Days 84 to 92: Continuing with the Ruby on Rails tutorial… and some CSS!

So, my apologies on the slow updating here. I am still alive and moving forward. A couple of life events slowing me down, the usual being work, allergies and a horrible toothache but I am still working on my career change. A quick update on the progress:

  1. I completed a few CSS courses at Treehouse. I am rusty on it and wanted to get an update. I finished these:

Getting Started with CSS Badge


Basic Selectors badge

I will continue with this as I want a pretty solid front-end foundation despite my aim being back-end.

2. I finished chapters 5 and 6 in Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails tutorial. I am over halfway finished with it. I will be starting projects at that point!

Days 76 through 83: Catching Up on Posting But I’ve Been Studying!

Sorry to go missing from here, but I’ve remained busy. Allergies and such have been¬†wreaking havoc on me, but I have continued studying Ruby on Rails Tutorial through Michael Hartl. I am currently halfway through Chapter 5 and I am learning a lot and really enjoying it.

I also just had my first interview through SparkHire. This was a unique experience. Its a one-way interview where you record your answers to questions. If I pass this part of the interview process I then move on to an in-person interview. Very exciting. I will be switching gears for a bit to brush up on my CSS skills at Treehouse.

Day 64, 65 and 66: Podcasting, Finishing AJAX and Working on Object Oriented JavaScript

Its been a busy last few days. First, on the personal front, I went on vacation starting Friday. Yay!

I recorded the Developer Soup podcast this past Friday. It was on choosing a programming language.

And since then I have destroyed a slew of badges on Treehouse. Here goes:

jQuery and AJAX badge

AJAX and APIs badge

Introduction to Methods badge

Constructor Functions and Prototypes badge

Prototypal Inheritance badge

I will continue on tomorrow.

Day 61: Continuing with AJAX

Well, another stage is done!

Programming AJAX badge

I learned the frustration of putting code that is supposed to run in a for loop outside of that loop. Once I caught it, the a-ha moment was overshadowed by the good 30 minutes of pulling out my hair.

Day 58: Another Course Down and Starting the Next One

So, I was able to complete another course at Treehouse. This one was on jQuery plugins and concerned going implementing 3 different plugins on a site. Here is the last badge:

Using a jQuery Carousel badge

And then I went through the introduction of the next course which is Interactive Web Pages with JavaScript. The first stage, which I completed, is:

JavaScript and the DOM badge

Also, this week I joined Alex Gwartney in starting a new podcast, Developer Soup. We will be discussing our journey into web development and what we are doing along the way. Have a listen to the first episode!

Day 56 and 57: #Codenewbie Chat, Applying for Job, Super MeetUp and Some Studying

The last two days have been a little crazy. Yesterday I almost finished the jQuery plugin course at Treehouse. By the way, I also finally settled down and figured out the flow of learning at Treehouse. See here:


Maybe I’m wrong. Treehouse will hopefully set me straight if so. Anyways, I would have finished if not for getting distracted into first applying for a job and second the Code Newbie chat. Both were welcome diversions. I really enjoy the opportunities to go on Twitter and meet and chat with fellow learners. I always learn something and make new friends.

Today, I ended up going out and meeting others in person at the Baltimore Super Meetup. This is an event where Baltimore gets all the tech Meetups in the area together, serve them pizza and free beer and everyone gets to meet their fellow developers, designers, et cetera. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Also got to hand out my resume to a few people in the area.

Tomorrow I will be joining Alex Gwartney, of The Journey Of A College Programmer, in the new podcast Developer Soup. It will be a discussion of the journey of those of us in the learning trenches trying to make it into the hustle and bustle of the tech community. Be sure to drop by and have a listen!

Day 55: Three More Badges from Treehouse!

I was able to complete three more badges today from Treehouse! Let’s take a look:

The first was Tracking Data Using Objects, which reminded me a lot of hashes in Ruby. I think I understand both better now!

Tracking Data Using Objects badge

I next moved on to jQuery plugins. I completed jQuery Basics awhile ago. The first achievement was Introducing jQuery Plugins. It seems simple enough, but I can also see how it can get complicated when adding them to a complex page.

Introducing jQuery Plugins badge

and finally, Add a Sticky Navigation Bar. I like that this course is giving a few examples of plugins to add before moving on.

Add a Sticky Navigation Bar badge