Hello, world! Welcome to another blog post for Anthony’s Techie Thoughts! If you’re new here, my name is Anthony and I’m studying programming to make a career change from mathematics teacher to a frontend web developer. In my blog posts, I reflect on my journey and share things I’m learning along the way. You can find me on GitHub, LinkedIn, Hashnode, DEV.to, and CodeNewbie.
In this post I'll share my reflections on the app I created, some general reflections about my coding journey thus far, and my goals for next year.
How it started
My day job is working as a middle school mathematics teacher and right now we're nearing the end of our first semester. Grades are finalized and submitted but there are still a few weeks left in the semester. At times like these, I like to step away from the textbook, the curriculum, and other resources and have my students work independently on creating something of their own. This time I chose to assign a self-study project where students are to create their own mathematically-themed game. It must have at least three levels and have two math problems to solve per level. Some students are choosing to create a video game of sorts while others are opting to create a tabletop game. Students are working in groups to compete for the best game and win a prize.
The app I created isn't revolutionary or ground-breaking in any way. Compared to most other web applications on the Internet it's quite simple. But it's something I made entirely on my own. And that's what makes it a truly exciting and proud moment for me. It represents the act of persevering and, perhaps most importantly, it gives me the courage and confidence to keep going.
Given that my skills are still at a novice level, I knew that I wasn't going to build a mega-game app like Angry Birds or Candy Crush. So I settled on creating a simple quiz-like app that met the same requirements as the project I assigned to my students. And like any great millennial entrepreneur, I gave it the name "MathemaQuizzo" because it sounded cool and it had double letters.
The repo and live links for this project can be found below. I am open to hearing thoughts and constructive criticism. I built this entirely on my own so I'm sure there's some room for improvement. If you'd like to share your thoughts, feel free to reach out to me via the GitHub Issues for the project, LinkedIn, or Email.
Live Version: https://ananfito.github.io/mathemaquizzo/
The next app
I've already started working on a similar app, currently called Mathapalooza 2000, that provides the user with random questions instead of progressing through a series of levels. So far this is proving to be a bit more challenging but I'm enjoying it because it's pushing me to grow my skills. In particular, I'm still trying to figure out how to generate a series of random numbers and not have them repeat. I've got a few ideas I haven't tested yet, but once I'm back in study mode I'll be ready to test them out. More on that in a future blog post.
What to study next
Since this is a reflection post and my last post of 2022, I can't help be think about what my goals will be for 2023. I'm very proud of the progress I've made these past six months, but there's still more work to be done. Specifically, I want to start getting ready for the job application process. My current teaching contract ends in June and I'd like to have a frontend web developer job lined up at that time to make my career switch.
This means getting my profiles on GitHub and LinkedIn polished up and adding more projects to my portfolio. It also means preparing for the infamous tech interviews. After the new year, I plan to start dedicating some of my study time to these efforts. Based on what I've already researched about the job application process (and the job market) it will likely take anywhere from three to six months to find a job. This means I can't start looking in June when my teaching contract ends, but sooner than that.
Thanks for reading
Thanks so much for ready this post. I hope you found it useful or inspiring.
What's one goal you have for yourself in 2023? Share what you want to achieve in the comments. Hearing your thoughts makes this more of a conversation and I can't wait to hear what you're goals are for 2023. Happy coding!
Top comments (2)
It's a great feeling when you complete and deploy your first app. And I'm proud to report that I completed the quiz with a total of 5000 points!
If you wanted a challenge for extending the app, might I suggest you try your hand at adding a bonus points countdown timer for each question. If a question is answered correctly, then you could award bonus points based on the amount of time still showing on the countdown!
All the best for your continued learning in 2023 :)
Thanks, Gil! I appreciate your time in trying out the app and congrats on achieving 5000 points! I also like your suggestion about the bonus timer. That sounds like an interesting challenge. Thanks.