Picture of the Software Engineer,  Michel Washburn Jr
Picture of the Software Engineer,  Michel Washburn Jr

Michael Washburn Jr

Software Engineer

Michael Washburn Jr

Software Engineer | Homebrewer

About Me

Hi, my name’s Mike, and I’m a software engineer and avid homebrewer who loves to build products, solve tough technical challenges, and also brew a good beer!

I have experience in full-stack web app development, technical leadership, and project management. I’m currently working remotely from New Hampshire's White Mountains region as a Software Engineer at HubSpot

I love working remotely and sharing my experiences with those who are new to the software engineering field or with anyone passionate about building software products.

Michael Washburn Jr

Why I Started This Blog

I started this blog back in 2015 when I was still in school getting my Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. My friends and I had started our web app development careers using the Django web framework for Python. Naturally, once we knew how to build out a whole web app, we started experimenting more with building side-projects. I was the first to crack the code of how to actually deploy a Django app in a scalable way, so I wrote a blog post (Django Server Setup) that detailed the exact steps I took in order to deploy these apps for the public to use. 

Since then, I've had several internships and co-ops at places ranging from small high-tech consulting companies to huge defense contractors like Lockheed Martin. After I graduated from school I worked for a ground-based radar company focused on detecting drones. I got to learn a lot about modern frontend software development in this role and took the opportunity to get our internal tools on the latest and greatest frameworks such as React.js. Eventually, that company was merged into its parent company (a large defense contractor) and I took the opportunity to look for new jobs which led me to HubSpot.

Along that journey, I've been sharing what I've learned in my blog as I've stumbled upon concepts I thought were really important to share. I've gained a lot of experience in many areas, including:

  • Full-stack web app development
  • Mobile app development
  • Database design
  • UX design
  • Project management
  • Product research
  • Collaboration
  • Technical leadership

What I write about

Nowadays, I use my blog to write interesting content on engineering as I think about it. I try to focus on two areas: Tutorials on software frameworks and best practices, including general advice on building software products and good product ownership.

Through the years, I've gained a lot of insight into the various areas of web development. In particular, my more technical posts focus on:

  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Python
  • Django
  • And more!

Moving forward, I'll be using my blog to share whatever is on my mind, whether it's about engineering, homebrewing, or conservation (a subject I care a lot about).