New mac! Pre work! And future video updates?

I figured after the last post, this one will be pretty anti-climactic regardless of what I put… So why even bother right?!

Well I’ll give it a try anyway. I don’t have too much new material to share in terms of what I’ve been learning. Just been continuing to plug away at the pre-coursework. Gaining more exposure to the command line, Javascript, and Github. Continuing to learn these has been fun and I’m starting to feel like I’m making some real progress in terms of having valuable skills. I realize I’m VERY far behind anything that would be hire-able, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a bit proud of the progress I’ve made so far!

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Big announcement!

So I’ll get right to it!  If you clicked you’re probably curious what these big plans are and why I’m leaving Denver.  Here goes!

 

After messing around on my own the past few weeks and having a good time with it all, I want to take the next step and take my education further.  I’ve had a blast learning on my own and I think I’ve made some good progress so far, but I think I’ll really thrive in a more structured learning environment with a set curriculum.

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Sean’s first website!

So here’s a Monday update for ya! Up until recently, I’ve spent the majority of my time “learning” primarily by one of two ways. It’s been either a) having directions fed to me and then I copy the code given and reproduce a pre-established project. Or b) looking at other peoples’ basic projects and copying their code and then manipulating their code to customize it to fit what I wanted to create.   Both have had their benefits, but both felt very limiting as well.

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New things!

So after all was said and done, I lied!  I lied to myself and to all my dear and loyal followers!  I really did mean to update more often.  Life has a funny way of getting in the way of the most well-intentioned plans.

Although on the positive side, just because I haven’t posted in a bit doesn’t mean I’ve been idle!  In the past few weeks, I’ve finished another mini-project on Codecademy which exposed me to a variety of new skills such as Bootstrap, had my step-father work on fixing up my laptop, downloaded Microsoft Visual Studio, and messed around with html5 Boilerplate.

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Mission: Complete! (Sort of)

So regrettably, it’s been about a month and a half since my last update.  But that doesn’t mean I’ve been idle the past 5 weeks!  Remember that remaining 4% of the Codecademy HTML/CSS course I hadn’t completed?  Well it’s done.  (And if you don’t remember, thanks for not completely internalizing all of my progress updates over the past 2 months.)  Here’s a screen shot to prove it!

 

HTMLprogress

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HTML! HTML! HTML!

So about a year and a half ago, I figured I’d give this programming thing a shot. I started then with HTML/CSS stuff on a few recommendations. I focused solely on using Codecademy’s HTML/CSS for beginners course. I remember actually really enjoying what I was doing. There was something neat about writing a bunch of seemingly random greater-than and less-than signs and getting something that sort of resembles a web page. The thing that really grabbed me was the idea of italicizing or bolding stuff. For instance, say someone was creating a blog post, and they wanted a word or phrase to be bold. They just hit CTRL+B and type their word(s), hit CTRL+B again when they’re done, and boom! They’ve got a bolded word.

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First “Meetup”

“Do not get stuck in the ‘two post dead blog’ moratorium.”  I was given that advice recently, so I figured I’d take it and update on my latest progress.

It’s been a hectic few days including a move into a new apartment, lots of Frisbee, and overtime hours at the regular day job. All that said, I still managed to hit my first “meetup.” Being a social guy and loving to talk to people, I figured I’d enjoy a more social approach to learning. So I downloaded the app, “Meetup” and signed up for a bunch of coding/programming/hacking meetups. I get notifications each time I sign up and each time someone posts something in the groups. RIP Gmail inbox. The best part about all (or at least most) of these things, they’re 100% free. To anyone in the Denver area at all interested, the Denver Public Library has a pretty cool list of sessions of available, including a 4 week intro program on Javascript. I’ll definitely be heading to the library quite a bit in the next few months.

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Dragon abducts cat!

Okay!  So I created my first thing with scratch.  It’s horrendous, took me far too long, and makes no sense.  But I’m damn proud of it.  I tried to attach the file right here, but hopefully you can click this link and it’ll take you to the Scratch page.

It could be smoother and I imagine I could have used the drag and drop tools in a better manner.  The cat looks physically challenged when “walking.”  I wasn’t really sure if putting it in a forever loop was a good idea or if my method of “resetting the sprites” was good either.  At the end of the loop I just had the sprites transported to their beginning locations.

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My first post

Hello, world!

That’s the quintessential programming phrase, right?  If so, that’s perfect for the adventure I plan to embark on!  If not, meh whatever.

So what’s the purpose of this blog?  I’m not entirely sure yet.  I suppose I’ll start putting some words on (electronic) paper and see what sort of product ends up coming out.

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