Time to write!

Well, it has been awhile! The title of the post has two meanings. The first is for my excitement at the chance to write a new blog post. My time has been limited due to work and family. My son was born! He now has a clean bill of health from our doctors but we had to admit him to the hospital for 10 days. That was pretty taxing on the whole family and I was coding into the wee hours in the hospital room. This was a time I won’t soon forget as I learned a lot about javaScript, and that pretty much explains the second meaning, that I actually have a little time this weekend to put some experiences into words.

With that, I’ll get started!

Long nights at the hospital were made bearable thanks to TheNetNinja’s javaScript Tutorials. I was able to get a good grasp on some new (and old) concepts and I anointed myself “done” with beginner tutorials It gave me the gumption to start the Random Quote Machine for freeCodeCamp.com‘s intermediate projects, which I have since completed.

CodePen – Random Quote Machine

I was very happy with it on the desktop but when I view it on my cell phone, I realize it is not responsive and the text is too large. I’m looking into media queries now to address this issue (which I will also incorporate into my Show Local Weather project, below).

CodePen – Show Local Weather – I am trying to understand why it doesn’t look right on CodePen, but it looks good on my own site:

Hosted site – Show Local Weather – Looks good here on my iphone6.

I only have the unit conversion functionality left to code and that shouldn’t be too difficult. PLEASE give me some feedback on my projects, I can use all the design ideas I can get!  Thanks again for reading!


My two-week cheat-sheet

Today is day 14 of my #100DaysOfCode. I feel like I have learned a lot and  progressing at a good pace. My wife and I added another child to the family so as can be expected, that had me doing only the 1hr minimum for a few days. I am back in full swing now and want to share what I’ve found helpful so far. At this point I feel good about HTML and CSS. Now, I’m no expert in either one yet, but feel very comfortable and can easily pull off simple tasks. I also know where to find the information I need when I run into something new. With JavaScript, I’ve only scratched the surface. I have messed around with it in the past and learned a little in a course I had last year (very little).

Below are the tutorials I have been using up to this point. I feel like these 4 have given me a good understanding of HTML and CSS:

For JavaScript I have used the below:

  • freeCodeCamp Basic JavaScript – Good intro to JS.
  • Gordon Zhu’s Practical JavaScript – Highly suggest this free course. Ties together a lot of loose ends from other tutorials.

With these tools I have been able to create some decent sites. These are my learning core to this point. I still have codecademy’s JavaScript modules to go through. Once completed my plan is to really start the grind on building some websites for my portfolio. I have signed up for #30Days30Sites and have been experimenting with GitHub so that I can post all of my sites there.

Sites for freeCodeCamp – My codepen profile

I have more sites I have worked on locally and will upload those to codepen in the next few days.