do you listen to music when you're coding or designing? If so, what do you listen to? Please feel free to drop some links to playlists/videos/etc!
  2. Introduce yourself!
  3. Share your LinkedIn profile URL for other students to connect to
  4. Share links and/or screenshots of the projects you've been working on
  5. Share your interests, hobbies, etc!
  6. Chat with other students here by responding to their posts!

Make those connections, support each other, leave some endorsements/recommendations on other student's LinkedIn profiles, lend a helping hand to folx in search of work in tech, and give some positive feedback on fellow student's projects. We're all on this learning journey together!


I'll get things started! 💬

I'm Ryan Mouser, the Content & Community Marketing Specialist here at Treehouse. I was 15 years old when I started learning to code in PHP for a popular text-based MMORPG game. I've been with Treehouse for over 2 years now and have had the amazing opportunity to wear many different hats. I've been learning with Treehouse since 2015 (you can check out my previous profile here).

Currently, I'm working alongside our world-class team on some exciting opportunities to bring the Treehouse Community closer together. Stay tuned! 😀

Outside of Treehouse, I have the joy of living life with my incredible wife, our 3 awesome kids, and our 2 cat furbabies. We love to make music, garden, cook, play games, and watch fun TV (any Avatar: The Last Airbender fans out there?)

While working, I love to listen to a variety of music - chill singer/songwriter vibes for when I'm focusing - upbeat pop tunes for when I need to tap into my creativity. For extra boost of focus and chill, I tend to gravitate to anything on the Meditative Mind YouTube channel.

You can connect with me on LinkedIn here. Looking forward to connecting with y'all!

Happy networking! :)

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Hey Everyone! I love listening to music when I'm coding. Typically its EDM or rock to get my mood boosted and me thinking.

I'm Tyler, a Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student I've been self studying a long time but a few months ago I decided to take my journey further and really dig in take a huge bite out of the developer world.

You can connect with me here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-degand-21252bb9/ Feel free to take a look at my website and dont be afraid to provide feedback! https://www.tylerdegand.com/

Hey Tyler! Love your website! I played the Phrase Hunter demo :-) I really like how you have brought out all technologies you used + live demo + github repo. Job well done!

Ryan Puffer
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Ryan Puffer
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Hello!

I'm Ryan Puffer. I'm making the transition from teaching to tech this year after about a year of teaching myself to code. I'm about 80% through the FEWD techdegree and planning to jump straight into FSJS when I finish. Trying to teach myself React right now too!

I listen to Lo Fi Hip Hop if I'm watching tutorials or literally anything else if I'm working on a project. Right now, I'm working my way through Weezer's catalog.

You can connect with me at [LinkedIn](www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-puffer/) or [Twitter](twitter.com/ryancpuffer). Also, check out my website at [ryanpuffer.com](www.ryanpuffer.com).

Nothing beats some good lo fi beats!

Ryan Mouser
Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Hey Ryan Puffer – awesome to meet you! Lo Fi is rad. Great work on your site!

Mark Ryan
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Mark Ryan
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Ooo this is fun!

I'm Mark. I completed the Python Web Dev Techdegree in February. Since then I've switched my learning into overdrive! I've been exploring JS, React, AWS, and Docker. Maybe a bit much all at once but I'm really enjoying it. I'm also focusing on job hunting! I started doing interviews 2 weeks ago. In addition to that I'm reaching out to my circle to see if I can build some projects. It's a strange time to be back on the market but I'm excited about it!

I like to mix things up when coding. Sometimes I need jazz, sometimes I need nature sounds, sometimes I like environment/ambient sounds (like coffee shops etc.). My main playlist for coding is a mixture of lo-fi/beats/instrumental stuff. I try to keep it limited to "digital" sounds or features. I've named the playlist Focus if you want to check it out on Spotify.

I like cameras! I spend a lot of time (well before I started coding I did) roaming around taking photos. I think I have to have a talk with myself about getting outside more.

Would love to connect with my fellow Treehouse members (Treehousers?). I'm in building-mode for both my portfolio website and my LinkedIn. I'll leave those below!

markryan.dev | LinkedIn

Mark Ryan, I love your portfolio man! Its nice and clean!

Hi Mark, nice to meet another Torontonian although I was born there I moved to the UK about 12 years ago, but wish I was home, quite frankly, as the UK gov. not coping well with CV19. Love your website - I'm just 30 days into coding so I've lots to learn. Take good care.

Mark Ryan
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Mark Ryan
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Hi, Lisa Robbie! Toronto is still awesome! Things were handled fairly well here re Covid over the spring and summer months. I think the real challenge is how we're going to protect students and teachers going back to school - there's a general nervousness leading up to it.

Love that you're so fresh into coding and the Treehouse experience. Python is super fun and easy. I think it's a great place to start. When you've got it, it's kind of like having a super power. Do a little bit every single day and DO NOT QUIT!

Walking down to the waterfront (HTO Park) for a wine/beer/cheese/everything picnic in a couple of hours. Stay safe over there in the UK!

I like your website, Mark. It's super stylish. I find myself listening to coffee shop ambient sounds now that I can't really go to a coffee shop very easily. Haha.

Wow...great website, Mark! Love the navigation and everything!

Ryan Mouser
Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Great to meet you, Mark Ryan! Thanks for sharing the playlist – will have to try it out!

Mark Ryan
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Mark Ryan
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Clinton Hays, thanks buddy! Ya man I miss coffee shops. I've literally started making cappuccinos myself (literally with a pot on the stove to froth etc.). Also, lots of cold brews.

Mark Ryan
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Mark Ryan
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Thanks, Nick Huemmer! The beard is a lot of maintenance! I also feel like it's too late to turn back - no one would recognize me without it. I sense you have a strong beard game yourself... let it out!

Mel Rumsey
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Mel Rumsey
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Icebreaker question: While I'm learning I have to have almost dead silence, but if I am just hacking away and building a game I like to listen to Learn To Code with Me or other podcasts. I also have this super awesome spotify playlist I'll throw on for a confidence booster.

Hi all I'm Mel. I've been a Treehouse student/Coder for about 4 months now and I am loving every minute of it

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melrumsey/ Feel free to connect with me, I am super active!

I just finished working on a Star Trek themed Space Shooter (still needs polished and added features) and am now working on a 3d first person shooter Play Voyage Through Space

I love going kayaking/hiking/rollerblading with my partner and pupper as often as possible. I love to watch baseball and of course CODE. I have recently discovered my passion for coding video games with C# and Unity.

Well done, Mel! It's been ages since I've played computer games - it was really fun! :)

That was super cool! Nice work.

Ryan Mouser
Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Hey Mel Rumsey – great to meet you! I totally understand needing the silence – there are times where I can't listen to music either if I'm writing something. Learn to Code with Me is a great podcast!

Also – wow! Amazing work on the Star Trek-themed game! Keep up the great work!

Ryan Carson
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Ryan Carson
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Hey there! I'm the Co-Founder and CEO of Treehouse 👋🏻😊

I'm currently enrolled in our Fullstack JavaScript Techdegree and while I'm coding, I love to listen to this album: Tron Legacy Soundtrack by Daft Punk

Nick Huemmer
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Nick Huemmer
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Hey Ryan! My son loves that album - when he was younger he would request it while we commuting into work/daycare. That album and the Minecraft soundtrack bring back sweet memories for me.

BTW: I enjoyed your interview with ChooseFI a few months ago. My wife and I are aspiring to FI and are almost there. We were inspired by the interview and it motivated me to do a career pivot and join Treehouse!

Ryan Mouser
Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Hey Ryan! Great to see you here – thanks for stopping by! 🎉 Will definitely have to check out that soundtrack.

Hi all, I'm Mike and am currently enrolled in the Full Stack program. Working on changing moving out of Test Automation into development.

When coding like listening to post rock/ambient music. Helps me concentrate. (www.linkedin.com/in/macdougallm)

Hi there, I'm Lisa and currently enrolled in Python Basics. It's my first foray into coding and I'm really enjoying it but find it really challenging. I've worked in TV and publishing, but currently out of work due to CV19 so trying to learn some new skills and try to forge a new career. Love the platform and thank you to the community for being so welcoming. Hope to meet lots of you. If you'd like to connect here are my details: Twitter, https://twitter.com/lisarobbie, and LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/lisarobbie

Hi Lisa! Python was my first taste of coding...I loved it. Can't wait to get back to it after I finish the FEWD TechDegree.

Hope you have a great coding journey!

Ryan Mouser
Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Awesome to have you here, Lisa! Sorry to hear about how CV19 has impacted your work. We're cheering you on as you embark on new adventures! Keep up the good work!

Hi All! I'm Wayne, I'm currently working through the full-stack Javascript course. I work in the education sector, I do love my job as a lead UX designer I have found a new passion for code. I like to listen to Jazz when I'm designing, here one of the background music I listen to on YouTube Jazz Music. Here my linkedin profile. So let's connect!

Rafael Dizon
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Rafael Dizon
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Hey everyone! My name is Rafael and I'm from Canada. I listen to this music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX6usZWiMAo when I'm coding because it boosts my focus and concentration. Currently, I'm working on the 5th project on the Full-stack JavaScript Techdegree. I have a one-year experience working as a web developer working on different stack. Feel free to connect with me https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-rafael-dizon-544833102/

Hey Rafael, nice to meet you. I started my journey on Full-stack Javascript this last Thursday how are you find the course?

Rafael Dizon
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Rafael Dizon
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Great to connect with you guys!

Wayne Hewitt -> The course is great. I have learned a lot about JavaScript in a few weeks and the projects are solid.

Hey Rafael! Nice to meet you. Enjoy your journey!

Frederick Bruce
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Frederick Bruce
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Hey everyone! My name is Frederick Bruce. I’m transitioning from retail to tech after a few years of working management at Gamestop.

Im currently working on Unit 3 of the FEWD techdegree. I love the program so far.

I personally find music to distract me so I tend to listen to podcasts about sports when I code.

I would love to network! You can connect with me on LinkedIn at linkedIn.com/in/frederick-bruce-b284245b. I am also on Twitter at twitter.com/Freddy_Dev.

Hey Frederick! Glad you're enjoying the program. Unit 4 (SASS) is where the real fun starts...in my humble opinion. It's a long journey, but definitely worth it.

Beau Hale
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🎧🎵- mostly rock led - muse || digital/edm like gramatik to rufus du sol || and jazzy hiphop beats.

Hi, im Beau!🧑🏻‍🚀 Lived in LA for 16 yrs then moved back home to San Diego 2 yrs ago. Decided to career jump from barber/stylist to dev. Me and my brother started coding 13months ago, Front-end. Completed Nucamp bootcamp, been doing TH the whole time and am seriously thinking about doing a techDegree! I work for a company (as a newb) for sunnybyte.com only because one of the partners is my friend.

www.linkedin.com/in/beau-hale-b1b66a1a6/

Im very good with people, clients, talking, socialization because of my last career. So i thought i would learn coding because i hear those are 2 very great skills to partner in tech and highly in demand...

I like to code, play COD, drum, snowboarding, cycling, rollerblading, socializing, music fest and concerts, hot tubs, gin&tonics and red wine!😜 Im also a hugger!!!

Hey Beau! It's Friday morning where I am...and now I'm just gonna be looking at my watch waiting for a 5 o'clock G&T. Haha!

Bo Jacober
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Great to see another Beau/Bo here! 😍

Beau Hale
Beau Hale
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Nice to meet you Clinton BO!!!!!!!! You're the 4th Bo i met and the only one to spell it that way(there can be only one!!! ⚡️⚔️)

I could probably read but where are you guys from?!?!

Currently calling South Korea home, myself. Looking forward to someday getting back stateside. Haha

Bo Jacober
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I'm in Portland, OR Beau Hale ! I have a vague memory of meeting another when I was younger -- but that might be the only one I've met in person. A lot of people tell me that their dog is named Beau/Bo 😂

Beau Hale
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Bo Jacober Thats hilarious cuz ive got the samething, ppl tell me: they love that name, theyre thinking of naming their son that and... thats their dogs name HAHA. I actually thought it would be a good girl name, like the little girl in "Signs". Maybe spell it Boe or something. How do you like Portland? What do u do for work brother?

Clinton Hays Wow you're in S.Korea?!?!? What the hell brought you there? And are you enjoying it?

Nick Huemmer
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Nick Huemmer
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Hi All, Nice to meet you. Hopefully, we can connect and build our network! There's such an interesting range in experience here. Here's my LinkedIn profile. Let's connect!

I listen mostly to Ambient, LoFi, Exospheres (look it up on Spotify), Space Music and Late Night Piano Jazz (another Spotify playlist). I also listen to brown noise as it helps me concentrate and blocks out noise from the kids😁. I can't do music with words as I find it distracting and I start to go off on daydream tangents.

Classic Rock (AC/DC, Rush, Led Zeppelin etc.), Old School Metal (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth), Old School Hip Hop (Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie etc.) Electronic and Jazz or my favorite genres of music.

I'm a Food Scientist and worked in the Food Industry for 17 years, most recently for Clif Bar. I could tell you all about processed food and have worked on everything from mac n cheese to frozen pizza to energy bars.

I decided to leave my career as a food scientist to spend more time raising my kids and explore other things I'm interested in doing. I have my own health coaching business and also do personal training (I'm a GMB fitness trainer).

I fell into the Front End Web Development program from trying to build my site for my Health Coaching business. I'm hoping to finish the FEWD TechDegree program by January, then look into Full Stack Development and or Python. I'm really excited to learn Python because you can use it to program robots!

My brother and I were just talking about Wu-Tang and ATCQ! Nothing like that late 90s jazz/hip-hop fusion.

Mark Ryan
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Mark Ryan
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Two solid playlists! I've added both. Any more like that? Can't forget the classics... I love coding to Pink Floyd sometimes if I'm feeling really creative.

Keep on keeping on with the coding. Learn it all! 🤖

Mark Ryan man...just now catching up on all these posts. How about MF Doom? Great beats, great rhymes. As for classic rock, Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin are go tos for me.

Hey everyone!

My name is Ave and I am currently in the process of switching careers to the tech industry. I have been coding on & off since 2017 but as of mid-May I quit my job and have dedicated myself to learn coding and have done it every day via #100DaysOfCode challenge via Treehouse. I am 4 days away from completing the challenge - it's day 96 today! Thank you, Treehouse, for this opportunity! :)

My 'first love' in programming languages is definitely Python and I have completed the Python track here on Treehouse. Currently I am looking into JavaSript, also on Treehouse. I have completed JS Basics and ExpressJS and moving on tomorrow with either React, Vue or Angular - have not decided yet.

When it comes to music...I like to code in silence just like Mel here. I do like listening to music when I'm driving :)

  • Some Python code samples can be found on my Github
  • Feel free to join my network on LinkedIn
  • Or follow me on Twitter

As coding means a lot of sitting behind the computer I like to cycle to keep myself in shape.

I also like to hang out in the Treehouse Community occasionally and keep my eye on fellow students to see if I can help them in coding challenges in any way. From my own experience I remember that the start can be a bit hard so it's good to have someone supporting you.

Feel free to connect with me! :)

Beau Hale
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Hey Ave! I want to learn Python next. I went thru React and its great. Vue is the easiest and Angular the hardest, apparently. Everyone tells me to go for React all the way because its most popular, most in demand, going to stick around for awhile, and all around great

Hey Beau!

Thanks for the advice! I've been reading different tech articles on those three JS frameworks and I've also understood that Angular is the hardest. I will most likely learn React next. We should definitely connect since if you want to learn Python next then maybe we can help each other out. I might have questions regarding React and you regarding Python. I am always happy to help if I have the answers! :)

Ryan Mouser
Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Hey Ave Nurme! Great to see you here – it's always great seeing your #100DaysOfCode updates each day. Keep it up!

Hey Ryan Mouser! Thank you for the good wishes & the support on Twitter! 3 more days to go and I have completed the challenge :-) It has been a great experience and I definitely recommend it to all the students.

Hi All!

I'm Clinton, I'm a little over halfway through the FEWD Techdegree here on Treehouse. I really love it! I plan on studying Data Analytics after I'm finished with the tech degree, my brother and I are hoping to start a social media and online management firm. I love coding...CSS and SASS are my favorite things to play around with.

When I'm watching tutorials or videos, I listen to jazz or lo-fi hip-hop. When I'm coding projects I listen to a lot of different things, but lately it's been Run the Jewels 4. Can't get over how good that album is.

We can connect on Linked In, which I still really need to update. Or check out my Github which I also need to customize a bit.

Good luck to everyone on their journeys!

Also...Snake Jazz...amirite?!

Nick Huemmer Haha! Get 'em indoctrinated early!

Bo Jacober
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Bo Jacober
Treehouse Staff

Hello everybody! My name is Bo, and I'm the Director of Marketing and Production here at Treehouse. Here's my LinkedIn profile. I'd love to connect with you!

When working and in a "get things done" mode, I prefer to listen to a Spotify playlist I made of movie soundtracks.

Right now we're working on some exciting new badges and features for Treehouse students, our next Festival (shh... don't tell anybody yet! 😉), and how we're reaching out to new communities about Treehouse learning. If there's every any feedback you want to offer to our team... reach out! My email is bo.jacober@teamtreehouse.com.

On a personal note, right now I'm reading Engines of Change, a book about notable automobiles in history and the impact they had on culture. It's fascinating. Even if you don't think you're a "car person," I recommend it. It's accessible and contains a lot of great information on basic automobile engineering.

Looking forward to connecting with you all!

Mark Ryan
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Mark Ryan
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Awesome idea for a playlist. It's super long but I've time! Checking that book out too (I've been out of control with Amazon book orders).

Ryan Mouser
Ryan Mouser
Treehouse Staff

Hey Bo! Great to see you here :D Great playlist - will have to try it out!