Return from Hiatus

I think I left off last time while I was still working on my HTML “final” project. I got that up and running, and you can see it by going to jessierohrer.info.

It’s been a couple of months, and I have been sporadically working on the next thing in my Codecademy learning path, which is JavaScript. It is less satisfying that learning HTML or CSS because there’s no visual element. You just get really excited about the computer spitting the correct number or string back at you. That said, it’s not the reason my progress stopped.

In March, I organized and ran a consignment sale that raised several thousand dollars for local charities. I volunteer with the local MOMS Club chapter as the treasurer, and that has been time-consuming following that sale with documenting everything, writing checks, sending letters, and basically making sure everything gets wrapped up in time for the end of the fiscal year.

In the last couple of months, my daughter has finished pre-school, I’ve gone camping, and there have been some private issues distracting me from my daily coding exercises. I’m hoping today is the kick-start I’ve been needing ๐Ÿ™‚

I completed the section of the JavaScript lesson on functions today. I’m going to try not to let that get me down ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was not very exciting, and it felt like a roundabout way to do math, but I can see how it will save time inside of a larger application. The next lesson is on writing a game app for rock, paper, scissors. That should be a fun way to spend the kids’ naptime tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also got back to the gym this morning and listened to an old episode of the Code Newbie podcast where Kinsey Ann Durham is interviewed. She talked about speaking at conferences being a key task for developers, which I don’t think is in my near future. Mostly because I hate public speaking. She also spoke about how she’s focused her work on getting women, and especially women of color, into the world of coding. She talked about Women Who Code, so I’ve gone over to their website and become a member. If you are a woman who codes (or wants to learn!) go over to their website and get access to their resources ๐Ÿ™‚

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Final Project Part 2: Building the Portfolio Website

I’m a little embarrassed that it’s taking me so long to put this together. The instructions said it would only take a few hours. But I keep running into issues that require research and reading, especially if they weren’t covered in the lessons. I know it’s impossible to cover EVERYTHING, but still…

Anyway, I settled on a main page with a header/nav bar, jumbotron image with a header, then thumbnails of 6 of the projects I worked on at the end of the HTML/CSS course. And here I ran into an issue. None of the sites I made for the projects were made live. So I had to figure out how to copy the code for six sites into the file system for my portfolio, create thumbnails, and then set the thumbnails into a grid and make them link to their respective project pages.

I stumbled through making everything link together…I didn’t understand how relative linking was supposed to work (more reading required) and knew that direct linking wouldn’t translate when I made the page live. But, with a few hints from Tim, I got all the links working. All of the project pages open in new tabs, which was very easy to do. And all three pages (home, about, contact) link to each other perfectly.

The footer was no problem– just some links to the blog and linkedin, and a copyright statement. But getting rid of the gap between the footer and the bottom of the page had me panicking because people kept mentioning “sticky footers” or using tables in the forums, which seemed like overkill. I finally came to the right CSS command: overflow: hidden. And that did the trick. *whew!*

Now all that’s left is getting the About and Contact pages filled in, and then I can tackle how to get all my hard work where the world can see it!