How can you stay motivated while learning to code? Studying web development is a path with many ups and downs. You might have one day where you figure out a tough problem and feel absolutely amazing. But then the very next day, you get stuck on a seemingly easy problem for hours. You end up feeling completely defeated. It’s often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But when you’re in those tough, dark spots, try to find the motivation to hang in there.
Remind yourself of your ultimate goal in learning to code. Maybe it’s to get a better job, to provide for your family, or to find a more purposeful form of work.
Do a simple project for someone who needs it and is willing to work with you while you learn the issues your new skill. You may have to do the first one as a freebie to get some street cred as a developer.
Via: Lessons from 7 self-taught coders who now work full time as software developers
Welcome Gareth Stockdale, new micro:bit CEO, from the BBC – The Micro:bit Educational Foundation has today announced that Gareth Stockdale will be joining the Foundation as CEO. Gareth joins from BBC Learning where he was joint lead for the original project that designed, developed and deployed the micro:bit to all year 7 or equivalent children…
I have a number of the micro:bit boards with some clever adapters from Adafruit. This IS “the excellent platform” to start kids in learning about computers and programming. Schools in the US are paranoid about soldering irons and the micro:bit helps by having large pads to use alligator clips. A couple of AA batteries and a USB cable and your able to rock that code. Even though the new federal budget makes it more difficult to contribute to any cause, I plan to help computer learning by donating to DonorsChoose.org.
If you are so inclined to teach others the lesson plans include sample code, lecture material, whiteboard examples and teacher notes. In the process of preparing to teach others, you might just learn something yourself.
via Welcome Gareth Stockdale from the BBC is the new @microbit_edu CEO @stockers1001 @BBC — Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
Introduction In this post, we are going to see how we can use MongoDB in our Node.js application with the help of the package Mongoose. We will also be covering some facts about MongoDB so that, as a reader, you will understand why we have chosen MongoDB as our backend. We will be going through some steps…
via Using MongoDB on Node.js Application Using Mongoose — DZone Web Dev Zone
Every time I talk to a recent grad I hear a variation of the phrase, “I know how to code, I can code in anything.” This is, on the surface, true for some bits like boolean logic and loops. Where it starts to fail for me is when I need to leverage a language’s ecosystem.…
I have learned to respect the learning curve on any new “Language”. I appreciate the YouVideo and subscription to Udemy that I have. It still takes time, more time than getting on a bicycle after 10 years.
I now know twelve languages and the last two took almost as much time as the first ten.
via I Know How to Code, I Can Code in Anything — DZone Web Dev Zone
About the series Communication in Vue.js is one of the first topics you’ll have to learn about. I came from writing Rails front-ends mostly server side rendered and using a little bit of jQuery here and there when I was starting to write Vue.js code. … more
This is a code heavy article showing some very good basic on the use of Vue.
via Vue.js communication: single component — JSFeeds
I’m getting better at PowerShell and never thought to combine these things together. The solution is pretty simple stuff but very creative. This is a Maker project in my mind.
Via: Database Weekly
GraphQL is an alternative method of developing API’s to can use traditional SQL databases and the “Exotic” (1) noSQL databases. Like everything new, there is a learning curve. There is an excellent course on YouTube from Traversy Media that covers the basics to intermediate use of GraphQL
(1) In a meeting recently where the prospect said this. Along with “noSQL is not a standard and is not considered secure.”
via GraphQL, the future of APIs — AltPlatform
Debugging – the process of finding and fixing defects in software – can be a challenging task to do in all languages. Node.js is no exception. Luckily, the tooling for finding these issues improved a lot in the past period. Let’s take a look at what options you have to find and fix bugs in…
I am at the level with Node.JS that I no longer “Suck at it” but I am still learning every time I use it. One of the areas I struggled with was debugging, which was much different and difficult than my .NET and PHP days. It seems like open source meant that you were on your own for debugging.
Special thanks to Gergely for his article on just the topic of Node.js debugging.
One of the takeaways in the article is Pino is an extremely fast Node.js logger, inspired by bunyan. In many cases, pino is over 6x faster than alternatives like bunyan or winston
I had tried Winston as it was recommended by one of my programmer gods. I was not worthy because I couldn’t understand it. I have high hopes for Pino.
via How to Debug Node.js with the Best Tools Available — RisingStack Engineering
It takes a few libraries to create dashboards that look like
Gridster.JS is a jQuery plugin that when combined with Chart.JS to create the charts and jsPDF to snapshot the page into a PDF file you can build a custom dashboard quickly. If you have used Tableau or Microsofts Power BI and wondered, “Could I write something like this in code for a specific solution”, me thinks the answer is “Yes”.
“Backlog” is one of those SCRUMmy terms used to identify features or functions that have been dreamed up or discussed for an application. You collect these ideas into a list which is called the “Backlog”. Then this list is reviewed (Sprint Review) and the ideas are refined (Groomed) and an estimate of effort (Story Points) is assigned to it. Then folks get together and discuss which ones should be done in the next timeframe (Sprint). To collect these ideas some companies use an issue tracking system or an off the shelf ticket system (Atlassian JIRA) and others just use a spreadsheet… gasp.
Sometimes all you need is a simple web application that all the participants can use to enter any ANY of the ideas that came up. Even things like “The buttons should be colored blue.” I needed a simple project to help me learn some technologies that are new to me. Hence the “Backlogger” was born. The whiteboard above shows the original concept.
Technologies used in Backlogger
- Mongo without the headache, neDB
The design requirements were meant to be simple as possible to make this project something that could be done quickly. They also needed to be flexible to allow for better learning.
- Single Page Application
- Open Source
- No user logins, just a password, we are a big happy family
- Self-contained application, no need for outside services or servers
- Mongo database and Mongo queries
- Allow for a maintainable list of people names who contributed ideas to the backlog
- Allow for a maintainable list of functional areas to help groups the ideas
- One time entry of an idea, no editing,
- The editing of an idea will be done during the grooming
- Filters that help find ideas quickly
- Ability to backup and wipe the database (Mongo Documents)
- Simple report that can be printed directly
GeekMustHave would like to thank Phoenix Learning Labs for the resources and funding to do this project. GeekMustHave would also like to thank the MDHHS-DWIP team for the testing and feedback.
Open source, common components
What does it look like?
Backlogger is an Open Source project available on Github.
I’ve used “Backlogger” in one project so far but others who have seen it have expressed some interest in it. That’s another reason why it’s Open Source.
Depending on the feedback I might do additional updates. Maybe I need a “Backlogger” for the “Backlogger”?