Up and Running with Git and GitHub

I started the day off by taking one of this learning path’s shorter classes called Up and Running with Git and GitHub. This course was taught by Ray Villalobos and, while only weighing in at 1hr 21min, it was definitely one of the courses I utilized almost immediately. I finished the course, had some breakfast, then clocked into work and started using Git to track the changes I made to the website I’m working on. After using it for a few hours I begin to wonder how on earth I got by without it for all these years!
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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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Archiving the Family Photos

I recently wrote about using CrashPlan as a means of backing up my data and as a layer of protection against CryptoLocker. A good chunk of that data consists of photographs I’ve taken over the years which, should my vast archive of data be lost, would be irreplaceable. A few years ago my friend Susan Sene gave me a Kodak EasyShare AiO printer of which I mostly utilized the scanner. At the time, I used the Kodak to scan in all of my grandparent’s photo albums so that there would be a backup in the event anything happened to the albums themselves.
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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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CrashPlan: Developing a Backup Strategy

I’m taking a quick break with my Front-End Web Developer learning path on Lynda.com to deal with a problem I’ve been putting off. Over the past two or so years, I’ve been paranoid about the possibility of my computer getting infected by a ransomware such as CryptoLocker. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been living on the edge over the past few years with no real backup solution in place. This places me in the most dangerous situation where the threat of CryptoLocker is at its greatest: without a backup of my data I would have to pay a ransom of $300 to regain access to it.
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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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