Showtime at ACLTC!

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I survived an adrenaline and nerve filled day. The showcase of our capstone projects at Anyone Can Learn to Code. The entire room was quite a buzz the whole 2.5 hours. I received so much positive feedback and interest in my application/site – it was great!

If you have been following along and reading this blog I think you deserve the first look at my screencast promoting my capstone project – ‘Volunteer Management System’…. yes I know, I know I need a snazzy name and I’m working on it. I’m very open to suggestions. So if anyone views this screencast and has some naming ideas please share! I’m very open to suggestions at this point.

I honestly was so focused on the logic and functionality of my site I didn’t even consider the marketability factor which some think is really high… so huzzah! Although I am quite proud of my accomplishment completing this course I am well aware of how much I have to learn. It is my hope that my coding skills will continue to grow and that I am provided with the opportunities to evolve into a capable developer.

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Sabbatical from Ruby

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So we’ve taken a brief sabbatical from ruby coding to plunge into HTML and CSS. I completely understand this from having some frontend experience but there are always tips, trick, shortcuts, and things to learn. We are using Bootstrap and possibly even going to build using themes… I’m very interested to see how the professionals do this. ┬áThere is someone in my class that has made a 20 year career as a frontend developer. I have struggled with themes in the past finding the right one that does not require me to keep hacking away at it can be a challenge and I’ve often wondered whether or not I should even bother using them. This part of the bootcamp is much more intuitive for me but I understand the value of being a full stack developer, this is what I am aiming for…

Which is why I am taking full advantage of this Memorial Day break to learn even more Ruby. I never completed my Connect Four game and am quite sad about that…. I get completely lost in the syntax. At the end of this bootcamp if I am not completely confident in back end skills I am sure I’ll have front end mastered…so there’s that!

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Found here: http://blog.backand.com/frontend-backend-dev/

Found this image on another blog sometime ago… my biggest pet peeve is falling into stereotypes… notice that the frontend developer is a woman. It might also be noted that frontend developers are paid less and considered less technical. So that honestly might be some of my motivation! That being said, they both have their pros and cons. I’m happy to know that I will have the opportunity to be either at this point.

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