1 Week after Coding Bootcamp

The sudden realization that you have spent the better part of the last year coding with a specific timeline, and schedule of projects has disappeared.

The act of putting this into practice and continuing to work on your chosen craft alongside finding a job in the industry is more daunting than I thought. Just reading some of the job listings are incredibly deceptive when they ask for a Junior Developer and ask for 2+ years in a commercial environment with 15 different requirements, some of which I have never heard of.

Never in my 20+ years of jobs have I seen such oddly phrased listings of jobs. It's almost like everyone is searching for a perfect unicorn when it seems like there should be a better way. It is especially odd to see so many websites, that are supposedly tech oriented, not have fields for Github, personal website, CodePen, etc. Web sites that are there for newbies and experienced people alike show the projects that they work on. Understandably I am not a recruiter, nor have I been in the industry and yet it is a little disconcerting. I have been told that if I match even 50% just apply and see what happens.

Understandably I am not a recruiter, nor have I been in the industry and yet it is a little disconcerting. I have been told that if I match even 50% just apply and see what happens. However, I will be a bit picky for a little bit mainly due to being employed even if it isn't in the Software Development Career I am now searching for.

While doing that I am continuing with FCC just to make sure I have some practice and face additional challenges. I am at the portion of the program of "Advanced Algorithm Scripting" and it does have me scratching my head more than once. My usual scenario is to try for 30 minutes using repl.it and if I can't solve it using my searching skills. It has definitely been good practice to go through the MDN and Stack Overflow answers and decipher how to accomplish it.

FCC – Show the Local Weather

Just completed the Local Weather App through Free Code Camp on Codepen. This one took me a little bit mainly due to balancing trying to do FCC, Bloc.io, and now I have started to actually put some resume’s out.

Personally found this one to have some quirks that were…troubling. This is due to Codepen and trying to pull your current location due to restrictions of cross-origin HTTP requests. I went ahead and used a simple JSON request through ip-api.com which allowed me to pull information that was for the general area and was much easier than using the CORS (HTTP access control) method.

Other than that the App is simple showing temperature, an icon showing what the weather is doing, your location, and Wind direction and speed. Nothing terribly fancy but I think the main takeaway here is to use an API, to pull data and organize it.

The only other real big hurdle was just trying to style it to make it look half way decent. I have realized that style is not my strong suit and I will need to work on that one.

You can check out my Weather App on Codepen.

FCC – Random Quote Generator

Completed the Free Code Camp’s project “Random Quote Generator”. This was an interesting little project, fairly simple as I didn’t get too sophisticated with it. Simple bootstrap layout, vanilla javascript, nothing fancy.

My main goal was to complete this to learn how to randomly pick a quote from an array. You can take a look at my “Random Quote Generator” on Codepen.io.

After I was done with this little project I decided to find some others who had completed it. Surprisingly it appears a lot of people completed this using an API to pull random quotes from various other websites. I honestly did not think about doing it that way. I had assumed, from the directions, that it was to test if you could make this work using vanilla JS. I am not necessarily wrong as I have re-read the directions but still, it makes sense to be able to practice with an API.

As I look at the map from FCC I noticed that the next project is a “Show the Local Weather” page and you will need to use an API for that.

So at this time I am happy with my way of doing the Quote Gen and will leave it at that.