08 June 2019 - This time it's serious!

As you can see, I haven’t updated this blog since almost a year ago, and to be honest it’s because I haven’t really done anything since my last blog post. My last post mentioned that I wasn’t happy with my performance since I returned from holiday, and that’s because I lost focus, and shortly after that post I stopped completely.

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09 July 2018

  • Completed another section from the HTML/CSS course I’ve been doing.
  • Spent some time pondering on what to do next.
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07 July 2018

  • Completed the Multiply Whole Numbers section from my prealgebra book.
  • Continued the HTML And CSS course. Completed two sections.
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06 July 2018

  • Completed the Subtract Whole Numbers section from my prealgebra book.
  • Continued the HTML And CSS course.
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05 July 2018

  • Completed the first two sections of the first chapter of OpenStax’s Prealgebra book.
  • Spent some time confirming what I’m going to do going forward, in mathematics. I will aim to complete one section a day (i.e. not a full chapter, just a section within a chapter). If the section is gigantic, I will split this over multiple days, but I will aim for one a day. This will allow me to keep my mathematics knowledge up, without having to spend two full days learning it per week. I will do this every morning, leaving the evenings to programming. If I come across a section that I am fully comfortable with, I will skip that section. I will be completing the Subtract Whole Numbers section tomorrow.
  • Started Shay Howe’s Learn to Code HTML & CSS course.
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04 July 2018

I’ve not posted recently because I’ve been on holiday, having an awesome time in Zante! I got back yesterday afternoon, so today is my first day back in action!

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24 June 2018

  • Decided against continuing with the Business Communications course. I skipped through the rest of the course and decided that it’s very basic, and that my time is better spent learning and physically building websites.
  • Spent the rest of my time finally confirming my next steps. I have a solid plan of action now.
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23 June 2018

  • Watched all of the shorts from week 5 of CS50
  • Watched the first lecture from week 6 of CS50 and that means that I’ve finished the parts of CS50 that I need to do!
  • Spent some time reading some bookmarks that I’ve saved
  • Researched more about what I’d like to do next
  • Made a start on the CUST104: Business Communications course from Saylor Academy as reccommended in the P1XT guide. Completed the course introduction and Unit 1
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22 June 2018

  • Spent some more time working out what I should do when I’ve completed CS50
  • Based on advice from Open Source Society University, I’ve decided to stop working through CS50 once it moves away from C. This means that the last thing I will do in CS50 is watch the lecture that is part 1 of week 6, before moving on to something else
  • Downloaded a bunch of mathematics books from OpenStax
  • Watched all of the shorts from week 4 of CS50
  • Watched the lecture from week 5 of CS50
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21 June 2018

  • Completed ‘whodunit’ in pset 4 of CS50 - it was nowhere near as interesting to complete as it sounded on the first read!
  • Installed Visual Studio Code as I’ve heard good things about it (extensions etc.)
  • Saved a few bookmarks to my browser that I found
  • Started working through ‘resize’ in pset 4
  • Had a look through the future weeks of CS50 and decided against completing pset 4 or 5. My reasoning for this is that we move from C to Python in week 6, and I won’t be using C again after that. This means I’ll be able to get into the more interesting stuff faster. I might go back and complete every pset nearer the end, but I suspect I won’t. I do intend to complete the psets that use Python, SQL, and JavaScript though - but we’ll see…
  • Because of the point above, this meant I could spend part of my evening watching the lecture from week 4 of CS50
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20 June 2018

  • Watched all videos within week 3 of CS50
  • Created folders and files for problems in pset 3 of CS50
  • Made a start on ‘whodunit’ within pset 3 of CS50 - it’s very interesting!
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19 June 2018

  • Completed ‘music’ in pset 3 of CS50. I really need to start following instructions better! That took me a lot longer than I thought because I decided to do my own thing rather than following the instructions. I’ll do better next time!
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17 June 2018

  • FINALLY completed ‘vigenere’ in pset 2 of CS50. So happy!
  • Watched the lecture and all shorts from week 2 of CS50
  • Started to work through ‘crack’ in pset 2 of CS50, but then stopped. I think that I might give that one a miss, because I don’t fully grasp what’s being asked of me yet, and the ‘music’ problem in pset 3 intrigued me! I don’t need to do ‘crack’ in order to pass CS50 anyway, so it’s not a huge issue.
  • Started to work through ‘music’ in pset 3 of CS50.
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16 June 2018

  • Spent all day working on ‘vigenere’ in pset 2 of CS50 again and STILL didn’t manage to complete it.
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15 June 2018

  • Spent all day working through ‘vigenere’ in pset 2 of CS50. Didn’t manage to complete it. I don’t know why.
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14 June 2018

  • Completed ‘caesar’ in pset 2 of CS50
  • Started to work on ‘vigenere’ in pset 2 of CS50
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13 June 2018

  • Watched all of the shorts fron ‘week 1, continued’ of CS50
  • Completed and submitted the less comfortable ‘mario’ problem in pset 1
  • Completed and submitted the less comfortable ‘cash’ problem in pset 1
  • Made a start on ‘caesar’ from pset 2
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12 June 2018

  • Watched the lecture and all of the shorts from week 1 of CS50 again to reinforce my learning
  • Watched the lecture from ‘Week 1, continued’ of CS50
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11 June 2018

  • Completed pset 1 of CS50. It was very hard, but very good! I did both problems that were classed for people who are ‘more comfortable’ with C. I’m glad I’m taking the more difficult route as it will help me to learn!
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10 June 2018

  • Completed problem set 0 of CS50
  • Watched the lecture from week 1 of CS50 and set up the IDE
  • Started to work through pset 1 of CS50
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09 June 2018

  • Enrolled into the Arizona State University’s College Algebra and Problem Solving course because I know mathematics will be very useful to me in the future when I’m looking at algorithms. I also read some information and watched videos explaining how this course works.
  • Enrolled into Saylor Academy’s Business Communications course because it’s in the P1XT FAQ and sounds interesting. I also went through the course syllabus.
  • Read more about some of P1XT’s courses, and used the guides to figure out what I should be doing now/next. I know I won’t follow them completely, but they will help a lot
  • Watched all of CS50’s Project 5050 playlist.
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08 June 2018

  • Started You Don’t Know JS again. Completed book one (Up & Going).
  • Enrolled into the Harvard University’s CS50 course and watched the lecture for Week 0.
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07 June 2018

  • Continued with Basic JavaScript in FCC. Finding it a lot more difficult than I thought I would. I’m stuck on ‘Record Collection’ at the moment. I’m really struggling with arrays. I’m thinking about starting the entire Basic JavaScript module again tomorrow, or possibly running through You Don’t Know JS instead.
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06 June 2018

  • Spent 40 minutes in the morning redoing part of my fifth FCC project as it was failing the twelfth test. Fixed this so it’s now passing everything.
  • Made a start on Basic JavaScript in FCC.
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05 June 2018

  • Completed the fourth of FCC’s Responsive Web Design Projects - this was to build a technical documentation page. You can find a list of requirements and further information on the project here and you can view the completed project by clicking here.
  • Made a start on the fifth and final of FCC’s Responsive Web Design Projects - to build a Personal Portfolio Webpage.
  • Completed the fifth and final of FCC’s Responsive Web Design Projects - this was to build a Personal Portfolio Webpage. You can find a list of requirements and further information on the project here and you can view the completed project by clicking here. For this one, I used Bootstrap, and based it from my own personal website that I built a while ago. It was very useful getting to grips with Bootstrap again!
  • That gives me my first certificate, and I’m looking forward to starting the Javascript Algorithms And Data Structures Certification tomorrow!
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04 June 2018

  • Completed the third of FCC’s Responsive Web Design Projects - this was to build a product landing page. You can find a list of requirements and further information on the project here and you can view the completed project by clicking here.
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03 June 2018

  • Completed the first of FCC’s Responsive Web Design Projects - this was to Build a Tribute Page. Information on the project can be found here and my project can be found here.
  • Completed the second of FCC’s Responsive Web Design Projects - this was to Build a survey form. This took me far too long, and I struggled with alignment until I decided to use a table for it instead. Information on the project can be found here and my project can be found here.
  • Watched a few YouTube videos including this one - I have a long way to go…
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02 June 2018

  • Continued with FreeCodeCamp - worked through Applied Accessibility, Responsive Web Design Principles, CSS Flexbox, and CSS grid
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01 June 2018

  • Continued with FreeCodeCamp - completed Applied Visual Design. I don’t think I’ll remember much of it but we’ll see.
  • Spent some more time reading Swyx’s blog. This is a very interesting post and it’s similar to what I’d like to do!
  • Read about (and started) 100 days of code. Hopefully I’ll manage at least this!
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31 May 2018

  • Forked Jekyll Now on Github, set it up on Github Pages, and started this blog - I will use Git as often as I can in the future
  • Written the introduction to this blog, and daily updates from 28 May 2018 – 31 May 2018
  • Read more of Swyx’s blog
  • Continued with FreeCodeCamp - completed Basic CSS and made a start on Applied Visual Design
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30 May 2018

  • Continued with Khan Academy
  • Made a start on FreeCodeCamp – completed Basic HTML and HTML5 and made a start on Basic CSS
  • Changed my mind on my study plan – I’m going to continue with FreeCodeCamp until I get bored – then move back to P1xt’s and other’s guides – including You Don’t know JS.
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28 May 2018

  • Joined Khan Academy and started to work through the curriculum. I’m starting at ‘Early Math’ and I’m intending to learn up to at least precalculus, so this may take a while.
  • Read up more on P1xt’s guide and bookmarked useful websites from there
  • Set up my programming environment, including Git
  • Started to read You Don’t Know JS – Up and Going – Read Foreword, Preface, and Chapter 1: Into Programming.
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A brief introduction

This blog was created on 31 May 2018, and it’s main purpose is to log my progress while I work towards going from zero to (hopefully) someone who works as a web developer. I’m hopeful that by having a blog dedicated to my progress, I will ensure that I do something every day towards my main goal of moving into a web development position.

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