I always loved extra credit

 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving week!

 

I spent the week hanging out with my kids and didn’t focus too much on coding. My family and all the good food had my attention.

 

I did find a little bit of time to work on the extra credit project.:)

 

The task was to create my own resume using html and css. We had the option to download a file of background images from skillcrush or create our own. I decided to be a little more original and did so myself.  Uploading my work to Photobucket was necessary to complete the project.

A layout was provided by the instructors, which made the task easier.

 

I prepared my resume and proceeded to download specific Google fonts, changing the colors as desired.

 

Here was the challenging part.  Are you familiar with the ‘cute’ little icons that are commonly used?

They are called Sprites and they look like this.

sprites

 

I really struggled with how to make them work.  And by ‘work’, I mean change when the mouse pointer hovers over them.  They require a bit of work to achieve that goal.  However, I was able to figure it out and add them to my resume. #awesomesauce

 

I plan on linking my resume to www.momcoder.com, but for now here is a screenshot!

My beautiful resume!

My beautiful resume!

This was a fun creative project and I really enjoyed every minute of it!

Now I am off to learn Javascript.

A Love/Hate relationship with CSS

Colorful Ride

Colorful Ride

This week I have been coding using CSS. I have learned how to change font- family, color, background, add links and images to my website. Those were the simple things. I wanted to go the extra mile and took it upon myself to learn how to create navigation bar ;).

 

At the beginning of the week I was having a hard time understanding some properties of CSS.  It took me two days before anything actually made sense. I’m pretty sure it was because my 8 month old daughter is crawling now – at least that is my excuse and I am sticking to it. I realize this is just the first of many more challenges to come. I have to keep reminding myself that “I’m learning a new language”.

 

Class & Id’s along with floating are by far the most complicated CSS commands. However, I have met some great classmates on Mightybell that help me out if I get stuck. For the record I did get them to work. It just took me longer than I had hoped.:)

cross browser say what? #geektalk

 

Boiler plates over here, boiler plates over there…. aaahhh! One of my many assignment this week was to fix a ‘cross browser’ issue. To do this I was provided a Cross-browser boilerplate and told to add it to my code. If any issues arose I had to fix them. #troubleshooting already are we?

 

My thoughts on CSS thus far are.

 

CSS is cool but it’s mean. I have a love/hate relationship with it and as my instructor at Skillcrush.com said “CSS…It’s complicated”!

 

Finally, I wanted to share a great article on “which programming language you should learn first”.

The power of telling your story

I am currently using www.w3schools.com to learn and practice coding in HTML. What I like about this specific website is that you can chose which programming language you want to learn. They go into great detail, which helps me better understand the concepts.  Currently, I am learning what each of the HTML tags will allow you to do.  You can choose from any of the following programming languages HTML, CSS, Javascript, SQL, PHP, Jquery, AngularJS, Bootstrap, and XML.  The best part about the website is that all of their information is free!

 

This week I have also focused on searching for websites tailored to mothers and coding.  Here is a non-profit organization that was formed by a mother who decided to learn programming and realized the marketplace void for this audience.  This website, also founded by a woman provides online programming courses.

 

I want to provide a quick update on the book I am reading called, “A Whole New Mind”.  I mentioned in the previous blog that the author Daniel Pink, describes 6 senses that need to be used in order to transcend into the conceptual age. I want to focus on one. Story.

 

People need to hear “stories”.  If  you want to have an impact on others you need to convey a great story.  If you want to change the world, tell your story, and make it great!

 

The author of  “A Whole New Mind” writes about an awesome place called Story corps .  Here is just one of the many stories told.  I hope you take the time to listen to it. What I find most enticing about Story corps, is you just sit in a booth and record your conversation with another person. It is simple and brilliant.  A low barrier of entry.

 

Another site that enables the world to tell their story is Ted.  I visit Ted.com daily and find it useful.  This morning I came across a talk by the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert.  I believe she ‘hits the nail on the head’ while discussing how to tap your genius.  

http://http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius


To come full circle, this is exactly why I am blogging.  To share my story of ‘hacking  my education’ with the world.  I hope that by doing so I can encourage others to learn regardless of how challenging the task may appear.  I encourage anyone and everyone to tackle their challenge and share it with the world – through story.

Free your mind

As I set out to learn programming I am surprised at how STEM has opened a door to creativity. Here is an interesting news article on how STEM can help people become innovators.

I am currently reading a book called, “A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers will Rule the Future”. The below image does a good job on capturing the book.

I originally found the picture on Pinterest. I reposted it on Instagram because it reminds me of my husband. His brain is the left, and my brain is on the right 😉

I am currently in the fourth chapter of A Whole New Mind. I would like to share what I have learned thus far. Daniel Pink, the author, states that our country needs to shift from the “left brain thinkers” to the “right brain thinkers.” The intent of his statement is focused on innovation and creating a better future through ingenuity. Essentially, we must transition out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual age. To accomplish this transition we must follow “the 6 senses that guide our lives and shape our world.” They include:

Design
Story
Symphony
empathy
play
meaning

Thus far the book is great and I am really enjoying it. The quote below I found most interesting.

“Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing. “ Paola Antonelli

I believe the 6 senses described, do in fact shape our world. My best ideas are realized while I am playing with my children, running , blogging, painting a picture or even taking a photo. This is when I am engaging my right brain.

I have included two links below to Ted talks that have empowered me this week. I hope you enjoy watching them. Free your mind!

Bring on the Code!

I am about 10 days into hacking my education.  I have learned so much since starting this journey – and it’s only been a little over a week! I’m still trying to find time to balance meeting the demands of my family and learning time.  If I told you there was a set time of day I am able to carve out, or that it’s easy, I would be lying.  It’s hard work, as it should be.
So let me show you what I have accomplished.  On the first night I wrote some sample code based on a lesson provided.  I did not do this with my imagination, it was part of a lesson. The instructions were to use the HTML tags that were taught in the lesson that day. Nevertheless, it’s a start and I am proud of it.

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To the left of the image is the HTML code whereby I programmed a heading and a paragraph.  To the right of the image is the result.
I am very excited about learning to code.  I have signed up for a 10-day boot camp (yes ladies I said boot camp and it’s not the get-you-ripped kind).  The organization that offers the boot camp is called Skill Crush.
Then, the following night I accomplished all of what you see in this picture.

I learned that HTML has over 50 different tags? I’m still learning them all, but I am catching on quick. Skill Crush has also taught me the difference between the Internet and the world wide web.  What a website vs. a web application is, and the type of coding languages used to program each.  It’s amazing how much you can learn in 7 days and still be a stay-at-home mom that plays with kids, does some laundry, has play dates, etc. If this is something you would like to learn I encourage you to join me in hacking your education. You can give advice or ask questions below.
There has been a lot of “talk” about women in the tech world lately. Here is a quote from Sheryl Sanburg, author of Lean In. “Talking can transform minds, which can transform behaviors, which can transform institutions.” So let’s talk!  After all we are the “millennials”.
Bring on the code!