It’s Been a Long Time 2

Since I’ve been accountable that is. I haven’t posted since March and a lot has happened. Great news! I’ve decided to bite the bullet and formally train to become a Front End Web Developer. I signed up for the Web Developer Blueprint on Skillcrush and I can’t be more excited. The class starts Monday. The Challenge starts Thursday.

These past few weeks I’ve been making the concerted effort to teach myself HTML, CSS, & JavaScript…again. Along with Swift, X-Code, and the necessary parts of Objective-C, I’m overwhelmed. To learn the web development I turned to my favorite education site — Udemy. I figured if I could teach myself well enough to earn an MBA online I can certainly teach myself to do code. On Udemy, Rob Percival has a couple of courses to teach a full stack experience in the form of the Complete Web Development Course and The Complete iOS8 and Swift course. Part of the course is his eBook that purports to show you how to make $10,000 while learning to code.

The techniques work.

One of the first challenges is to change your mindset. The goal is to begin to think of yourself as a developer. Introduce yourself to one new person as a developer, he challenges. So, I go to Code Camp a couple days later. I walk up to one of the vendors and introduce myself as a developer. Technically, I am a mobile developer. I have an app in the app store. I’m actively working on a couple of projects and I’m teaching myself the rest, right?

Two days later I get an email from the woman I introduced myself to. Turns out she’s a recruiter. They have a position open for a mobile developer and can she set something up for me to meet with them?

Suddenly, I feel like an Impostor. OMG! Do I really know enough?

So I ignore the email and dig into my studies. I reached out to my girlfriend, AJ and share all my insecurities. She understands what I’m going through. She’s been my accountability partner for almost a year now. She’s doing the same thing.

Then the email from Skillcrush comes. They’re opening up the blueprint one last time this year. At noon the next day. I was so excited. Credibility, structure, and community at a reasonable price considering I’m still teaching this stuff to myself. I’m excited. In three months I will not be an impostor any longer. I hope.

Really Feeling Remote Desktop | ChromeBook – Not So Much.

I’m loving this remote desktop feature. I’ve been working on my skills today. I started the day by just taking a random look at Balsamiq. I don’t know why but once I got there I was hooked. I completed two tutorials. One short one on web page design then a longer tutorial on mobile app design. It is specifically about the user experience and completing a wireframe. Afterward, comes the coding part. I was so excited. I can think of at least three projects including my portfolio that must get done.

This afternoon I spend quite a bit of time going over Git and GitHub. Well an hour. It just seemed longer. I’m excited for real. After I get off the throne I’m going to break down and apply to those jobs I told the Mr. I’d apply to. Then I’m taking a really good look at 60 minutes on the Complete Web Developer course on Udemy. That one also helps you take the next step. I mean it this time. No more crapping around. I’m certainly going to get my act very much together.

I went to Best Buy to check out the Chrome books today. I had some questions and while the gentleman who helped me was no idiot he didn’t seem too confident about his answers either. So, I just walked away. I was considering getting the 11” HP Chrome Book because it has the 4G capability. Then I though heck I can just use my hot spot. I don’t need to add another line to my already exorbitant bill. Then I looked at the MAC Air again. It is really lightweight as well. Plus it is coming down in price now that they’re getting ready to announce the new ones this month. So, I’m thinking of just chilling and going with what I have for now. I was thinking anyone who hires me will supply me with a computer anyway, right? So I might as well get what I want. The cute new technology. Besides I do have a really large external hard drive. and I certainly can learn to use all the cloud based services out there. Or access my desktop remotely. Whatever it takes. I’d like to lock this at the same time though. I don’t know.

Time to get back into it. Yep, yep!

OMG! I’m Using a Remote Desktop Option to Access my Mac

I’m loving the Chrome Browser! That means I can now start to practice programming overnight using my current desktop. I can also go ahead an purchase the new chrome book for Christmas to replace this laptop. This is so very cool. I am literally over the moon right now. Can you even believe it. I wonder if I turn off my monitor off will it effect my remote desktop. Looks like no it doesn’t YIPPEE!. Now my only real challenge is that this screen is very small. I already don’t see that well. I have to figure that out. Then I believe all will be right in my world. I’m over the moon for real

I’m in full screen too. Now to see if I can get Xcode up and running. That should be a simple as this…I thought I already had a version of xCode on my system. I wonder did it update…again. Probably. This is so unbelievably cool! Wait until I tell Anika. I’m stoked right now. I’d tell her now but it’s like 1 am. I’m just happy I can make this happen. The only thing I have a problem with right this minute is how small the screen is. Meaning how small the words are. I really don’t see that well. I figured it out. Oh yeah! Now I’m cooking with grease.

To get it to full screen and with the text large enough for me to see it I had to change the viewing options on the blue tab on the top of the screen to ‘full screen’ and remove the shrink to fit option. This is the bomb. I can get so much done for real! Chrome is my new best friend.

I told The Boy this is better than getting a macbook because now I don’t have to worry about not actually using my mini which I was kind of feeling was happening. So now and once I get my Chrome book I can simply plug in whenever I want. Also, when I go to work I can simply turn on my computer in the event I decide to work on my programming skills from there. Then when I’m usually in the bed I can turn my computer off.

Now, I got this excited because I spent the day at Atlanta Code Camp 2014. And although I was tired from coming off a 12 hour overnight shift, it was amazing. Even though I didn’t get to go to the sessions I REALLY wanted because they were cancelled I got to speak to some empowering women that helped me feel really good about wanting to pursue this profession.

I can honestly say I’m an apple developer. I’ve got an account and everything, lol. I’m learning iOS, and I’ve had an app in the store for 11 months. Yet, I’ve decided to pursue the front end web development tract with a new vigor.

I am excited now. The Chrome book is so much lighter than my current laptop. The design is really cool too. I will, with a sleeve, be able to put that into my purse. So, now I’ll be looking at carrying my iPad Mini, My iPhone 5 or 6+ if I decide to go that route. And an 11” Chrome book. That one has WIFI and Verizon 4LTE for under $300. Plus the thing charges with a simple android charger. I mean it is created by Google so why wouldn’t it.

Wait a minute, Yosemite is available? I’ve got more research to do but in the short term? I’m feeling fine. Ok. enough gloat, more work!

In the immortal words of my alma mater — Let’s get to work!