Weeks 26 and 27: The (Job) Search is On

The last two weeks have been a blur but in a good way.

I finished my portfolio revamp, started the Treehouse Techdegree program, and kicked my job search into high gear.

I have been working hard the last few months to make this career change. It is great to finally feel like it is all coming together.

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Week 25: A Week of Completions

You might remember that in last week’s post I had decided to focus on JavaScript and enroll in Treehouse’s Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree.

If you were expecting this week to be all about the Techdegree and how great things are going then you couldn’t be more wrong.

In fact, I didn’t even start my Techdegree course but I still had a very productive week.

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Week 24: I Choose You, JavaScript!

Last week’s blog post ended with a cliffhanger. I was ready to specialize but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to focus on Python or JavaScript.

Would I go with my heart (Python) or would my practical side win out (JavaScript)?

Well, the title of this blog has already given away the fact that I picked JavaScript (damn you SEO!) but the real story is why I decided on JS.

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Weeks 22 and 23: Programming Renaissance Man

The term renaissance man refers to someone whose expertise spans multiple areas.

True renaissance men and women are rare because it doesn’t just require a variety of knowledge. It requires expertise.

Much more common is the jack of all trades, master of none person.

If a renaissance man is someone who is an expert in multiple areas, then a jack of all trades is someone who is competent in multiple areas.

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Week 21: Back on Bootstrap

Welcome back to Regularly Scheduled Programming, the blog where I talk about my journey to become a self-taught programmer.

Twenty-two weeks in and we are going back to something I first touched on in Week 3 when I recapped my Tribute Page project: Bootstrap.

I moved away from Bootstrap for my second project but I have a new appreciation for it after working through the Bootstrap lessons at Treehouse.

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Week 20: Demo Day

Becoming a self-taught programmer is a lonely road. Most of your time is spent sitting in a room by yourself staring at a computer screen.

There is no one around to help you when you get stuck or to motivate you when you get down. There is no one around to celebrate with when you have a good day or to make small talk with when you need a break.

Sure, there are online tools like social media and community forums to help provide some human interaction but they are no substitute for being face to face with other people. Continue reading “Week 20: Demo Day”