1. Moving to Gatsby Js

    I’ve now begun the process of moving my blog over to Gatsbyjs. Gatsby is build using react and is more like a static PWA than anything else. It’s a great way to get started developing in React and is proving to be a fun little project. I will eventually be using Gatsby for another project as well. For now, I wanted to use it for a personal project to slowly get comfortable with it. …


  2. PHP, ASP.NET and React

    My main focuses right now are PHP, ASP.NET CORE and React. Right now, I’m taking the basic stuff I’m learning about PHP and building stuff right away with it. Going through the entire course on Team Treehouse without building anything has led to me getting discouraged and feeling like I’m not learning fast enough. I’m finding that practically buiilding and changing a project of my own as learn with the videos does a lot to keep me encouraged. Besides PHP, I’m relearning .NET by learning .NET CORE. What I’m working on now is migrating an old ASP.NET application I built a couple years ago over to ASP.NET core. I’m also looking into how I would go about building React components for both PHP applications as well as for .Net applications Overall, I feel like I’m getting into enjoying learning coding again! …


  3. .NET | Team Treehouse

    As I have begun to do a dive back into .NET, I figured it would probably be best to actually do something that had a structure to it and not just a bunch of small exercises here and there. Team Treehouse has a course on C# and one on ASP.Net. Being in the current state of non-employment this week, if I simply treated the courses as a full-time job, I could actually be finished with both by the end of the week. I’m already finding while going through the C# course that I’m no so much learning how it all works again but rather refereshing myself on what it all does. It doesn’t feel nearly as difficult to go through the course as when I initially learned the language. In fact, a lot of it feels like review and I’m finding that I know a lot of the material already. I’ll check back in later this week with an update on how everything is coming along. …


  4. .NET | Diving Back In

    After a while of exploring different technologies and having my first two jobs being mostly CMS based (WordPress and Drupal), my next position will be starting off doing QA in .NET applications. I have quite a bit to relearn. The past two years I have been mostly focusing on front-end frameworks and dipping my toes into design. I’ve also been exploring more in digital marketing and anlytics for sites. This is the first dive into true software engineering. I say that because even though I’m starting out in QA, where I end up by next year is up to me and what effort I choose to put in both inside and outside of work. My career is really in my hands and I’m actually really excited about this new opportunity I’ve been given. It will require a ton of work but I’m completely up to the task and willing to sacrifice my free time to become successful at being an engineer. …


  5. React and Laravel

    So far, I’ve looked at some of the React documentation and gone through a few tutorials. What I’m thinking is next is to have a small project where I build a cv. …


  6. Learning React

    With learning React I eventually came across the React for Drupal site. It’s honestly a bit of a godsend in that it gives a pretty solid walkthrough of design principles, courses, how-to’s and where to starts. The first place I did start was here. Understanding that even though the main syntax used in React in JSX, it is still essentially just Javascript was nice to know.  I’ve since been going through the Level Up Tuts tutorials. Within the next few days, most likely this weekend, I’ll start building components after I learn a bit more about how to set React on top of Drupal. …


  7. React for Drupal

    Looking for the next project I’d like to dive into, I really wanted to build a media hubsite. Right now I’m using Adobe portfolio and that looks halfway decent (though I feel I’m giving myself some leeway there if I’m being honest). UIs can be helpful if done right. I feel though the UIs like the ones for the Adobe portfolio site are best used for a stack of work that doesn’t include the website said work is hosted on. As a developer, your site is your portfolio as well. I’ve decided to use my main site as sort of a central hub and a place to post weekly updates on new projects and things I’m looking to dive into. Initially a few weeks ago, I was quite interested in learning Hugo, but after diving into React a bit more, I’m thinking that I’m going to refocus on diving into Gatsby. Besides that, I’m also looking at React for Drupal. Acquia has a great sandbox to try things out in and I’ve been rather curious about decoupling a CMS. It’s also intriguing, the idea of possible a PWA framework like Gatsby with Drupal. But we’ll see how it goes! …


  8. Surviving The Coding Bootcamp

    I know that the post-bootcamp life can be hectic and very stressful, especially with the money that you probably put in and this being a whole new career path looming over you. Here are the things I did and the mindset I had while initially job searching two years ago when I first got out of my coding bootcamp. …