Yesterday was the first day of the MEAN-stack study group I am leading. It was a rainy day, and some folks were late traveling in the rain. And today I ponder this picture of rain drops. Its a bit like us, in that a good MEAN developer is made up of so many different parts or points. Like drops on a windshield, all discounted. Until you flip your wipes and they all blend together as a stream running out of sight.
I had a guy talking about how he wants to do his project in WordPress. Good for you buddy, expect this is a MEAN-stack group, not a WordPress group. Go join them. But for the most part we had varying degrees of IDK this or that. I figured that. But I am not the teacher. I paid very good money and spent a lot of time learning. This study group is for folks to work on learning to advance their skills in a group. But you got to know some basic stuff. Like how to install Node and build a simple Node app. How Express sits on it, and Mongo below it. How Mongoose talks and relates for is. I had some Front-end folks who knew Angular but not the other parts. And I sat there watching the rain fall thinking, How do I help connect the dots for these folks?
Adam Morgan will talk about Automated Testing AngularJS apps
In his talk, Adam will introduce automated testing within the context of AngularJS applications. You will learn the benefits of automated unit testing and the tools that are needed as he walks through sample code and their associated tests. You’ll walk away with what you need to know to setup a test suite for your own AngularJS applications. This talk will cover a series on automated testing he has written for Scotch.io
He is quite a guy, and the knowledge he will share is quite worth it.
Testing Adder with Jasmine
So what does this have to do with me? Well, I think I need to really learn this. I already learned a bit about Mocoa and Chai back a few months ago, and think this can go deeper, or at least give me a broader knowledge of testing.
I need a website. I need a portfolio website for myself. I want to build a site in one day. I have pondered what I want to say about myself. How to market my skills and showcase some of my past projects. I have been building stuff for the web since back in the GeoCities days of the mid-to late 90’s. And yet, I don’t have anything I think I want to show off, or the things I am proudest of are long gone, changed, or covered by NDAs. So I sit here for the past year thinking, “Is today the day I build my own website?”
How to Build a Site in One Day
Sites I have worked on way in the past;
GeoCites; About Me
GeoCites; Camping Food Recipes
GeoCites; Boy Scout troop
GeoCites; Boy Scout district camping committee
Boy Scout Order of the Arrow chapter site
A church activity group site
Some of the professional sites I built or worked on
College Fund; main customer portal
College Fund; main agents portal
College Fund; intranet site with Outlook web access
College Fund; agents recruitment site
College Fund; national student membership add-on site
College Fund; follow-on product company site
Some site for Smart-Card chip readers for vending systems
Infor Global’s marketing site gathering user conference metrics
Real Estate sites, one of four agents sites in and around Cumming
Real Estate sites, two of four agents sites in and around Cumming
Real Estate sites, three of four agents sites in and around Cumming
Real Estate sites, four of four agents sites in and around Cumming
Professional Engineering Mentoring connection site
VisCalc (product site for a viscosity testing tool)
FEMA’s national floodplain insurance programs site
New Hampshire’s enterprise healthcare portal
Worked on Georgia’s COMPASS portal
The Power Game (empowerment)
WeeCare (daycare rating site)
GA Women for Change
Some of my own;
Becoming a DBA, blog for teaching a guy how to become a DBA in a year
Software Analysis and Design, a class blog for software engineering
Oracle and SQL, a class blog
Gwinnett Tech’s student chapter of AITP
A hockey team site rebuild (for a buddy)
Photography studio rebuild (for a buddy)
Speaking Sumo, blog for learning Japanese
Gokester Eats, a foodie blog
~ another food blog before that one
Kolker Fiber Arts, an eCom site using WooCommerce
Michio Arts, building Japanese Gardens, bamboo fences, and koi ponds
GA WDI Projects
Daycare rehash in RoR
Story Prompts, MEN-stack
Learning Sign Language via video chat
And a whole bunch of a samples
And lastly, I was able to build this site in just a couple of hours www.thepowergame.org
So I was able to Build a Site in a Day
Build a Site in One Day ~ Part II
Part Two will be the actual building a site in one day, after I get it built.
I want to build a couple of different sample headers to see what I like. Luckily I can use CodePen for that, as well as for designing some footers.
What do Donuts and Social Media have in common? Me. I saw note on LinkedIn, and thought, “OK, lets go post each of these comments in with each of this social media outlets and connect everything.” I don’t have have YouTube, yet, but did add Meetup, which the original “post” didn’t have.
YA, that was pretty great. Scott Jones a buddy of mine asked me to help out on staff with him on the EFF track. He has been the Director of the Electronic Frontier Forums for years now, and I jumped at a chance to work with my buddy. I am so proud that every track as he announced the presentations, he always spoke about the DragonCon charity of the years, Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS) and passed the jar around asking folks to put in a a buck or two or five and they did. We raised $1,173 which as I understand it, will be doubled by DragonCon.
FOIA Workshop (Filing Freedom of Information Act Requests)
Online Propaganda: A Brave New World
Agile Development 101
CISA Cybersecurity Provisions Passed in the 2016 Omnibus Budget Bill
Electronic Frontiers Forums is a series of lectures and panels given at the Dragon Con Science Fiction Convention each year on Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This is not part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, though Georgia has an office of it, and there were several panelists from it.