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.

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P.S.

 

Don’t forget to do your “Hour Of Code

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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.

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.

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. 🙂