Where We’re At

Intro

If you managed to go back in time to somewhere in mid January of this year (2018), you could find me setting up a LAMP stack on my Raspberry Pi that was otherwise sitting around collecting dust. With no prior experience, I was up and running in about 8 hours.

What was the reason for this? If I had to guess, it was somewhere between:

  • replacing my (and my friends’) gaming hobby with something more productive
  • looking to have a deeper understanding of the technical field I worked in as a not-purely-technical resource
  • learning for the sake of learning

It did not take long for me to decide I’d move on from the Raspberry Pi and build a proper server with some spare parts. Soon after making this decision, I was up and running with a host and some VMs. Here is where I’d learn and/or cement my knowledge in Linux, basic networking, DNS, domains, web servers, databases, SSL certs, etc.

Not long after setting this new server up, I found I’d need something more to do with it than mess around with WordPress or setting up things like our personal Wiki. Thus began my HTML, CSS and JS classes… oh, and AZZECO.

AZZECO

I don’t know if any “member” of AZZECO really knows what it is, but it exists. All it took was the purchase of a domain and we had a proper online presence. This paragraph is short because there isn’t really much else to say other than we have a logo.

AZZECO’s first project was a Discord bot, complete with its own sound commands. Meet Pete:

 

The coding logic behind Pete was entirely coded by a friend (…as was the public-facing API key which gave Discord admin privileges to a random guy with a bot scraping GitHub for exactly that…), while myself and another tried to help where we could be building an ugly front-end and recording sound clips. While the project was entirely hilarious for those of us on the inside, we moved onward to bigger projects.

Goals

I did not mention it earlier, but another catalyst to getting into all of this was the culture of goal-setting and “lifetime learning” my friends and I had created. For the next few weeks, I consistently worked on my health via eating well and exercising and took online classes after work to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript. After weeks and weeks of this, for one reason or another, I’d hit a bit of a lull and slowed to a near-halt on the coding goals. Maybe with everything (Linux, Apache, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.) being so new to me and the fact that you can’t really do much with basic HTML and CSS knowledge (I was not into JavaScript DOM Manipulation yet), I’d lost a bit of that fire.

My first animated (non-JS) splash page, twinkling and shooting stars included.
First Bootstrap Creation
First Bootstrap Landing Page

Some time later, maybe a month or so, I dove back in and didn’t look back. After a recap course on HTML, CSS and basic JavaScript, I began a Udemy course on Full Stack Web Development.

The DOM

Once I got just past the DOM Manipulation section of my online course, I put that course on hold and just built things. As one could imagine, this is the part where things got fun — even addicting.

Star King
games.azzeco

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Long Story Short…

While I’ve continued to learn more in my classes (node.js, react, etc.),  I’ve also been able to pivot into web dev at work… (more to come)

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