Day 18 of 100 Days of Code

I’m on day 18 of 100 Days of Code. I thought it might be a good idea to document it here for anyone that might want to follow along or take the 100Days challenge with me.

If you’re not familiar with the 100DaysOfCode it’s a Twitter challenge to code each day for 100 days. This is my second attempt. Last time I did it, I made it to around 70 days then summer happened 🙂

I will say this, in those 70 days I updated all my CSS and HTML5 skills. Honestly, being 50 and doing web design since the 90s… My coding style was dated to say the least. I couldn’t believe how much CSS and HTML have changed over the years. I’m really happy I took that challenge and updated those skill sets.

During this 100 Days of Code I’ve decided on focusing on all things JavaScript. This is something I’ve put off for a really long time. I can fumble around JavaScript, but I really don’t know or have a thorough understanding of the code. That’s now going to change.

18 Days into the challenge and I’ve been coding  daily between 4 to 8 hours per day. I’ve been working on HTML and CSS projects and spending at least 2 hours a day on JS (JavaScript) related projects.

Today I installed NodeJS on my local machine. I plan on setting up a local web server this evening following this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8XF6AFGqlc

I’ve used PHP for awhile now, but never took the time to fully understand it either. I think learning NodeJS is a good idea because it can do a lot of what PHP can do, but I can do the backend development in JavaScript now instead of PHP. It just makes sense to kill two birds with one stone.

I also did another chapter of JavaScript for Dummies. I read Chapter 4 – Controlling the Flow of JavaScript

It covered a lot! Topics included while, if, if/else, for()loops, and much more. I plan on going through this chapter again and youtubing a tutorial for each expression or term. I have a better understanding of all these now, but I’d like to spend the next week getting a visual representation of each feature from Youtube before continuing on to the Functions chapter of JavaScript for Dummies.

On a final note I learned a little about functions yesterday and made a simple tip calculator web app. I still need to style the page and make a couple final adjustments, but the basics of the app are completed now. You can find it here. http://new-aeon-design.com/apps/tip_calculator.html

Well, that’s pretty much my last 24 hours of day 18 of my 100 Days Of Code. I’ll be posting a daily about this for anyone that’s interested. You can find out more about the 100 Days of Code challenge on Twitter by using the #100DaysOfCode hashtag or go to the website to learn more. https://www.100daysofcode.com