LaGuardia TechHire -- Open Code, The Journey

Day 28: JavaScript Starts Now

With a new week came a new language, JavaScript. Today we finally went to JavaScript City. This language helps to make a page interactive that HTML and CSS cannot easily do. To start the day we learned about data types which come on a variety of formats.  These formats include: boolean, null, undefined, number, string, and objects. Booleans are concerned with logic, where they assign if something is true or false. Nulls are used when you want to specifically make a value, nothing. Undefined are a default in JavaScript because values usually aren’t automatically defined. Numbers are pretty self explanatory, they are actually number symbols such as: 1, 13, 28, 6, etc. Strings are concerned with characters and must go in single or double quotes. Objects are when you put values within a value. We spent the day focused on learning data types and objects because they are the foundations of JavaScript.

TechHire–OpenCode relies heavily on self learning and looking to outside resources. With only three weeks to learn three computer languages, I was glad to have another bootcamp that could clarify concepts I left class unsure of. Flatiron’s pre-bootcamp has been helping me greatly with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. After class I hopped on and did exercises that helped me understand the syntax of JavaScript. Since the IDE is very similar to Atom’s text editor, I could easily transfer my in-class learnings.

TechHire–OpenCode teaches me a lot, yet leaves a lot for me to learn on my own. Self Teaching is the main and most important lesson I have learned thus far. Through trial and error and looking towards the World Wide Web, I have gained an immense amount of knowledge. This fact may be worrisome, but I know after this program is finished I can find the tools to sharpen my skills.


The Journey

Day 12: Self Care. Improvement, Not Perfection.

Be yourself, but always your better self. -Karl G. Maeser

Firstly, I want to say how thankful I am to have had this opportunity with TechHire– OpenCode. This weekend provided time to reflect on the past two weeks. Web development has been a recent passion of mine and it wasn’t influenced by anyone around me. In the past, I have taken the advice of others as if they were commands I could not stray from. Pursuing web development is a sign of great growth for me. My parents, one of my biggest supporters, were absent in supporting this dream of mine. I did research and found TechHire—OpenCode, I applied myself, and worked to get a place in the vestibule. I am following my dreams, regardless of those around be because I am the one living my life, no one else. Immense work went into the vestibule, I focused on my work and gaining the courage to say no to others. Many talk about the “Yes” methodology of life, but that is something I’ve already adopted, and to a fault. I am learning that I can say no without being selfish. This vestibule has given me some strength in terms of putting myself first.

After much needed rest, I was able to do things outside of coding and step back from my computer. They (whoever they are) say that we make time for the things we really care about. This weekend had a theme of self care by ways of home improvement. As I have said before I am a Jack-of-all-trades. Handy work is something I really enjoy; if something is broken I will fix it. I found mirrors meant for trash that I decided to recycle and use for my office. My office of need of color, so I spray painted the mirrors to help brighten the space. (Yellow is my favorite color.) The stairs in my apartment was  a project I talked about, but never had the time to complete. Two hours later my stairs were complete.(But not dry, so I was stuck downstairs.)  Lastly, I needed a place to for Alfred, my money tree plant, where he could get adequate sunlight. Also, I was tired of looking at my old radiator. BOOM! Two bird one stone, I decided to build a radiator cover to hide my hideous radiator and provide a space for Alfred right near the window. Unfortunately, the five year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, brought heavy rain and strong winds. Needless to say, today was not ideal for buying wood at the hardware store. I did however, take measurements and draw out a plan to avoid delay when the weather improves.

I am grateful for this program but more importantly, I am proud of myself. Self-care includes improving your environment (fixing my apartment) and following your dreams. I am taking bold and confident steps along the path of my life. Each day I work at becoming my best self. I am honored to say, this is a reality for me. I am a better person than I was yesterday.