Working on JS or is it working me?

First off I want to announce that I am currently one day behind in my Skillcrush course. BOO!

This is how it goes when you have sickness running rampid in house full of kids. (NOT FUN)

 

Creating a modal window with JavaScript was a bit challenging, though I am not the only one who feels this way. It was a challenge for most of my classmates as well. I did however figure out the modal on my own.  YAY me!

After creating my modal I moved on to working with the console.

Since I am programming from a Chromebook, I focused on working with the Chrome console.

I like that I am able to debug and makes changes using the console.

The Great Logo Hijack was an assignment that I really enjoyed.

I was able to go to the Google search page, find the Javascript and edit it from my console. Below is a screenshot of what I did.

I hijacked Google's logo!

I hijacked Google’s logo!

Do you see how it reads “The New York Times” and “search NY times”? That’s my hijack;)

Object, functions, variables, and properties of Javascript is what I am currently learning.

This is the most difficult part of programming that I have encountered.

I have worked through some of the problems with my classmates on Mightybell. I really do have a great group of skillcrushers to lean on.

I honestly don’t think that I will be comfortable using JavaScript by the end of next week. For now, am I working on JS or is it working on me? That is the question.

On a happy note I am ten days into a Yoga challenge and finding it to center me in the middle of this struggle.

Me trying to stay calm..#justbepresent Yogo challenge.

Me trying to stay calm..#justbepresent Yogo challenge.

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Hello JavaScript

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JavaScript is a programming language and one that I am currently learning.

 

JavaScript is the client-side language that allows the user to interact with the website. For example, pop-ups, scroll bars, and automated updates all are created using JavaScript.

 

This week I dusted off my Algebra skills (thanks Khan academy) to build a fahrenheit to celsius converter.

Another task I tackled was creating a prompt and alert that tells the user how many days are in a million seconds.

 

Of course, I had to figure out the math problems before writing the code.

 

To do the math I used a JavaScript tool called repl.it It stands for read, evaluate, print, and loop. Then I used my new found coding skills in JS Bin.

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I programmed that;)

Learning JavaScript is challenging, but I always love a good challenge! Hello JavaScript and, we meet again Algebra.

To learn more about JavaScript I signed up for their newsletter. http://javascriptweekly.com/

P.S.

 

Don’t forget to do your “Hour Of Code

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”.

Connecting

Embrace Change

Embrace Change by:Erin Orr

It’s time to buckle down! I am ecstatic to let everyone know that I am now enrolled in a Web Development Blueprint program. woohoo!

 

This class is offered by Skillcrush.com. There are many different choices when it comes to learning how to code. I have learned so much about technology over the past 30 days. I have reached information overload! That is a good thing, I suppose.  I am looking forward to applying my creative energy to the many web applications I will soon develop. The sky’s the limit in this field.

When searching for the right class, I had to consider the following things.

  • Flexibility. It is very important since I have children who still depend on me. With his course I can day or night, and at my own pace.
  • Being cost efficient is also a big deal. The money I put into this class is well worth the knowledge and skills I will learn in return.
  • The class material is very informative and easy to understand. 

I have also realized how important networking is in this field. 

There are a ton of ways to build up your connections in the tech industry.  Below are some of the venues I have considered:

 

  • Meet-up! I searched locally for mothers who want to learn how to code or are already on their path of coding. By doing this we will be able to share the experience and help one another.
  • Blogs, blogs, and more blogs….If you don’t have one, start one! You can connect with other bloggers who are sharing their experience.
  • Tweet! Twitter is known for connecting people around the world. 

If learning to code interest you please do what I did, and go for it! 

Don’t wait for someone to ask you to do it. Be the leader. The right time is now. Lets connect!


http://www.beleaderly.com/leaderly-quote-take-lead-lift-others-climb-enjoy-journey-thrive/

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!

This mom has skills

 

 

I did it! I have formed a habit of re-learning Algebra in the morning for at least 30 minutes to an hour.  Of course, this means that I am rising at dawn – before my kids are up for the day.  Oh what a mom can get done in just 1 hour if she knows the next time she will have to herself is after they fall fast asleep for the night.  Which brings me to the second habit I have formed, reading my ‘liberal arts’ assignment in each night.  I usually read at least 20 pages during this time, if I’m feeling froggy I’ll leap for more!

 

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Here is a blog posted by Uncollege.org that explains why habits work.

 

The new book is “A Whole New Mind: Why Right -Brainers Will Rule the Future“.  My mentor/husband @sorriv chose this one as well because he believes Daniel Pink (@DanilePink) does a great job in explaining the human traits that are essential for personal and professional success/happiness.

 

I have always been interested in neuroscience so the title of this one pulled me in. Stay tuned to my blog as I highlight the lessons learned from this book.  For those who don’t know me personally I am “right brained”. At least, I think I am.  

 

I also just finished the 10-day boot camp at skillcrush.com and I am coming out of it with a good understanding of what a programmer has to know and understand to be successful.  I feel confident that learning to be a computer programmer is something that I can do.  Kudos for me!  I really enjoyed this FREE boot-camp.  After reading and completing each task for the day I found myself looking ahead to see what I would be learning the next day.  Curious?  I think so!  Would you believe me if I told you it was super fun as well?  I am a hands-on learner and what I liked most was being able to practice what was taught within the interface provided.  I learned the basics of HTML along with some Ruby.  I thought it was awesome to able to go back in the saved code throughout the week and update or change what I did before.  I have bookmarked a great HTML resource and recommend you leverage it too!  I recommend using SkillCrush to determine if you are interested in learning to code. Thanks @SkillCrush


I have had, what I would consider an amazing start to hacking my education! I  finished my first reading assignment, a coding class, and most importantly I’ve formed two habits!  This mom has got skills. 🙂