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Amanda Sands

Front-End Engineer
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About me

Life is full of surprises, and discovering my passion for software development has to be one of my favorite surprises so far.

Before Turing, I was a healthcare reimbursement specialist. I had to break down problems, collaborate with teammates and customers, and think on my feet on a daily basis. However, I wanted a career where I could work with a team to build something. I wanted more creativity, more potential for learning and growth.

On a whim, I decided to learn some basic coding during my maternity leave. I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. It felt like a puzzle and a creative exercise all in one. A few tutorials, classes, and coding apps later, I knew that it was time for me to change my career.

Software Development appeals to me because it is a collaborative, creative experience that combines form and function. There is a real joy in designing something that can give a user a great experience, from the logic that makes the application work, to the design that makes it easy to use. I'm looking forward to joining a team that puts the same value on this user experience as I do.

Preferred locations

  • Denver, CO
  • Lone Tree, CO
  • Boulder, CO
Open to other locations and/or remote work

Previous industries

  • Hospital & Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Primary/Secondary Education

Skills

  • Chai
  • Cypress
  • GitHub
  • JavaScript
  • Mocha
  • React
  • Slack

Currently learning

  • Angular

Projects

Pepper Picker

Pepper Picker

Project scope time 30 hours
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Pepper Picker is a great webpage for anyone who wants to enjoy the zen world of gardening. Peppers are a great way to get into gardening because they don’t take up much space, grow in a variety of environments, and are relatively easy to care for. Using this webpage, a user can browse through several pepper varieties and add their favorites to the My Peppers list. They can also click on a pepper's name to get more detailed information about the pepper. This webpage is pulling data from a hand-spun Express server that I created myself. So if your favorite pepper is missing, let me know so I can add it to the data set!

This project was completed in Mod 3 of Turing. It demonstrates mastery of React, React Router, Asynchronous JavaScript, and End to End testing using Cypress. This experience also allowed me to create User Personas that informed my design, and allowed me to keep the user experience at the forefront of my mind.

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Card Party

Card Party

Project scope time 30 hours
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Tools Used

  • CSS3
  • Cypress
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • Heroku
  • HTML5
  • Npm
  • React
  • TypeScript

Do you want to show your friends and family that you’re thinking about them, but you aren’t quite sure what to say? Liven up someone’s day with Card Party, the greeting card generator that provides a random joke or compliment to brighten someone’s day. Card Party allows a user to create a card with a compliment or joke. Once the user is finished writing their card, they can save it for reference. Or, they can print out a PDF with the card message and send it to the intended recipient. Once you’re finished with a saved card, the user can delete it with the click of a button.

This project was completed during Module 3 of Turing. The goal of this "Stretch Tech" project was to allow students to independently learn a new technology of their choosing. We selected Typescript, and implemented it in Card Party.

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Rancid Tomatillos

Rancid Tomatillos

Project scope time 50 hours
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Tools Used

  • CSS3
  • Cypress
  • GitHub
  • Heroku
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • React

For this project, we created a React application that allows users to browse through a collection of movies and see what peaks their interest. They may also sort movies from best to worst by rating, and vice versa with the click of a button. Users can click on a specific movie from the home page and the movie's details will render to a second page. The user can use the functional back arrow or click the Home button to return to the home page.

This project was created during Module 3 of Turing. The learning goals were to be able to differentiate between class and functional components, create multi-page applications using router, and learn how to test React components using Cypress.

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