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Why Github has become even more attractive to (potential) users (and why Bitbucket may be starting to feel the heat)

A while back I wrote a post entitled "Why I chose to use BitBucket for personal and client projects". At the time, I found BitBucket very attractive because it permitted me to create as many private repos as I wanted for free. I could only have up to 5 people on my team, but that was not an issue for me. I find Bitbucket otherwise to be a bit of a pain in the ass. There is no comparable "gh-pages" branch, i.e. "bitbucket-pages" to host your repos live for the world to see. It really only serves ... Continue Reading

Hail, Caesar!

Caesar Cipher (Free Code Camp) The challenge: [crayon-574a664c347e4036274120/] Some helpful links: String.prototype.charCodeAt() String.fromCharCode() You know your code has passed when: [crayon-574a664c347f1886857865/] ROT13 cipher: simple letter substitution cipher that replaces a letter with the letter 13 letters after it in the alphabet. ROT13 is a special case of the Caesar Cipher developed in ancient Rome. Because there are 26 letters in the basic Latin alphabet (2x13), ... Continue Reading

Why sometimes you have to push() before you sort()

Where Do I belong (Free Code Camp) Challenge: [crayon-574a664c35472158711946/] For example: [crayon-574a664c3547d246564751/] Some helpful links: Array.sort() You know your code has passed when: [crayon-574a664c35484998329811/] What I was given to work with as a start: [crayon-574a664c3548b871479506/] My pseudo code for the challenge: [crayon-574a664c35491600753523/] arr.sort(): sorts the elements of an array in place and returns the array. The sort is not necessarily ... Continue Reading

Why is helpful when working with both arrays and objects

Seek and Destroy (Free Code Camp) This algorithm challenge was a bit confusing at first, but I did have an idea about how I wanted to approach it. The challenge was to put the pieces together in the most concise way possible. Interestingly enough, I had attended a workshop over the weekend called JavaScript Fundamentals: Higher Order Functions, Scopes, Closures, and Callbacks through the New York JavaScript Meetup, and it was very good. It was hosted by instructors from devbootcamp MakerSquare ... Continue Reading

Why I chose Free Code Camp to certify as a developer

As some of you may (or may not know), last year I wrote about an online platform I had discovered called Free Code Camp. Free Code Camp is a free online alternative where folks who want to become serious developers can certify. It has even been approved by Linkedin as an accepted source of certification. Last year, they were still in the process of finishing up the site and creating their own curriculum (much was borrowed from all over the web from places like Codecademy, and Code School, for ... Continue Reading

Gmail issues yesterday were not Google related

Update 10:38am 4.12.16: I turned Mailtrack back on to check whether it was working or not, and mine is. Now that wasn't too painful. Too bad we have to yell and scream these days to get anything done. Yesterday I was having problems with my Gmail account, and I thought that it was because Google was trying to get me to use Google inbox. Not such a far-fetched assumption, but it ended up not being the case. Thank God! I like inbox for its visuals, but as far as work and business, regular Gmail ... Continue Reading

Google, please don’t force me to use #inbox

I have been extremely busy for a long time now, and have had neither the desire nor the time to write anything here. However, this morning, when Google all of a sudden started forcing me to use #inbox instead of Gmail's inbox, I was infuriated. Everything I had worked so hard to organize MY WAY was virtually erased. Ok, my labels are still in there, but I am no longer easily or intuitively able to perform organizational tasks in bulk. At least there is no obvious way of doing so. I also don't ... Continue Reading

Great Front End Development Resources to Glean From

Note: I will be adding more probably on a daily basis, as it will of course be very helpful to moi! I finally took the plunge and started a web development course at NYCDA in downtown Manhattan. Seems like a lot of the dev bootcamps and schools are situated downtown. I know I will study further after this course, it's just a matter of where and exactly what. I found that because of visual creative background, Front End made sense for me to pursue. It also fits well with Wordpress Development! ... Continue Reading

Great Git Related Resources

So I have been using Github a lot lately both for the web development evening intensive course I'm taking, and for my own projects. No matter how big or small, I'm pushing them all to gh-pages  as well as into my regular Github repositories. gh-pages is a great way to host your projects for free on Github so the world can view them easily, and you can host them for free! You can either auto generate a gh-pages website based on Github resources, or you can create project pages manually. I ... Continue Reading

Switching Careers in Mid-Life: How to Ignore Preconceptions and Biases

A good number of people get why I decided to start an evening web development intensive program at The New York Coding and Design Academy. I just began 2 weeks ago, and am so loving it. It is the smartest move I have ever made. I know that if I work hard and way beyond the scope of the course(s), I will be able to get a job as a Front End Web Developer in media. I have 14 more weeks to go, and with each week that I learn, create, and finish, I tell myself that I am one week closer to my ... Continue Reading