I Built This!

 

See the Pen Free Code Camp Weather App by Luke (@escrew7) on CodePen.

This is my version of the Free Code Camp Weather App written up on Codepen. I’m pretty happy with how it has turned out. A couple of things I am particularly stoked about are the toggle on the degrees <div> where you can click to change from Farenheight to Celsius; and the minimal design of the app, which I think is suited to its purpose.

Free Code Camp along with Khan Academy have, to me, been two of the better free web development learning platforms. Both boast strong challenges along with great support networks for when you run into coding problems. Free Code Camp has really pushed me to my limits with JavaScript and on more than one occasion I’ve stormed off complaining about how the site is cheating me, only to realise that I’ve spelt “function” wrong.

One feature I’ve really enjoyed about Free Code Camp is that you can enter into a “contract” with the Camp, where each month you donate a sum of money to a choice of charities until you finish your selected certificate. It’s really rewarding knowing that you are achieving your goals of learning code whilst also giving others less fortunate a leg up in achieving their own dreams. I decided to donate monthly to the http://www.blackgirlscode.com/ school and have been 9 months.

freeCodeCamp is no walk in the park by any means, but if you really push yourself, the rewards that come from completing algorithms and projects is legit.

https://www.freecodecamp.com/

Give it a shot.

Like Riding a Bike?

bike

I recently took a little bit of time off of studying JavaScript to attempt the construction of some actual websites. So now that I had a couple of sites under my belt I decided to dive back into the Free Code Camp Front End Certificate.

Have you ever left a video game for a couple of months and then come back with absolutely zero idea of what is going on? Because that’s exactly what happened to me, I had no idea how to create a function, looping was lost on me and I couldn’t even remember the difference between an array and an object. Studying JavaScript is just like riding a bike… if that bike had no wheels and a cat for a seat.

But complete and utter despair at my lack of ability isn’t something that gets me down for (too) long and after a couple of weeks of persevering I was running through the intermediate problems with increasing confidence. As intimidating as stuff like this can be when you first look at it, once you have a basic grasp of the fundamentals, the world is your oyster.

I hate that saying… I don’t even like oysters.

The world is your oyster deep fried mars bar.

Fixed.

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A weekly update of what I’m currently reading, watching and listening to.

Freakonomics

 

x = reading

Freakonomics – Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

This book is a really interesting read that gives you a different perspective on the world and what’s going around you. Their answer to the reasons behind the drop in crime in the USA still feels ridiculous to me.

 

 

tourist-u

 

x = listening

Tourist – U

This seems to by my go to music when trying to figure out JavaScript. Tourist is music that manages to relax and invigorate you at the same time.

 

 

Bloodline

 

x = watching

Bloodline

Defines the term ‘slow burn’, but crazy good acting and a super gritty storyline keeps you on-board and clamouring for answers. Ben Mendleson is the GOAT.

 

 

doughboys

 

x = podcasting

Doughboys

Two comedians that review fast food restaurants in the USA. Thanks to these guys I’m this close to selling everything I own, moving to the USA and living the short, yet enjoyable dream of hyper-obesity.