Learning to Code: Week 35 – Hack Reactor Prep

This week I got deep into Hack Reactor Prep and spent a lot of time between that and working on toy problems either from FCC or J.

January 05, 2017

  • Mastering JS Session 6 video (I missed the class. I thought it was 4th not 2nd!)
  • Mastering JS Session 7 LIVE
  • Pushed my FCC beginner algorithms to github.
  • J sent me three toy problems to complete and the anagram one is hurting my head.

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Learning to Code: Week 31 – HTML and CSS

Weeks Until Project

December 08, 2016

Code School Projects

  • Codementor Class Starts TONIGHT at 9PM: JavaScript Master Class
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Interesting Stuff

  • How to go from Zero to One as a Software Engineer
    • Let’s face it, if you’re reading this right now, then you’re probably not well known. No one’s ever heard of you except for your friends, family, and your close relationships. If you apply to a position, the hiring employer probably won’t be able to tell the difference between you and the next person that applies.Do a Google search on yourself right now. Are you showing up in the results? If not then nobody knows who you are. Hate to break it to you but it’s ok, you can change it.How do you change it so that you get noticed?Simple: start a blog.
  • Codementor: Mastering JavaScript Class

December 09, 2016

  • Front-End Formations Level 4 – COMPLETED!
  • Front-End Formations Level 5 – COMPLETED!

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More advice from a HR alum:

At the time I did it, the precourse material was more than setup, it taught you the basics which you reviewed in the first two weeks. There were more assignments than lectures.
I know that people struggled with hoisting, the “this” context, and recursion.
I hate the gym, and refuse to go to it now (I opt to walk to work instead), but absolutely go to the gym. They give you a stipend. Use it, flat out. And then counteract all of your hard exercise by going out with your classmates every time they do, because it builds connections and keeps you sane haha.
As for your last question, it depends on when. Since I went to Hack Reactor for a job, I would still go if I travelled back to when I did it, or even before. I have a lot of faith in Hack Reactor’s curriculum since I already knew all of that stuff (and only learned from the job search portion, there were 3 others in my cohort who went through it literally just for that) and yet found myself shocked and amazed by how well the lessons were written and taught, and it was my cohort’s lessons that were recorded for the HR remote so I can definitely endorse that.
However, if I had to do it all over again now, I wouldn’t. As a result of their recent rapid expansion, they’ve lost all of the things that made their job placement and coaching great due to lack of staff. When I went through the end, every major step of the way someone was talking to me and coaching me, and I got in-person personalized time with my resume, especially due to my abnormal background.

That tied with how the market for non-seniors has shit itself last year and so that even my new university grad friends can’t break into tech, and I would not recommend going to Hack Reactor if a job is your goal.
If you’re looking to start your own startup or want to improve your current job skills or just have the money to spend and want a once in a lifetime learning experience, go for it. I highly recommend Hack Reactor.

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