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 real 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 just mess around with WordPress or set up things like our personal Wiki. Thus began my journey into HTML, CSS and JS classes… oh, and AZZECO.
I don’t know if any “member” of AZZECO really knows what it is… but it exists and that’s all anybody really needs to know. 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 by 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.
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.
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. There I have been constructing simple WordPress sites and learning about SEO and online marketing, for the most part.