About

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This little corner of the internet is dedicated to Student and Junior Software Engineers. Entering any industry for the first time can be tough, especially one where your triumphs and mistakes can have such an impact on those making use of your software.

The Green Coder is a weekly news letter published by a Senior Software Engineer. It's tailored to giving those new to the profession some key advice and direction on how to get the most out of your early years in the industry.

About the Author

Elliot Blackburn is a Senior Software Engineer, currently working   Just Eat Takeaway.com - a FTSE 100 company. He came into the industry through the traditional route of University in the UK and now lives and works in Bristol, UK.

Over the years Elliot has mentored a number of Junior Engineers towards the next step in their careers and built up a wealth of experience in the tech industry. On the side Elliot stays well connected with current students through the GitHub Campus Expert programme, which he is an alumni of, as well as giving guest lectures at universities and schools.

Through The Green Coder he hopes to help students and junior engineers in the first steps in the industry. He wants to see them succeed, achieve the growth they desire, and raise the bar in the industry.

Sponsorship & Partnerships

If you'd like to work with The Green Coder in some sort of sponsorship or partnership, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Every week a new issue is published and emailed to all subscribers, the issue will have a single focus on a particular topic that week. The issues alternate between "soft skills" and technical topics with a smattering of Q&A when the time feels right.

With your subscription you unlock access to all past content which you can refer back to at any time on this site. Each new issue will be emailed directly to your inbox with the idea that it gives you a point in the middle of the week to reflect on the particular topic.

The conversation doesn't stop there though, my inbox is always open, just hit reply to any of the newsletters!

What day do you send out the new edition?

Usually on a Wednesday, although this is a "one man band" kind of setup so some weeks it may be slightly early or slightly later.

Will students benefit from this?

Absolutely, while much of the writing in these newsletters assume you've just started, there's no harm on getting a head start and thinking forward. There shouldn't be much that you miss, except your experience of what is discussed may tail behind reading about it for the first time.

Can I cancel my subscription?

Absolutely, we use Stripe to do the billing and you can cancel your subscription any time by logging into your members profile on this site. Once you've cancelled your subscription you will no longer recieve the main weekly newsletter and you will lose access to the archive, but you can restart your subscription any time.

Is there a discount for students?

At the moment this is in a "beta" phase so the price has been kept super low to keep it accessible. At the same time, the lights need to be kept on for this to keep running. Currently there is no special discounts available for students but the semi-regular Q&A issues available for free.

What's up with the name?

To be "Green" is to be new to something. It's a common English expression to call someone "Green" to note that they're new to something. If you're a Junior Engineer, you can think of yourself as "Green" like a fresh plant shoot.