Progress!

by Leah Miller

May 27, 2019

I was struggling there for a bit with trying to style the pug nail trim page. I hate having to stop for work! I get on a roll and then basically have to pause for a week because I am drained from my paying job.

Alright, all that aside, I made some major progress today. Using the position property has finally allowed me to do what I wanted. I also realized that one simple line (margin: 0;) changed more than I thought it did. When I removed it I was able to adjust where the paragraphs were in relation to the photos so much easier! Watching some more videos on media queries also made the structure of the page more organized.

All thats left is to compress the images some and get some more pictures to fill in the blanks! The pugs at work have not been cooperative in taking photos. Of course no pugs are being distressed for this project.

The Struggle is Real

by Leah Miller

May 13, 2019

I decided to start this coding journey teaching myself. For one, I didnt know if I would get it or like it. Then there is the financial component of going back to school. I am still in debt from my first degree! There is one huge downside though, motivation.

Since I am enjoying this learning process it has been a lot easier than I thought to stay motivated. Even working on my site during downtime while plaing an MMORPG. There are some days that I force myself to start when I dont feel motivated to do anything. The problem I am facing with that is retention and comprehension. I can go through the videos, answer questions and complete the code asked of me in the moment. I know its not sticking though.

This is putting me between a rock and a hard place. I must keep up a schedule and keep learning, but I actually need to learn it, not just do it.

I am also having trouble applying what I am learning to something that will produce an end project so I can retain and understand better what I have learned. Much of my comprehension has come from the trouble shooting and custimization of my own website. I have no ideas on how to add tables or additional forms to my site. Technically I can do it, but how to make it into something other than a random table on a random webpage?

Code Cleaner

by Leah Miller

May 6, 2019

Since I had started adding the MASH page to my site I encountered quite a few css issues. I now had to figure out how to incorperate two complete CSS files with conflicting information. Of course, I wanted my header and footer to match on all pages. Initially I didnt understand the code well enough to be able to make it happen. So, I just linked the css for the MASH page and then added code to make the header and footer work with the existing code. I thought it would be as simple as copy and paste but that doesnt take priotity into account. This is also when the header issue I discussed in my second article "*CLICK*".

I decided to leave it like that for the time being. I didn't get it and needed a better understanding. Thoughout the whole process of watching videos on Treehouse and making changes to my site I began to understand better. I spent a lot of time researching what different code did in both html and css. I learned the proper way to put in a caption for an imange, for one.

I then had a hard time when adding to my css, it was too messy and unorganized. Before things continued to grow I set out to structure the css with comments and removing unneeded or duplicated code. Ultimatly I was able to remove the additional css file and now only have one file that is much easier to read! I am pretty proud of my growth and can't wait to see what else I can do.

*CLICK*

by Leah Miller

May 4, 2019

I had the basics done, thanks to the video courses. I had a layout and ideas. It was time to start linking some of my projects. I tried linking the choose your own adventure I made for my niece with javascript. So far, that is beyond me. It just keeps linking to the code and not running. I will learn that later.

On to linking the MASH game in. When I first started I was doing a lot of copy pasting without full understanding. I to revamp things a few times. One of the biggest struggles I had was with the header. When I originally created the MASH page it was a separate project with no header. When I added it, wanting to be like the other pages, the formatting was all wrong. I spent quite a while trying to figure it out. I got it all nicely situated, except that the header didn't go all the way to the top. For some reason the background was peaking through. I finally had to resort to forums where I found out it was a conflict between 2 sets of margins causing them to act inappropriately. Then, boom, done! It was so satisfying! I learned so much about how the html and css work together and how to adjust it from all the trouble shooting! I hit a milestone that day.

Satisfaction

by Leah Miller

May 2, 2019

As is usual for me, I have to make things difficult for myself. I found this amazing picture to use for the MASH page. I didn't like how it had such hard edges. I wanted it to look like it was obscured by fog or some such. I tried and tried but my knowledge of html and css was not enough. I did see suggestions to use photoshop. It has been years since I used photoshop so it took quite a while to figure out how to do what I wanted. I finally got the effect I was looking for!

Image of womens eyes in a forest
This is the origonal image. You can find the final image on the MASH page.

The Journey Begins

by Leah Miller

May 1, 2019

Why go from being a Veterinary Nurse to a developer? How do you even get there? I have always enjoyed being on the computer. We had one in our house for as long as I can remember starting with the Atari ST. As I grew, so did computers. Initially I hated windows with a passion. I wanted my dos back. I learned to love it, customizing the UI and having acess to content I otherwise would never have had. A new world opened up.

I wasnt the kid that wanted to go out and play so much. We didn't get new games often, but I would spend most of my time playing them when my dad wasnt. I had to learn to trouble shoot things on my own. eing an impatient child I couldnt wait for my dad. That trend had never changed. Ive also always loved animals and wanted to work with them for as long as I can remember. I chose veterinary medicine because I also lived the science and the hows and whys. When I was growing up a career in computer science just didnt seem like a viable option, especially for a girl. It has taken a long time to commit to a change like this. I still love what I do but It is time to more on.

I wasnt the kid that wanted to go out and play so much. We didn't get new games often, but I would spend most of my time playing them when my dad wasnt. I had to learn to trouble shoot things on my own. Being an impatient child, I couldn't wait for my dad. That trend has never changed. Ive also always loved animals and wanted to work with them for as long as I can remember. I chose veterinary medicine because I also loved the science and the hows and whys. When I was growing up, a career in computer science just didnt seem like a viable option, especially for a girl. It has taken a long time to commit to a change like this. I still love what I do but It is time to more on.

I have been thinking of changing careers for a few years now, but was never able to settle on a new one. Bio Engeneering? Chemistry? Sales? Teaching? Computer Science? After much searching and pondering I decided on computer science.

Ok, so now what? I didnt even know where to begin. I randomly found a website that gave me an intro. I am not even sure what language it was I was learning, it may have been javaScript. I was really enjoying it though. I made a robot wave! It's silly, sure, but satisfying. I Then found a few apps on my phone. I soon realized I needed something more substantial. I looked into online schools. I had two concerns, picking a reputable program and incuring more student debt. I still had my dept from vet tech school. I decided to use a resource that I had available to me. I contacted the VP of sofware development at my company to pick his brain. I am so glad I did. At this point I am holding off on formal school and utilizing one of the many websites out there to learn, TeamTreehouse.com. The videos have been very helpful, great for a complete beginner. Infact, that is how I made this site and everything on it!

I have only just begun to learn all that I can do with coding and aspite to be a full-stack developer. I like to understand all aspects of what I am doing. Won't you join me on my journey?