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Journey of a Web Development Student

June 19th, 2013 Alina Guzman Tech, Web Development 1 Comment

The last few months were among the most important and eventful of my life. I graduated college, went on my first vacation abroad (sans family), and made the life altering decision to pursue my dream of becoming a web developer.

I hadn’t heard of the recently popular Web Development Boot Camp courses before my father mentioned a friend of his colleagues’ had enrolled into one.  I had, however, always been interested in the web. My father taught me HTML as a junior high schooler and I was hooked. I got this domain a couple of years ago as an outlet to express my various interests, display my portfolio, and play around with web design to my hearts content.

When the possibility of enrolling in a #webdev course started becoming a reality, I jumped at it. I applied and was accepted into General Assembly’s NYC Web Development Immersive course. I completed roughly 50 hours (if not more) of pre-course work that dove into the fundamentals of Ruby, the object-oriented programming language we would cover. The pre-work consisted of various tutorials and resources available from amazing websites like Codecademy and Codeschool. It was incredibly difficult to follow, and I was so grateful that I had my father, a seasoned developer and Technical Architect to explain every last concept to me repeatedly. While these free tutorials online are an amazing resource, they are far from ideal.

And so begins my 3 month, 9-5:30am every weekday dive into the amazing world of Ruby. Follow along as I learn to build web apps from scratch.

 

Til the days of templates are long gone, I strive!

 

 

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Lightbox discontinued

June 15th, 2012 Alina Guzman Tech No comments

Sadly, Lightbox was discontinued today. Last month, Facebook announced that it was buying out the social Android-only photo sharing application. Existing users like myself were given the option to download all our photos before the site shut down. Thankfully Instagram opened up to the Android population but its still sad to see this app go. Hopefully now the Lightbox team can bring some much needed help to Facebook’s mobile apps; they are ridiculously laggy!

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