New Podcast

New Day

Tomorrow is a good day! I will soon be launching a new podcast with my good friend and coding buddy, Kevin Sauer. The plan is to record the conversation tomorrow and post it by the next day. There’s been a lot of planning and scheduling over the last week and a half, but I think we’ve got everything down and ready to go. We will see though. I just wanted to get that out of the way early because it’s something I am very excited about and looking forward to. There’s no better motivation than discussing exactly what your trials and triumphs are with the people you love and respect. If you are thinking about starting your own podcast, and you have a great idea, there’s nothing stopping you. Nowadays it’s as easy as ever to get your content out there, I would recommend looking into the website Anchor. It’s an easy way to record, edit and publish the content that you need. Then after you think you have enough experience maybe move on from there.

It’s All About Doing

You can sit and learn all day every day, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact it’s a really good thing, it can be really difficult to not just shut your brain off everyday after you get home from work. You’re tired and don’t feel like doing anything but sit in your favorite chair, lean back and turn on the t.v. I get it trust me. Getting back to my point, you can learn all day, but I believe you’ll never truly retain the information better than if you are actually doing the things that you’re studying. Actually putting the learning materials down and starting to (in my situation) write some code, and do the research if you get stuck, can be the difference between a long term interest, and a month or two long hobby. I recommend just starting off small, learn the simplest thing you can possibly program or code up. If you’re looking more towards JS, then code a simple random number generator,┬áthen work up from there. The reason I say that is because that’s about the stage that I am at. I have been going through the TreeHouse front end development track (which has been wonderful by the way), and I’m about halfway through the whole thing and realized that I didn’t really have a good grasp on JS. So I have been just taking simple exercises to sharpen my skills, and let me tell you they have not been going well.

JavaWhat?

So I can’t be the only one to have this much trouble at the beginning of coding my JavaScript. I mostly understand the ideas behind all of the vanilla functions, objects, loops etc. but when it comes to writing something from scratch I just come up blank. I don’t know where to start. I have been trying my best though and sticking at it, actually I have been noticing slight improvements here and there. My syntax is still garbage, or at least knowing where to write the things that I mostly understand based on the scope of the other code. When you are writing something as simple as a random number generator, it sometimes can feel like you just don’t even get the language in general. Although I HAVE HOPE! I’m going to stick with it and keep working.

Failures

Well I think you know what I’m going to say for failures. I have been trying and failing multiple times at creating a guessing game. A simple little game where the computer creates a random number from 1 to 100 and you try to guess what it is. If your guess is incorrect it will tell you all the previous numbers you’ve guessed and if it was too high or too low. If you guess 10 times than it’s game over, you lose. I’ve been making some headway on it lately though, so wish me luck!

Wins

As I said I am taking a break from actually learning new code. Although before this break I was making some good progress into figuring out how exactly to further optimize the speed of your site via sprite mapping, encoding .svg’s rather than .jpg’s. Now on to learning more JS!

Support is Much Needed

Keep your eye out for our new podcast launching on this Thursday, September 27th! It’s called Brackets, the idea for the podcast is similar to that of this blog, where we are both trying to become full time coders, with a current full time job. We’ll talk about all the failures and wins along the way, while having a great conversation. So check it out if you can and thanks in advance!

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