My history as a developer
I have a computer engineering degree (BS, Michigan State university, 2010). When I graduated, I was about at the same level as most fresh CS graduates: strong on theory but not much practical experience. My first post-college job was as a "controls design engineer". I spent three years programming industrial computers (mostly Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs and HMIs for factories). It was a good experience, I learned a lot, and got pretty good at it, but it was industry-specific --I wasn't getting any marketable experience outside of the narrow field that my first job happened to be in. The next several years I spent building things, taking care of my daughter and writing. This was largely personal time, and although the gap on my resume may raise some eyebrows, I did things that were important to me, and I have no regrets. Later, I left the United States. I lived in Latvia for a while, and am currently  in Odessa, Ukraine.
I currently teach English, but I still occassionally feel drawn to programming. I am not a software developer. But, I do have some skills and experience, and sometimes think it would be a good idea to "get back in the saddle" and get a technical job again. If and when I do, the proof will be here and in the timestamps on my Github projects.
The following sections describe software I have written. To anyone curious, most of the code is available on Github.
My second React project, "SIMON" was made for freeCodeCamp's frontend course. I had "simple, mobile-first, responsive" in mind as I designed it. I made heavy use of promises and ES6 syntax, and used SVG and web-audio for the animation and sounds. The code can be found in my github React repository.
"freeCodeCamp.org" prescribes a course and a series of projects, and on successful completion of the project the user has a portfolio of projects to point to as proof of their skill. This provides a solution to the classical paradox, "you can't get a job without experience, but you can't get experience without a job". I never finished the curriculum, but it was a good experience, and I'm proud of some of the projects I completed. For example, You can view my overall freeCodeCamp status in my profile.