Week 2 went by way too fast. As you’ll see in this week’s LJ I’m struggling quite a bit to keep up with this course while working full-time and all of the driving I’ve been doing lately. Good thing is, I work remotely two days a week now, so as long as my ISP doesn’t fail me like it did on Monday (grimacing) I think it’s going to make the balance a lot easier to maintain.
As promised, here is my learning journal from my first term back. This week was a rough start for me. This term I’m working a full time job which is on-site unlike my last. Including the stop at daycare, it’s about an hour and 20 minutes to work and then back again everyday for me. Definitely going to have some obstacles to overcome this term, and hopefully I find some helpful tactics to share with you guys as you go through the struggles of online education while working also.
Just a quick post to inform you guys that I’m still here. Between work and my personal life, I’ve been struggling to keep up with the blog this summer. The little time I have dedicated to it is locked away in articles sitting in draft mode in an “almost ready” state as my attention sweeps from one idea to the next leaving many articles to disappear into the void of my backlog.
Web services that provide online code editors and tutorials are great – amazing actually. Websites like khanacademy.org and codecademey.com are terrific at guiding people who are totally new to programming, through the basics of web development, and helping them learn how to make all sort of cool projects. However sites like these also fall short of explaining exactly how these web technologies are used offline, in your own environment. Just you and your computer and a web browser – how do you start making stuff on your own?
It’s now been well over a year that I’ve been blogging, and I’ve learned quite a few things since. When I started, I knew nothing about writing a blog, so the amount of information out there was quite overwhelming at first. Hopefully this article will help give some guidance to others who are just beginning their blogging ventures.
My wife and I had a date night at an Inn, which was a package my dad bought for us as a Christmas gift. Our plan was to spend the night playing Mario Bros. 3 on the Wii U Virtual Console, and obviously, to do that we needed the HDMI input on the hotel room’s TV. Unfortunately the TV was locked so that you couldn’t switch inputs, however I found a way to make it work anyways… here’s how to unlock your hotel TV!
Saturday, I went out to meet up with an inspiring fellow by the name of Rob Redding, president of Redding Designs, which is a start up web development company in my local area. How our meeting happened is actually an interesting story, and I want to share the experience with you guys. Hopefully there is something to take away from my story.
Some of you might be wondering why my blog has been vacant for the past few weeks. I have a lot of things that happened – dropping my Software Engineering course among them. So, let’s get you guys up to speed on why I’m taking a break from school, and my most recent endeavors.
With all of the time I’ve devoted to learning how to program, and understanding software development, you’d think that by this point I would have been to a lot of developer meetups by now. It has been more than a few years that I’ve been doing this sort of thing after all, so it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that I have been to more than a few meetups hear or there. Surprising as it may be, the last two months were the first meetups I’ve ever been too.
Awesome, 1 week down already. 8 more, and I’ll have finished an entire year at University of the People – feels great to have made it this far already! The 1st week of Software Engineering started out a little rough, but I think I’m back into the swing of things now. Today I share a bit of insight into what I’m learning this term’s course.