Progress May 10, 2015

This seems like a good time to post an update.

After my last post, I evaluated the rails project I had just completed, and decided I wanted to move on to something else, rather than trying to improve it.  Somehow I came across freecodecamp.com, and decided to take it on.  I have been making good progress.  The background I had from the Odin Project meant that I had a lot of the basics down already, so the first part, 200 hours of lessons, was basically just me checking “I’ve completed this” or else going to codecademy and doing a quick review.

The next section is 200 hours of practice.  I started on April 29, and I’m almost halfway through.  It has not been 100 hours, more like maybe 30.  In the meantime, I’ve noticed that you can do just about anything with if statements and for loops.

I’ve also started working through Eloquent JavaScript.  It’s well written, and covers some more advanced ideas in JavaScript.

This weekend, without a lot of time to devote to code, I started messing around whenever I had a free minute, and built a JavaScript calculator.  It’s nothing fancy, but I built it in just a few hours yesterday and today, so that makes me feel good about my progress.

Finally, I deployed my check register to heroku (even though it’s ugly and super basic), and updated my personal webpage at williamrwilson.com.

Overall, I’m very happy with where I am now.  While I was working on Rails, I felt like learning was taking me forever.  But working in JavaScript has shown me that I have a grasp of some programming fundamentals.  Of course I still have a lot to learn.  But that’s the fun part!

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