#015 - Following the Ways of a Frontend Master
I now juggle between freeCodeCamp, Treehouse and Frontend Masters.
It is my current goal to grow in my active knowledge in software development, as I continue to strive towards a redefining path to reskill my technical skills in software development, cloud technologies and systems administration. Initially, I want to specialise in web technologies, but I want to branch out to app development, electronics, machine learning, and red team cybersecurity.
I also have a big obsession with American programmers, particularly folk who have worked in the tech industry and not the self-proclaimed 'expert' who churn out Udemy courses from their bedroom.
I want to learn from smart people in the industry. I want to fast-track my continuing personal development and I want to grow accustomed to the jargon-filled lingo of the industry itself. Producing a credible programming portfolio isn't enough to secure a software development job. In addition, you need to know the underlying concepts of programming with the likes of data structure and object-orientated programming. I am sure other topics including networking protocols, web accessibility and information security will heighten one's knowledge of technology as a whole.
In addition, you can have a snazzy-looking portfolio, but you also need to be prepared to discuss about your portfolio projects. Employers will also be keen on a person's attitude, work ethic and how they exercise communication in the soft-skills department, whilst thinking analytically as a whole.
I was thrilled to sit through and follow the Complete Intro to Web Development, v2 with Brian Holt. It's a very (over)loaded course, but it drives home the essential skills to secure (and survive) the ways of a programmer. I found it beneficial to learn some inside shortcuts with VS Code and programming techniques.
I still like Treehouse because of its fun approach, as the pre-recorded sessions are rehearsed and packaged with interactive coding exercises, quizzes, and colourful animation. I also find the forums resourceful to better learn why a certain way to programming is recommended. I like Treehouse and I thank the Queens Library in NYC for introducing me to Treehouse back in 2015.
Treehouse has the added benefit, which covers Swift, C# and back-end languages and libraries. I also like the UX and business courses and I am savouring the VR and game development courses, once I dip my toes in C# programming.