LaGuardia TechHire -- Open Code

Day 20: If You’re Learning and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!

Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre. -Albert Camus

It is a luxury to be sure in life, to know exactly what is to come. That being said, it is imperative to learn as much as you can about your environment regardless of its manifestation (e.g., physical, mental, social, academic, etc.). I never used Atom before this cohort and it was important for me to familiarize myself with the text editor. I downloaded the program on both of my personal computers and loaded the projects I had worked on in class.

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During my exploration of the program I found there was an option to download packages and themes that customize your experience. I downloaded the ‘monokai’ syntax theme which colored my text in a way that made it easy to distinguish between elements. This was a big help for learning new code.Monokai Kurt also introduced us to a color picker app called Sip. This application icon states at the top of my toolbar and whenever I want to pick out a color, it’s right there. A key feature of this app is being able to pick up colors from anywhere on my screen. Bam! Hexadecimal at my finger tips!

TechHire–OpenCode is a program that requires immense dedication. That being said it is important for me to give web development my all. Google is a great place to look for answers, but i wanted more to reinforce and learn new skills. The Flatiron School is a well established web development bootcamp based in New York City. Their school just launched a beta accelerated bootcamp prep. This bootcamp prep is meant to build a strong foundation before you tackle an official bootcamp cohort. At noon I attended an online lecture by the co-founder of the Flatiron School himself, Avi Flombaum! He was wonderful in the way he introduced us to new material and explained topics. is an online platform made by the Flatiron School used for learning web development. During the lecture we were introduced to the Learn IDE. I found it comedic when Avi told us the IDE was based on Atom. Zing, another way to reinforce my skills with Atom!

It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not to venture all his eggs in one basket. -Miguel de Cervantes

LaGuardia TechHire -- Open Code

Day 16: New Month, New Beginning

The start of the month is always the best time to start something new. Conveniently, November 1, 2017 marked the beginning of the TechHire–OpenCode cohort. The program was held in a new location which pushed me to explore Laguardia’s campus further. I saw familiar faces from the vestibule and it comforted me to know that some of my comrades made it to the program.TechHire--OpenCode FriendKurt, our new instructor eased the class into a new curriculum. We would leave Java momentarily and begin learning HTML and CSS. Luckily, I had completed most of the tutorials on these languages provided by W3Schools. I wasn’t walking on completely foreign terrain and I had steady footing as we moved along. Just as we strayed from Java, we also strayed from the Processing IDE. In effect, our class was introduced to a new text editor called Atomatom-logo.jpg

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 2.56.54 PMOur first lesson was on file paths and their great importance. It is crucial to organize your file paths together because your pages will be linked to one another. Atom does a very good job of displaying the file path and showing how folders and files nested or linked to one another.

Elements are written in tags that begin with a left angle bracket or less than sign ‘<” and have a right angle bracket or greater than sign after them. The elements within these brackets are called tags. In order to process a tag, there must be a closing tag. A closing tag is similar to an opening tag in that there is a forward slash before the element name. There are some elements like img (image) tags which are self closing.IMG_4343

For our first assignment, we were tasked with making a website. We opened The text editor and entered our first lines of HTML. Through this exercise, we learned about how to link images to our HTML file. Also, we learned about how to see our code they way it would be displayed on an actual webpage! Below I have the code I wrote and its translation to google chrome. There you can see different elements and how they are formatted as tags.

<pre><!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>My First Website!</title>

<h1>Hello World!</h1>

 Howdy Human, How are you?


	<li>I am Great</li>

	<li>I am Amazing</li>

	<li>I am Beautiful</li>


This is how and who I am. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to really find out.
<img src="./images/earth.jpeg" alt="an image of the earth">

<h1>Hello Moon!</h1>

<h2>Hello Stars!</h2>



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