Become a Front-End Web Developer

I have finally completed the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path on Lynda.com! I was tempted to make this post’s featured image a screenshot of Frodo and Sam on the slopes of Mount Doom after they destroyed the ring thinking to myself, “It’s over. It’s done.” Then I thought about it some more and I realized, to quote Count Dooku in his duel with Yoda on Geonosis, “This is just the beginning!”
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Bootstrap 3 Essential Training

Today I finished the Bootstrap 3 Essential Training course with Ray Villalobos. From what I took away from this course, Bootstrap would make the chore of Responsive design a little easier but my feelings on this, like with JavaScript, are that the more experience I get the more comfortable I’ll be. One of the interesting points covered in the course was how you can arrange elements based on the breakpoints of the page. One could have elements displayed a certain way on monitors with a high resolution and a completely different way on mobile and low-resolution monitors.
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Responsive Design Fundamentals

Tonight I completed a short course titled Responsive Design Fundamentals instructed by my favorite of the Lynda.com instructors, so far, James Williamson. This course was only 2h 15m long and was basically an overview of the concepts that fueled responsive design. It was nice to have a basic overview of how this worked and the pros and cons of the various techniques of how to accomplish this. Admittedly, while I didn’t know anything going into the course, I found myself dreading the amount of work that goes into making a site properly responsive. With a bit of practice, I feel what I see today as a monumental task will eventually become second nature.
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jQuery Essential Training

I just completed the jQuery Essential Training course on Lynda.com. With my barely being able to grasp what was happening in the JavaScript course, I can’t fault this course’s instructor Joe Marini with how I’m feeling walking out of it. As I previously wrote, it’s going to take time experimenting with JavaScript before I feel as comfortable with it as I do with HTML and CSS. As it stands, I walk out of this course knowing as much as I knew walking in.
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JavaScript Essential Training

I finished the JavaScript Essential Training course with Simon Allardice today. Admittedly, I entered this class excited because I knew nothing about JavaScript and I left the class struggling with some of the concepts. Rather than being discouraged by this, I take some comfort in what Allardice says early on saying something to the effect of, “You can watch all the videos and read all the books you want, it’s going to take experimenting with it before you get comfortable with JavaScript.”
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HTML Essential Training

As I had expected, I completed the HTML Essential Training course on Lynda.com in a single day. It was mostly review at this point but I did learn some interesting things about HTML5. The one fact that stands out is that there seem to be two standards being developed by both the W3C and WHATWG. Perhaps “standards” isn’t the world I’m looking for but more of two philosophies. The W3C works to define a single, definitive standard while WHATWG considers HTML5 a “living standard” which is constantly being updated and improved. It gives me a vibe similar to Fedora and CentOS where the former is the test bed for new features while the latter is the stable, reliable standard if you need to rely on such.
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CSS: Core Concepts, Part 4

I somehow managed to stretch a nine-hour CSS course beyond three days. When I woke up this morning I was determined to finish this class so that I could at least try to get back on schedule. I’m pleased to say that I met this goal but the amount of information I had to absorb left me feeling a little fried. Not that I’m complaining, by the way. While my present situation leaves much to be desired, I’m glad I have an opportunity to utilize this time to solidify the skills I developed over the past few years.
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CSS: Core Concepts, Part 2

Continuing the CSS course from yesterday, we covered a variety of different selectors which I’ve written in some detail below. As I concluded my work today, I can’t believe I went this long without seeking out some of this info on my own. I understood my knowledge on this subject to be fragmented but holy crow! At least now I’m working to correct that mistake and, as I do so, I begin to understand what Travis Merrick found so fascinating about all this.
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