Posts Categorized: General

November
03
2014

October – In Retrospect

After a very busy October, I return with armfuls of good news and a new resource for you, my dear reader. Back in August we finished our quiz (to which we give our thanks to Richard’s site – JS is Sexy) and hopefully, that gave you the confidence and appetite to approach new JavaScript projects. I did suggest continuing with Richard’s curriculum and taking a look at backbone and node. However, it occurs to me that perhaps that backbone.js is currently a jump too far, so at this juncture I’m suggesting we could do with a bit more practice in JS fundamentals.
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September
26
2014

September – Weeks 2, 3 & 4

A confession this week, I don’t have any suggestions for what you should be studying – I’ve been busy creating this blog. I’ve tied up these 3 weeks in a hessian bag and thrown them onto the train line, mustache and hat completing my evil tirade. I’m not sure if opening an account of many months of toil to the general viewing public is a good idea, it’s a bit of a gamble and I’ve invested quite a lot of time to present to you what I’ve learnt and forgotten in the previous months. Public opinion appears as a train storming the line, it could be made of steel and sharp pointy ends or cake and cashmere pillows. In the last 3 weeks I’ve been collecting and revising all I’ve covered, confusing notes I’ve made and with some difficulty, making sense of it all to deliver to you everything I’ve been studying and reading (more…)

August
18
2014

August – Week 3

Fakery and chicanery, sounds like a movement in the history of furniture design, but it’s not; I’m afraid I made a bit of a faux pas this week, I created and I’m now displaying a couple of websites for businesses: businesses that don’t exist. I had been warned off doing this by a few things I’d read on the internet, though, let’s be clear that I do clearly state the fictional nature of the websites. (I don’t wish to upset anybody) Although they sit in my Bee Smart portfolio (more…)

August
04
2014

August – Week 1

This week I got really into using codeabbey, it’s a strange retro looking site, but one that I think has a lot of value. I didn’t expect to stay but solving the problems became quite addictive and I became aware that it was a building on what I’d learnt at Codecademy and ‘Learn JS properly.’ You’re given solid introductions to the problems that cover important areas such as encryption (more…)

July
26
2014

July – Week 4

“If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.”
– Linus Torvalds

I thought this was a blog about web design, now you’re talking about installing Linux, CLI’s and dual-booting, whatever the hell that is. This week I decided to try out Linux, following recommendations I chose the (baby tier) Ubuntu distro: Cinnamon Mint. I like Linux, I think the CLI (command line interface) is great – something Windows seems to lack (more…)

July
17
2014

July – Week 3

Respite arrives in the form of a holiday, a brief relocation to Cornwall and the discovery of Code Complete. What else was I going to read on holiday? We’ve got to stay the course and it’s a book I’ve often been recommended. (Thanks Bill the Lizard.) Also I grabbed a couple of Head First’s books, Java and Design Patterns. The books themselves seem kind of silly, what with crossword exercises, but they’re rather popular. They’re presented in quite an informal, conversational style (more…)