git push origin master git push origin master

git push origin master…it’s kinda catchy, don’t you think?

As you may have noticed, I’ve been neglecting this space. I’m going to get back on to the blogging train, because it’s good for me. Ideally, there would be people reading this, and they would write back to me and stuff, but that’s kind of not the case and I’m kind of okay with that right now. I just want a place to share my accomplishments and to document the things that I’ve done.

So, what have I done? A lot of stuff. I guess this counts as a What I Did post, but it’s more than that. It’s a What I Did post + update on my [software development-related] life + musings on my progress so far + thoughts on some of the stuff that I’ve used in the past couple of weeks.

First off, I’d like to tell the world that I put up my own website. You can find it here. Yes, I realize that it’s not fancy at all, but I would like you to keep sight of the forest: I have a website on the Internets, and I built it from scratch. Okay? I have some friends that have graphic design skills, and I will be pleading asking for help soon. Anyway. I created the files locally, pushed them to gitHub, where they are hosted, and set them to show whenever someone navigates to my custom subdomain. I’m quite pleased that I made it this far. I still understand almost nothing about DNS and hosting and stuff, but it’s a start.

Speaking of which, I have a new-to-me computer! I’m the now-happy owner of a refurbished 2014 rMBP (with 16 gigs of RAM! I splurged, after someone on Reddit convinced me that “ah, s**t, I bought too much memory,” said no software developer ever), and after the first couple of weeks, where I grumped and grumped about how it isn’t a Windows PC, I think I’ve gotten things (mostly) figured out, so I can focus on development and learning and not How the Hell Do I Use My Computer OMG What Have I Done?

Someday, I would like to work as a Code Wrangler for Automattic, the fine folks behind this blog and its existence on the Internet (’cause come on…have you seen my website? Without them, this wouldn’t exist). I’m trying to learn more about WordPress in general. Step 1: write blog. Step 2: sign up for forums.

Oh, and maybe I should finish learning to code?

I’m making slow and steady progress through Udacity’s Front-End Web Developer nanodegree program. I’m glad I’m not paying for it, since some of the courses present topics in an…interesting manner. I’ll probably write a detailed review about the courses I’ve taken sometime in the future, but for now, let’s just say that, while I find the courses helpful, they aren’t to the standard where I feel comfortable paying as much as they’re asking. Yes, I realize the money really buys staff assistance and blah blah blah, but hello, isn’t that what the Internet is for?

I’m still writing Python, because I love it.

The bigwig at work has suggested that I take edX’s course on C#, which is as good as “take the damn course.”

So that’s where we are. C#. CSS. HTML. JavaScript. PHP. Python. T-SQL. VB.NET. It’s all kind of mixing together into one big mishmash of error messages, but I’m starting to be able to keep things separate.

Slow and steady wins the race, right?