Whew! Coding, working and the sickness!!

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I am still in the Coding Dojo and this week we are on Ruby and Ruby on Rails. So far I have it installed…

Last week was our first project week, I had the plague going on around here for that entire week and some of this week so that really was not cool.  I did meet with Eric, from AHGL, and I got answers to basic questions developers ask at the beginning of a project, I will list them at the end of the blog post. At blizzcon we had already decided to go with a responsive web design for the site but at this meeting we did nail down other issues like color schemes, branding, what to keep and what to loose – among other things.  I am excited about doing this! I did spend a day on the wireframe, I know that is a little slow but I just wanted to make sure that I had everything.  I have submitted that and once I get the OK I will get with the graphics guy and ask for any images that I will need.

So, while doing the dojo and being super sick and trying to stay active with SVRG I have added consulting with Robotex on their IT needs in the evenings.  I do have a lot on my plate right now and unfortunately I had to take a LOA from derby until the dojo is complete.  It was a hard decision to make, but I had to do it. I need to have my career set in order to support my derby habit. I miss it tons already, but for the best in the long run, I guess.  I do love doing the consulting work for Robotex, they are an awesome company that builds awesome things! 😀  This is also the company I have wished to work at for awhile now, well before I moved to CA, I mean come on they build robots!!! and help people while doing that 🙂 I am so excited to have this opportunity and would not trade it for anything.

Tonight I am doing the double feature for Hunger Games in Cupertino! I am sad that I cannot do it with my sister 🙁 but I am also happy that I finally am making friends out here and actually going out and being social. I think there is something in the air out here…. Outside of work and derby I have never been this active in different things, it is pretty fun to be getting out there and doing these things, now I just need to fit some gym time in all this!

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The next two weeks!

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A lot is coming up over the next two weeks and sadly my posting will still be pretty low.  This week is BlizzCon! I always have a blast there and cannot wait!! Next week is team tryouts for SVRG, so I will be working hard to be sure I can be at every practice the next two weeks.

Week 4: Coding Dojo

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Week 4 at the dojo is complete! This entire week was spent on PHP with some instruction on GIT and Ajax, both of which I assume we will get more into next week.  We also go to see the other classes projects, which we were fun to see. It did motivate me to start planning mine and get started. My project will be rebuilding the AHGL website.

The new version of Twitter Bootstrap was released! Check out the post here from the bootstrap blog.

October 2013 DevelopHer Hackday hosted by LinkedIn

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This last week at the Femgineers meetup two girls who worked at LinkedIn happened to be there and they informed us all that LinkedIn was hosting a Hackday for women called DevelopHer.  When I had signed up this week, I actually had signed up as an individual but ended up forming a group with a few girls from the Dojo.  When I had signed up I had my plan to build a parallax site and kinda pushed Noa to make sure we kept my plan…. When Noa and I got there we were working to decide on the layout and our theme.  A girl that needed a group, that had only marketing experience, came over and stated she felt my idea of telling a story using the LinkedIn logo was not a really smart one but then came up with the idea to use it to teach about animals for school children. Which I felt was a great idea… things ended up being changed somewhere around 1am and we ended up doing the topic of the reintroduction of wolves in the Rockies.  Noa and I worked nonstop from 7PM until around 9AM when we felt the site was in a good place and we really needed rest and a shower.  We left and agreed to meet back at 1 to prepare our presentation.

I ended up going back around 12 to go over our code  and Vannett and Desiree were there going over the final details of the presentation and group description, we ended up with the amazing name Babes of Parrallax!! There were issues with submitting our screen shots but that was resolved and we got our submission in.  We did our presentation and ended up getting called up as one of the top 10 finalists!!! We got to see everyones presentations of their amazing projects and then did ours.  When we introduced ourselves we did mention that we were our third week into Coding Dojos coding bootcamp.  There were a few more groups left after ours and then came the awards…. They started out with Honorable Mentions and imagine my surprise and excitement when they called Babes of Parallax!!!!!!!!!!! Our very first hackday and we got Honorable Mention!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was amazing and they stated that with three weeks of coding they are excited to see what we will do when we are done. I know the very first place I am going to apply too!


Femgineers MeetUp and Week 3 at Coding Dojo

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A lot has happened this week!I did a meetup which was awesome, we started PHP at the dojo, and I did a Hack-a-Thon that was amazing and will get its own post.

We started PHP this week, but sadly I ended up getting sick and the first day of PHP I just could not focus and retain anything. Then I missed day 2 of PHP so now I am playing catchup with the assignments.

street cred

Now the meetup! It was amazing!! The meetup, titled Building Your Street Cred, was done through the Femginners group on meetup.com. Karen Catlin gave the presentation after WealthFront gave their little background on their devs and company. It was pretty awesome, she went through how important it is to get your name out there through blogs, LinkedIn, interactive resumes among other things.  She was great and it was awesome to get to talk to her before and after her presentation. One thing we talked about was after the bootcamp I should find a charity to create a site for, and this would help with my street cred at the same time as helping a cause that I really feel needs attention.

This week

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I am sorry I have not posted much this week. I was sick for two days and tonight is a hack day at LinkedIn. I hope to have something up this weekend.

TechCrunch live blog on Apple Keynote!!

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If you are not following Apples keynote on techcrunch live blog you are missing out! I could not get the video to log on Apples site so this is the next best thing! So far the new OS Mavericks is going to be free and available today! MacBook Pros have dropped in price and will have better performance.



**Edit, I am watching it now and posting on my facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pixieinsv

Day 11: Coding Dojo

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Yesterday was spent on ERDs and SQL SELECT.  Once our instructor had our morning lecture on ERDs it totally clicked and now much easier to do. I completed all the ERD assignments yesterday and moved on to the SQL SELECT.  I finished the basic SQL SELECT assignment with not very many issues, once I got the LEFT JOIN command it was smooth sailing, lol!  I am stuck on the intermediate one where there are two databases that need to pull data but they are not connected and have a common id, I will ask about that one.

I may not post tonight about today because I am going to a meetup called Building Street cred for females in the tech/science industry that may have gaps in their resumes. I signed up yesterday and was on the waiting list, but this morning got an email that I had been moved up. I did send an email to other girls in my class to try and sign up, as we all have a gap at this point.  I may not be able to post tomorrow as well, since I have derby practice Monday and Wednesday nights… So Thursday could be big one! We should be getting into PHP today or tomorrow.

Day 10: Coding Dojo Yellow Belt test

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I totally forgot to write about this in my last post, but I think should also get its own post.

While going through coding dojo you can take these optional tests that help determine how far you are and what you may still need to work on.  This Friday we had the one on HTML, CSS and jQuery which is the yellow belt test. We four hours to replicate this website from an image and had to then send a video explaining our code.  Sadly, I did not have enough time to do the video. I got a majority of the site done, except the jQuery and a few CSS things still needed to be done. I stayed focus on one thing that was not working for way too long and only in the last hour did I say enough and moved on. the top part of my page was perfect and I would not do anything to change it, other than the jQuery I wanted to add for mouseovers.  The that I had was that the container and content divs were pushing the divs and such in my content div down instead of including them. After making CSS changes I decided I had to have an extra </div> somewhere. I did a visual check and saw nothing then I ran my html through the validator which found some errors I fixed that had nothing to do with my issue. So I said enough and started to work on the body of the page…. Then at about 5 minutes till time was up I just said screw it lets give those divs a crazy height…. that worked… I was so mad and frustrated with myself, but at least I know another thing to try in troubleshooting.

Day 8 – 10: Coding Dojo… and DORITOS!!!!

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DORITOS® TAPATIO® Flavored Tortilla Chips. Just going to start off with my new favorite snack here in CA, Tapatio Doritos! They are pretty spicy and I can only eat a few at a time, but they taste great. I was first introduced to them when I visited my friend at the Facebook campus. While there we played in the arcade, sat in the bean bag chairs and watched some WFTDA.tv. It was a pretty awesome fun night!

OK… So now onto the rest of the week at Coding Dojo. I am still working on my jQuery beginner assignment, that I have turned into a gigantic project and hope to finish this weekend, and some database intro stuff.  The ERD instruction videos were really hard to follow so after some google I sent some links to everyone in the class that has helped me understand it way better.

Here is a cheesey but helpful youtube video on ERD:

and here are some other links I found helpful:

This morning I went to the fresh market by my house and ended up with some amazing cupcakes! They have an amazing little bakery and now it is time to get back to learning code 😀