Learning Frontend at General Assembly

Unit 1 at General Assembly was all about frontend.  We covered terminal, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, jQuery, Chrome Dev Tools, Git and Github, User Stories, Task Tracking, and probably a dozen more things they slipped in that I didn’t take note of because my head was spinning.  It was a busy 3 weeks.

But since I had experience with JS, HTML, CSS, and terminal the two weeks or so were relatively easy for me.  OOP, functions, and debugging were all known to me.  ButI rarely felt bored; instead I tinkered with CSS, did some reading on CSS Grid Layout (which I’m very excited about, and indicates I’m probably going to be a frontend nerd), and tried to keep up with housework so my wife would come home to a clean place.  I slipped into a good schedule: wake between 7-8, go on a walk/run, fix breakfast, do some reading, do class from 10am-1:30pm and use all of my 5-10 minute breaks to do housework.  Our lunch break is 1:30-2:30 so I go on another walk/run, get some food heating up while I shower, and get back to the computer by 2:30 for class from 2:30-6:00, again using my breaks to keep the house nice.  From 6-6:30 I spend time with my wife, do homework from 6:30-dinner, eat a quick dinner, clean up, and continue homework until 9 or 10.  Wash, rinse, repeat.

In Unit 1, we built a stopwatch, converted Arabic numerals to Roman numerals and back again, created a to-do list, a counter counter which I didn’t finish because we had a hurricane, and others.  You can find some of those on my Codepen.  It was a whirlwind, even with my previous experience.  And at the end of 3 weeks of instruction, we began our first project, which I’ll discuss in my next post.

I’ve never learned so much in such a short time.  And now that we’re finishing our Unit 2 project, I can say that again about Unit 2: never have I learned so much in such a short time.  You’ve gotta check out a coding bootcamp, you just gotta!


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