Ruby my dear,

For starters, I ingested a lot of history on Ruby. Thank you Skillcrush! It is a fascinating language and I can see why there is such demand for it. Here is another article stating so.

 

I was first taught how to access the terminal. I started out using my Chromebook in which case I had to download Codio and ‘fire up’ the terminal. When the iMac arrived I was able to access the terminal via spotlight, searching for ‘terminal’. I then practiced using the most common terminal commands. The screen capture below represents the coolest terminal command!

Coolest Command EVER!

Coolest Command EVER!

YES! That is Star Wars, and yes you can sit and watch the entire result if you wish. #Geek

 

Mid-week it was time to install Ruby. I was feeling pretty lucky since my iMac came with the updated Ruby already on it. But then I found out that all UNIX products come with Ruby installed. Thank you Apple!

 

Installing “Ruby is the hardest step in learning it.” At least, according to the programming community.

 

Since I took the Codeschool Ruby course last week, learning Objects, Strings, Methods, Arrays, Hashes was familiar.  That being said, I needed to practice, practice, practice!

 

Below is another screen capture, this time of my work with IRB (Ruby) in the terminal.

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I also was introduced to NIL, or nothing.

 

Last but not least I am reading my very first programming book. It is called _Why’s poignant guide to Ruby and it’s written by a “mystery guy” or x-mystery guy. His name is _Why. It is really funny and hard to put down.

 

Ruby and I are off to a great start!


P.S.  I seem to be finding my balance:)

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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.

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!


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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. 🙂

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!