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Learning to Code: Week 35

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. Advice from a bootcamp grad on frameworks:

I would first get really comfortable with understanding Javascript fundamentals, then become literate in a JS framework. I’m not that crazy about these resources, but it’s a starting point. If you find better one’s please let me know.

Learning to Code: Week 32

This week was when the Master JavaScript class on Codementor really took off. The whole concept of a "stateful" application and unidirectional data flow blows my mind. Also this week I discovered the podcast Breaking Into Startups which is run by three guys, two of which went to Hack Reactor and App Academy! They ask the best questions and ones I want to know the answers to without veering off topic. I highly recommend anyone interested in tech or startups listen to it immediately.

Learning to Code: Week 31

I’ve been wanting to make a very simple “Weeks Until” calculator since all of the ones online give me too much information. Round up the nearest week and call it a day. So that’s what I decided to work on!

I got the basic functionality working using the Date() object and getDate and calculated the difference in times in days instead of milliseconds.

Once I could log to the console what I wanted I switched over to HTML. I put in a simple h1, h2, input field and submit button made it run myFunction() to log to the console what was received from the date input since I didn’t know the format. It came out in a string like YYYY-MM-DD

Learning to Code: Week 30

In the job search, a huge part of success is doing well on "technical interviews," which is where companies put you in front of a whiteboard (or an online code editor for first-round phone screens) and ask you questions about data structures and algorithms. I studied these types of questions prior to entering the course. How to arrive at the solution, how to best implement them in JavaScript, how to sketch them out in diagrams, etc.

A good site for beginner-level questions is since they let you see other people's solutions. You'll learn a lot of good language tips this way.

Learning to Code: Week 29

Just make sure you can handle functions that take functions as parameters. If you are familiar with the map, reduce, filter functions and how to write them then that covers what use to be the interview questions.

Also be sure to engage with your interviewer. I am in introvert so I was dinged by my interviewer when I didn't talk. If you don't understand how to do something then start talking and articulating how you would handle something. This shows them how you think and what you would do  and how you think you might solve it.

Learning to Code: Week 28

"On the job ready thing, don't feel like you have to wait until you are fully confident, or you may never do it. I've bit off jobs on things that I had never done before and forced myself to learn and deliver."

"On the what to say in an interview when you're stuck.  Never bullshit an answer. If you don't know, say you don't know. If you think you might know, but misunderstand the question, ask clarifying questions. If there was something that you knew, but misunderstand at the time, you can email the person back later. I did that on an interview once, and the follow up interaction started a great conversation."

Learning to Code: Week 27

Met with JB today who is a Hack Reactor Remote alum working at CNN Atlanta. Also, another woman was there (A) who is just starting the Digital Crafts bootcamp. We spoke for 2.5 hours!

She took the Hack Reactor remote program in 2015. Recruiters are very good in ATL. JB knows a few that have placed people she knows. She runs the remote HR FB group. She spoke at Connect.Tech

Says there was zero job search support for her from HR!! But she got 3 job offers within two months of finishing.

Learning to Code: Week 26

My tour of Hack Reactor was the only scheduled professional tour I had actually. There were a lot more people than I expected (10 maybe). Had time after the interview to ask more questions. I asked a lot of questions. Everyone except one other guy left when the first part was over. Split into three floors with two groups of Juniors/Seniors on one floor. The other two groups on another.

Cohorts run every 7 weeks. Payment is due 14 days before the start date of cohort (in full). The middle floor is for lectures/staff/parties. They reimburse gym fees (not anymore). They have a kitchen and free flowing coffee. This was the largest space out of all we visited.