Week 29 Recap, BUIDL

Week 29 Recap, BUIDL

By Mike Bivens | Journey to Web3 | 29 Aug 2022

This week I wanted to try and focus on some auxiliary skills like building product roadmaps and improving my networking activities. I found some success in this and I did build my first roadmap that will help guide production for TheDrop (you'll find it below). It was a light week while I worked on getting used to the new normal now that the move and vacation was over. Next week should include quite a bit more code writing again but for now I'm happy with what I completed and I'd say that's the most important thing.

What I've been learning this week:

  • Designing product roadmaps
  • Understanding git under the hood
  • Smart contract security risks
  • Smart contract development tips

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In this week's recap:

This Week:

  • Supportive Content
  • Polygon BUIDL IT
  • TheDrop
  • Job Search 
  • BuildBear
  • What's Next

Supportive Content

Reading articles and watching videos to learn, review, and research.

Best Practices for Product Roadmap —Jeff Lash

The Quick Guide to Creating a Proper Product Roadmap

Introduction to product roadmaps

Epicenter Hosts – Is the Ethereum Roadmap the Right Path for Eth Holders?

Understanding Git

Git from the Bottom Up – Blobs and Trees


Solana and Nomad are hacked, while US senators push for tax-free crypto transactions

Yanni Giannaros: Crypto’s Payment Stack

Tom Waite & Jamie Rumbelow @ Fei Protocol || DAO Talk Interviews #8

Security 101. Reentrancy Attacks

Solidity Interview Challenge — Breakdown

Solidity tips and tricks to save gas and reduce bytecode size

Polygon BUIDL IT

The hackathon has ended and the project was submitted. I would have liked to see this project much further along than what it is now but given how difficult it was to find the time during the hackathon for both of us on the team I won't complain too much. It is what it is and we are choosing to pursue the development of the project until we have something that works. The name for the project in these articles will be changed to "Community Funding" from here on out to reflect the fact that the hackathon is over. 


Github Repo


My efforts for TheDrop this week were entirely focused on building a roadmap for development that I'll give a sneak preview here before it comes out in the newsletter this coming week. This was my first product roadmap, I've built roadmaps for organizations before but these have never been created with a programming focus and assessing what could be built with available tools and technical knowledge so I had to do research on building roadmaps before I could finish. This was a great exercise for me and provided value around creating a development cycle and using perspective on a tool that I was building. As with any roadmap, things can change and move around and items could be added or deleted, but as of now this is how I intend to build out the tools available with TheDrop.


Github Repo

Project Website

Job Search 

This week I spent some of the dedicated job search time networking in different communities and looking for other opportunities of interest. I was able to add a few listings to my tracker that I will follow up with next week. I also put in a couple of applications and checked in on some of the previous applications for any activity. 


A dev friend of mine reached out and asked for me to dive into a tool he's been building called BuildBear and provide some feedback. I spent some time working with the tool and reviewing the documentation to try and provide some helpful feedback. This exercise was helpful in that I had the opportunity to work with a new tool and to try and assess a dev tool to understand it and look for how to improve something in development. I provided the feedback I could build but I intend on testing out the Community Funding project with BuildBear to see what other feedback I can come up with.

What's Next?

The next week will be much heavier on coding, albeit with the long holiday weekend I will be taking some time for family. I should be touching on every project I currently have open; TheDrop and Community Funding will see most of the coding efforts as WAGMI is more in a community building phase and RW3 is back in the hands of the project partner. Additional content like podcasts and articles will be heavy on security and DAO stuff. I've got my eyes set on the project I would like to build for the next hackathon so the stretch goal this next week if I need a break from this stuff, will be to do some system design thinking to start preparing for that event.

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Mike Bivens
Mike Bivens

Blockend Dev | He/Him Founder of WAGMI Squad & TheDrop

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