Programming in JavaScript is fun!

I’ve been learning Javascript intensively over the last few months. Here are the three main resources I use:

All three of these resources take a learn-by-doing approach to programming. I will also be obtaining knowledge from other resources such as:

The more time I spend building algorithms in Javascript, the more I find coding with the language fun. What a day and age to be alive!

Check out my Github repositories for some of the completed exercises I mentioned above.

1 month since I’ve posted

It has been a whole month. No more, no less. I’ve learned a lot actually. Mostly without a great deal of motivation.

It has been a relaxed Christmas and New Year. It doesn’t usually happen like that, but what can I say – I’ve enjoyed it.

I have meditated a great deal more than I ever have. I also coded a lot throughout the holidays, so that was fun!

I received an email from my past self (click here) sent on the 23rd January 2017 saying “What are your goals for this year, and are they meticulously laid out?” Needless to say I got straight to it!

Strongest start to any year so far in my life and I’m extremely grateful for all that I have right now. Looking forward to the year ahead filled with loving, coding, reading, surfing, cooking, meditating, travelling and working.

Developing a community through transformational leadership

As a novice web developer I want to learn more and learn faster because my time at university is slowly coming to an end. I know I will never get the chance again to have so much free time available to do the things I like.

Teaching myself web development has been a fun learning journey. I’ve successfully helped myself and now I feel confident enough to help others to learn too. I believe mentors are extremely powerful in the value they provide in terms of learning. I know this from experience as I had a mentor during the summer holidays this year.

The learning curve for web development is quite steep in the beginning and then it tapers off slightly as things become more difficult. Below is a good representation of what the typical learning journey looks like for a front-end web developer. (more can be found here https://github.com/kamranahmedse/developer-roadmap)

My point is that it is a complex learning process. Having a group of people or a mentor who can help you learn is invaluable, and that’s what I was missing. That’s why I started the FXU Web Design & Development Society. To bring designers and developers together to enable each other to learn more effectively. To foster a sense of community around a topic that is cardinal to a creative arts university today.

Go ahead and sign up on the FXU website for free and I will add you to the Facebook group. We will be posting updates here regarding free workshops, socials, speakers and events all things web design and development.

Why waking up early is important to me

A simple life-hack that that ends up with me crushing the day and being the best version of myself. Here are the benefits I have noticed from waking up early:

  • I’m already one step ahead of most people – and for some reason a side-effect this has is a get-to-it attitude that I don’t get if I wake up later than 9am.
  • Obviously there is simply just more time in the day to get shit done. I’m sitting there at 1pm wondering why it isn’t dark yet.
  • I can crush my morning routine – one of things that highly regarded entrepreneurs have in common is a morning routine that involves some form of mental or physical exercise – which is why it is important for me to wake up early and exercise or meditate before I start my day.
  • And finally, I do not have trouble sleeping at 10pm.

Notice that all of these points, in some way or another, build upon and compound from each other. They further develop the get-to-it attitude.

Sharing our stories

Today was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. As part of our personal transformation module we are assessed based on peer feedback. The idea was to tell your life story in a way that has an lasting impression or emotional impact.

Within the time constraint of 15 minutes, and a storyboard by our sides, we had to present what we believed made us a creative leader. We did so by going into depth about our lives and our backgrounds. It was enjoyable for some and a harrowing experience for others. Understandably, some tears were shed.

This is how the BA Business Entrepreneurship degree works. It takes you out of your comfort zone and puts you into uncomfortable situations. I’d argue that this brings about masses of value. You don’t think you’re learning (which can be quite frustrating). However, this learning by doing style is highly rewarding. From what I saw today it seems as though slowly and compounded over time, individuals will become more resilient, outspoken and ultimately confident.

The first of many…

I’m currently sitting in Sunset Surf café, Gwithian, watching the cold bodies of fal surf society members shiver whilst getting changed after what I’d describe as dismal surf. The waves are small today and the wind is strong. I didn’t join them – not my cup of tea after just returning from sunny Barcelona yesterday – what a trip that was.

A trip I will never forget, and one that somewhat inspired me to start this blog.  I’d like to say thanks to all of you who made the holiday what it was. Will G, Will S, Barney, Kai, Stefano, Freddie, Abbie, George, Hollie, Dan, Jeff, Charlie, Rowan, Francesca, Keanu – thank you all – and don’t forget about our 50 year reunion on Saturday 26 November 2067, I hope to see you all there at L’antic Teatre, Barcelona, Spain.