Are Crash Courses in Coding Better than the Full Courses?

Are Crash Courses in Coding Better than the Full Courses?

Are Crash Courses in Coding Better than the Full Courses?

Are Crash Courses in Coding Better than the Full Courses?

,If there is one thing I have learned in my seven-month-long journey as a Developer, as long as you have the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, all of these other frameworks do not take long to master. I am going to tell you a quick story and then you tell me if crash courses are better than full courses. A couple of months ago, I was approached by a classmate to collaborate on a project, he was working on for a client. It was the development of an auto -trade website, The framework of this site was…I’m not sure how to even put this into words. Let’s just say there was nothing in that line of code that I recognized. It looked like React.js and CSS. Close but no cigar. This was a combination of Node.js, Next.js, and Sass. The guy told me if I understood React and CSS, this could work. He told me that as long as I knew React and CSS, I could do this and he only wanted me to design the footer component.

Let me tell you when I cloned this site from his Github account, I couldn’t even get it to load up on my computer. All I got were a series of error messages.

After working with my partner to troubleshoot and fix the problem, we hit a dead end and decided maybe this collaboration wasn’t going to work. I hated walking away from this project, so I decided to browse through Youtube searching for crash courses on Sass, and Next.js. I started with Next.js and found this

After getting halfway through the course, which took 20 minutes, I found the solution to why I couldn’t open the file on my computer. Next.js wasn’t installed, so it wasn’t recognized. Once installed, the file opened with no issues and my knowledge of React enabled me to read and cipher through the code and add my own, accordingly, to structure the footer component. React itself didn’t take long to learn either since it’s really a combination of HTML and JavaScript, at least that’s my take on it. Anyway, all that was left to learn was Sass. With my previous knowledge of CSS, Sass was another conquest that only took 20 minutes. After, I had what I needed from this video,

Building and constructing the footer component took just under a few hours.  So what was the point of this story? That we don’t need to empty our pockets on loads of tech knowledge or spend countless hours learning it? In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer to this. From my experience, after you master HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, all the other frameworks aren’t that difficult to learn because they are all deviated from those three. It’s like learning how to cook. HTML is the recipe, CSS is the presentation, JavaScript is the wonderful experience you get once you eat the food.  That, in my opinion, is the only piece that requires a full course. The rest, in my opinion, you can do whatever you want. It all depends on what you’re cooking or building in this case. But don’t just take my word for it. Happy trails my bright developers.

Getting Your Talents In Front Of the Right People

Getting Your Talents In Front Of the Right People

Getting Your Talents in Front of the Right People

Hello and good evening my wonderful and interesting peeps who are reading this blog. I committed to #100DaysOfCode a couple of months ago, and I’ve learned so much. Well, I am not just talking about special skills like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, I am talking about certain things that are necessary to get you in front of the right faces. Let me explain.

There are two rules of #100DaysOfCode. The first is to spend at least an hour working on a coding project and then post your progress on social media every single day for 100 days. This was the answer to a riddle I gave to myself months ago. I wanted to find a way to get the right people to recognize my talent as I progressed down this coding journey.

See, I have been studying code for about 5 months now, and I was starting to get what I call this “Lost In Space” feeling. It’s the kind of feeling where you are learning and observing but no one sees you. No one is around to witness your progress, no one sees how driven you are, or most of all, how much of a hard worker you are. You are pretty much no one to anybody. You are floating around in the middle of nowhere–lost in space.

Ok enough of that. You all want to know how to get your talents in front of the right people. Um guys, the answer was in the second paragraph. Getting in front of the right people is a numbers game which is why social media is your best friend peeps, but you must use it properly. You have to use it for more than conversing with your friends or arguing with a bunch of folks, you never met before, over a TV show. First, find a community that supports your cause or pursuing the same career as yourself, like in my case, becoming a developer. Then start posting what you’re experiencing. Don’t just say, “Hi my name is so in so, and I am a Developer.” Say something along the lines of, “I finished a coding challenge, want to see what I built?” Then post a link to your site and it goes on from there. The more you post and communicate with the public, the more you stand a chance of getting recognized. Might I suggest coding playgrounds such as Github and Codepen. I’ve heard recruiters and employers frequent those places often. LinkedIn is another treasure at your disposal. It’s not a coding playground but an oasis of employers and recruiters that you can network with directly. Just post your link to all these other playgrounds in your profile. You can also use Twitter and Facebook as well. All that I listed, must now become your “Dear Diary” for your coding journey.

Well in case, you haven’t noticed, I am a bit of a chatterbox. So, I’m going to conclude by saying if you want to get your talents in front of the right people, don’t be shy and work in public. Getting recognized, by the right people, is a numbers game which is why social media is your best friend in this case. The last piece of advice I can offer you, based on my experience, is to not be afraid to let all your challenges show. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.either. If there is one thing I have learned, once you become established on social media, your struggles become a lot less strenuous. This is where I am now in my journey. If you are still reading this, thank you for reading my extremely wordy blog. I hope the knowledge, I picked up in my journey, brings you many blessings in yours.

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