My new blog home is classycodes.com and i’ll continue chronicling my coding adventures there! Thanks so much for your comments and for following me as I expand my skillset. That’s what life is all about…;-) I look forward to chatting with you at my new home!
and I am so excited to share I taught myself how to review code to fix glitches that were making my blog posts appear funky. I think I even did my happy dance when I made sure the code worked afterwards…
The past two weeks I’ve learned so much. I have one pending project in my RWD class, my wordpress site is about to launch and in my Ruby class am writing scripts. It’s amazing what I’ve learned not only through Skillcrush but also through my own trail and error. One day last week I was struggling with a code for a little bit and refused to give up. It was a different experience teaching myself to code before Skillcrush and now that I see coding differently. Coding takes patience, attention to detail, focus and a forward thinking mentality. “What’s my goal?”, “What do I want this script to do?” Is there a more efficient way to write this script?” Lucky for me, I was able to practice a lot of these skills when I was in journalism but coding definitely demands you move things up a notch. Good thing I can do it.
Howdy coders! so excuse my absence…It was my first week of taking classes at Skillcrush and what a week it was! Feeling I needed more interaction when learning Ruby on Rails, I enrolled in Skillcrush’s Ruby on Rails blueprint which has been awesome so far! There’s video instruction, plenty of background on the language and assignments you can complete to test your progress. In addition to going through course materials, you can also interact with students at Mightybell, an online education portal which houses Skillcrush student communities. Here students post assignments and ask questions of teachers. Whenever a new comment from a teacher or a student is posted, you receive a notification via email. Even though I am entering, I can say there hasn’t been one moment I’ve been lost or stuck and couldn’t connect with someone from Skillcrush to help me. So far I feel like I made the best decision to enroll.
But I am just not taking one blueprint. Am brushing up on my HTML/CSS via their web designer program and venturing deeper into WordPress with their WordPress Developer Blueprint. I am also learning about Responsive Web Design.I decided to take multiple blueprints to immerse myself in my new field and since this is going to a second career for me, I feel like I have some catching up to do — and very glad and grateful to be able to do so. I am also still going in and out of Codecademy because the way I see it, there’s no such thing as too much exposure at the very beginning of the journey. My goal is to land a full-time position coding and or/a variety of freelance projects before the end of the year! Perhaps that’s a large goal but hey, I’ve always been the type of girl that goes big or goes home. Am excited to tackle my second week!
So far it’s been both exciting and challenging going through Ruby…I am 41% through Codecademy’s program and between methods, hashes, and loops, my mind I think is growing leaps and bounds😉 At least that’s how it feels when I figure something out…Now ask me how it feels when I am stuck! I have to literally walk away from my lovely comp for a tiny break and vow that I won’t get back up until iwhatever problem I have is solved. My husband is having a field day as I learn coding. He’s in tech as he makes digital maps and absolutely loves his job. Today I took a tiny break from coding to do some HTML/CSS work. Since HTML and Ruby are so different, it’s not an issue to toggle between the two but not to fear, tomorrow Ruby and I go back at it. Good night folks!
After an eventful day getting acquainted with Ruby via Codecademy, its great to wind down before bedtime! I am a new coder, very excited to join the scene and inspired to do so by Josh Kemp, a coder whose blog I stumbled upon last night! His story of how be became a coder when his background was in blacksmithing and horses is amazing. He’s had such great success transitioning and is very honest it seems about the bumps he encountered on the road to becoming versed in Ruby. I am excited to get started.
While it’s been a long day, I didn’t want it to end without my launching my blog. Today was a big day, as my background is not in tech, but in journalism. Aside from writing very basic code for an html assignment in college, I knew nothing about writing programming code–that was until today. After a few days of research, I found the best way for me to venture into the IT world. In 2 days, I completed the SkillCrush 10-day bootcamp, and immediately jumped into Codecademy’s Rails course. I get learn at my own place and I reinforce lessons learned as many times as I want. My goal is for this blog to not only keep me accountable but also if any coding noobs want to reach out with any questions (as I intend to to more seasoned coders), I am here. Not at all as an expert as I am just starting out, but as someone who is picking up a new skillset!
It’s been a long day, as I am completely immersing myself in Ruby so am calling it a night. I will aim to blog 3-4 times a week as I continue to complete my course! Good night.