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Negative experiences to positive ones, Headless APIs, and more...

Published 10 months agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Long time no see! Before you close the email, or worse - unsubscribe (πŸ˜”), take a few minutes to read the email. You'll learn something you can apply when life throws you into unexpected situations, or at least you might get some motivation.

After being laid off from my last job, I de-prioritized content creation and focused entirely on coding. I spent most of my time working on ​iCodeThis.com ​and honing my technical skills. That's why I didn't send an email in such a long time.

Losing my job could've caused me to fall into depression and despair. After all, these are not great times to be unemployed. I didn't expect it and wasn't prepared for it. It wasn't a great feeling, but I asked myself how to turn this into a positive experience.

So, I tried to look at it from another angle. It allowed me to do something I wanted to do for a long time - code and create content full-time by myself. I always wanted to try it but never dared to throw myself into the unknown. I never felt "ready". So, now was the time to give it a go.

And I'm glad it happened the way it happened. I wouldn't have had the courage to quit myself and pursue it. But now that I did, I learnt that being on your own is not all fun and games. And most importantly - I'm not ready for it… yet. These 4 and a half months on my own helped me:

- realize that I'm not ready to go on my own

- learn how to deal with uncertainty and limited resources

- become a better developer since I went back to coding full-time

Even though it was a bad situation, I turned it into a positive experience that helped me grow my skills and learn something about myself. If you're in a similar situation, try to see how you can turn it into a positive experience.

Headless APIs instead of backend apps?

In the past month, I had the opportunity to check out the Headless solutions from Wix. They're Headless APIs that you can use instead of building your backend from scratch. Yes, you heard that right - Wix allows you to do that. 😊

One such example is the eCommerce API that allows you to manage orders, inventory, shipping and finances without having to write a single line of code. It provides payments, checkouts and automated sales taxes. However, there're other APIs, such as bookings, events, pricing plans, and more. You can integrate these APIs into your applications using APIs and SDKs.

The Headless APIs are excellent alternatives to building custom backend applications from scratch. They help you save resources (time and finances), speed up the development process, and save you lots of headaches. I wrote more about it here - Rethink Full-Stack Development: Is a Custom Backend the Best Choice?​

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Hi! I'm Catalin

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