Being my first post, I thought it would be fitting to share my newly-hosted portfolio site, made from scratch with React, Material UI, HTML and CSS.
I have been coding for 3 years now, and graduated from Flatiron School this past March. I recently moved to Austin, Texas with my wife and daughter, and looking for my first dev role.
- highlighting tough challenges and how I overcame them
- specific obstacles that aren't well-documented
- coding, networking and looking for a job during a pandemic
- my take on other developers' posts, projects, insights
- my own projects with specific code examples
- whatever else I am inspired to share
I'm 36 years old and do not have a technical background. I graduated from University of Memphis in 2008 with an English degree, but found myself progressing in the restaurant industry, eventually ending up in management. After 10 plus years of working in kitchens and dining rooms from Memphis to Nashville, Tennessee I was BURNT OUT. I needed a change. I had no idea what I wanted to do.
Flatiron School fell into my lap in late 2018, and after taking a couple of their free prep courses, I WAS HOOKED. I still had no idea what being a "developer" really meant, but once I saw things I coded alter what I saw on my computer screen, I wanted to know more. No, I wanted to know it ALL.
A year and a half later I turned in my final project (check out Memes Vs Gif, a Meme and Gif generator) and I was a Flatiron graduate!
Since then I have been consistently creating new projects and honing my chops.
GIF FIT, is a home workout app I designed to help with the challenges of COVID-19 and quarantine. After a few weeks of use, I already notice a huge improvement in my own fitness!
I learned so much building this app: using more React hooks, integration of a React component library, Material UI, better Redux design, strengthening my understanding of reusable components, and discovering my LOVE/HATE relationship with setTimeOut() and setInterval()
(Also, can we talk about how AWESOME the useEffect() hook is????)
If you made it this far, THANK YOU for reading my first post. I hope you will connect with me. If I can learn from you, I will! And if you can learn something from me, I hope I help you in your own journey.
Follow me on Twitter, @MemRook
Connect with me on LinkedIn James Cox
I can't wait to meet all of you!