Flex boxing & Boot strapping

So this happened:

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yes, it’s animated

Whoo-hoo! And then two other exciting/interesting things happened as well –

  1. The biggest portion of the class was working with a PSD and coding it out responsively. After that, there were a few sections on working with flexbox. The flexbox stuff was great – more on that in a min – but it was weird that it didn’t come BEFORE the main project, so that you could include flexbox in replicating the PSD. Just as I was wrapping up the course, a message came in through Slack that they are revamping a big chunk of the course – specifically to spend time on flexbox BEFORE the big project, and apparently other changes as well. I haven’t logged in yet to the new course but am excited to see what’s there now and to learn MORE OF THE THINGS.
  2. In the last class of the above course, there was a one hour video with Laurence Bradford, talking about Bootstrap and how to use it. And I gotta say, it got me kind of pumped. I really liked how Laurence pointed out that this might be a helpful resource for non-designer dev types – that you get to prototype something rather quickly as you can spend less time on doing every little bit of css from scratch. Which I find appealing as I don’t think design is my strong suit – at least not with a totally empty canvas. If I can get a bit of a layout and what goes where I’d feel better about then trying to make it look pretty.

Basically there are a ton of things I want to do and not sure which to do first and how to keep my enthusiasm up.

Re: #1, in the flexbox portion of the class, you work with a pretty basic template that could be used as a starter point for a site, that looks decent and just gets it done. I want to use said template to fix my personal site, which is in a sorry non-responsive state and doesn’t say much of anything. I need to GET ON IT and stop overthinking what it says and just get it done and up.

Need to take round two of responsive class, very psyched to see what’s in there now. After the class, there is an assessment for phase two, which I am kind of chomping at the bit to take now, although it probably makes sense to do after class re-do.

Bootstrap! Would like to start playing with it for a re-do of a friend’s website – they did it in WordPress very quickly and are not happy with it. Think I could make some good improvements to it and learn bootstrap at the same time, and they will be happy to yaaaaay!

Once my personal site is done, and hopefully after I’ve finished said re-do of website and can talk about it on my personal page, I want to complete my profile on Upwork. There’s been some chatter in Slack about students with not very much experience finding work there – small projects – and I’d love to get in on that if I can because why not? Part of this issue, honestly, is getting a decent headshot of myself that isn’t weirdly pixely and also doesn’t clearly indicated that I’ve had to crop someone else out.  I hate looking at pictures of myself, although looking in the mirror is totally fine. As above, though, I just need to GET IT DONE as I don’t want it to be the thing that holds everything up.

And then onto additional phase two courses, yay! on WordPress and Ruby and other things.

Haven’t gotten to a dang meet-up yet, but have one in the calendar in about a week and a half, on I-can’t-even-remember-now but something cool.

PWD

I’m taking the Break Into Tech blueprint from Skillcrush. The course has three parts, and I am at the beginning of phase two.

Phase one was lots of HTML and CSS, and then learning to work in the terminal, and then Git and GitHub. I really enjoyed these classes. I don’t think I made anything super amazing, but getting results and problem solving along the way was hugely satisfying.

I’ve been working in Atom to type code; have dabbled in codepen, set up in GitHub, and got my subscription to Photoshop.

For phase two, you can choose different tracks: designer, developer, or designer & developer. Basically, I want to learn ALL THE THINGS, so I’ve put all the courses into my track. I’m in the first class, Visual Design Fundamentals and Tools.

The main thing I’ve learned so far is this: I don’t want to be a designer. I appreciate good design and feel like I can recognize “bad” design, but it’s not my strength. I miss coding. I’m slogging through Visual Design Fundamentals and Tools with my eyes on the prize:

The next class I’m taking is Introduction to Javascript. Whooo!!

I’m very excited.

In the meantime, to try and keep coding a bit because I miss it and don’t want to forget everything I’ve learned, I’ve downloaded a PSD and am attempting to code it; follow along in GitHub!