Ryan J. Yost

Hi, I'm Ryan. I live and work in Chicago as a Front End Engineer. I'm always building side projects and write JavaScript-related tutorials that help folks build things, too.

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Things I've built

React SPA Starter

Fully-featured boilerplate for single-page React applications. Comes with automated AWS resource provisioning and CI/CD configurations.

boilerplate

Movie Medium

A game where you predict the Rotten Tomatoes scores of upcoming movies. Play with friends on GroupMe or coworkers in Slack (available in the Slack app marketplace).

View frontend and backend code on GitHub
moviemedium

DepChecker

Analyzes a project’s package.json file and generates a detailed report about the state of its npm dependencies.

View frontend and backend code on GitHub
depchecker

React Simple Storage

Simple component and helper functions for using web storage with React.

simpleStorage

News Sites Scraper

A Node.js program that screenshots and scrapes links from dozens of news sites. It uploads the images to a CDN and saves the scraped data and CDN response to a MongoDB database.

First Job Finance

Tools and checklists to help adults-in-progress stress less about their personal finances.

fjf

DOM Events Playground

A site for learning and playing around with DOM events

domEvents

Skills, concepts and familiar tech

General

JavaScript
ES6 / ES7
Async/Await
npm
Git
Bash
Webpack
ESLint
JSDoc
Babel

Front End

React
Redux
React Native
Emotion
Styled Components
Sass/SCSS
Storybook
Responsive Design
Bootstrap
Material UI
HTML5
CSS3
jQuery

Back End

Node
Express
MongoDB
Mongoose
Puppeteer
Hapi.js
Redis

Testing

Mocha
Chai
Jest
Cypress

Concepts

REST API
CI/CD
Agile/SCRUM
Technical Writing
Testing
Authentication

Tools

GitHub
Bitbucket
Jira
AWS (Certified Cloud Practitioner)
CircleCI
Heroku

Things I've written

Redux-Saga tutorial for beginners and dog lovers

Build a simple app that fetches dog images using React, Redux & Redux-Saga

published on Hacker Noon

How to build fully responsive React apps with nothing but inline styles and JavaScript

A tutorial for devs sick of chaotic stylesheets and media queries.

published on codeburst
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About Me

Background

I started working at a financial advisory firm in Chicago right after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2015 with majors in Economics and German.

Not long after, I began to build a Wordpress site to share and discuss interesting articles, books and podcasts with my virtual book club. I became obsessed with customizing the design, implementing new functionality and simply building something from nothing.

Over the next year and a half, I spent my mornings, nights and weekends learning and coding as much as I could. I built a portfolio of fun and challenging projects to gain practical, technical experience. I also became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional during that time.

I landed my first developer job in early 2018 at an IT company and have been loving it ever since.

Outside the 9 to 5

A lot of my free time is spent building side projects, playing with new tech and participating in the community by writing tutorials and attending the occasional meetup (gave my first talk in January of 2020!). I really love software development, so work and play are often mixed.

I also enjoy movies, staying active, good podcasts, taking improv classes, spending time with friends and going on at least one adventure a year. The most recent one was scuba diving in Grand Cayman, where I saw some sharks and a huge eel, swam through absolutely beautiful coral reefs and did my best not to get crushed by the boat in rough waters!