Logging my web development journey
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Improving my Regex understanding with a helpful resource.
Learning to improve my approach to variable and function naming and keeping my code clean.
Diving into learning Angular and building an MVP for a digital form, on a deadline.
Encouraged to attempt a technical assessment for Angular, I plan out my approach to tackling the project requirements.
The client site continues to gain traction and attention, and the team takes a little break over the holidays.
Continuing to refine my client site, building new interfaces in Airtable, and improving balance.
As more users join my client site and more talent joins the team, we work to add more structure to our workflow and more value to our customers.
With some Python under my belt, we next start getting into the actual machine learning portion of Kaggle's 30 Days of ML course, and top it off with a final competition.
Mixing things up with a dip into the first few days of Kaggle's 30 Days of ML course.
Wrapping up tasks and tackling site issues and design changes as we begin the soft launch of Silver is Gold!
My personal notes from attending the Get a Job webinar hosted in the "web dev and web design" Discord server.
Wrapping up tasks and tackling site issues as we count down to the private launch of Silver is Gold.
Implementing a new job board plugin and populating page content to finally have the site looking and acting more like a real service.
The gears are slowly starting to click into place as I work out a production pipeline and experiment with running WordPress locally.
Looking to level-up my WordPress development lifecycle, I evaluate different options and workflows and start digging into Docker.
Slowly getting the hang of navigating and using WordPress, and gaining experience developing a product with a great client!
Starting into learning WordPress for a new client project.
New study schedule, new goals, new expectations, and new projects - it's time to get things moving again!
A reflection on non-linear progress, new beginnings, and a general update of what I've been up to this past month.
Spending a little time learning how to utilize APIs and different ways to call them.
Being grateful for the time I spent addressing my burnout head-on before life decided to come in and stir things up!
Where I'm headed next and immediate goals, with an unexpected twist at the end.
How I need to change to stay healthy, productive, and happy.
Reflecting on how I got here and what went wrong.
Failing to rest, hitting a wall, and scheduling to take more time to properly recover.
Reviewing the events from the past week and allowing myself the space to rest.
Completing a second round of revisions on my resume, sending out my first application, and getting my PR accepted and pushed to main!
Finishing a book, and crafting what is seemingly the best resume I've ever made. We'll see if it holds up!
Learning how to create package patches, changing my design, and blocking out components.
Accidentally making a PR to the create-react-component-folder repository in the process of working on my portfolio.
Acknowledging that my day job can take a lot out of me, and I can't always put in a full night's work after a rough week.
Reviewing my experience laying out my design so far and making a decision that might work out or end up being a... learning opportunity, and compiling resources on learning design and rendering Markdown.
Trying to create the portfolio design in my head in Framer but fumbling.
Comparing design platform contenders, sketching out a new layout,and learning the new tools.
Starting to rebuild my portfolio with a plan for future growth and better structured development.
Trying to grow my network from mentor advice, and making plans to monitor things going forward.
Continuing with my networking objectives from yesterday, deploying a new Resources page for helpful links, and working with emotions.
Road-testing my new market research process to aggregate data on employers and roles.
Setting defined goals and checkpoints through the rest of the month for my Thursday Market Research nights, and a discussion about soft skills.
Kicking off the new schedule by picking a key theme of "tools" for the week, and learning more about VS Code.
Output from my day-long refocusing and reprioritization exercise.
Planning and publicly committing to my objectives for tomorrow.
Encountering a treasure trove of motivation information and reflecting on startup culture.
Catching up with posts before the holiday, and impressions from another deep dive into motivation.
Adding a few minor features to Learning Log, and getting to bed at a decent time!
Or, what to do when you want consistent content, good content, AND sleep. Only I'm still figuring out where to fit in that last one.
Sorting and compiling all of my current focus areas.
Trying to dig myself out from the firehose of high-quality information I've been exposed to since increasing engagement on Twitter, and creating a Projects workspace to add better visibility to what I'm working towards.
Although it kind of reads like an ad for Airtable. I'm really enjoying using it, okay?
Two very different calls discussing next steps and finding motivation.
Posting about 100 days of Learning Log, and working to start developing my network.
Utilizing my new Node.js experience to update Learning Log statistics with a single console command!
Starting a new podcast, discussing why I track time on this site, and acknowledging that I need to get better at social media.
Completing my little dip into Node.js with a fully functional and expandable React configuration script.
Reviewing and finalizing Hook Clock as the first fully "complete" project in my portfolio!
Getting sidetracked with learning more about Node.js.
Fixing up a few remaining issues, and adding documentation and finishing touches to Hook Clock.
Discussing burnout and deciding to charge forward polishing up Hook Clock for a quick win.
Reviewing my next steps and determining a focus for the immediate future.
Presenting TD Collection to the Product Lab team.
Implementing Storybook into my Portfolio, and reviewing portfolio sites on Awwwards for inspiration.
Determining what we can demo for the end of Product Lab.
Getting better perspective on where my portfolio needs to be, and brainstorming how to get there.
Syncing up with Neal for the final sprint on TD Collection before my work trip.
Unless you're here from the future, there haven't been any posts for the past few days. This is what I've been doing!
Building out checkbox and slider accordion components for the TDC Main App drawer.
Building out components for TD Collection, getting token cards working with our sample data, and lots of new adjustments and features.
TD Collection reflections with Oblique Strategies, and considerations for future blogging objectives.
A brief overview of the pipeline I use to filter and prioritize where I put my focus.
Fixing up a handful of issues from the end of yesterday as more things start to make sense.
Implementing the TD Collection design on the actual site, and progress snapshots.
Wrapping up my Hook Clock app and pushing it live.
Creating a small demo app to get hands-on practice using hooks.
Continuing my dive into React Hooks.
Working towards understanding React class-driven components versus functional components, and how React Hooks fit into the picture.
Spending some time to try building the TDC main app page, learning how to use React Router, and identifying that I really need to learn Hooks.
Collaborating on the TD Collection main app page layout and wrestling with an an unwieldy number of checkboxes.
Weekend updates and correcting a bug in the references section of Stats.
Building out the TD Collection landing page, and the last day for Irregular Café.
Stumbling by chasing curiosity instead of progressively iterating, but still managing to make some progress on the TDC landing page.
Working with Neal to craft drafts for the TD Collection landing pages, and a quote on curiosity.
Irregular Café winding down for now, and coordinating TDC plans for tomorrow.
Having a sync meeting with the TDC team to lay out our plans for the month and future, and setting up our CI pipeline.
Exploring the adversarial nature of the perception of productivity against living life. Also some normal updates.
Diving into Product Lab and getting things started on the TDC project.
More reading and prepping for Product Lab.
A little check-in between feeling under the weather and getting ready for Product Lab.
Reading JFS, brainstorming solutions to my data file management issue, and creating a tool to solve a team problem at work.
Registering for Hacktoberfest, making a survey, and getting a new book.
Signing up for the Scrimmage Product Lab and coordinating our next big project, and creating a personal CRM to try and grow my network.
Reading my way through a growing backlog of resources and articles, and developing a plan and metrics to increase value within the data on individual progression items.
Fixing a broken onload event introduced with PWA updates, and adding more learning progression items to my backlog.
Gearing up for Hacktoberfest 2020, and making my GitLab and GitHub repositories share data.
Working on my mentality in an effort to be a more mindful communicator, and highlights from other readings.
Putting finishing touches on notifications for now, submitting my finalized tribute project, and taking a quick Markdown course.
Conducting a poll to improve the user experience for post notifications, and exploring selectively adding Disqus to posts.
Setting up and serving update notifications after tying into the PWA plugin update event.
Already fixing my brand-new favicons to include a version identifier and better color contrast, updating CI/CD pipelines for AGWSU and my portfolio, and adding a new "recreation" metric.
Finally adding a favicon to this site and learning about setting up a service worker to get things working as a progressive web app, plus focusing on accessibility.
Finishing the educational portion of FCC's Responsive Web Design Certification and starting the projects.
Implementing and documenting additional Front Matter values for my blogs, logs, and notes.
Blog feedback sparks an exciting idea for more actionable metrics to capture with each post, and a little CSS learning with some quick games.
Neal and I meet to sync up on the AGWSU project, wrapping up sprint 6 and moving forward with projections for sprint 7, and the timeline beyond.
Planning for GitLab's new 400 minute limit on CI/CD, working on FreeCodeCamp, and debating if this blog is serving a productive purpose by being publicly accessible.
Joining an irregular coffee club, organizing our issues for AGWSU, blog improvements and accessibility, and adding the equivalent second job time commitment being devoted to this learning journey.
Looking into a malformed canonical URL and making CSS adjustments to the footer and interactive elements.
Starting on FCC's Applied Accessibility Challenges and completing the user registration feature merge request for AGWSU.
Exploring a quote, some Stat page updates, and completing the next section on FreeCodeCamp.
Completing some FreeCodeCamp lessons and minor blog housekeeping instead of resting...
Looking into task runners and bundlers, and learning about the history and application of Grunt, Gulp, Browserify, and Webpack.
Posting the new blog and adding many progression items to my skill pages.
Cleaning up some more items around the site, and adding in features related to the upcoming large blog post.
Spending a few hours writing a new blog post and working on life tasks.
A quote kicks off a mental exploration of risk management in the context of learning new material and limited time.
Training my wife on VirtualBox, configuring a VM with macOS X, and customizing Tabliss.
Pair programming with Neal on AGWSU and getting back into working on my portfolio.
Working on Git, making Skill table improvements, and some general housecleaning.
More progress on Git learning and migrating learning items into skills.
Learning git cli commands in an effort to not rely on Sourcetree so much, and adding a "Blog Improvements" section in my Tasks page for improvements that I would like to capture.
My personal notes and next learning steps from attending an online D3 + React workshop.
Adding snappy header sorting to the Skills table, adding even more Stats into the stats page, and making sure my Tasks page always has work for me ready to go.
Suggesting new tasks with an empty backlog, and pulling all skills over to the new format.
Creating an entirely different skill collection structure, fully-automated skill collection output pages, an automated learning task collection system, and cleaning up the navigation bar.
Powering up my Stats pie chart, improving my CSS, and pulling in progression and course data to my skill collection entries.
Back into React with pair-programming for AGWSU, and project maintenance and schedule tasks.
Reflecting on the past 3 months of web development and a few last improvements for Learning Log before switching back to other projects.
Hooking up skill details, sorting the skill table, fixing query search, and a few dead ends.
Creating a collection for detailed per-skill information and changing the log skill list to a collection of badges instead of a list.
Finishing the stats page (sort of), adding some CSS to post-to-post navigation and the post header info, and reworking onload into an include function.
Fixing my Skills page and using the lessons learned to capture blog stats.
Deep dive into Liquid to generate my Skills page content dynamically from journal logs.
Practice with Liquid, adding social media buttons, time to read.
Adding tags, categories, search, and fundamentals.
A discussion puts things into better perspective and helps me overcome my hesitations towards web development
A summary post for how we got here, the reason for this site, and my hopes for how it develops