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The other night at work, I noticed that when we try to email one of our customers, the email is spelled differently than their name on the internal website we use. I looked at the source code and realized that the email was entered incorrectly in the a href attribute. It’s something that may have gone unnoticed since we have strict instructions to copy and paste everything to remove human error. Ironically, the error was made before we even had a chance and it affects that one contact getting –or in this case not getting– the hundreds of service requests that the client receives every night.
Most of the time I feel like I’m wasting my time doing these coding tutorials so this was a small victory for someone who lacks technical depth in the field.
Back again! Yanno, just practicing when the spirit moves me.
If the last few years have taught me anything, it’s that nothing is going to happen overnight. I can have my feelings about how I should have been a developer by now but I haven’t stuck to any kind of a schedule. Over the past two months, this caused me to research a bunch of Bootcamps and AA programs at the local colleges. I finally caved and reached out to a connect I made here and asked him “how did you get to where you are now?” Because he’s a developer and works at a Bootcamp– but I thought that meant that he *attended* that Bootcamp as that usually is the case for instructors but MAN was I wrong. He said over 2 years he worked through the FCC curriculum + node.js + Colt Steele’s class on Udemy and that’s how he was able to transition. DAS IT.
I’m so freaking impressed when I hear about self-directed learners. I mean, I know that basically everyone in the 90s also went that route, but today I personally feel like you need to have a CS degree to really get your fundamentals down. If I’m being honest, I have a bunch of baggage on that topic. I remember when an ex who had just switched from Nursing to a CS degree told me I could never be a CS major because of my bad math skills and because I couldn’t understand how he was explaining classes in Java. I may have taken that to heart for a long time
So I’ve started the Colt class and it’s alright. I’m 3 sections in and I’m happy to know that I already know everything he’s talking about. Sublime 3 is the suggested text editor and OH MAH GAWD is it a godsend! There are so many shortcuts! I don’t have to type out every SINGLE tag! It’s really changing the coding experience for me–well at least in the realm of HTML/CSS.
That’s all for now. We’ll see how the rest of the course goes.
Work has lightened up a little and marketing initiatives have moved up to the top of my list of things to do. Some of these tasks involve making updates on our company’s website. Since I’ve been feeling pretty good about my super basic coding skills, I mentioned to a few people that I would like to take over managing the company’s website updates. The current staff member who takes care of this was open to the idea and let me sit in and watch while he made updates.
It was a real eye opener to see that the CMS ran on a template (like WordPress) where you enter your content into the fields. More surprisingly, you actually need to use HTML to format everything to customize how you would want your content to look. By the end of the tutorial, I was able to upload a file and link it to text on our website. Additionally, I was able to fix a few broken links that I would not have known how to address prior to dabbling in code.
If anything, this experience has provided some much needed motivation. Somewhere in the future, I might be able to be paid to manage company content and website updates. Because of this, those hours on codeacademy, freecodecamp, and the events I’ve attended are all worth it.
Code on folks. Code on.