I found this to be a great read. It is nice that my transferable skills of empathy in communication, time and stress management, and keeping things in perspective are seen as the top three. Any thoughts on the article?
Today I completed the following:
- I completed the HTML and CSS course at CodeCademy!
- I started the Ruby on Rails tutorial by Michael Hartl and worked through “Chapter 1, From zero to deploy”
I also did a little bit of work on this site. I originally went with hosting at 1and1.com, but I really despised their control panel. I decided to switch to Nixihost and I really like them so far. Great price and Cpanel. It works. I also set up Askimet and poked around a bit more in the Themes. I hate picking a good theme. Too many to chose from.
Here is what I accomplished tonight:
- Set up this blog at a new host, moving from WordPress.com to nickqueen.com (I have had the domain for YEARS so should use it, i figure.) My plan is to track my progress here, set up my portfolio at the domain and also a resume.
- Completed the “HTML STRUCTURE: USING LISTS” lessons at CodeCademy. I really want to get to working on Ruby on Rails, but I need to brush up on the fundamentals. This lesson included the HTML Basics II and setting up a Social Networking Profile using HTML. Again, pretty simple and I recognize it all, but a brush up is helpful. The progress on the lesson says I am at 27%.
- Meanwhile, I did do the initial setup tasks at Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails tutorial so that everything would be ready once I get there. This involved signing up for a free account at Cloud9 and setting up the initial workspace.
The goal of this blog, and my pursuing of a web development education, is to change careers. I have already been to college. I have a Master in Social Work. I also have two Bachelor Degrees in Secondary Education. I do not want to spend money on another degree. I make good money now but I do not feel fulfilled in life. So, I want to move ahead and do so on my own.
So far I have made a few decisions:
First, I have decided to focus on Ruby on Rails.
Second, I am going through CodeCademy’s Web Fundamentals course. Basically this is an introduction to HTML and CSS. I used HTML in the past, and I am a bit familiar with CSS as well, but the refresher is good. I am halfway through the HTML Basics II course in this.
For those curious what I am listening to and reading to set my roadmap, check out the following:
- StartHere.fm – a great podcast that is inspiring for those setting out on a self-study course.
- Joshua Kemp – He wrote No Degree, No Problem and after reading through it I decided on Ruby on Rails and a few other decisions.
- Quit Law and Code – I figure if a lawyer can make this decision, so can a social worker!