You may think you know what you really don’t…

It has now been 7 weeks since I’ve been attending the Nashville Software school and I’ve not missed one day. I know you may be thinking, “Well, why haven’t you taken a break?” My simple but honest answer to that question is…one day of information presents you with notes, hands on labs, and understanding. So if you miss 1 day, I can only imagine that playing catch up would be a nightmare. Not saying this to scare anyone, but this School is not your average school. It kind of puts me in the mind of a Boot Camp where you don’t have anybody looking over your shoulder making sure you do anything because it’s up to you to do the homework, and practice all of the skills that were taught to you in class in order for you to be great enough to get the back-end developer job once you graduate.

I know in the recent blog I said that I would be blogging from week to week, but it seems like my blogging time is always overthrown by my homework time. lol

In the 1st two weeks of this school, I thought I would be ahead of the game because the teacher had in the syllabus that we would be going over front-end development like: CSS3, HTML5, ect. These topics were very familiar to me until the teacher went over a new form of writing css called SASS. Then we got into a new form of writing HTML called HAML.

Then the teacher went over GITHUB. Before this, I actually thought git hub was just a site that shared code that other people created. I didn’t know this powerful site was the main puzzle piece that employers look for back-end developers to understand. GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system. So basically in a nutshell, this version control system creates a way for a group of developers to write code on their own computers but be able to save what they coded, but push or share it to the internet repository”GITHUB,” where the rest of the group are able to critique the code and manipulate the code, but also pull that code back down into their local computers. We have also been working with Flicker and Google API’s. We actually have made multiple applications using JavaScript while using these API’s.

Currently we have been going over JavaScript and J query. We’ve also been getting into JavaScript Libraries like, Underscore.js. Qunit Testing in JavaScript has also been a main focus along with Integration Testing. This is a topic which our teacher, “Chyld Medford,” will be going over at BarCamp Nashville!

While coming out of week 7 to week 8, I realized that we have actually done more than 50 labs. Time flies so fast!! I barely even knew that it was even week 7, but I have realized with all of this practice, my muscle memory has improved when it comes to writing functions in JavaScript, and getting real world projects done that involve only JavaScript! 🙂

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